Farrelly brothers

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Peter Farrelly
Born Peter John Farrelly
(1956-12-17) December 17, 1956 (age 58)
Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Film director, writer, screenwriter, producer
Bobby Farrelly
Bobby Farrelly at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.jpg
Born Robert Leo Farrelly, Jr.
(1958-06-17) June 17, 1958 (age 56)
Cumberland, Rhode Island, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Film director, writer, screenwriter, producer

Peter John Farrelly (born December 17, 1956) and Robert Leo "Bobby" Farrelly, Jr. (born June 17, 1958), professionally known as the Farrelly brothers, are American screenwriters and directors. They have made eleven films to date, including Dumb and Dumber; Kingpin; Hall Pass; Me, Myself & Irene; Shallow Hal; Stuck on You; Osmosis Jones; There's Something about Mary; Fever Pitch (also known as The Perfect Catch outside of America); the 2007 remake of The Heartbreak Kid; The Three Stooges; [1] and Dumb and Dumber To.

Early life[edit]

The brothers were raised in Cumberland, Rhode Island, and are of Irish descent. Some of their films have been at least partially set in their home state of Rhode Island, such as Dumb and Dumber, There's Something About Mary, and Me, Myself & Irene.


Sports play a large part in their films and they have often cast sports stars for cameo appearances in their films (e.g. Brett Favre in There's Something About Mary). The brothers have been praised and critiqued for the way they use the subject of disability in their films. Peter Farrelly has commented:

"The problem is not that we look down on these people, but rather that we look up at them and feel that they are better than us.... we revere them."

—Peter Farrelly[2]

They frequently depict able-bodied people as stupid (Dumb and Dumber) while disabled people are either more aspirational (Shallow Hal, Stuck on You) or gifted (Me, Myself & Irene). They use slapstick and toilet humor, often with a soundtrack of upbeat, light rock songs. Their films often contain flashback scenes that show how a character was affected by a traumatic event. Peter Farrelly has published books including Outside Providence and The Comedy Writer.


Peter and Bobby Farrelly in the East Village, 2009.

Film credits[edit]

The Farrelly brothers had both collaborated on the following films:

Year Title Directors Producers Writers Note(s)
1994 Dumb and Dumber Yes Yes Yes
1996 Kingpin Yes
1998 There's Something About Mary Yes Yes
1999 Outside Providence Yes Yes
2000 Me, Myself & Irene Yes Yes Yes
2001 Say It Isn't So Yes
Osmosis Jones Yes Yes Live action scenes
Shallow Hal Yes Yes Yes
2003 Stuck on You Yes Yes Yes
2005 Fever Pitch Yes
The Ringer Yes
2007 The Heartbreak Kid Yes Yes
2011 Hall Pass Yes Yes Yes
2012 The Three Stooges Yes Yes Yes
2014 Dumb and Dumber To Yes Yes Yes Sequel to Dumb and Dumber

Television credits[edit]

Year Title Note(s)
1992 Seinfeld 1 episode: "The Virgin"; Co-writers
2008 Unhitched 1 episode: "Pilot"; Director, producers


  1. ^ Pringle, Gill (2011) "A fresh pass from the Farrelly brothers", The Independent, March 4, 2011; retrieved May 8, 2011.
  2. ^ "Ability Magazine: Farrelly Brothers". Retrieved 2012-04-06. 

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