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    • Film and TV Movie Credits:
      Hooked on Speedman (2008) as Paul
      Burnt Toast (2005) (TV) as Scott
      H2O (2004) (TV) as Thomas David McLaughlin
      Murder Most Likely (1999) (TV) as Patrick Kelly
      The Battle of Vimy Ridge-Part 4: The Battle Joined and Won (1997) (TV) as Narrator
      The Battle of Vimy Ridge-Part 3: The Battle Looms (1997) (TV) as Narrator
      The Battle of Vimy Ridge-Part 2: Keys to Victory (1997) (TV) as Narrator
      The Battle of Vimy Ridge-Part 1: Setting the Stage (1997) (TV) as Narrator
      Whale Music (1994) as Daniel Howl
      XXX's & OOO's (1994) (TV) as Bucky Dean
      Paint Cans (1994) as Morton Ridgewell
      Getting Married in Buffalo Jump (1990) (TV) as Alex Bresnyachuk
      Divided Loyalties (1989) as Walter Butler
      Turning to Stone (1985) (TV) as Billy

    • Works as a Playwright:
      The Deer and the Antelope Play (Northern Light Theatre, Edmonton,Alberta, 1981)
      Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Damascus (1982)
      The Dead of Winter (Toronto Free Theater, Canada, 1982)
      Sprung Rhythm (National Arts Centre, 1984)
      Thunder, Perfect Mind (Toronto Free Theatre, 1986)
      Tension Zero (Le Theatre de la Bordee, Montreal, Canada, 1986)

    • Theatrical Credits:
      A Midsummer Night's Dream as Lysander (Northern Lights Theatre, Edmonton, Canada, 1980)
      As You Like It as Silvius (Northern Lights Theatre, 1980)
      St. Joan as Dunois, D' Estivet, attendant (Northern Lights Theatre, 1981)
      The Winter's Tale as Florizel (Northern Lights Theatre, 1981)
      Mrs. Warren's Profession as Frank Gardner (Theatre Calgary, Canada, 1981)
      Unseen Hand (Theatre Calgary, 1982)
      Father West as Raglan (Theatre Calgary, 1982)
      The Deer and the Antelope Play as Woody, CC, Mary, Jimmy (Theatre Network, Edmonton, Canada, 1982)
      Take Me Where the Water's Warm as Donald Lampert (Festival Lennoxville, Lennoxville, Canada, 1982)
      The Kite as Motherwell (Festival Lennoxville, 1982)
      Walsh as Constable Clarence Underhill (National Arts Centre, Ottawa, Canada, 1983)
      In the Jungle of Cities as George Garga (Toronto Free Theatre, Canada, 1983)
      Successful Strategies as Dorante (Centaur Theatre, Montreal, Canada, 1985)
      Romeo and Juliet as Romeo (Toronto Free Theatre, High Park, 1985)
      Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching toward the Somme (Canadian Stage, Toronto, Canada, 1988)
      Cat on a Hot Tin Roof as Brick (Manitoba Theatre Center, Winnipeg, Canada, 1989)
      The Ruling Class as Jack, 14th Earl of Gurney (Stratford, Ontario, Canada, 2000)
      Hamlet as Hamlet (Festival Theatre, Stratford, Ontario, Canada, 2000)
      The Picture of Dorian Gray as Dorian Gray (Avon Theatre, Stratford, Ontario, 2000)
      St. Jon, Assistant Director (1984)

    • Paul has been married to Canadian actress Martha Burns since September 25, 1988. They have a son, Jack, and a daughter, Hannah.

    • Apart from his work as a writer, producer, director, and actor, Gross also composes and performs music with actor David Keeley. They recorded the following albums: Two Houses (1997), Holiday Heroes (1998), and Songs of Love and Carnage (2000).
      In August 1999, they appeared in several music videos including Santa Drives a Pick-Up, 32 Down on the Robert Mackensie Voodoo, Papa's Front Porch, and Two Houses.

    • When he went to Winnipeg, Canada to promote the movie Men with Brooms, Paul and film co-star Leslie Nielsen were awarded with honorary citizenship by city mayor Glen Murray in March 2002.

    • In 1998, Paul broke a rib when someone performed the Heimlich Maneuver on him, trying to get rid of his hiccups.

    • His biggest influence in making the film Passchendaele was his grandfather, who fought in World War I and shared stories with him about the war.

    • Paul's parents, Bob and Renie, run an online store that sell all things Paul. He has a younger brother named Tony.

    • Awards and Nominations:
      - Awards Won
      1981 - Alberta Culture Competition, for The Deer and the Antelope Play
      1982 - Alberta Culture Competition, for The Dead of Winter
      1982 - Clifford E. Lee Award, for The Deer and the Antelope Play
      1988 - Outstanding Performance by a Male in a Featured Role, Dora Awards, for Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Toward the Somme
      1995 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role, Gemini Awards, for Due South
      1996 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role, Gemini Awards, for Due South
      1998 - Best Writing in a Dramatic Series, Gemini Awards, for "Mountie on the Bounty (2)" on Due South, shared with John Krizanc and R.B. Carney
      1999 - Canada's Choice Award, Gemini Awards, for Due South, shared with Frank Siracusa, R.B. Carney, and David Cole
      2001 - Frame of Fame, Sudbury Cinéfest
      2003 - Film - Pretty Funny Direction, Canadian Comedy Awards, for Men with Brooms
      2004 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role, Gemini Awards, for "A Mirror Up to Nature" on Slings & Arrows
      2005 - ACTRA Toronto Award of Excellence
      2005 - Mini-Series - MOW & Miniseries, Writers Guild of Canada Awards, for H20, shared with John Krizanc
      2005 - Mini-Series - Best Performance by an Actor, Golden Nymph at Monte-Carlo TV Festival, for H20
      2005 - Directors Guild of Canada Award for Outstanding Team Achievement, for H20
      2007 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role, for "The Promised End" on Slings & Arrows
      2009 - Golden Reel Award, Genie Awards, for Passchendaele, shared with Frank Siracusa, Francis Damberger, and Niv Fichman
      2009 - Best Motion Picture, Genie Awards, for Passchendaele, shared with Frank Siracusa, Francis Damberger, and Niv Fichman

