Paul Haggis

Screenwriter, Producer, Director
Despite getting his start as a sitcom writer on more than one embarrassing show, writer-director Paul Haggis earned a hard-fought-for career in Hollywood which culminated in winning Academy Awards for his biting racial ... Read more »
Born: 03/09/1953 in London, Ontario, CA

Filmography

Writer (23)

Third Person 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Next Three Days 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

L.A. Law 1987 - 2002, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Writer

Walker, Texas Ranger 1987 - 2002, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Creator

Quantum of Solace 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

In the Valley of Elah 2007 (Movie)

(Story By)

In the Valley of Elah 2007 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Casino Royale 2006 (Movie)

Screenplay (rewrite)(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Flags of Our Fathers 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Letters From Iwo Jima 2006 (Movie)

(Story By)

The Last Kiss 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial By Fire 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Creator

Crash 2005 (Movie)

(Story By)

Crash 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Million Dollar Baby 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mister Sterling 2003 (Tv Show)

Writer

Walker, Texas Ranger: Sons of Thunder 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Creator

Deadly Reunion 1994 (Movie)

(Creator)

Red Hot 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Nothing Is Easy 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Writer

Hangin' In 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Writer

Mr. Merlin 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Writer

The Return of the Shaggy Dog (TV Show)

Screenplay
Producer (11)

Third Person 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Next Three Days 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

Crash 1987 - 1991, 1994 - 1997, 1999 - 2002, 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Michael Hayes 1987 - 2002, 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

In the Valley of Elah 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Letters From Iwo Jima 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Crash 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Million Dollar Baby 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Thirtysomething 1987 - 1991, 1994 - 1997, 1999 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Supervising Producer

City (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Due South (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Director (11)

Third Person 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

The Next Three Days 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Due South 1987 - 2002, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

Family Law 1987 - 2002, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

In the Valley of Elah 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

The Black Donnellys 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

Crash 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

EZ Streets 1990 - 1991, 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

You Take the Kids 1990 - 1991, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

Red Hot 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Show Me a Hero (TV Show)

Director
Actor (4)

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Interviewee

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Casting By 2011 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

Entourage 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor
Music (1)

Crash 2005 (Movie)

("Gonna Buy Me a Rope") (Song)

Biography

Despite getting his start as a sitcom writer on more than one embarrassing show, writer-director Paul Haggis earned a hard-fought-for career in Hollywood which culminated in winning Academy Awards for his biting racial drama, "Crash" (2005). Prior to his Oscar triumph, Haggis spent years writing for popular, but unchallenging sitcoms like "Diff'rent Strokes" (NBC/ABC, 1978-1986), "One Day at a Time" (CBS, 1975-1984) and "The Facts of Life" (NBC, 1979-1988). Eventually, he transitioned from sitcoms to more respectable one-hour dramas, adding "thirtysomething" (ABC, 1987-1991) and "L.A. Law" (NBC, 1986-1994) to his growing television resume. After seeing several of his own pet projects summarily axed for poor ratings despite being of good quality, Haggis found a rebirth in film, receiving an Oscar nomination for his brutal, honest drama, "Million Dollar Baby" (2004) starring Clint Eastwood and Hilary Swank. He continued working with director Eastwood on "Flags of Our Fathers" (2006) and its companion piece "Letters from Iwo Jima" (2006); the latter earning him another Academy Award nod. But it was his second directing effort, "Crash," that earned Haggis the most acclaim - and in some cases criticism for its simplified views on race - as well as his first Oscar, taking the filmmaker as far away from his days on "The Facts of Life" as possible.

Relationships

Mary Haggis

Mother
Former owner of London Ontario's former Gallery Theatre at 36 York Street deceased

Ted Haggis Animal Trainer

Father
Former owner of London Ontario's former Gallery Theatre at 36 York Street

Deborah Rennard

Wife
Best known for her recurring role in Dallas (CBS) as J.R. Ewing's secretary Sylvia "Sly" Lovegren

Milestones

2010

Co-wrote and directed the thriller "The Next Three Days," starring Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks

2008

Contributed to the screenplay of the 22nd James Bond film "Quantum of Solace"

2007

Directed (also wrote) "In the Valley of Elah" starring Tommy Lee Jones as a father searching for his son, a soldier who recently returned from Iraq, but has gone missing

2007

Created the short-lived NBC drama "The Black Donnellys"

2006

Hired to do a rewrite of "Casino Royale," the 21st installment of the James Bond franchise, starring Daniel Craig

2006

Adapted the screenplay for "The Last Kiss," based on the 2001 film "L' Ultimo Bacio"

2006

Wrote the screenplay for "Flags Of Our Fathers," the true story of the six men who raised the flag on Iwo Jima, based on the book by James Bradley; also wrote and produced "Letters From Iwo Jima" the same story told from the Japanese perspective; earned a

2005

Made feature directing debut with "Crash," a drama featuring an ensemble cast that explores racial tensions in Los Angeles; also produced and co-wrote the screenplay; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Screenplay and an Oscar nomination for Directi

2004

Wrote the screenplay "Million Dollar Baby," based on a book of short stories by longtime fight manager Jerry Boyd; received an Academy Award nomination for best adapted screenplay

2003

Worked on the NBC series "Mr. Sterling," a political drama which starred Josh Brolin

1999

Helmed the CBS series "Family Law," starring Kathleen Quinlan

1996

Created the CBS drama "EZ Streets," a dark, ambiguous Mob tale starring Ken Olin and Joe Pantonliano

1994

Wrote and directed the short-lived CBS series "Due South," originally a made-for-TV movie on CBS

1993

Created the CBS series "Walker, Texas Ranger," starring Chuck Norris

1990

Signed with MTM Productions and created "City," the short-lived Valerie Harper CBS series

1987

Became the supervising producer and writer for the award winning ABC series "thirtysomething"

1986

Wrote for David E. Kelley's "L.A. Law" (NBC)

1984

Wrote for the ABC series "Who's the Boss" starring Judith Light and Tony Danza

1984

Worked as executive producer and writer for the series "The Facts of Life" (NBC)

1975

Hired as a writer for the CBS series "One Day at a Time"

Wrote the pilot for the Canadian sitcom "Hangin' In"

Worked as a writer for "The Love Boat" (ABC) and "Diff'rent Strokes" (NBC)

Moved to Hollywood at the age of 22 to become a writer

Penned his first play, based on C.S. Lewis' Narnia Chronicles; sister Kathy, then an actress, portrayed the witch

Bonus Trivia

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Paul Haggis publicly split from the Church of Scientology after 35 quiet years as a member. Haggis detailed the reasons for his split in a letter to Church of Scientology spokesman Tommy Davis, which was leaked to the public in October 2009. These reasons included its refusal to speak out or stop one of its chapters from supporting California's gay-marriage-banning Proposition 8, Davis' public betrayal and smear campaign against former members of the organization and the church ordering Haggis' wife, who was introduced to Scientology through her parents, to "disconnect" from them.

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