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Paul Haggis Loved Writing for One Day at a Time’s Schneider

Over twenty years before he was the Oscar-winning screenwriter and director of Crash, Paul Haggis got his start writing for TV shows like The Love Boat, Diff'rent Strokes, and The Facts of Life. "It was so much fun for me," Haggis tells Movieline. "I was a bad writer for many, many years." Though he now gets to write for iconic big-screen characters like James Bond, Haggis's small-screen efforts were impressive enough in their own way: This is a man who put words into the mouth of Gary Coleman and Tootie, after all. Still, Haggis says the character he enjoyed writing for most was One Day at a Time's comical building superintendent: "I loved Schneider … loved Schneider." [Movieline]