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Paul Edward Haggis was born on 10 March 1953, in London, Ontario, Canada, to Mary Yvonne and Edward H. Haggis. He is a Canadian director, screenwriter and producer, perhaps best known for his work for the films “Million Dollar Baby” and “Crash”.

A noted filmmaker, how wealthy is Paul Haggis? Sources state that Haggis’ net worth reaches $50 million, as of mid-2016. His wealth has been acquired through his involvement in the entertainment industry.

Paul Haggis Net Worth $50 Million

Haggis attended St. Thomas More Elementary School, and later enrolled in H. B. Beal Secondary School to study art. In 1966 he moved to England to pursue a career as a fashion photographer, but soon returned to Canada to enroll in Fanshawe College to study cinematography.

After his graduation in 1975 he moved to Los Angeles, California, to pursue a career in screenwriting. His parents were the owners of London’s Gallery Theatre, which served as a perfect place for him to learn about the industry, and gain some theater experience, and at the age of 19 he even started to write plays for the local community theater. After moving to LA, Haggis got his first writing job, for the Canadian television series called “Hangin’ In”. He soon got another offer, this time from Hollywood for the series “Diff’rent Strokes”. He also worked for the ’70s sitcoms “One Day at a Time”, “The Love Boat” and “The Facts of Life”, also serving as a producer in the latter.

Haggis’ ’80s and ’90s screenwriting and production work includes the series “The Tracey Ullman Show”, “L.A. Law”, “EZ Streets”, “Walker, Texas Ranger”, “Family Law” and “Michael Hayes”. In the 1987 series “thirtysomething” he served as a supervising producer, writer and director, earning two Emmy Awards. All the aforementioned productions contributed significantly to his net worth.

In 1994 Haggis returned to Canada to work as a creator, executive producer, screenwriter and unit director for the series “Due South”, which lasted until 1999. The show was a great success and brought Haggis five Gemini awards as well as Canada’s Choice Award. His net worth was again boosted.

In 2004 he turned to feature films, and created the screenplay for the sports drama movie “Million Dollar Baby”, starring Clint Eastwood, who was also the film’s director; a huge success at the box office, the film received four Academy Awards and considerably added to Haggis’ net worth.

The same year he served as a co-writer, producer and director for another drama film, the highly acclaimed “Crash” – based on the racial and social tensions in Los Angeles, the movie won rave reviews as well as numerous awards, including three Academy Awards and two BAFTA Awards. Haggis himself won two Academy Awards for his work in production and screenwriting. The film also received a number of nominations including one for Haggis’ direction, and contributed significantly to his wealth.

By producing two Best Picture winners in a single year, Haggis became the only person in Oscar history to do so, earning star status. Since then, he has written the screenplay for two of Eastwood’s 2006 films “Flags of Our Fathers” and “Letters from Iwo Jima”. In the following years, he served as a screenwriter for the film “Casino Royale” and “Quantum of Solace”, as screenwriter, director and producer for “In the Valley of Elah”, and as screenwriter and director for “The Next Three Days” and “Third Person”. His net worth rose consistently.

As for television, Haggies created the 2007 series “The Black Donellys” and served as director and executive producer for the 2015 series “Show Me a Hero”. Additionally, he co-wrote the screenplay for the 2011 video game “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3”. All added to his wealth. His most recent producition work has been for the upcoming drama thriller film “Gold”.

In his private life, Haggis was married to Diane Christine Gettas from 1977 to 1994, and they have three children. In 1997 he married actress, producer and writer Deborah Rennard, with whom he has a son, actor James Haggis. The couple has recently filed for divorce.

Haggis made headlines in 2009 when he publicly quit the Church of Scientology, due to his disagreement with the organization’s support of banning gay marriage in California. He now says that he is a confirmed atheist.

Paul is involved in philanthropy, founding a non-profit organization called Artists for Peace and Justice, which helps the unprivileged youth in Haiti.


