Paul Haggis

Paul Haggis

Infobox actor
name = Paul Haggis

birthname = Paul Edward Haggis
birthdate = birth date and age|1953|3|10
location = London, Ontario, Canada
yearsactive = 1975-present
academyawards = Best Picture
2005 "Crash"
Best Original Screenplay
2005 "Crash"
baftaawards = Best Original Screenplay
2005 "Crash"
emmyawards = Outstanding Drama Series
1988 "thirtysomething"
Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series
1988 "thirtysomething"
geminiawards = Canada's Choice Award
1996 "Due South"
Best Dramatic Series
1995, 1996 "Due South"
Best Writing in a Dramatic Series
1995"Due South"
Best TV Movie
1995 ""
awards = Satellite Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
2004 "Million Dollar Baby"
spouse = Diane Christine Gettas
Deborah Rennard (1997-present)
imdb_id = 0353673

Paul Edward Haggis (born March 10, 1953 in London, Ontario) is an Academy Award-winning Canadian screenwriter, producer and film director who spent his early career in the television field writing, producing and directing various American and Canadian television network series.

Personal life

Haggis is the son of Ted and the late Mary Haggis, onetime owners of London Ontario's former "Gallery Theatre" at 36 York Street where the younger Haggis cut his teeth in theater production, directing, and playwriting in the early 1970s. He attended St Thomas More Elementary School, St George's Public School, H.B.Beal Secondary School, and Fanshawe College in London before leaving for Los Angeles in 1975 to follow his dream of writing television and movie scripts. According to his father, Ted, it was 'three years two months and 10 days' before his son sold his first TV script (Ted had been sending his son $100 a week during these lean years, while Paul landed various jobs, including moving furniture).

He is the father of four children and resides in Santa Monica California with his second wife singer/actor Deborah Rennard.

uccess and fame years later


As a television writer/producer, he created or co-created the series "Walker, Texas Ranger", "Due South", "Family Law", and the celebrated, if quickly cancelled "EZ Streets". In 1989, he received two Emmy awards for his work on the show "thirtysomething": one as a writer; and another as a producer. He returned to television in the spring of 2007, after NBC picked up a 13-episode order for his crime drama, "The Black Donnellys". The show was canceled by NBC on May 14, 2007. HDNet will air the remaining six episodes and Paul is in talks with the network to pick up season two.


In addition to directing multiple episodes of the above-mentioned television shows, Haggis has directed several feature films and written several successful screenplays. "Red Hot", his directorial debut, had a limited video release in 1993.

Around the turn of the century he came into his own as both a writer and director in films. As a film writer, he received an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for 2004's "Million Dollar Baby", directed by Clint Eastwood, which won four Oscars, including Best Picture.

His second directorial effort performed equally as well. "Crash", which he co-wrote, directed and co-produced debuted in September 2004 at the Toronto Film Festival. Lions Gate Films purchased the distribution rights for $3 million and released it internationally in May 2005 to mostly positive reviews, with film critics Ebert and Roeper giving it a "two thumbs way up" rating and Roger Ebert naming it the best film of the year.

The film was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay categories. He won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and the film itself received the Academy Award for Best Picture. Overall, he has won two Academy Awards and been nominated for four. He lost the directing prize to Ang Lee for "Brokeback Mountain", but he became the only man in history to have penned two consecutive Best Picture Oscar-winners. []

Haggis' fourth film as a feature film director, which he also wrote, is entitled "Honeymoon with Harry" and is scheduled for release in 2008 although production has yet to commence.

Haggis also adapted, for director Eastwood, James Bradley's book "Flags of Our Fathers", about the Battle of Iwo Jima. The film was released on October 20, 2006.

Haggis was hired in August 2005 to revise the screenplay for the James Bond film "Casino Royale", which was also released late in 2006. The original screenplay had been written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, based on the novel by Ian Fleming. Haggis returned to work on the script for the follow-up, "Quantum of Solace". He was also invited to direct the film but declined.

He received a fifth Academy Award nomination for his role in writing "Letters from Iwo Jima", alongside Japanese writer Iris Yamashita.


Haggis is also co-founder of Artists for Peace and Justice, a member of the board of directors for the Hollywood Education and Literacy Project, the Environmental Media Association, the President's Council of the Defenders of Wildlife and the advisory board of the Centre for the Advancement of Non-Violence. He donated $2,100 to the Dennis Kucinich campaign.


Apart from the Oscars for "Crash", in 2005, the Writers Guild of America awarded Haggis the Valentine Davies Award for "bringing honor and dignity to writers everywhere." Other awards include, six Geminis, the Humanitas Prize, and the TV Critics Association Award.

The City of London, Ontario, declared September 11, 2006 Paul Haggis Day in London, with Haggis, his father Ted and Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco-Best touring three of the schools that Paul Haggis had attended growing up in London in the 1960s and 1970s: Fanshawe College, Catholic Central High School and H.B. Beal Secondary School.

=TV Appearances= Haggis was featured in The Dialogue interview series. In this 90 minute interview with producer Mike De Luca, Haggis describes his evolution as a writer from TV to film, including the genesis of his Oscar-winning film, Crash.

Haggis has also appeared on the HBO series Entourage playing himself, as an intense director brought in to possibly direct the fictional film "Medellin".


As Writer

*"Terminator Salvation" (2009)
*"Quantum of Solace" (2008)
*"In the Valley of Elah" (2007)
*"Letters from Iwo Jima" (2006)
*"Casino Royale" (2006)
*"Flags of Our Fathers" (2006)
*"The Last Kiss" (2006)
*"Crash" (2005)
*"Million Dollar Baby" (2004)
*"Red Hot" (1993)

As Director

*"In the Valley of Elah" (2007)
*"Crash" (2005)
*"Red Hot" (1993)

Television Work

*"thirtysomething" (supervising producer, writer, director)
*"EZ Streets" (creator, executive producer)
*"The Black Donnellys"
*"Walker Texas Ranger" (co-creator)
*"Due South" (creator)

External links

* [ City of London media release on Paul Haggis Day]
* [ Paul Haggis Day in London by Barry Wells]
* [ Interview With Paul Haggis about Crash and In The Valley Of Elah]
* [ The Dialogue: Learn from the Masters Interview]

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