Paul Haggis Biography

Paul Haggis is a popular Canadian Screenwriter, Producer, and Director of film and television. Some of his works are Crash, Third Person, In the Valley of Elah, The Next Three Days, and more projects. His work has been awarded with Academy Awards, Primetime Emmy Awards, BAFTA, American Film Festival, Directors Guild of America, Gold Derby Awards, and other awards. Recently he has been arrested in Italy over a sexual assault case and the investigation of the same is taking place.

Early Life

Paul Haggis was born on 10th March 1953 in London, Canada to his parents Ted Haggis and Mary Yvonne Metcalf. He also has siblings, Kathu Haggis and Jo Haggis with whom he spent his childhood days. His parents owned The Gallery Theatre in London where he learned about theatre. Paul went to St. Thomas More Elementary School. Later he went to Ridley College in St. Catharine’s for his higher and further studies. But due to bad behaviors, he skipped the required Royal Canadian Army Cadets. He enrolled in a preparatory school in Muskoka Lakes and studied art at H.B. Beal Secondary School. He later pursued studies in Cinematography at Fanshawe College.

Paul Haggis Career

In 1980 he wrote for a TV series named Plastic Man, Heathcliff, and Richie Rich. From 1981 to 1995 he wrote for various TV series and films. The title of those projects is The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang, Scooby-Doo Show, The Love Boat, Mr. Merlin, The Puppy’s Further Adventures, The Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Puppy Hour, Different Strokes, Who’s the Boss? , One day at a Time, Nothing is Easy, The Facts of Life, FM, City, Red Hot, You Take the Kids, and many more series and films.

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From 1995 to 2010 he was seen working on various projects. The title of those works is L.A. Law, EZ Streets, Michael Hayes, Ghost of a Chance, Due South, Family Law, Mister Sterling, Million Dollar Baby, Crash, The Last Kiss, Flags of Our Fathers, Casino Royale, The Next Three Days and other projects. From 2010 to 2021 his work was seen in projects like Walker, Third Person, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Show me a Hero, Gold, Shelter, 5B, Lead and Copper, and other projects. His upcoming projects are going to The Juliet and Ranger’s Apprentice.


Paul has been in Italy to attend a film festival where he has been detained by authorities. There has been an allegation against him by a young foreign woman who was forced to have a non-consensual sexual relationship with him for over two days in Italy. The victim was forced to seek medical care and was later left at Brindisi airport. It was the airport staff who first noticed the victim and took her to police headquarter and later to a local hospital for examination.

His attorney Priya Chaudhry issued a statement saying that he is totally innocent. In addition to that, under Italian law, she cannot discuss the evidence and the allegation will soon be dismissed against him as he is ready to cooperate. In 2018 he was previously accused in the US of sexual misconduct by four women which included two allegations of rape. Even in 2013, he was accused of rape and sexual assault by Haleigh Breest where $9 million was the settlement price that he paid to the victim. His legal team denied all the accusations and he did not rape anyone.

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Paul Haggis Biography

Real Name Paul Edward Haggis
Birth Date 10 March 1953
Age (as of 2022) 69 Years
Birth Place London, Canada
Profession Screenwriter
College Fanshawe College London
Qualification Cinematography

Physical Statistics

Height in feet inches – 6’ 0” – in Centimeters – 182 cm
Weight in Kilograms – 65 kg  –  in Pounds –  143 lbs
Hair Color Brown
Eye Color Blue


Father Ted Haggis
Mother Mary Yvonne
Sister Kathy Haggis, Jo Haggis

Relationship Status

Marital Status Divorced
Who is his wife? Deborah Rennard (m. 1997–2016)
Children Lauren Kilvington, James Haggis, Katy Elizabeth, Alissa Sullivan

Personal Life

Paul married to Diana Gettas in 1977 and he has three daughters from this marriage whose names are Lauren, Katy, and Alissa. The couple decided to split in 1994 but the reason for the same has not been shared. In 1997 he tied the knot with Deborah Rennard at a private wedding ceremony. From the marriage, he was blessed with a son named James Haggis. Later in 2016 they filed for a divorce and parted ways.

Paul Haggis Net Worth

Paul Haggis is a well-known writer, director, and producer in the entertainment industry. He earned a lot by working in various films and tv series and some of his work have also been recognized worldwide. His other source of income can be from brand endorsement deals. According to sources his net worth has been estimated at around $60 million.

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  • His father Ted was a world was II Veteran and Olympic sprinter in the 1984 summer Olympics.
  • At an early age, he considered himself to be an atheist.
  • He founded a theatre in Toronto especially to screen those films that are banned by the Ontario Board of Censors.
  • He moved to Los Angles, California to start his career in the entertainment industry as a writer.
  • As an actor, he worked on projects like M.L.E. and Entourage.
  • He worked as an executive script consultant for TV series named The Fcat of Life.

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