Paul Haggar, Former Postproduction Exec at Paramount, Dies

A studio employee for more than a half-century, he worked on such films as "The Godfather" and "Reds" and has a building on the lot named after him.

Paul Haggar, a postproduction legend who worked at Paramount Pictures for 54 years, died suddenly Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 83.

Known as a fierce defender of the projects on which he worked, Haggar oversaw the postproduction of hundreds of films at the studio, including Love Story, Chinatown, The Godfather, Reds and Heaven Can Wait.

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In 1987, a structure on the Paramount lot in Hollywood was renovated for editing and named the Haggar Building in his honor. He retired in 2005.

“Paul worked at Paramount for 54 years and loved every minute of it," said David McCann, a mentor at the AFI Conservatory and a close friend of Haggar. "Paramount was his life. He truly was a one of a kind; there will never be anyone like him again."

When Hagger was selected to received a lifetime achievement award from the Hollywood Post Alliance in 2009, HPA president Leon Silverman said that "it is no exaggeration to say that Paul kept us all on our toes. He demanded the best and got it from his postproduction team and his vendors. He was a master at balancing the creative and the business."

Born in Brooklyn, Haggar’s family moved to Los Angeles in his youth, and he landed a job in the Paramount mailroom. He rose through the studio ranks to apprentice editor and eventually to executive vp postproduction for feature films, a post he held for more than 20 years.

Haggar was a tireless fund-raiser for charities including the Vision Awards, which he chaired, and Hollywood Has Heart, a charity of the American Heart Association.

Survivors include his four daughters and two sons.

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