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Paul Haggis

Birth name Paul Edward Haggis
Born March 10, 1953 (1953-03-10) (age 54)
Flag of Canada London, Ontario, Canada
Spouse(s) Diane Christine Gettas (9 April 1977 - 1994) 3 children
Deborah Rennard (21 June 1997 - present) 1 child
Academy Awards
Best Picture
Win:
2005 Crash
Best Director
Nominated:
2005 Crash
Best Original Screenplay
Win:
2005 Crash
Nominated:
2006 Letters from Iwo Jima
Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated:
2004 Million Dollar Baby

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Personal Life

Haggis is the son of the late Mary and Ted Haggis, one-time owners of London, Ontario's former Gallery Theatre at 36 York Street, where Haggis cut his teeth in theatre production, directing and playwriting in the early 1970s. The Gallery Theatre was subsequently purchased by the London Community Players before the amateur theatrical group purchased the Palace Theatre in east London.


Haggis attended St. George's Public School, Catholic Central High School, H.B. Beal Secondary School and Fanshawe College in London. For other schools with similar names, please see Catholic Central High School. ... The H.B. Beal Secondary School is a high school in London, Ontario. ... Fanshawe College is a large community college in London, Ontario, Canada. ...


In 1975 at age 22, Haggis left London for Los Angeles to follow his dream of writing television and movie scripts. According to his father Ted, it was "three years, two months and 10 days" before his son sold his first TV script (father Ted had been sending his son Paul $100 a week during these lean years, during which Paul landed odd jobs, including moving furniture).


He is a practicing Scientologist and is the father of four children and resides in Santa Monica, California, with his second wife, singer-actor Deborah Rennard. Scientology is a system of beliefs and practices created by American pulp fiction[1][2] and science fiction [3] author L. Ron Hubbard in 1952 as a self-help philosophy. ... For other uses, see Santa Monica (disambiguation). ... Deborah Rennard is an American actress. ...


Success and fame years later

Television

As a television writer/producer, he created or co-created the series Walker, Texas Ranger, Due South, Family Law, and the celebrated, if quickly cancelled EZ Streets. In 1989, he received two Emmy awards for his work on the show thirtysomething-one as a writer, and another as a producer. He returned to television in the spring of 2007, after NBC picked up a 13-episode order for his crime drama, The Black Donnellys. The show was canceled by NBC on May 14, 2007. HDNet will air the remaining six episodes and Paul is in talks with the network to pick up season two. Walker, Texas Ranger is an American television western/police dramatic series, created by Leslie Greif and Paul Haggis. ... Due South is an award-winning Canadian television police drama created by Paul Haggis and produced by Alliance Communications (now part of Alliance Atlantis), first airing in 1994. ... Family Law was a television drama starring Kathleen Quinlan as a divorced lawyer who attempted to start her own law firm after her lawyer husband took all their old clients. ... EZ Streets is an American television drama created by Paul Haggis. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... An Emmy Award. ... thirtysomething (1987 – 1991) was a ground-breaking and award-winning American evening television drama, of the type popularly labeled a soap opera when broadcast during the daytime. ... This article contains a trivia section. ... HDNet is a general interest television channel in the United States, broadcasting exclusively in high-definition format, and available via cable and satellite television. ...


Film

In addition to directing multiple episodes of the above-mentioned television shows, Haggis has directed several feature films and written several successful screenplays. Red Hot, his directorial debut, had a limited video release in 1993. 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ...


Around the turn of the century he came into his own as both a writer and director in films. As a film writer, he received an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for 2004's Million Dollar Baby, directed by Clint Eastwood, which won four Oscars, including Best Picture. Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Million Dollar Baby is an Academy Award winning 2004 dramatic film directed by Clint Eastwood. ... Clint Eastwood (born Clinton Eastwood, Jr. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ...


His second directorial effort performed equally as well. Crash, which he co-wrote, directed and co-produced debuted in September 2004 at the Toronto Film Festival. Lions Gate Films purchased the distribution rights for $3 million and released it internationally in May of 2005 to mostly positive reviews, with Ebert & Roeper giving it "two thumbs way up" and Roger Ebert naming it the best film of the year. Crash is an Academy Award-winning drama film directed by Paul Haggis. ... The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is generally considered to be one of the five top film festivals in the world. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Lions Gate Films. ... Ebert & Roeper promotional image Ebert & Roeper at the Movies (more commonly known as Ebert & Roeper) is a movie review television program featuring film critics Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper, both of the Chicago Sun-Times. ... Roger Joseph Ebert (born June 18, 1942) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American film critic. ...