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Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Inversion 2018 screenplay pre-production
The Juliet screenplay announced
Third Person 2013 screenplay
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 2011 Video Game writer
The Next Three Days 2010 screenplay
Quantum of Solace 2008 written by
Speechless 2008 TV Movie documentary written by
In the Valley of Elah 2007 screenplay / story
The Black Donnellys TV Series created by - 13 episodes, 2007 story - 2 episodes, 2007 writer - 1 episode, 2007 written by - 1 episode, 2007
Letters from Iwo Jima 2006 story
Casino Royale 2006 screenplay
Flags of Our Fathers 2006 screenplay
The Last Kiss 2006 screenplay
Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire 2005 TV Movie creator
Million Dollar Baby 2004 screenplay
Crash 2004/I screenplay / story
Mister Sterling TV Series written by - 2 episodes, 2003 story - 1 episode, 2003 teleplay - 1 episode, 2003
Family Law TV Series created by - 68 episodes, 1999 - 2002 writer - 8 episodes, 1999 - 2001
Walker, Texas Ranger TV Series created by - 195 episodes, 1993 - 2001 creator - 1 episode, 1993
Due South TV Series created by - 66 episodes, 1994 - 1999 written by - 10 episodes, 1994 - 1995 story - 1 episode, 1995 teleplay - 1 episode, 1995
Ghost of a Chance 1998 TV Movie
Michael Hayes 1997 TV Series creator / pilot and multiple episodes
EZ Streets TV Series 1 episode writer - 5 episodes, 1996 - 1997 story - 4 episodes, 1996 - 1997 teleplay - 3 episodes, 1996 - 1997 teleplay by - 1 episode
L.A. Law TV Series written by - 3 episodes, 1994 story by - 1 episode, 1994
Red Hot 1993 written by
You Take the Kids 1990-1991 TV Series written by - 3 episodes
City TV Series created by - 13 episodes, 1990 written by - 2 episodes, 1990 story - 1 episode, 1990
The Tracey Ullman Show 1989 TV Series written by - 1 episode
FM 1989 TV Series 1 episode
Thirtysomething TV Series written by - 2 episodes, 1988 teleplay by - 1 episode, 1987
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1987 TV Series 1 episode
Nothing Is Easy 1987 TV Series teleplay - 1 episode
The Facts of Life TV Series written by - 11 episodes, 1982 - 1986 teleplay by - 2 episodes, 1984 - 1985 story by - 1 episode, 1985
Charmed Lives 1986 TV Series screenplay - 1 episode
Who's the Boss? TV Series story by - 1 episode, 1986 teleplay by - 1 episode, 1986
One Day at a Time 1983-1984 TV Series written by - 3 episodes
Diff'rent Strokes TV Series teleplay by - 2 episodes, 1982 - 1983 written by - 1 episode, 1983 story by - 1 episode, 1982
The Puppy's Further Adventures 1983 TV Series writer
Ri¢hie Ri¢h 1982 TV Series story - 1982
The Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Puppy Hour 1982 TV Series story - 1982
Mr. Merlin 1982 TV Series written by - 1 episode
The Love Boat 1981 TV Series written by - 1 episode
Heathcliff 1980 TV Series story - 1980-1981
The Ri¢hie Ri¢h/Scooby-Doo Show 1980 TV Series story - 1980
The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show 1979 TV Series story - 1980

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lead and Copper 2017 Documentary executive producer post-production
Gold 2016/I executive producer completed
Show Me a Hero 2015 TV Mini-Series executive producer - 6 episodes
Third Person 2013 producer
The Next Three Days 2010 producer
Crash 2008-2009 TV Series executive producer - 26 episodes
In the Valley of Elah 2007 producer
The Black Donnellys 2007 TV Series executive producer - 13 episodes
Letters from Iwo Jima 2006 executive producer
Million Dollar Baby 2004 producer
Crash 2004/I producer
Family Law 1999 TV Series executive producer
Ghost of a Chance 1998 TV Movie executive producer
Michael Hayes 1997-1998 TV Series executive producer - 8 episodes
EZ Streets 1996-1997 TV Series executive producer - 10 episodes
Due South 1994-1995 TV Series executive producer - 23 episodes
You Take the Kids 1990 TV Series executive producer
City 1990 TV Series executive producer - 13 episodes
Thirtysomething 1987-1988 TV Series supervising producer - 20 episodes
The Facts of Life TV Series producer - 22 episodes, 1985 - 1986 executive producer - 2 episodes, 1986
Who's the Boss? 1986 TV Series co-executive producer - 1 episode

