Daniel Petrie, 83, who directed "A Raisin in the Sun" (1961) and "Fort Apache, The Bronx" (1981) and won Emmy Awards during a half-century career in movies and television, died of cancer Aug. 22 at his home in Los Angeles.

Mr. Petrie won directing Emmys for "Eleanor and Franklin" (1976) and for "Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years" (1977).

"There's a common thread in all of his work of a real concern for the human condition," his son, Daniel Petrie Jr., told the Hollywood Reporter. "He explored difficult subjects, often ahead of his time," including in "A Raisin in the Sun," which dealt with racism, and "The Dollmaker" (1984), starring Jane Fonda, which dealt with women as breadwinners.

Mr. Petrie also served in a number of leadership positions with the Directors Guild of America.

He was born in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. He began a television career in 1960 with NBC and over the next five decades directed dozens of series and specials.

In addition to directing Sidney Poitier in "A Raisin in the Sun," Mr. Petrie's movie work included "The Betsy" (1978) with Laurence Olivier, "Resurrection" (1980) starring Ellen Burstyn and "Fort Apache, The Bronx," with Paul Newman.

He also wrote and directed an autobiographical movie, "The Bay Boy" (1984), which won Genie Awards, Canada's equivalent of the Oscar, for best picture and best screenplay.