Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthDecember 17, 1956
SpouseMelinda Kocsis
MarkFilms often contain flashback scenes that show how a character was affected by a traumatic event
FactWorked as a salesman. He hated it, so he moved to a new city and worked as a waiter for a while until he decided to get his Masters in Creative Writing.

The Farrelly brothers are American film directors, producers, and screenwriters. The brothers are known for their films Dumb and Dumber (1994), Kingpin (1996), There’s Something About Mary (1998), Me, Myself & Irene (2000), Shallow Hal (2001), Stuck on You (2003), Fever Pitch (2005), The Heartbreak Kid (2007), Hall Pass (2011), Dumb and Dumber To (2014), and the upcoming The Three Stooges.

The Farrelly brothers were born and raised in Cumberland, Rhode Island. Their parents were of Irish descent. They have four siblings: two sisters and two brothers. The brothers attended the Catholic school Our Lady of Victory. They later attended Providence College.

The Farrelly brothers began their careers writing for the television show Saturday Night Live. They also wrote for the sitcoms Seinfeld, Coach, and Wings. Their first film was Dumb and Dumber, which they co-wrote and co-produced. The film was a box office success, grossing over $247 million worldwide.

The Farrelly brothers have had a successful career in Hollywood. Their films have grossed over $2 billion worldwide. They have been nominated for several awards, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a BAFTA Award.

General Info

Date Of BirthDecember 17, 1956
ProfessionScreenwriter, Television producer, Film producer, Film director, Novelist
EducationKent School, Columbia University, Providence College


SpouseMelinda Kocsis
ChildrenApple Farrelly

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#Marks / Signs
1Irreverent and politically incorrect humor. Often using extreme, risque gross-out gags, and broad stereotypes.
2Almost all of his films feature at least one character who suffers froma mental or physical disability, (e.g. "Warren" from There's Something About Mary (1998), "Charlie/Hank" from _Me, Myself and Irene (2000)_, "Walt" from Shallow Hal (2001), "Rocket" from Stuck on You (2003).
3Usually includes hit songs from the 1970s in his films
4Frequently casts Rob Moran.
5Films often contain flashback scenes that show how a character was affected by a traumatic event


1We're the anti-Coens. Nobody analyzes our filmmaking, and we don't want them to. [on he and his brother]
2"I love Kingpin (1996). That movie was the biggest disappointment we ever had in our career. They opened it up in the middle of the 1996 Olympics, had zero ads during the Olympics and the box office in the States was a fifth of what Dumb & Dumber (1994) did. It was crushing. And then you also start feeling, shit, maybe it's not that funny. It was a bummer. It wasn't until about six to eight months later when it came out on video that it became a huge hit. I have more people approach me about Kingpin (1996) now than any other movie".
3"I think Me, Myself & Irene (2000) is our worst film, but the first 30 minutes are as good as anything we've ever done. The problem is with that story is, after those first 30 minutes, it turns into a chase scene. But I don't think the problem is that we went too far, I just think the story wasn't any good".
4"I was particularly pissed off about some of the articles written about Shallow Hal (2001) because I felt they were missing the point of the whole movie. We're saying it doesn't matter. I'm attracted to my wife, but eventually my wife isn't going to look like she looks now. But I'm still gonna love her and it's not because of how she looks. Also zero letters - lots of articles in the paper about this, but not once did I get a letter from a heavy person saying 'I saw your movie and I think it sucked because you picked on heavy people'. None. In my heart I knew that we weren't doing what they claimed we were doing in the press'".


1Uncle of Jesse Farrelly and A.B. Farrelly.
2Worked as a salesman. He hated it, so he moved to a new city and worked as a waiter for a while until he decided to get his Masters in Creative Writing.
3Graduated from Kent School, the same school Seth MacFarlane, Treat Williams, Sebastian Siegel and Ted Danson graduated from.
4Has a daughter named Apple.
5Book: Outside Providence.
6Worked as a waiter in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
7Originally studied to get his master's degree at UMass-Amherst, but soon transferred to Columbia University where he graduated with a master's in creative writing.
8In most of the films he and his brother directed, they often show normal people as stupid morons (Dumb & Dumber (1994)) while they show handicapped people as normal and gifted (Stuck on You (2003), Shallow Hal (2001), Me, Myself & Irene (2000).
9Brother-in-law of actor Zen Gesner and Nancy Farrelly.
10Frequently cast Herbie Flynn, Richard Jenkins, and friends and family as well as residents from Rhode Island.
11Frequently casts sports athletes (Cam Neely, Roger Clemens, Brett Favre) in his films.
12Graduated from Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island.
13Brother of Bobby Farrelly and Cynthia Farrelly Gesner.




