Mar. 10th, 1953
London, Ontario, Canada
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Paul Haggis is the award-winning filmmaker who, in 2006, became the first screenwriter, since 1950, to write two Best Film Oscar winners back-to-back - "Million Dollar Baby" (2004) directed by Clint Eastwood, and "Crash" (2005) which he himself directed. For "Crash," he won Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. The film also received an additional four nominations including one for Haggis' direction. "Crash" reaped numerous awards during its year of release from associations such as the IFP Spirit Awards, the Screen Actors Guild, and BAFTA.
In 2006, Haggis' screenplay collaborations included the duo Clint Eastwood productions "Flags of our Fathers" and "Letters from Iwo Jima," the latter earning him his third screenplay Oscar nomination. He also helped pen "Casino Royale," which garnered considerable acclaim for reinvigorating the James Bond spy franchise and has written the screenplay for the next Bond production "Quantum of Solace."
Haggis' directorial follow-up to "Crash" was "In the Valley of Elah" which he wrote, directed, and produced, for Warner Independent Pictures. The film, which starred Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron and Susan Sarandon, was a suspense drama of a father's search for his missing son, who is reported AWOL after returning from Iraq. Jones earned a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his performance in the film.
Most recently, Haggis and his partner Michael Nozik formed Hwy 61 Films, based at United Artists. Their first venture is an adaptation of the celebrated Australian novel "The Ranger's Apprentice."
Haggis was born in London, Ontario, Canada and moved to California in his early 20s. For over two decades he has written, directed and produced television shows such as "thirtysomething" and "The Tracey Ullman Show," and also developed credits as a pup writer on many Norman Lear sitcoms. He created the acclaimed, if short-lived, CBS series "EZ Streets" which the New York Times cited as one of the most influential shows of all time, noting, that without it "there would be no Sopranos."
Haggis is equally committed to his private and social concerns. He is co-founder of Artists for Peace and Justice, a working board member of EMA (The Environmental Media Association) as well as the advocacy group Office Of The Americas, among others.
He is married, the father of four children, and splits his time between residences in Los Angeles and New York.
- Was nominated for an Oscar for writing three years in a row: 2005, 2006, and 2007.
- Shares the same birthday with Chuck Norris, the star of his hit TV series "Walker: Texas Ranger".
- He was originally going to direct _Million Dollar Baby (2004)_ (qv). He was in the middle of directing _Crash (2004)_ when Clint Eastwood asked to direct the film after being offered the lead. Haggis agreed.
- On March 5, 2006 became the first person in Oscar history to have written back-to-back best picture winners.
- 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."
- Has directed 2 actors in Oscar nominated performances: Matt Dillon (Best Supporting Actor for Crash) and Tommy Lee Jones (Best Lead Actor for In the Valley of Elah).
- Studied cinematography at London's Fanshawe College.
- Moved to LA age 22.
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