Paul Haggis is a noted Canadian writer and filmmaker. Haggis originally trained to be an artist before moving to Los Angeles in 1975 to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. He received his first credit in 1979 for writing the story of an episode of The Plastic…more
Pauk was nominated for an Oscar for writing three years in a row in 2005, 2006 and also 2007.
He is now married to Deborah Rennard.
He has four children.
He was originally going to direct Million Dollar Baby. But then Clint Eastwood asked to direct the film after being offered the lead.
He had a heart attack during the filming of Crash, yet refused to let anyone else finish directing it.
He shares the same birthday with Chuck Norris.
The April 7, 2005 issue of Rolling Stone chose him as their breakthrough filmmaker of the year.
In March 2006, he became the first person in the history of the Academy Awards to write two back to back best picture winners.
He was nominated for best director, by the Directors Guild of America.
He often works with Bruce Kirby.
He won an Emmy and Humantis Prize for the show thirtysomething.
He worked odd jobs as a furniture mover and an in store photographer for a department store, while trying to become a writer.
While in school, he spent his summers working for his father's construction company.
He first moved to England to become a fashion photographer, but went broke and came back to study cinematography.
He created the short lived show Due South.
In 2006, Paul won 2 Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture in his work on Crash.
He created the tv series Walker, Texas Ranger.
He wrote the screenplay for Million Dollar Baby.
In 2005 made his feature directing debut with Crash.
He wrote the pilot for the Canadian sitcom Hangin' In.
He was hired to do a rewrite of Casino Royale, the 21st installment in the Bond franchise.
He penned his first play, based on the Narnia Chronicles.
He moved to Hollywood at the age of 22 to become a writer.
Paul: 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...
Paul: 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.
Paul Haggis: 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.
Paul Haggis: As artists, we have to be brave. If we aren't brave, we aren't artists.