Paul Gross

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Paul Gross
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Gross at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival
Born Paul Michael Gross
(1959-04-30) April 30, 1959 (age 55)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Occupation Actor
Producer
Screenwriter
Composer
Director
Years active 1985-present
Spouse(s) Martha Burns (1988 - present)

Paul Michael Gross (born April 30, 1959)[1] is a Canadian actor, producer, director, singer and writer born in Calgary, Alberta. He is known for his lead role as Constable Benton Fraser in the television series Due South as well as his 2008 war film Passchendaele, which he wrote, produced, directed, and starred in. During Due South's final season, Gross acted as executive producer in addition to starring, wrote the season three opener and finale, the two part series finale and wrote and sang songs for the show, some of which can be found on the two Due South soundtracks. He later found success with another Canadian TV series, Slings and Arrows. He also produced one film with Akshay Kumar called Speedy Singhs starring Camilla Belle and Vinay Virmani.[2]

Career[edit]

Gross studied acting at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, but he left during the third year of his study.[3] He went back later to complete the half-credit needed to receive his fine arts degree. He appeared in several stage productions, such as Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet.[4] Other productions in which he appeared include Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme and As You Like It.[4]

After the play Successful Strangers, Gross starred in his first movie, Turning to Stone. From September 16, 2011, he appeared in a production of Noël Coward's Private Lives in Toronto co-starring Kim Cattrall (the production ended October 30, 2011);[5] the production moved to Broadway where it opened November 6, and closed on December 31, 2011.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Gross married Canadian actress Martha Burns in September 1988; the couple have two children.

Due South[edit]

His role as upright Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer Benton Fraser in the Due South television series brought him increased recognition. Like fellow actor David Marciano, he didn't want to do the show at first, and creator Paul Haggis didn't even know if he wanted Gross for the role, but following a meeting, Constable Benton Fraser was cast.[7]

When Due South was resurrected for the third season, Gross returned as Benton Fraser and assumed duties as executive producer and writer. He earned an estimated salary of $2–3 million per season, and at the time was the highest paid performer in Canadian television history.[8] He wrote several episodes of the last season of the series. His favourite episodes include "Gift of the Wheelman" and "All the Queen's Horses," and his episodes "Mountie on the Bounty" and "Call of the Wild" are of a similar style.[7]

Theatre[edit]

Year Role Title Theatre
1981 Sylvius As You Like It Northern Light Theatre, Edmonton
Lysander A Midsummer Night's Dream
1982–1983   Mrs Warren's Profession Theatre Calgary
  Unseen Hand
  Farther West
Clarence Underhill Walsh National Arts Centre, Ottawa
Motherwell The Kite Festival Lennoxville
  Take Me Where the Water is Warm
George Gaga In the Jungle of Cities
1984 Dorante Successful Strangers Centaur Theatre, Montréal
Romeo Romeo and Juliet Toronto Free Theatre, Toronto
1988 Young Kenneth Pyper Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme Centrestage Co., Toronto
1989 Brick Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Manitoba Theatre Centre, Winnipeg
2000 Hamlet Hamlet Stratford Festival of Canada
2011 Elyot Private Lives Royal Alexandra Theatre, Music Box Theatre
2012 Edmund Gowery Are You There, McPhee? McCarter Theatre, New Jersey

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1985 Turning to Stone Billy Debut
1989 Cold Comfort Stephen Miller
Divided Loyalties Walter Butler
1990 Getting Married in Buffalo Jump Alex Bresnyachuk
1991 Married to It Jeremy Brimfield
1992 Buried on Sunday Augustus Knickel
1993 Aspen Extreme T.J. Burke
1994 Whale Music Daniel Howl
XXX's & OOO's Bucky Dean
Paint Cans Morton Ridgewell
1997 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Ned
1999 Murder Most Likely Patrick Kelly (former RCMP officer)
2002 Men with Brooms Chris Cutter also Writer and Director
2004 Wilby Wonderful Buddy French
H2O: The Last Prime Minister (TV) Thomas David McLaughlin also Writer and Executive Producer
2005 Burnt Toast Scott
2007 The Trojan Horse (H2O sequel) (TV) Thomas David McLaughlin also Writer and Executive Producer
2008 Passchendaele Michael Dunne also Writer, Producer and Director
2010 Gunless The Montana Kid
Barney's Version Constable O'Malley of the North
2011 Speedy Singhs Producer

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1986 Airwaves writer
1988 Chasing Rainbows Jake Kincaid 14 episodes
1989 Street Legal Steven Hines 2 episodes
1990 The Ray Bradbury Theater Skip 1 episode
1993 Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City (mini-series) Brian Hawkins 6 episodes
1994–1999 Due South Constable Benton Fraser 67 episodes
1996–1998 The Red Green Show Kevin Black 5 episodes
1997 Noel's House Party Himself 1 episode [9]
2004 Monday Report Prime Minister Thomas David McLaughlin 1 episode
2003–2005 The Eleventh Hour Tony Joel 2 episodes
2003–2006 Slings and Arrows Geoffrey Tennant 18 episodes
2006 Prairie Giant: The Tommy Douglas Story John Diefenbaker
Hockey: A People's History Narrator 10 episodes
2009-2010 Eastwick Darryl Van Horne Regular
2010 Men with Brooms Chris Cutter
2011-2013 Republic of Doyle Kevin Crocker 6 episodes (to date)
2012 Ringer Unnamed 1 episode

