Paul Haggis Net Worth 2021: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Paul Edward Haggis net worth is
$50 Million

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Paul Edward Haggis Wiki Biography

Paul Edward Haggis was born on 10 March 1953, in London, Ontario, Canada, to Mary Yvonne and Edward H. Haggis. He is a Canadian director, screenwriter and producer, perhaps best known for his work for the films “Million Dollar Baby” and “Crash”.

A noted filmmaker, how wealthy is Paul Haggis? Sources state that Haggis’ net worth reaches $50 million, as of mid-2016. His wealth has been acquired through his involvement in the entertainment industry.

Paul Haggis Net Worth $50 Million

Haggis attended St. Thomas More Elementary School, and later enrolled in H. B. Beal Secondary School to study art. In 1966 he moved to England to pursue a career as a fashion photographer, but soon returned to Canada to enroll in Fanshawe College to study cinematography.

After his graduation in 1975 he moved to Los Angeles, California, to pursue a career in screenwriting. His parents were the owners of London’s Gallery Theatre, which served as a perfect place for him to learn about the industry, and gain some theater experience, and at the age of 19 he even started to write plays for the local community theater. After moving to LA, Haggis got his first writing job, for the Canadian television series called “Hangin’ In”. He soon got another offer, this time from Hollywood for the series “Diff’rent Strokes”. He also worked for the ’70s sitcoms “One Day at a Time”, “The Love Boat” and “The Facts of Life”, also serving as a producer in the latter.

Haggis’ ’80s and ’90s screenwriting and production work includes the series “The Tracey Ullman Show”, “L.A. Law”, “EZ Streets”, “Walker, Texas Ranger”, “Family Law” and “Michael Hayes”. In the 1987 series “thirtysomething” he served as a supervising producer, writer and director, earning two Emmy Awards. All the aforementioned productions contributed significantly to his net worth.

In 1994 Haggis returned to Canada to work as a creator, executive producer, screenwriter and unit director for the series “Due South”, which lasted until 1999. The show was a great success and brought Haggis five Gemini awards as well as Canada’s Choice Award. His net worth was again boosted.

In 2004 he turned to feature films, and created the screenplay for the sports drama movie “Million Dollar Baby”, starring Clint Eastwood, who was also the film’s director; a huge success at the box office, the film received four Academy Awards and considerably added to Haggis’ net worth.

The same year he served as a co-writer, producer and director for another drama film, the highly acclaimed “Crash” – based on the racial and social tensions in Los Angeles, the movie won rave reviews as well as numerous awards, including three Academy Awards and two BAFTA Awards. Haggis himself won two Academy Awards for his work in production and screenwriting. The film also received a number of nominations including one for Haggis’ direction, and contributed significantly to his wealth.

By producing two Best Picture winners in a single year, Haggis became the only person in Oscar history to do so, earning star status. Since then, he has written the screenplay for two of Eastwood’s 2006 films “Flags of Our Fathers” and “Letters from Iwo Jima”. In the following years, he served as a screenwriter for the film “Casino Royale” and “Quantum of Solace”, as screenwriter, director and producer for “In the Valley of Elah”, and as screenwriter and director for “The Next Three Days” and “Third Person”. His net worth rose consistently.

As for television, Haggies created the 2007 series “The Black Donellys” and served as director and executive producer for the 2015 series “Show Me a Hero”. Additionally, he co-wrote the screenplay for the 2011 video game “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3”. All added to his wealth. His most recent producition work has been for the upcoming drama thriller film “Gold”.

In his private life, Haggis was married to Diane Christine Gettas from 1977 to 1994, and they have three children. In 1997 he married actress, producer and writer Deborah Rennard, with whom he has a son, actor James Haggis. The couple has recently filed for divorce.

Haggis made headlines in 2009 when he publicly quit the Church of Scientology, due to his disagreement with the organization’s support of banning gay marriage in California. He now says that he is a confirmed atheist.

Paul is involved in philanthropy, founding a non-profit organization called Artists for Peace and Justice, which helps the unprivileged youth in Haiti.



