Paul Haggis

Lowest Rated: 25% Third Person (2014)
Birthday: Not Available
Birthplace: Not Available
Paul Haggis absorbed the principles of playwriting and theater production at an early age. His parents owned the Gallery Theatre in London, Ontario, and it was there that he began to develop his skills. Haggis went on to study cinematography at Fanshawe College before moving to California in 1975 at the age of 22, ready to begin writing for the camera. He started by contributing to such programs as The Love Boat, One Day at a Time, Diff'rent Strokes, and The Facts of Life -- where he took the title of producer for the first time. Television proved to be a natural venue for Haggis' creative talents. He spent the 1980s and '90s writing for series like The Tracey Ullman Show, Due South, L.A. Law, and EZ Streets. He also created and co-created such shows as Walker, Texas Ranger and Family Law, and acted as executive producer for series like Michael Hayes and Family Law. A serious milestone for Haggis would come in 2004, however, when he made his first high-profile foray into feature film.Haggis had his eye on two stories written by former fight manager Jerry Boyd (published under the name F.X. Toole) as the material through which he could create a screenplay. After securing them both, he wrote a script titled Million Dollar Baby -- a project that soon found Clint Eastwood signing on to play the lead, though the actor negotiated his way into the director's chair as well. He left Haggis' original draft unchanged and within a year of shooting, the film was in theaters, racking up four Oscars, including Best Picture. By this time Haggis was already steeped in his next project, a crime drama called Crash. Working from a story he'd conceived and a script he'd written himself, Haggis was able to achieve a unique vision by also helming the film. It was his first time directing a major motion picture, but it promised not to be the last, as Crash received vocal if not universal critical acclaim, including film critic Roger Ebert's proclamation that it was the best film of 2005. Crash was also nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Director and Best Picture, surprising many when it won the latter prize on Oscar night. In addition to his Academy Award for producing the Best Picture-winning film, Haggis also went home with an Oscar for co-writing the screenplay.Haggis wasn't about to rest on the success of his recent efforts, however. He began 2006 by penning the screenplay for the Zach Braff comedy The Last Kiss as well as adapting the James Bradley book The Flags of Our Fathers, which Clint Eastwood signed on to direct.


Highest Rated Movies



42% Gold Executive Producer $7.3M 2017
No Score Yet The Juliet Screenwriter 2016
95% Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief Actor 2015
25% Third Person Producer $0.7M 2014
94% Casting By Actor $14.5K 2013
51% The Next Three Days Screenwriter Producer Director $21.2M 2010
65% Quantum of Solace Screenwriter $168.5M 2008
73% In the Valley of Elah Director Screenwriter Producer $6.6M 2007
91% Letters from Iwo Jima Executive Producer $13.7M 2006
94% Casino Royale Screenwriter $167.1M 2006
73% Flags of Our Fathers Screenwriter $33.7M 2006
46% The Last Kiss Screenwriter $11.6M 2006
No Score Yet The Dialogue: Learning From the Masters - Paul Haggis Actor 2006
91% Million Dollar Baby Producer Screenwriter $100.5M 2004
74% Crash Producer Screenwriter Director $55.4M 2004
No Score Yet Ez Streets Director 1996
59% Crash Screenwriter $3.2M 1996
No Score Yet Red Hot Director 1993


No Score Yet CBS This Morning
  • 2015
  • 2013
97% Show Me a Hero
Executive Producer Director
  • 2015
  • 15
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
  • 2011
7% Crash
Producer Executive Producer
  • 2009
  • 2008
40% The Black Donnellys
Producer Executive Producer Screenwriter Director
  • 2007
66% Entourage
Guest Himself
  • 2006
No Score Yet Due South
Executive Producer Creator Screenwriter Director
  • 1995
85% Thirtysomething
  • 1988


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