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Film/Play Result
1981 Alberta Culture competition New Play The Deer and the Antelope Play Won
1982 Clifford E. Lee Foundation National Award for Playwrights The Deer and the Antelope Play Won
Alberta Culture competition New Play The Dead of Winter Won
1985 Dora Award Best Performance Romeo and Juliet Nominated
1986 Gemini Award Best Writing in a TV Drama In This Corner Nominated
1988 Dora Award Outstanding Performance by a Male in a Featured Role Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Toward the Somme Won
1994 Gemini Award Best Writing in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series Gross Misconduct Nominated
1995 Gemini Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role Due South Won
1996 Gemini Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role Due South Won
1997 Gemini Award Best Writing in a Dramatic Series Due South Nominated
(with Paul Quarrington, John Krizanc)
1998 Gemini Award Best Writing in a Dramatic Series Due South Won
(with John Krizanc, R.B. Carney - Mountie on the Bounty, part 2)
Best Dramatic Series Due South Nominated
(with Frank Siracusa, Peter Bray, R.B. Carney, George Bloomfield)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role Due South Nominated
Best Writing in a Dramatic Series Due South Nominated
(with R.B. Carney, John Krizanc - Mountie on the Bounty, part 1)
Best Writing in a Dramatic Series Due South Nominated
(Burning Down the House)
1999 Gemini Award Canada's Choice Award Due South Won
(with Frank Siracusa, David Cole, R.B. Carney)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role Due South Nominated
2000 Gemini Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series Murder Most Likely Nominated
Best TV Movie or Dramatic Mini-Series Murder Most Likely Nominated
(with R.B. Carney, Frank Siracusa, Robert Forsyth, Anne Marie La Traverse)
2003 Canadian Comedy Award Pretty Funny Direction Men With Brooms Won
Pretty Funny Male Performance Men With Brooms Nominated
Pretty Funny Writing Men With Brooms Nominated
(with John Krizanc)
Genie Award Best Original Screenplay Men With Brooms Nominated
(with John Krizanc)
2004 Gemini Award Best Performance By An Actor In A Continuing Leading Dramatic Role Slings & Arrows Won
2005 ACTRA Toronto Award Of Excellence   Won
Writers Guild of Canada Movie of the Week and/or Miniseries H2O Won
(with John Krizanc)
Directors Guild of Canada Outstanding Team Achievement in a Television Movie or Mini-Series H2O Won
Gemini Award Best Dramatic Mini-Series H2O Nominated
(with Frank Siracusa)
Best Writing in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series H2O Nominated
(with John Krizanc)
Monte Carlo Television Festival Best Performance By An Actor In A Mini Series H2O Won
2007 Gemini Award Best Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role Slings & Arrows Won
2008 Gemini Award Best Writing in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series The Trojan Horse Nominated
(with John Krizanc)
2009 Genie Award Best Motion Picture Passchendaele Won
(with Niv Fichman, Francis Damberger and Frank Siracusa)
Golden Reel Award Passchendaele Won
(with Niv Fichman, Francis Damberger and Frank Siracusa)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Passchendaele Nominated
NBC Universal Canada Award of Distinction   Won
The Governor General's performing arts awards National Arts Centre Award: Exceptional Achievement over the Past Performance Year   Won
Directors Guild of Canada Team Feature Film Passchendaele Won
National History Society Pierre Berton Award Passchendaele Won
(Sources: IMDb.com, Paul Gross website)

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album
1997 Two Houses (with David Keeley)
2001 Love and Carnage (with David Keeley)

Singles[edit]

Year Single CAN Country Album
1997 "Voodoo" Two Houses
(with David Keeley)
1998 "32 Down on the Robert MacKenzie"
1999 "Papa's Front Porch" 61
2000 "Ride Forever"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "filmreference.com". Paul Gross. Retrieved 2007-11-30. 
  2. ^ Speedy Singhs as producer
  3. ^ "TV.com". Paul Gross Biography. Retrieved 2007-11-30. 
  4. ^ a b "Paul's stage roles". Paul Gross website. Retrieved 2007-11-30. 
  5. ^ "Private Lives". Mirvish Productions. Retrieved 2011-10-19. 
  6. ^ "About". Private Lives. Retrieved 2011-10-19. 
  7. ^ a b Due South. Retrieved on 2007-11-30.
  8. ^ "Paul Gross (Profile)". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2014-10-20. 
  9. ^ “”. "Paul Gross on Crinkley Bottom". YouTube. Retrieved 2010-09-22. 

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