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Born on March 10, 1953, in Ontario, Canada, Paul Haggis began his Hollywood career as a writer for numerous sitcoms, including "Diff'rent Strokes" and "One Day at a Time." He earned two Emmys and a Humanitas Prize for his work as a writer and supervising producer of "thirtysomething," then went on to create several short-lived but critically acclaimed television shows and to co-create the hit action-drama "Walker, Texas Ranger."

Haggis made his feature film debut as a writer and director with 1996's Red Hot. In 2004, he received a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar nomination for the Oscar-winning hit Million Dollar Baby.

The next year, he wrote and directed Crash, a complex and racially charged drama about the interlocking lives of several Los Angeles residents. The film received critical acclaim and numerous honors, including Best Picture and Best Screenplay Oscars.

Paul Haggis in In the Valley of Elah

In the Valley of Elah

2006 R

When an exemplary soldier disappears after returning from Iraq, his concerned father -- a retired sergeant -- works with a gutsy police detective to investigate in this drama based on actual events.

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