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Michael Hayes 1997 TV Series developer
Due South 1995-1996 TV Series executive consultant - 18 episodes
L.A. Law 1994 TV Series creative consultant - 7 episodes
The Facts of Life 1984-1985 TV Series executive script consultant - 7 episodes
One Day at a Time 1983-1984 TV Series story editor - 3 episodes
Diff'rent Strokes 1982-1983 TV Series story editor - 8 episodes

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Show Me a Hero 2015 TV Mini-Series 6 episodes
Third Person 2013
The Next Three Days 2010
We Are the World 25 for Haiti 2010 TV Movie documentary
In the Valley of Elah 2007
The Black Donnellys 2007 TV Series 2 episodes
Crash 2004/I
Family Law 1999-2001 TV Series 5 episodes
Ghost of a Chance 1998 TV Movie
EZ Streets 1996 TV Series 1 episode
Due South 1995 TV Series 3 episodes
Red Hot 1993
You Take the Kids 1990 TV Series 1 episode

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
M.L.E. 2015 Director
California Entertainment Weekly 2005 TV Series Canadian Director, Screenwriter, Producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Crash 2004/I lyrics: "Gonna Buy Me a Rope" - as P. Haggis / music: "Gonna Buy Me a Rope" - as P. Haggis

Assistant Director

Assistant Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Due South 1994 TV Series second unit director - 1 episode

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Run Saga: Breathe 2017 thanks for inspiration post-production
Shadow Boxer 2012 Short very special thanks
Noor 2011 Short special thanks
Making the Next Three Days 2011 Video short special thanks
The Men of The Next Three Days 2011 Video short special thanks
Hangnail 2011 Short special thanks
Fish Out of Water 2009/I Documentary special thanks
Kopf oder Zahl 2009 thanks
Adam 2009/I special thanks
The Disk: Code Zero 2008 special thanks
Red Sun, Black Sand: The Making of 'Letters from Iwo Jima' 2007 Video documentary short special thanks
The Endgame Study 2007 Short special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
CBS This Morning 2015 TV Series Himself - Director, Show Me a Hero
The Big Interview with Dan Rather 2015 TV Series Himself
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief 2015 Documentary Himself
HuffPost Live Conversations 2014 TV Series Himself
Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 TV Series Himself
Million Dollar Baby: On the Ropes 2014 Video short Himself
Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story 2013 Documentary Himself
The Hour 2010-2013 TV Series Himself
Casting By 2012 Documentary Himself
Last Call with Carson Daly 2011 TV Series Himself - Guest
Making the Next Three Days 2011 Video short Himself
The Men of The Next Three Days 2011 Video short Himself
Janela Indiscreta 2011 TV Series Himself
Miss Representation 2011 Documentary Himself
Made in Hollywood 2010 TV Series Himself
Mulholland Drive - Ein Hollywood-Mythos 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2010 TV Series Himself
Make or Break TV 2008 TV Series documentary Himself
Ian Fleming's Incredible Creation 2008 Video documentary short Himself
The Road to Casino Royale 2008 Video documentary short Himself
The Business End: Violence in Cinema 2008 Video documentary short Himself
The Evolution of Clint Eastwood 2008 Video documentary short Himself
E! True Hollywood Story 2008 TV Series documentary Himself
In the Valley of Elah: Documentary 2008 Video documentary Himself
Caiga quien caiga 2008 TV Series Himself
Irak-Afganistán, la guerra llega al cine 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
Reinventando Hollywood 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2007 TV Series Himself
Tavis Smiley 2005-2007 TV Series Himself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2005-2007 TV Series Himself
Red Sun, Black Sand: The Making of 'Letters from Iwo Jima' 2007 Video documentary short Himself
La noche de los Oscar 2007 TV Movie Himself - Interviewee
Film '72 2006 TV Series Himself
Becoming Bond 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
Shootout 2005-2006 TV Series Himself
HBO First Look 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
Entourage 2006 TV Series Himself
The Dialogue: An Interview with Screenwriter Paul Haggis 2006 Video Himself
Behind the Metal & Glass: The Making of 'Crash' 2006 Video documentary short Himself
Crash: L.A. - The Other Main Character 2006 Video short Himself
Crash: On Paul Haggis 2006 Video short Himself
Crash: Unspoken 2006 Video short Himself
The 78th Annual Academy Awards 2006 TV Special Himself - Winner: Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay
2006 Independent Spirit Awards 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 11th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
'Crash' Featurette 2005 Video documentary short Himself
Crash: Behind the Scenes 2005 Video short Himself
The Producers: Round 15 2005 Video documentary short Himself
The 40th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1988 TV Special Himself - Winner: Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series & Co-Winner: Outstanding Drama Series

