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Biography #2 (for Million Dollar Baby)

Million Dollar Baby marks Paul Haggis' second feature as a writer-producer. Recently making the transition from television to movies, Paul directed the Indie feature Crash, for Bob Yari, from an original screenplay he co-wrote with Bobby Moresco, about race relations in Los Angeles. The cast includes Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Brendan Fraser, Thandie Newton and Ryan Phillippe. Crash premiered at the 2004 Toronto International Film Festival and is planning a Spring 2005 release.

Currently, Haggis is adapting Bart Baker's comedic-drama manuscript, Honeymoon with Harry for New Line, which he hopes to direct in 2005. He is also adapting James Bradley's WWII non-fiction work, Flags of our Fathers, for producer Steven Spielberg and director Clint Eastwood.

Haggis has created a variety of shows for television; his favorite being the critically acclaimed CBS series EZ Street. Although the series was short-lived, it still routinely turns up on critics' Top Ten lists. The NY Times recently named it one of the most influential TV series of all time, saying without EZ Street, there would be no Sopranos. Paul also created the quietly subversive buddy-comedy Due South, the legal drama Family Law, and a black comedy for CBS entitled City. Prior to this, Paul wrote and produced a wide range of comedies and dramas, including thirtysomething, L.A. Law, and The Tracey Ullman Show.

Haggis is the recipient of many awards, including two Emmys, The Humanitas Prize, TV Critics Association Program of the Year Award, Viewers For Quality Television Founders Award, Banff TV Award, the Columbia Mystery Writers Award, six Geminis, two Houston Worldfest Gold Awards and the Prism Award. He also recently accepted the EMA Award, the Genesis Award, the Ethel Levitt Memorial Award for Humanitarian Service and the WGA's prestigious Valentine Davies Award, awarded to Paul for bringing honor and dignity to writers everywhere.

Bio courtesy Warner Bros. for "Million Dollar Baby" (12-Mar-2005)


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