Donald Petrie (born April 2, 1954) is an American film director, known for his films "Miss Congeniality" starring Sandra Bullock, "Mystic Pizza" with Julia Roberts and "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" starring Kate Hudson. Petrie was born in New York City to film director Daniel Petrie ("Cocoon: The Return") and his novelist wife, Dorothea. Petrie attended Cal State Northridge, majoring in Dramatic Art. He began his entertainment career as a character actor. From the mid-1970s to mid-1980s, he appeared in guest roles on a number of TV series including "One Day at a Time," "Little House on the Prairie" and "Hart to Hart." He then began working as a director, first on television shows such as "MacGyver, "Amazing Stories" and "L.A. Law." In 1988, his first feature film, "Mystic Pizza," was an unexpected hit. His other directing credits include "Grumpy Old Men," "My Favorite Martian" and "My Life in Ruins."