The film was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay categories. He won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and the film itself received the Academy Award for Best Picture. Overall, he has won two Academy Awards and been nominated for four. He lost the directing prize to Ang Lee for Brokeback Mountain, but he became the only man in history to have penned two consecutive Best Picture Oscar-winners.[1] Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... Ang Lee (Chinese: ; Hanyu Pinyin: ) (born October 23, 1954) is an Academy Award-winning film director from Taiwan. ... Brokeback Mountain is an Academy Award-winning 2005 film that depicts the complex emotional, sexual, and romantic relationship between two men in the American West from 1963 to 1983. ...


Haggis' third film as a director, which he also wrote, is titled Honeymoon with Harry and was scheduled for release in 2006.


Haggis also adapted, for director Eastwood, James Bradley's book Flags of Our Fathers, about the Battle of Iwo Jima. The film was released on October 20, 2006. James Bradley (March 1693 – July 13, 1762) was an English astronomer, Astronomer Royal from 1742. ... Flags of Our Fathers (2000) is the New York Times-bestselling book by James Bradley with Ron Powers about the five United States Marines and one United States Navy Corpsman (Medic) who would eventually be made famous by Joe Rosenthals lauded photograph of the flag raising at Iwo Jima... Combatants United States Empire of Japan Commanders Holland Smith Tadamichi Kuribayashi â€  Strength 110,000 22,000 Casualties 6,825 killed in action,[1] 1,401 died of wounds,[1] 19,189 wounded,[1] 494 missing[1] Total: 27,909 20,703 dead,[1] 216 captured[1] Total: 20,919 The... October 20 is the 293rd day of the year (294th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 72 days remaining. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...


Haggis was hired in August 2005 to revise the screenplay for the James Bond film, Casino Royale, which was also released late in 2006. The original screenplay had been written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, based on the novel by Ian Fleming. Flemings commissioned image of James Bond to aid the Daily Express comic strip artists. ... Casino Royale is the 21st film in the James Bond series and the first to star Daniel Craig as MI6 agent James Bond. ... Neal Purvis (born September 9, 1961) is a screenwriter best known for the James Bond films The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day. ... Robert Wade (born 1962) is a screenwriter best known for the James Bond films The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day. ... Ian Lancaster Fleming (May 28, 1908 – August 12, 1964) was a British author, journalist and Second World War Naval Officer. ...


He received a fifth Academy Award nomination for his role in writing Letters from Iwo Jima, alongside Japanese writer Iris Yamashita. Letters from Iwo Jima (Japanese: 硫黄島からの手紙) a 2006 Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning war film starring Ken Watanabe and Kazunari Ninomiya among others, and directed by Clint Eastwood, is about the Battle of Iwo Jima from the perspective of Japanese soldiers. ... Iris Yamashita is a Japanese-American screenwriter. ...


Activism

Haggis is also co-founder of Artists for Peace and Justice, a member of the board of directors for the Hollywood Education and Literacy Project, the Environmental Media Association, the President's Council of the Defenders of Wildlife and the advisory board of the Centre for the Advancement of Non-Violence.


More recently, Haggis has made a cameo appearance as himself on the HBO series, Entourage as the director of the fictitious film "Medellín". The film, which is stated to be based on the life of Colombian drug lord, Pablo Escobar, sparks the interest of main character Vincent Chase. Entourage is an HBO original series created by Doug Ellin that chronicles the rise of Vincent Chase—a young A-list movie star—and his childhood friends from Queens, New York City as they navigate the unfamiliar terrain of Hollywood, California. ... Nickname: Location of the city (urban in red) and municipality (dark gray) of Medellin in Antioquia Department. ... Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria (December 1, 1949 – December 2, 1993) gained world infamy as a Colombian drug dealer. ... Vincent Vince Chase is a fictional character on the dramedy television series Entourage. ...


Honors

Apart from the Oscars for Crash, in 2005, the Writers' Guild of America awarded Haggis the Valentine Davies Award for "bringing honor and dignity to writers everywhere." Other awards include, six Geminis, the Humanitas Prize, and the TV Critics Association Award. The Writers Guild of America (WGA) is the collective bargaining representative, or labor union, for writers in the motion picture and television industries in the United States. ... The Gemini Awards are an annual awards ceremony in Canada. ... Humanitas Prize is an award for film and TV writing deemed to promote human dignity, meaning, and freedom. ...


Paul Haggis Day

The City of London, Ontario, declared September 11, 2006 Paul Haggis Day in London, with Haggis, his father, Ted and Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco-Best touring three of the schools that Paul Haggis had attended growing up in London in the 1960s and 1970s: Fanshawe College, Catholic Central High School and H.B. Beal Secondary School. September 11 is the 254th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (255th in leap years). ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Anne Marie DeCicco-Best (born April 1964) is the current (60th) mayor of London, Ontario, Canada. ... Fanshawe College is a large community college in London, Ontario, Canada. ... Catholic Central High School can refer to: Detroit Catholic Central High School in Novi, Michigan Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan Catholic Central High School (Ontario) in London, Ontario Catholic Central High School (Ohio) in Springfield, Ohio Catholic Central High School (Wisconsin) in Burlington, Wisconsin Catholic... The H.B. Beal Secondary School is a high school in London, Ontario. ...