      - Award Nominations
      1986 - Best Writing in a TV Drama, Gemini Awards, for In This Corner
      1985 - Best Performance, Dora Awards, for Romeo and Juliet
      1994 - Best Writing in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series, Gemini Awards, for Gross Misconduct
      1997 - Best Writing in a Dramatic Series, Gemini Awards, for Due South, shared with John Krizanc and Paul Quarrington
      1998 - Best Writing in a Dramatic Series, Gemini Awards, for "Mountie on the Bounty (1)" on Due South, shared with John Krizanc and R.B. Carney
      1998 - Best Writing in a Dramatic Series, Gemini Awards, for "Burning Down the House" on Due South
      1998 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role, Gemini Awards, for "Burning Down the House" on Due South
      1998 - Best Dramatic Series, Gemini Awards, for Due South, shared with R.B. Carney, Frank Siracusa, Peter Bray, and George Bloomfield
      1999 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role, Gemini Awards, for Due South
      2000 (N) - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series, Gemini Awards, for Murder Most Likely
      2000 - Best TV Movie or Dramatic Mini-Series, Gemini Awards, for Murder Most Likely, shared with Frank Siracusa, R.B. Carney, Anna Marie La Traverse, and Robert Forsyth
      2003 - Film - Pretty Funny Male Performance, Canadian Comedy Awards, for Men with Brooms
      2003 - Film - Pretty Funny Writing, Canadian Comedy Awards, for Men with Brooms, shared with John Krizanc
      2003 - Best Screenplay, Original, Genie Awards, for Men with Brooms, shared with John Krizanc
      2005 - Best Writing in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series, Gemini Awards, for H20, shared with John Krizanc
      2005 - Best Dramatic Mini-Series, Gemini Awards, for H20, shared with Frank Siracusa
      2008 - Best Writing in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series, Gemini Awards, for The Trojan Horse, shared with John Krizanc
      2009 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Genie Awards, for Passchendaele

    • During his early teens, his drama teacher in Washington gave him the inspiration to work as an actor.

    • Paul attended Cheswyks School in Frimley Green, Surrey, England, UK.

    • Among the war films which inspired Gross as he was making Passchendaele are Saving Private Ryan (1998), Gallipoli (1981), and All Quiet on the Western Front (1930). He considers Stanley Kubrick's Paths of Glory as one of the greatest war films ever made.

    • Paul's biggest ambitions are "to be driving out on my parents' ranch and hear one of my songs on the radio." Another dream of his is to play the role of Richard III.

    • Paul is 6' (1.83 m), has blue eyes and brown hair.

  • Quotes

    • Paul Gross: (about his role on "Eastwick") It's really fun playing the devil. There's no real boundaries. There's no limitations to what I can or can't do. And I've been encouraging them to let me do things on the periphery, like set people on fire for no particular good reason.

    • Paul Gross: I was interested in the intimate casualties of war, and what it does to families and innocence and neighbours, and love, I suppose. The casualties of love. And the only thing that can counterbalance something as implacably brutal as a cataclysm like the first war is all these individual acts of love and self-sacrifice.

    • Paul Gross: Trust me, there's no more back-handed compliment than saying you like something because it's Canadian. Girls say it to me all the time.

    • Paul Gross: (on performing his music) I certainly don't want to be like Bryan Adams and have to play in gigantic stadiums. I think that would be daunting. I think playing in nice clubs is fun.

    • Paul Gross: It's intriguing to me why the First World War started. It's intriguing that the war continued even after both sides recognized it was hopeless. And it's also intriguing that it ended so ambivalently, leaving the door open for the second one.

    • Paul Gross: (about working on the screenplay of "Passchendaele" for 12 years) It was always sort of special. I remember Clint Eastwood talking about Unforgiven. He really wanted to make it, and he'd take it out like an old treasured watch and he'd look at it - 'Not this year' - and he'd put it back in his pocket. But it was always there. I always felt my script was like that.

    • Paul Gross: Movies are like the karaoke of the human heart-you need to be able to follow that heartbeat.

    • Paul Gross: (on working in Canada rather than the US) I'm a good f*cking Canadian. I don't see working here as a consolation prize.

    • Paul Gross: Somewhere after long division, I stopped doing math. That cut off the sciences. I decided I probably should try acting.

    • Paul Gross: (jokingly) I always say I was civilised by England.

    • Paul Gross: (on the rewards of being a writer) The most rewarding thing is directing actors. That is really a treat. Part of the reason is if you have really good actors, as I did, it's just a joy to watch them go at a scene. To be reminded of what a wonderful thing it is that actors can do...to inhabit these people. You've really only written these black and white symbols we call words and they suddenly are full bodied and they have hearts and it's fantastic.

    • Paul Gross: (on whether he'd be willing to portray Superman) I've got a cape... [grins] Yeah, you know, it always depends on the script really. It's not... the idea of playing Superman is one thing. It always comes down to whether the story is terrific and if the story is terrific... A lot of those big movies aren't that much fun to do.

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