Paul Haggis

Haggis in 2006, photo by s_bukley/

Birth Name: Paul Edward Haggis

Place of Birth: London, Ontario, Canada

Date of Birth: March 10, 1953

Ethnicity: English, small amounts of Welsh, Cornish, and Scottish

Paul Haggis is a Canadian director, screenwriter, and producer. He directed and co-wrote the film Crash (2004) and wrote the film Million Dollar Baby (2004).

Paul is the son of Yvonne “Mary” (Metcalf) and Edward H. “Ted” Haggis. His father competed as a sprinter in the 1948 Olympics.

He is married to actress, writer, and producer Deborah Rennard. He has three children with his former wife Diana Gettas; and a son with Deborah.

Paul’s paternal grandfather was Herbert Edward Haggis (the son of John Henry Haggis and Ellen Jane Bawden). Herbert was born in Islington, Lancashire, England. John was the son of Alfred Samuel Haggis and Mary Jane Philpott. Ellen was the daughter of Thomas Whitley/William Badwin/Bawden and Ellen/Eleanor Hodge, who was born in Callington, Cornwall, England.

Paul’s paternal grandmother was Louisa Hopwood (the daughter of Edward Hopwood and Isabella Ramsdale). Louisa was born in Leigh, Lancashire, England. Edward was the son of Philip Hopwood and Francies and/or Ellen, who was born in Ruthin, Denbighshire, Wales. Isabella was the daughter of Robert Ramsdale and Louisa Ann Leonard.

Paul’s maternal grandfather was Frances Thomas Metcalfe (the son of Walter Metcalfe and Catherine Finn). Frances was born in Leyburn, Yorkshire, England. Walter was the son of Joseph Metcalfe and Elizabeth Skelton.

Paul’s maternal grandmother was Gertrude Kilvington (the daughter of Henry Grayson Kilvington and Annie Roger). Gertrude was born in Stockton Forest, Yorkshire, England. Henry was the son of William Kilvington and Hannah. Annie was the daughter of William Roger and Isabella Cook.

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