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Oscar, que empiece el espectáculo 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013 Golden Key Key West Film Festival Career Achievement
2011 A Tribute to... Award Zurich Film Festival
2010 Capri Peace Award Capri, Hollywood
2007 SIGNIS Award Venice Film Festival In the Valley of Elah (2007)
2007 Movies for Grownups Award AARP Movies for Grownups Awards Best Screenwriter Flags of Our Fathers (2006) · William Broyles Jr.
2006 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Original Screenplay Crash (2004) · Robert Moresco
2006 Humanitas Prize Humanitas Prize Feature Film Category Crash (2004) · Robert Moresco
2006 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best First Feature Crash (2004) · Cathy Schulman (producer)
· Don Cheadle (producer)
· Bob Yari (producer)
· Mark R. Harris (producer)
· Robert Moresco (producer)
2006 ALFS Award London Critics Circle Film Awards Screenwriter of the Year Crash (2004) · Robert Moresco
2006 OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Breakthrough Filmmaker Crash (2004)
2006 WGA Award (Screen) Writers Guild of America, USA Best Original Screenplay Crash (2004) · Robert Moresco (screenplay)
2006 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Motion Picture of the Year Crash (2004) · Cathy Schulman
2006 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Writing, Original Screenplay Crash (2004) · Robert Moresco (screenplay)
2006 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Screenplay - Original Crash (2004) · Robert Moresco
2006 Austin Film Critics Award Austin Film Critics Association Best Director Crash (2004)
2006 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Film Crash (2004) · Don Cheadle
· Bob Yari
· Cathy Schulman
· Mark R. Harris
· Robert Moresco
2006 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Writer Crash (2004) · Robert Moresco
2006 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Screenplay Crash (2004) · Robert Moresco
2006 David David di Donatello Awards Best Foreign Film (Miglior Film Straniero) Crash (2004)
2005 Golden Schmoes Golden Schmoes Awards Best Screenplay of the Year Crash (2004) · Robert Moresco
2005 Hollywood Breakthrough Award Hollywood Film Awards Breakthrough Directing Crash (2004)
2005 IOMA Italian Online Movie Awards (IOMA) Best Adapted Screenplay (Miglior sceneggiatura non originale) Million Dollar Baby (2004)
2005 Sierra Award Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards Best Screenplay Crash (2004) · Robert Moresco
2005 NYFCO Award New York Film Critics, Online Best Screenplay Crash (2004)
2005 NYFCO Award New York Film Critics, Online Best Debut as Director Crash (2004)
2005 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Crash (2004) · Robert Moresco
2005 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Breakout Performance - Behind the Camera Crash (2004)
2005 Kanbar Award San Francisco International Film Festival
2005 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Screenplay, Adapted Million Dollar Baby (2004)
2005 SEFCA Award Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards Best Original Screenplay Crash (2004) · Robert Moresco
2005 USC Scripter Award USC Scripter Award Million Dollar Baby (2004) · F.X. Toole (author)
2005 WAFCA Award Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Screenplay - Original Crash (2004) · Robert Moresco
2005 Discover Screenwriting Award American Screenwriters Association, USA Million Dollar Baby (2004)
2005 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Original Screenplay Crash (2004) · Robert Moresco
2005 Black Movie Award Black Movie Awards Outstanding Motion Picture Crash (2004) · Don Cheadle
· Mark R. Harris
· Robert Moresco
· Cathy Schulman
· Bob Yari
2005 Grand Special Prize Deauville Film Festival Crash (2004)
2001 Valentine Davies Award Writers Guild of America, USA
1997 Founder's Award Viewers for Quality Television Awards EZ Streets (1996)
1996 Gemini Gemini Awards Best Dramatic Series Due South (1994) · Kathy Slevin
· Jeff King
· George Bloomfield
1996 Gemini Gemini Awards Best Writing in a Dramatic Series Due South (1994) · David Shore
1996 Canada's Choice Award Gemini Awards Due South (1994) · Jeff King
· Kathy Slevin
· George Bloomfield
1995 Gemini Gemini Awards Best Writing in a Dramatic Series Due South (1994) · Kathy Slevin
1995 Gemini Gemini Awards Best Dramatic Series · Jeff King
· Kathy Slevin
1988 Humanitas Prize Humanitas Prize 60 Minute Category Thirtysomething (1987) · Marshall Herskovitz
1988 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Drama Series Thirtysomething (1987) · Edward Zwick (executive producer/producer)
· Marshall Herskovitz (executive producer)
· Scott Winant (producer)
1988 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series Thirtysomething (1987) · Marshall Herskovitz (writer)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 DGA Award Directors Guild of America, USA Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series Show Me a Hero (2015)
2011 Movies for Grownups Award AARP Movies for Grownups Awards Best Director The Next Three Days (2010)
2011 Movies for Grownups Award AARP Movies for Grownups Awards Best Screenwriter The Next Three Days (2010)
