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David Richard Ellis (September 8, 1952 – January 7, 2013) was an American film director and stunt performer born in Santa Monica, California in 1952. His credits included dozens of films and television series including National Lampoon's Vacation, Baywatch, Lethal Weapon, and Patriot Games. He also served as second unit director on blockbuster action films like Waterworld, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, The Matrix Reloaded, and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. His feature directorial credits included the action thriller Snakes on a Plane and two entries in the Final Destination
Final Destination
series.

Contents

1 Career 2 Personal life 3 Death 4 Filmography

4.1 Director 4.2 Second Unit Director 4.3 Actor 4.4 Stunts

5 References 6 External links

Career[edit] Following a successful career as a junior pro surfer, David Richard Ellis began his career in the film industry as a supporting actor in juvenile roles making his big screen debut in 1975 in the Kurt Russell film The Strongest Man in the World. In 1978, he received a promotion to stunt coordinator on The Invasion of the Body Snatchers. After several successful years in this position, he worked from 1986 onwards as a second unit director before making his debut as a director in the Disney live-action film Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco. He is best known for directing two of the Final Destination
Final Destination
films and the 2006 film Snakes on a Plane, which became an Internet phenomenon.[1][2] As a stunt man he was best known for his work in the movie Scarface. Other notable works as a stunt man include Fatal Attraction, Lethal Weapon, the television series Baywatch, and Patriot Games. As a second unit director he worked on a number of well-known movies that most recently include Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, The Matrix Reloaded, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, and Cop Out. At the time of his death, two works involving Ellis were still in post-production: 47 Ronin and R.I.P.D.; another, Winter's Tale, was still being filmed. R.I.P.D.
R.I.P.D.
was released in July 2013; 47 Ronin was released in December 2013, while Winter's Tale was released in February 2014. He was perhaps best known as a director with seven titles under his belt. Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco, Final Destination
Final Destination
2, Cellular, Snakes on a Plane, Asylum, The Final Destination, and Shark Night. At the time of his death, he was in pre-production for a live-action version of the violent anime Kite.[3][4] Ralph Ziman became the film's director. Ellis was nominated for the Taurus Award along with Glenn Boswell and R. A. Rondell in 2003 for his stunt coordination work on The Matrix Reloaded.[5] Ellis was a member and served as vice president for an elite stunt performance organization known as Stunts Unlimited located in Sherman Oaks, California.[6][7] Personal life[edit] David R. Ellis
David R. Ellis
was the father of producer Tawny and photographer Cheyenne Ellis. He was the son of Richard and Andrea Ellis, the grandfather to Kodiak and Ridge Ellis, as well as the brother of Annie, Lori, and Chenoa Ellis. He is survived by his wife Cindy. When Ellis was once about to be carjacked, trapped between two other cars, he used his stunt-driving prowess to whip his car out of the tiny gap and face the carjackers, revving his engine, scaring them enough to get back into their cars and drive away.[8] Death[edit] On January 7, 2013, Ellis's body was found in the bathroom of his hotel room[9] in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was preparing to direct Kite at the time.[3][4] No cause of death has been released; however, police say no foul play was suspected.[10] Filmography[edit] Director[edit]

Year Film Budget Worldwide gross

1996 Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco

$32,772,492 (USA)

2003 Final Destination
Final Destination
2 $26,000,000 $90,426,405

2004 Cellular $25,000,000 $56,422,687

2006 Snakes on a Plane $33,000,000 $62,022,014

2008 Asylum $11,000,000 Direct-to-video

2009 The Final Destination $40,000,000 $186,167,139

2011 Shark Night $28,000,000 $40,136,479

Second Unit Director[edit]