Just prior to Haggis's arrival in London, Beal students participated in a photography contest featuring historic Blackfriars Bridge in London (Haggis was born on Blackfriars Street in London in 1953, near the bridge). Haggis will select the best photograph of the bridge, award the student photographer $2,500 and also use the photograph on his Blackfriars Bridge Productions letterhead.


The winner of this Contest was Megan Blencowe a student at Beal Secondary School. Who is still awaiting her prize after signing over all rights of the photograph taken of Blackfriars Bridge in London.


At Fanshawe College, it was announced that two annual $5,000 scholarships would be established by Fanshawe and the local Catholic and public school boards in Haggis's name and that Haggis would be given an honorary Fanshawe diploma in November of 2007 (Haggis, a self-described abysmal student, never graduated from any of the secondary or post-secondary schools that he attended). The day wrapped up in the afternoon at London city hall's council chambers, before a packed public gallery, with the City announcing that a future park in southwest London would be named after Haggis.


Additionally, the City presented Haggis with an original painting completed by London artist Philip Aziz in 1974, called, Celestial City. Philip Aziz is an internationally acclaimed Canadian artist (painter, sculptor and designer of jewelled metal works, alter pieces, chalices and crosses) in Canadas book of Whos Who of Greek Orthodox-Lebanese descent. ...


Pre-eminent Jungian scholar, London psychotherapist and author, Dr. Robert Aziz — a cousin of artist Philip Aziz — wrote this about Crash and Aziz's Celestial City: "Although operating in very different mediums, what the artistic visions of Paul Haggis and Philip Aziz have in common is a deep concern with the interrelatedness of life, the relationship of the part to the whole. ..." For full text, see here. Carl Gustav Jung Carl Gustav Jung (July 26, 1875 – June 6, 1961) was a Swiss psychiatrist and founder of the neopsychoanalytic school of psychology. ... Psychotherapy is a set of techniques believed to cure or to help solve behavioral and other psychological problems in humans. ...


TV Appearances

Haggis has also appeared on the HBO series Entourage playing himself, as an intense director. In the show, Haggis is directing the fictional film Medellin in which Vincent Chase wants to star. HBO (Home Box Office) is an American premium cable television network. ... Entourage is an HBO original series created by Doug Ellin that chronicles the rise of Vincent Chase—a young A-list movie star—and his childhood friends from Queens, New York City as they navigate the unfamiliar terrain of Hollywood, California. ... Vincent Vince Chase is a fictional character on the dramedy television series Entourage. ...


External links

Wikinews has news related to:
2006 Oscars handed out at Kodak Theatre
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  • City of London media release on Paul Haggis Day
  • Paul Haggis Day in London by Barry Wells
  • The Black Donnellys Episodes
Awards
Preceded by
Pierre Bismuth,
Michel Gondry,
Charlie Kaufman
for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Academy Award for Writing, Best Original Screenplay
2005
for Crash
(shared with Robert Moresco)
Succeeded by
Michael Arndt,
for Little Miss Sunshine

  Results from FactBites:
 
Paul Haggis & Bobby Moresco interview (4009 words)
Paul Haggis: Yeah, it was something that Bobby and I really love to play and something we wrote, which in 1996, and we had the opportunity to do it.
Paul Haggis: I think we just look for great stories, fabulous dilemmas, I mean, that - and questions that are unanswerable, and we tried to put our characters into situations where we wouldn't want to be and then help them make choices that we wouldn't ever want to make, and that’s we always do.
Paul Haggis: I mean, they are just wonderful, that way that they could adapt to whatever it is, that dialogue that we chose whatever we picked the point in the map and then have them - it was like, “Let’s pretend we’re here." And they were all great.
Paul Haggis at AllExperts (683 words)
Paul Edward Haggis (born March 10, 1953 in London, Ontario) is an Academy Award-winning Canadian screenwriter, film director and a director/producer of television programs working in Hollywood.
Haggis is the son of the late Mary Haggis and Ted Haggis, one-time owners of London, Ontario's former Gallery Theatre at 36 York Street, where Haggis cut his teeth in theatre production, directing and playwriting in the early 1970s.
Haggis is also co-founder of Artists for Peace and Justice, a member of the board of directors for the Hollywood Education and Literacy Project, the Environmental Media Association, the President's Council of the Defenders of Wildlife and the advisory board of the Centre for the Advancement of Non-Violence.
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