2008 IOMA Italian Online Movie Awards (IOMA) Best Original Screenplay (Miglior sceneggiatura originale) In the Valley of Elah (2007) · Mark Boal
2008 Movies for Grownups Award AARP Movies for Grownups Awards Best Director In the Valley of Elah (2007)
2008 Movies for Grownups Award AARP Movies for Grownups Awards Best Screenwriter In the Valley of Elah (2007)
2008 David David di Donatello Awards Best Foreign Film (Miglior Film Straniero) In the Valley of Elah (2007)
2007 Golden Lion Venice Film Festival In the Valley of Elah (2007)
2007 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Writing, Original Screenplay Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) · Iris Yamashita (screenplay/story)
2007 Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film BAFTA Awards Casino Royale (2006) · Michael G. Wilson
· Barbara Broccoli
· Martin Campbell
· Neal Purvis
· Robert Wade
2007 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Screenplay - Adapted Casino Royale (2006) · Neal Purvis
· Robert Wade
2007 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Writing Casino Royale (2006) · Neal Purvis
· Robert Wade
2007 Edgar Edgar Allan Poe Awards Best Motion Picture Screen Play Casino Royale (2006) · Neal Purvis (screenplay)
· Robert Wade (screenplay)
· Ian Fleming (novel)
2006 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Motion Picture Crash (2004) · Cathy Schulman
2006 IOMA Italian Online Movie Awards (IOMA) Best Original Screenplay (Miglior sceneggiatura originale) Crash (2004) · Robert Moresco
2006 ALFS Award London Critics Circle Film Awards Director of the Year Crash (2004)
2006 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Crash (2004) · Robert Moresco
2006 OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Original Screenplay Crash (2004) · Robert Moresco
2006 PGA Award PGA Awards Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures Crash (2004) · Cathy Schulman
2006 Robert Robert Festival Best American Film (Årets amerikanske film) Crash (2004)
2006 Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Screenplay, Adapted Flags of Our Fathers (2006) · William Broyles Jr.
2006 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Achievement in Directing Crash (2004)
2006 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Screenplay - Motion Picture Crash (2004) · Robert Moresco
2006 David Lean Award for Direction BAFTA Awards Crash (2004)
2006 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Director Crash (2004)
2006 DGA Award Directors Guild of America, USA Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures Crash (2004)
2006 Edgar Edgar Allan Poe Awards Best Motion Picture Screenplay Crash (2004) · Robert Moresco (screenplay)
2005 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Motion Picture Million Dollar Baby (2004) · Clint Eastwood
· Tom Rosenberg
· Albert S. Ruddy
2005 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Adapted Screenplay Million Dollar Baby (2004)
2005 IOMA Italian Online Movie Awards (IOMA) Best Picture (Miglior film) Million Dollar Baby (2004) · Clint Eastwood (director / producer)
· Tom Rosenberg (producer)
· Albert S. Ruddy (producer)
2005 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Picture Million Dollar Baby (2004) · Clint Eastwood
· Tom Rosenberg
· Albert S. Ruddy
2005 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium Million Dollar Baby (2004)
2005 OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Adapted Screenplay Million Dollar Baby (2004) · F.X. Toole (story)
2005 Satellite Award Satellite Awards Outstanding Screenplay, Original Crash (2004) · Robert Moresco
2005 SLFCA Award St. Louis Film Critics Association, US Best Screenplay Crash (2004) · Robert Moresco
2005 WGA Award (Screen) Writers Guild of America, USA Best Adapted Screenplay Million Dollar Baby (2004)
2005 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay Million Dollar Baby (2004)
2005 Movies for Grownups Award AARP Movies for Grownups Awards Best Screenwriter Million Dollar Baby (2004) · F.X. Toole
2005 DFWFCA Award Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Best Director Crash (2004)
2005 Screen International Award European Film Awards Crash (2004)
2004 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Motion Picture Million Dollar Baby (2004) · Clint Eastwood
· Tom Rosenberg
· Albert S. Ruddy
1996 Gemini Gemini Awards Best Writing in a Dramatic Series Due South (1994)
1995 Gemini Gemini Awards Best Writing in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series Due South (1994)
1989 WGA Award (TV) Writers Guild of America, USA Episodic Drama Thirtysomething (1987) · Jean Vallely (story)
1985 Humanitas Prize Humanitas Prize Children's Animation Category CBS Storybreak (1985)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2005 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Motion Picture Crash (2004) · Don Cheadle
· Mark R. Harris
· Robert Moresco
· Cathy Schulman
· Bob Yari
2005 BSFC Award Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best New Filmmaker Crash (2004)
2004 Seattle Film Critics Award Seattle Film Critics Awards Best Screenplay, Adapted Million Dollar Baby (2004)
2004 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Adapted Screenplay Million Dollar Baby (2004)


