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Name: Peter Farrelly  
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Date of Birth: 17th December 1956
Place of Birth: Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA
Profession: Director
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Peter Farrelly is a screenwriter, producer, director and novelist from Cumberland, Rhode Island.

He graduated from Providence College which he described as a "beer fest", before getting a job as a salesman in Boston, Massachusetts. Farrelly said he was never proud to say he was a salesman when he was going out at night with his friends. It was on his many driving sales trips that Farrelly became inspired to be a writer, and would think up many stories in his head while out on the road. He finally decided to take a plunge and pursue writing full time, which prompted him to quit his job and head to Cape Cod, Massachusetts where he got a job as a waiter. On one of the tables he was waiting, Farrelly struck up a conversation with a writing professor from UMass-Amherst, who encouraged Farrelly to apply to graduate school. Farrelly said he didn't think his chances were good, considering he did poorly in college but the professor said not everything is judged by grades. With what would later be Outside Providence, Farrelly submitted the work and was pleasantly surprised that he was accepted. He studied writing for a while at UMass-Amherst, but was ultimately dissatisfied with the program, and transferred to Columbia College in New York City, which Farrelly said he found very satisfying. He later became interested in screenwriting which lead him to directing, which was a career decision made by him after seeing many of his works sold but unproduced.

Together with his brother, Bobby Farrelly, he has written, directed, and produced several comedy films including There's Something About Mary, Dumb and Dumber, Kingpin, Shallow Hal, Me, Myself and Irene and Stuck on You. While having been associated with gross out comedies, the duo have managed to stray away from that and direct comedies with a heart like the recent Fever Pitch, set, like many of their films around New England.

Peter Farrelly is also a published novelist, with works including Outside Providence and The Comedy Writer.

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