Biography of Paul Haggis

Paul Haggis is a Canadian screenwriter, producer, and director. Before delving into feature filmmaking, Haggis had an established career as a television writer, working on series such as L.A. Law and Due South. He gained significant recognition for his work in 2004 on his first feature film, Million Dollar Baby. After the success of Million Dollar Baby, Haggis continued to work on Crash. Self-described as a “passion piece," Haggis was inspired by a carjacking he experienced in 1991. However, Haggis waited to begin writing the screenplay for Crash until after 9/11. For his work on both Million Dollar Baby and Crash, Haggis became the first person to write Best-Picture Oscar-winners in two consecutive years.

In early 2018, Haggis was accused of sexual misconduct including multiple rapes. He is facing a civil lawsuit over these allegations.


Study Guides on Works by Paul Haggis

Crash is an ensemble drama film released in 2004 and co-written by producer-director Paul Haggis. The film is about social and racial tension in Los Angeles, California. Haggis described this film as his "passion piece" as it was inspired by a...