Paul Haggis

  • Birth Name: Paul Edward Haggis
  • Birth Place: London, Ontario, Canada
  • Profession: Screenwriter, Producer, Director
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  • Gained theatrical and writing skills while working at the Gallery Theatre in London, Ontario, which was owned by his parents.
  • Moved to England to become a fashion photographer, but later went broke and returned to Canada to study cinematography.
  • Ran into a writer from Diff'rent Strokes while taking a writing course in Los Angeles; after giving the writer a script for free, he was hired onto the show.
  • Was fired as a writer and executive producer for The Facts of Life TV series after suggesting that they make the show funny.
  • Was the cocreator of Walker, Texas Ranger, his longest-running TV series.
  • His 2005 film Crash was somewhat inspired by his and his wife's experience of being carjacked at gunpoint in the early 1990s outside of a Blockbuster video store.
  • Suffered a heart attack while filming Crash and was advised by doctors not to return to work for months, but he returned two weeks later to finish the film himself.
  • Became the first person in Oscar history to ever have written back-to-back Best Picture winners for 2004's Million Dollar Baby and 2005's Crash.
  • Cofounded the Artists for Peace and Justice in 2009, a non-profit organization which encourages peace and social justice and addresses poverty issues in various communities.
  • After being a member of Scientology for 34 years, wrote his resignation letter (which went viral) in 2009 and left the organization due to their opposition of same-sex marriages.

Awards

  • 2001, Writers Guild Awards — The Valentine Davies Award: Winner
  • 2006, Independent Spirit Awards — Best First Feature: Winner
  • 2015, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series: Nominee
  • 2005, Writers Guild Awards — Adapted Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2005, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 2005, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Winner
  • 2006, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Nominee
  • 2007, BAFTA Film Awards — The Alexander Korda Award for the Outstanding British Film of the Year: Nominee
  • 2007, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Adapted Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2005, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Winner
  • 2006, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2005, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 2006, Writers Guild Awards — Original Screenplay: Winner
  • 2006, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Writer: Winner
  • 2004, Oscar — Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Nominee
  • 2006, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Director: Nominee
  • 2006, David di Donatello Awards — Best Foreign Film: Winner
  • 1988, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Winner
  • 1988, Emmy — Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2006, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Winner
  • 2006, BAFTA Film Awards — The David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction: Nominee

Relationships

  • Deborah Rennard — Wife (separated)
  • Diane Christine Gettas — Ex-wife
  • Jo Francis — Sister
  • Katy Haggis — Daughter
  • Kathy Slevin — Sister
  • Edward (Ted) Haggis — Father
  • Lauren Haggis — Daughter
  • James Haggis — Son
  • Mary Haggis — Mother
  • Alissa Haggis — Daughter

College

  • Attended Fanshawe College, London, Ontario, Canada

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  • Birth Name: Paul Edward Haggis
  • Birth Place: London, Ontario, Canada
  • Profession: Screenwriter, Producer, Director