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#Fact
1 Father of Alissa Haggis (Sullivan), Lauren Haggis (Kilvington) and Katy Haggis from his marriage to Diane Christine Gettas.
2 Father of actor James Haggis from his marriage to Deborah Rennard.
3 Quit the Church of Scientology in 2009--after 34 years--because he disagreed with the organization about its support of Proposition 8, which outlawed same-sex marriage in California. His public break with the church was profiled in a long piece by Lawrence Wright in the February 14, 2011, issue of "The New Yorker"; the article was unusual in that it shed light on some of the inner workings and controversies of the normally secretive Church of Scientology. In the profile Haggis estimated that he spent more than $100,000 on courses and auditing, and $300,000 on various Scientology initiatives.
4 Has directed 2 actors in Oscar nominated performances: Matt Dillon (Best Supporting Actor for Crash (2004) and Tommy Lee Jones (Best Lead Actor for In the Valley of Elah (2007)).
5 Was nominated for an Oscar for writing three years in a row: 2005, 2006, and 2007.
6 He was born exactly 13 years later than Chuck Norris, the star of his hit TV series Walker, Texas Ranger (1993).
7 On March 5, 2006 became the first person in Oscar history to have written back-to-back best picture winners.
8 Produced two Best Picture winners in a row: Million Dollar Baby (2004) and Crash (2004).
9 Studied cinematography at London's Fanshawe College.
10 Moved to Los Angeles at age 22.
11 Had a heart attack during the filming of Crash (2004), yet refused to let anyone else finish directing it. He returned to directing 2 weeks after the event.
12 He was originally going to direct Million Dollar Baby (2004). He was in the middle of directing Crash (2004) when Clint Eastwood asked to direct the film after being offered the lead. Haggis agreed.
13 The April 7, 2005, issue of Rolling Stone chose him as their breakthrough filmmaker of the year, saying "Crash (2004), Haggis' directorial film debut is already being touted for this year's awards race.".
14 In March 2003, Razor Magazine made a list of "nonconformists that defy dictates, the iconoclasts that cling to independent thought, the radicals that refuse adherence, that give us pause. They are what legends are made of." Along with Sam Shepard, Julian Schnabel, Baz Luhrmann, Lance Armstrong, Richard Branson, Robert Shapiro, John Irving and Bill Clinton, Razor Magazine named Haggis one of its "25 Mavericks of our time.".
15 He is the son of Edward (Ted) H. Haggis and Mary Yvonne Metcalfe. His mother was a catholic. He has two younger sisters: Kathy and Jo. Children with Diane Gettas (married 1977-1997): Alissa Sullivan (born 1978), Lauren Kilvington and Katy Elizabeth. Son with Deborah Rennard (married 1997-): James (born 1998).