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Full Name Paul Haggis
Net Worth $50 Million
Date Of Birth March 10, 1953
Place Of Birth London, Ontario, Canada
Height 6′ (1.83 m)
Profession Director, Screenwriter, Filmmaker, Producer
Education St. Thomas More Elementary School, H. B. Beal Secondary School, Fanshawe College
Nationality Canadian
Spouse Diane Christine Gettas (1977-1994), Deborah Rennard (m.1997-)
Children James Haggis, Katy Elizabeth, Alissa Sullivan, Lauren Kilvington
Parents Mary Yvonne, Edward H. Haggis
Siblings Jo Haggis, Kathy Haggis
Twitter https://twitter.com/Paul_Haggis
IMDB http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0353673
Awards Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, Gemini Award (Best TV Movie, Best Writing in a Dramatic Series, 1995, 1996), Viewers for Quality Television Award (1997), Satellite Award (2005), Academy Award, Independent Spirit Award, Online Film Critics Society Awar…
Nominations Satellite Award, BAFTA Award, Academy Award, Saturn Awards, Golden Globe Award
Movies “Thirtysomething” (1987-1991), “Million Dollar Baby” (2004), “Crash” (2005), “Flags of Our Fathers”, “Letters from Iwo Jima” (2006), “Casino Royale”, “In the Valley of Elah”, “The Next Three Days , “Third Person”, “Casino Royale”, “Quantum of Solace”, “Show Me a Hero” (2015)
TV Shows “Diff’rent Strokes”, “Hangin’ In”, “One Day at a Time”, “The Love Boat”, “The Facts of Life”, “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3”
# Quote
1 [on his film Crash (2004) winning the Oscar for Best Picture] Was it the best film of the year? I don’t think so, there were great films that year. Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005) – amazing film. Capote (2005) – terrific film. Ang Lee‘s Brokeback Mountain (2005), great film. And Spielberg’s Munich (2005). I mean please, what a year. Crash, for some reason, affected people, it touched people. And you can’t judge these films like that. I’m very glad to have those Oscars. They’re lovely things. But you shouldn’t ask me what the best film of the year was because I wouldn’t be voting for Crash, only because I saw the artistry that was in the other films. Now however, for some reason that’s the film that touched people the most that year. So I guess that’s what they voted for, something that really touched them. And I’m very proud of the fact that Crash does touch you. People still come up to me more than any of my films and say: “That film just changed my life.” I’ve heard that dozens and dozens and dozens of times. So it did its job there. I mean, I knew it was the social experiment that I wanted, so I think it’s a really good social experiment. Is it a great film? I don’t know.
2 [on whether he thinks Scientology is a cult] Of course it is, it’s a system of belief that you’ve got these people inside this fortress who won’t look out, who won’t look at any criticism, who can’t bear to think that everyone is against them.
3 What I love about writing is the contradictions we all embody as human beings.
4 Talking about Walker, Texas Ranger (1993): “It was the most successful thing I ever did,” he says. “Two weeks of work. They never even used my script!”
5 Talking about Scientology (in the New Yorker): Demands for donations never seemed to stop. They used friends and any kind of pressure they could apply. I gave them money just to keep them from calling and hounding me.
6 As artists, we have to be brave. If we aren’t brave, we aren’t artists.
7 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…
8 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.
9 A lot of films made me love the movies, everything from Hitchcock to Godard. But the ones that really grabbed me were Costa-Gavras‘s films like Z (1969) and State of Siege (1972).
10 “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.” (on his decision to move from television to films like Crash (2004))
# Fact
1 Father of Alissa Haggis (Sullivan), Lauren Haggis (Kilvington) and Katy Haggis from his marriage to Diane Christine Gettas.
2 Father of actor James Haggis from his marriage to Deborah Rennard.
3 Quit the Church of Scientology in 2009–after 34 years–because he disagreed with the organization about its support of Proposition 8, which outlawed same-sex marriage in California. His public break with the church was profiled in a long piece by Lawrence Wright in the February 14, 2011, issue of “The New Yorker”; the article was unusual in that it shed light on some of the inner workings and controversies of the normally secretive Church of Scientology. In the profile Haggis estimated that he spent more than $100,000 on courses and auditing, and $300,000 on various Scientology initiatives.
4 Has directed 2 actors in Oscar nominated performances: Matt Dillon (Best Supporting Actor for Crash (2004) and Tommy Lee Jones (Best Lead Actor for In the Valley of Elah (2007)).
5 Was nominated for an Oscar for writing three years in a row: 2005, 2006, and 2007.
6 He was born exactly 13 years later than Chuck Norris, the star of his hit TV series Walker, Texas Ranger (1993).
7 On March 5, 2006 became the first person in Oscar history to have written back-to-back best picture winners.
8 Produced two Best Picture winners in a row: Million Dollar Baby (2004) and Crash (2004).
9 Studied cinematography at London’s Fanshawe College.
10 Moved to Los Angeles at age 22.
11 Had a heart attack during the filming of Crash (2004), yet refused to let anyone else finish directing it. He returned to directing 2 weeks after the event.
12 He was originally going to direct Million Dollar Baby (2004). He was in the middle of directing Crash (2004) when Clint Eastwood asked to direct the film after being offered the lead. Haggis agreed.
13 The April 7, 2005, issue of Rolling Stone chose him as their breakthrough filmmaker of the year, saying “Crash (2004), Haggis’ directorial film debut is already being touted for this year’s awards race.”.
14 In March 2003, Razor Magazine made a list of “nonconformists that defy dictates, the iconoclasts that cling to independent thought, the radicals that refuse adherence, that give us pause. They are what legends are made of.” Along with Sam Shepard, Julian Schnabel, Baz Luhrmann, Lance Armstrong, Richard Branson, Robert Shapiro, John Irving and Bill Clinton, Razor Magazine named Haggis one of its “25 Mavericks of our time.”.
15 He is the son of Edward (Ted) H. Haggis and Mary Yvonne Metcalfe. His mother was a catholic. He has two younger sisters: Kathy and Jo. Children with Diane Gettas (married 1977-1997): Alissa Sullivan (born 1978), Lauren Kilvington and Katy Elizabeth. Son with Deborah Rennard (married 1997-): James (born 1998).

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