Paul Gross is an acclaimed Canadian actor who has worked in Canadian film, TV and theater. He is a prominent actor but has also produced and directed many movies. He was born and raised in Canada where most of his works are renowned. However, in India, he is known for co-producing the movie '
Speedy Singhs' (Hindi) with
Akshay Kumar, the English version of which is named 'Breakaway'. Gross was born in Alberta, Canada on 30th April 1959 as the eldest of two brothers. His father was a Tank Commander in the Canadian Army. The family has not only lived in Canada, but also in the United States of America, Germany, England, etc. Gross first showed interest in acting while the family lived in the United States when he was only a teenager.
Gross’ first performance was on stage, for his school’s plays. Slowly he moved on to TV commercials, but the difference to his acting career was made when he decided to attend the University of Alberta to study acting. In his third year of University, Gross dropped out of acting school to pursue his career and took up roles in plays which ran in stages all over Canada cities like Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Alberta, Winnipeg, etc. Out of the 20 odd plays he’s been part of, some of the better-known ones are 'As You Like It', 'Walsh', 'The Kite', 'Romeo and Juliet', 'Hamlet', 'Private Lives', etc. Paul Goss’s first movie appearance was in 'Cold Comfort' which was released in 1989. He played one of the central characters in the film which won a Genie Award for Best adapted screenplay at the 1990 Genie Awards in Canada.
Gross' biggest success throughout his career in the industry has been 'Passchendaele' which premiered at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival. Even though 'Passchendaele' was a commercial failure, Gross, who wrote, co-produced and directed the film was awarded the 2009 National Arts Centre Award for his achievements. In addition to 'Passchendaele', Gross is also known for his role in the Canadian crime series 'Due South', where he played the role of Constable Benton Fraser. He even wrote several episodes in the 4th and final season of the TV series. At that time, Gross was the highest earning actor in the Canadian television industry. Gross married his Walsh co-star Martha Burns in 1988. The couple currently live together in Toronto with their two children, Hannah and Jack. Although his isn’t a name that is globally known, Gross has been a huge inspiration in the Canadian film industry and his writing has gained much recognition. More than his professional accolades, Gross is described by friends, family, and well-wishers as a smart, honest and poised.