#Quote
1 [on his film Crash (2004) winning the Oscar for Best Picture] Was it the best film of the year? I don't think so, there were great films that year. Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005) - amazing film. Capote (2005) - terrific film. Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain (2005), great film. And Spielberg's Munich (2005). I mean please, what a year. Crash, for some reason, affected people, it touched people. And you can't judge these films like that. I'm very glad to have those Oscars. They're lovely things. But you shouldn't ask me what the best film of the year was because I wouldn't be voting for Crash, only because I saw the artistry that was in the other films. Now however, for some reason that's the film that touched people the most that year. So I guess that's what they voted for, something that really touched them. And I'm very proud of the fact that Crash does touch you. People still come up to me more than any of my films and say: "That film just changed my life." I've heard that dozens and dozens and dozens of times. So it did its job there. I mean, I knew it was the social experiment that I wanted, so I think it's a really good social experiment. Is it a great film? I don't know.
2 [on whether he thinks Scientology is a cult] Of course it is, it's a system of belief that you've got these people inside this fortress who won't look out, who won't look at any criticism, who can't bear to think that everyone is against them.
3 What I love about writing is the contradictions we all embody as human beings.
4 Talking about Walker, Texas Ranger (1993): "It was the most successful thing I ever did," he says. "Two weeks of work. They never even used my script!"
5 Talking about Scientology (in the New Yorker): Demands for donations never seemed to stop. They used friends and any kind of pressure they could apply. I gave them money just to keep them from calling and hounding me.
6 As artists, we have to be brave. If we aren't brave, we aren't artists.
7 Artists need to be outsiders in order to really view what's going on. That little bit of detachment has been great for me being down here. I look like everyone else; I almost sound like everyone else, except for the odd time I say chesterfield or serviette. But I am different. And I am proud to be a Canadian...
8 The worst thing you can do to a filmmaker is to walk out of his film and go, "That was a nice movie." But if you can cause people to walk out and then argue about the film on the sidewalk ... I think we're all seeking dissension, and we love to affect an audience.
9 A lot of films made me love the movies, everything from Hitchcock to Godard. But the ones that really grabbed me were Costa-Gavras's films like Z (1969) and State of Siege (1972).
10 "I agreed to write the pilot because I thought it would just go away, but it became this huge hit and I remember waking up at 3 or 4 in the morning in a cold sweat, dripping wet. I mean, I was drenched. I just pictured my tombstone and it said: 'Paul Haggis: Creator of Walker Texas Ranger.' So the impetus for making these movies is really just to wipe that image from my mind." (on his decision to move from television to films like Crash (2004))


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