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August 8, 1949
Dannis Peary (born August 8, 1949) is an American film critic and sports writer. He has written and edited many books on cinema and sports-related topics. Peary is most famous for his book Cult Movies (1980), which spawned two sequels, Cult Movies 2 (1983) and Cult Movies 3 (1988) and are all credited for providing more public interest to the cult movie phenomenon.
He is the brother of film critic, columnist, actor, and documentary filmmaker Gerald Peary.
Dannis Peary was born in Philippi, West Virginia to Laura and Joseph Y. Peary, a professor.  At some point in his childhood, he moved to South Carolina and then New Jersey. In 1971, he earned a B.A. in History from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. While attending UW, he along with Karyn Kay ran the Pinocchio Film Society. In 1975, he earned an M.A. with honors in Cinema at the University of Southern California. While attending USC, he worked as the fine arts and sports editor for L.A. Panorama. Since 1977, he has lived in New York City.
Over the years, his film criticism writing has been published in the Canadian TV Guide, Focus on Film, Bijou magazine, The Velvet Light Trap, Newsday, Film and Filming, The Philadelphia Bulletin, Movieline, Cineaste, Video Times/Video Movies, The New York Daily News, The Boston Globe, SoHo News, TimesSquare.com. For several years, he was a contributing editor to the now defunct Brinkzine.com[permanent dead link]. He formally had a blog, "Danny Peary on Film", for Sag Harbor Express, was the New York correspondent for the Australian magazine FilmInk, and now conducts celebrity interviews to Dan's Papers called, "Danny Peary Talks To..."
In 1981, Peary released his book, Cult Movies. He followed it up with Cult Movies 2 in 1983, and Cult Movies 3 in 1989. As the titles suggest, these books covered critically ignored (at the time) cult films. Each book contained essays and reviews by Peary for each film, including production details, including information gleaned from interviews Peary had with various producers, directors and actors. These helped foster a growing interest in the cult movie phenomenon among the more general film fan audience. Peary's response to the films under discussion was not always positive, and his writing often shows bemusement regarding the appeal of some titles, as well as occasional disgust. In some ways the Cult Movies books can be seen as one of the first critical "Seal of Approval" acknowledgements of many of these film titles. In 2014, Workman Publishing released three genre ebooks, with 100 revised chapters culled from Peary's trilogy, under the titles, Cult Horror Movies, Cult Midnight Movies and Cult Crime Movies.
In 2004, he worked with Ralph Kiner on his autobiography, Baseball Forever: Reflections on 60 Years in the Game. In 2010, Peary and Tom Clavin published a biography about Roger Maris titled, Roger Maris: Baseball's Reluctant Hero. In 2012, they published another biography about Gil Hodges titled, Gil Hodges: The Brooklyn Bums, The Miracle Mets and the Extraordinary Life of a Baseball Legend. In 2015, he collaborated with Olympic gold medalist and cancer survivor Shannon Miller on her memoir, It's Not about Perfect: Competing for My Country and Fighting for My Life. Also in 2015, he published Baseball Immortal: Derek Jeter: A Career in Quotes. In 2016, he published Jackie Robinson in Quotes: The Remarkable Life of Baseball's Most Significant Player. In 2018, he collaborated with Hana Ali on a book about the origins of her father's greatest quotes, Ali on Ali: Why He Said What He Said When He Said It.
In 1986, he was the writer-researcher on the national sports interview TV show, The Tim McCarver Show and has done 3 books with McCarver, a close friend. Since 2017, he has been the writer-researcher for The James Brown Show.
He was interviewed for True Hollywood Story documentaries on the E! Network, the 2010 documentary Machete Maidens Unleashed!. The director of the film, Mark Hartley, has said that, "I'd worn my copies of Cult Movies 1, 2 and 3 into the ground from constant re-reading so meeting author Danny Peary was a pleasure." A documentary by Brian Saur about the influence of Peary's books on fans, critics, and filmmakers is in progress.