Paul Herriott was born educated in St. Catharines , Ontario. He graduated from St. Catharines Collegiate& produced the popular St. CCI VS Variety Show. He played for the great St. CCI VS “REDFEATHER” football team in 1950, with fond and vivid boyhood remembrances of seeing Sturgeon in the Niagara River, the Niagara Falls Ice Bridge, and the collapse of the 1st Rainbow Bridge from the immense water ice-force.
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|Family outings and picnics were de Rigeur along the great river from Chippawa to the Falls, to Queenston, to Niagara-on-the-Lake. With boat-trips from Port Dalhousie to Toronto, on the “Northhumberland” & the “Dalhousie City, after a terrifying ride over the Martindale trestle in the open St. Catharines streetcars. His early boyhood and teenage years were full of comedy, influenced by a happy humourous family and much exposure to radio and television humour, with Jack Benny, George Burns, Amo’s & Andy, Bob Hope, Milton Berle, the Great Gildersleeve, Life of Reilly, Fibber McGee & Molly. His life suffused with humour and laughter. After Paul finished his St. Catharines Standard Paper Route, he frequented the Lincoln Granda, cinemas to satisfy his passions for movies and dramatic Cinema.|
|With this run of success under his belt he decided to open his own television production company.
“Paul Herriott Productions” #30 College St. Toronto, where one of the first assignments was to direct a humorous commercial for Resdan with the great actor, “Basil Rathbone” as Sherlock Holmes. A major documentary for Centennial 1967 with Bobby Gimby hit kids song, “CAN-AH-DAA!" |
At this early stage 1969, he also won a “clio” for a very funny “Penmans” underwear commercial, starring George Petrie 2nd of the Jackie Gleason Show filmed beside Niagara Falls, the Niagara Glen, winning international acclaim in the U.S. 7 Cannes, thus establishing Paul Herriott Productions as specialists in TV comedy and humour.
Paul Herriott had established himself then as an outstanding international director of humour, comedy dialogue, celebrities famous individuals. The company produced 100’s of Canadian and U.S. commercials.
He prospered through the early 70’s, because of his Canadian successes, International Awards Recognition, and his fine direction, he was pursued & offered major U.S. contract (the 1st Canadian Director) to join a major studio, E.U.E. Screen Gems, 44th St. & the Warner Lot, Hollywood. |
Though the 70’s and 80’s, he was extremely busy in New York, Hollywood, and Toronto, flying “the triangle” almost every week, with residences sustained in all three centers. Canada at Kings Landing, Hollywood, “The Beverly Hills Hotel”, and Manhattan, at Sutton and 58th St. He was in constant demand in all three centers, directing the acting, musical comedy, the sports and comedy elite of show business for television advertising celebrity television commercials were powerfully used in the 1970’s-1980’s, so his specialty was honed on the best in show business (ref. To addendum lists) and major U.S. sports & political figures (ref:addendum).
He had numerous encounters with his neighbours including, Placido Domingo, Bill Blass, Rocky Graziano, Jake LaMotta, Tennessee Williams, Carol O’Conner, and rode elevators with Gloria Swanson, Catherine Deneuve, Simone, Signoret, Yves Montand, Chas Laughton, et les autres & nbsp;