Loudermilk2017TV Series executive producer - 1 episode pre-production
The Black GhiandolaShort consulting producer pre-production
The Leisure Class2015TV Movie executive producer
Dumb and Dumber To2014producer
Movie 432013producer
The Three Stooges2012producer
Hall Pass2011producer
The Lost Son of Havana2009Documentary executive producer
Unhitched2008TV Series executive producer - 6 episodes
I'm with Stupid2007TV Movie executive producer
The Ringer2005producer
Ozzy & Drix2002-2004TV Series executive producer - 26 episodes
Why Blitt?2004TV Movie executive producer
Stuck on You2003producer
Shallow Hal2001producer
Osmosis Jones2001producer
Say It Isn't So2001producer
Me, Myself & Irene2000producer
Outside Providence1999producer
There's Something About Mary1998executive producer


HBO's Project Greenlight Finalist: Winning Entry2015Short
The Ladykiller2015Short
Dodge Law: Speak No Evil2015Short
Ricky Robot Arms2014Short
HBO's Project Greenlight Finalist: Julien Lasseur2014Short
HBO's Project Greenlight Finalist Short: Speed Dating2014/IIShort writer
HBO's Project Greenlight Finalist Short: Speed Dating2014/IShort writer
Don't Be Leary2014Short
Dumb and Dumber To2014based on characters created by / written by
The Three Stooges2012written by
Hall Pass2011screenplay
The Heartbreak Kid2007screenplay
Stuck on You2003screenplay / story
Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd2003characters
Shallow Hal2001written by
Me, Myself & Irene2000written by
Outside Providence1999novel / screenplay
There's Something About Mary1998screenplay
Dumb & Dumber1994written by
Seinfeld1992TV Series story by - 1 episode
Paul Reiser Out on a Whim1987TV Movie
Loudermilk2017TV Series 1 episode pre-production


Cuckoo2015TV Movie
Dodge Law: Speak No Evil2015Short
Dumb and Dumber To2014
Movie 432013segments "The Pitch", "The Catch", "Truth or Dare"
The Three Stooges2012
Hall Pass2011
Unhitched2008TV Series 1 episode
The Heartbreak Kid2007
Fever Pitch2005
Why Blitt?2004TV Movie
Stuck on You2003
Shallow Hal2001
Osmosis Jones2001
Me, Myself & Irene2000
There's Something About Mary1998
Behind the Zipper with Magda1998Video short
Dumb & Dumber1994


Patriot Act: A Jeffrey Ross Home Movie2005Documentary much love for
Me, Myself & Irene2000executive album producer
There's Something About Mary1998executive album producer
Dumb and Dumber1995TV Series executive consultant - 1995


Clear History2013TV MoviePoker Buddy
Say You'll Be Mine1999


The Three Stooges2012lyrics: "Everybody Is Special"


Rocksteppy2016David Lynch MA in Film completed
Spring Break Zombie Massacre2016Short very special thanks
CinemAbility2013Documentary special thanks
Free Birds2013special thanks
The Big Wedding2013thanks
Tranny Trainer2011Short thanks
The Hammer2010special thanks
Humboldt County2008thanks
P.O.V.2006TV Series documentary special thanks - 1 episode
My Boss's Daughter2003special thanks - as Peter
The 4th Floor1999special thanks - as Peter
The Settlement1999thanks


Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché2016Documentary post-productionHimself
Project Greenlight2015TV SeriesHimself
That's Awesome! The Story of 'Dumb and Dumber To'2015Video documentaryHimself
Janela Indiscreta2014TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2014TV SeriesHimself
The Rich Eisen Show2014TV SeriesHimself
Kevin Pollak's Chat Show2013TV SeriesHimself
Big Morning Buzz Live2013TV SeriesHimself
Chelsea Lately2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest Assistant
CBS News Sunday Morning2012TV Series documentaryHimself - Guest
Made in Hollywood2011-2012TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2011-2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Attack of the Show!2011TV SeriesHimself - Writer / Director, Hall Pass
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2007-2011TV SeriesHimself
In the House with Peter Bart & Peter Guber2011TV Series
The Farrelly Bros. In the French Tradition2007Video shortHimself
The Heartbreak Kid: Halloween2007Video shortHimself
The Heartbreak Kid: The Egg Toss2007Video shortHimself
The Dialogue: An Interview with Screenwriters Peter & Bobby Farrelly2007VideoHimself
HBO First Look2001-2007TV Series documentaryHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1998-2003TV SeriesHimself
The Three Stooges 75th Anniversary Special2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Reel Comedy2003TV SeriesHimself
Comedy Central Canned Ham1998-2001TV SeriesHimself - Writer and Director / Himself (director) / Himself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs: America's Funniest Movies2000TV Special documentaryHimself
The 25th Annual People's Choice Awards1999TV SpecialHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1998TV SeriesHimself
The 1998 Annual ShoWest Awards1998TV SpecialHimself
Behind the Zipper with Magda1998Video shortHimself - Director

Archive Footage

Hey Moe, Hey Dad!2015TV Series documentaryHimself


Won Awards

2014Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst DirectorMovie 43 (2013)
2001Just For Laughs AwardMontréal Comedy Festival 'Just for Laughs'Osmosis Jones (2001)
1999Vision AwardPGA AwardsTheatrical Motion PicturesThere's Something About Mary (1998)
1999ShoWest AwardShoWest Convention, USAScreenwriter of the Year
1994Honorable Mentions (The Next Ten Best Picture Contenders)Awards Circuit Community AwardsHonorable MentionsDumb & Dumber (1994)

Nominated Awards

2010EmmySports Emmy AwardsOutstanding Sports DocumentaryThe Lost Son of Havana (2009)
2004Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Special Class Animated ProgramOzzy & Drix (2002)
2003Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Special Class Animated ProgramOzzy & Drix (2002)

3rd Place Awards

1998BSFC AwardBoston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest ScreenplayThere's Something About Mary (1998)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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