P>aul Almond started out in life as David Paul MacPherson Almond. Educated at McGill University in Montreal and Oxford, England, Almond’s career began in 1954 and since then he has produced and directed over a hundred television dramas and several motion pictures. Almond joined the CBC as its youngest producer-director, and soon won the Liberty Award for best Canadian TV Drama producer in 1958. The first TV play he wrote, produced, and directed, The Hill, won the Ohio State Award for Television excellence that same year. In 1959 he won another Ohio State Award for his own adaptation of Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood, the citation reading: “brilliantly conceived and executed, beautifully staged and performed, a brilliant illustration of creativity, integrity and respect for art.” Married for a time to Geneviève Bujold, he cast her in Isabel, Act of the Heart, Journey and Final Assignment. He was a recipient of the Order of Canada in 2001, and was recognized for his long career with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 from the Directors Guild of Canada. In adition to his career in film, in his later years, he began writing books, finishing a total of twelve historical novels. He died in Malibu, California after being hospitalized for 10 days due to complications arising from heart problems he had suffered for several years.
The image of Paul Almond was taken from a video interview with Paul Almond © 2012 Northernstars.ca
Features & TV Movies:
Act of the Heart (1970)
Final Assigment (1981)
The Dance Goes On (1992)