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.
- On March 5, 2006 became the first person in Oscar history to have written back-to-back best picture winners.
- Had a heart attack during the filming of "Crash," yet refused to let anyone else finish directing it. He returned to directing 2 weeks after the event.
- Was nominated for an Oscar for writing three years in a row: 2005, 2006, and 2007.
- The April 7, 2005 issue of Rolling Stone chose him as their breakthrough filmmaker of the year, saying "Crash, Haggis' directorial film debut is already being touted for this year's awards race."
- Son of Edward H. Haggis and Mary Yvonne Metcalfe, children: Alissa Sullivan, Lauren Kilvington, Katy Elizabeth.
- Shares the same birthday with Chuck Norris, the star of his hit TV series "Walker: Texas Ranger".
- Studied cinematography at London's Fanshawe College.
- Moved to LA age 22.
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