Year Film Episode Assistant Director

1986 Condor

as David Ellis

1987 Fatal Attraction

uncredited

1989 Warlock

Baywatch

Rookie School The Reunion

as David Ellis

1990

We Need a Vacation Muddy Waters

The Last of the Finest

1991 Life Stinks

uncredited

1992 Kuffs

as David Ellis

Thunderheart

as David Richard Ellis

Patriot Games

Whispers in the Dark

Forever Young

1993 Body of Evidence

Sliver

Made in America

Beethoven's 2nd

1994 Iron Will

My Father the Hero

as David Ellis

Blank Check

Clear and Present Danger

The Jungle Book

1995 Waterworld

1997 The Devil's Own

Dublin - as David Ellis

1998 Desperate Measures

Sphere

as David Ellis

The Negotiator

Los Angeles - as David Ellis

Holy Man

Soldier

as David Ellis

1999 Deep Blue Sea

Ride with the Devil

Blue Streak

2000 The Kid

The Perfect Storm

2001 Exit Wounds

as David Ellis

Just Visiting

Rock Star

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

2003 The Matrix Reloaded[11]

USA - as David Ellis

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

2010 Cop Out

2013 R.I.P.D.

47 Ronin

2014 Winter's Tale

as David Ellis

Actor[edit]

Year Film Role Notes

1975 The Strongest Man in the World David (Student)

1977 Heroes Bar Patron #1

1978 Wonder Woman Ludwig TV Series

Flying High Quarterback TV Series

1979 Boardwalk Bath attendant

1982 Rocky III Opponent #7

1987 Anna Daniel's Father

1988 Guns of Paradise Lester Bradley TV Series

1989 The Mighty Quinn Jersey

Blind Fury Ski Lodge Killer #3

1990 The Bounty Hunter Townsperson (final film role)

Stunts[edit]

Year Film Episode Role

1976 Baby Blue Marine

uncredited

Bound for Glory

as David Ellis

1977 Smokey and the Bandit

uncredited

1978 Game of Death

motorcycle stunts - as David Ellis

Deathsport

Hot Lead and Cold Feet

as David Ellis

Hopper

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Stunt Coordinator - as David Ellis

1979 Fast Charlie... the Moonbeam Rider

motorcycle stunts - as David Ellis

1980 Carny

Stunt Coordinator - as David Ellis

Smokey and the Bandit
Smokey and the Bandit
II

as David Ellis

1981 Back Roads

Stunt Coordinator

King of the Mountain

Take This Job and Shove It

as David Ellis

Nice Dreams

Stunt Double for Chong - as David Ellis

S.O.B.

as David Ellis

Return of the Rebels

Stunt Coordinator - as David Ellis

Taps

as David Ellis

Sharky's Machine

1982 Megaforce

The Beastmaster

Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Lookin' to Get Out

Airplane II: The Sequel

Stunt Coordinator

1983 Second Thoughts

Stunt Coordinator - as David Ellis

V

Private School

National Lampoon's Vacation

as David Ellis

Scarface

Gorky Park

Stunt Coordinator - as David Ellis

1984 V: The Final Battle

Part One Part Two Part Three

V

Fooling Around

1985 To Live and Die in L.A.

1986 Out of Bounds

A Fine Mess

as David Ellis

The Wraith

1987 Critical Condition

Stunt Coordinator - as David Ellis

Lethal Weapon

as David Ellis

Burglar

Stunt Coordinator - as David Ellis

Fatal Attraction

Real Men

as David Ellis

1988 The Presidio

Remo Williams: The Prophecy

Stunt Coordinator - as David Ellis

1989 Gleaming the Cube

as David Ellis

Dead Bang

She's Out of Control

Warlock

Stunt Coordinator

Road House

as David Ellis

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

as David Richard Ellis

Tennessee Waltz

Fight Coordinator - as David Richard Ellis

Phantom of the Mall: Eric's Revenge

as David Ellis

1989 Baywatch

In Deep Heat Wave Second Wave Message in a Bottle The Sky Is Falling The Drowning Pool Rookie School Cruise Ship The Cretin of the Shallows Shelter Me The Reunion

Stunt Coordinator - as David Ellis

1990

Armored Car Home Cort We Need a Vacation Muddy Waters

Everybody Wins

The Last of the Finest

Catchfire

Impulse

Stunt Coordinator

Days of Thunder

as David Ellis

Ghost Dad

The Freshman

Stunt Coordinator

Misery

Stunt Coordinator - as David Ellis

1991 Life Stinks

Stunt Coordinator - as David Richard Ellis

Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken

Stunt Coordinator

The Addams Family

Stunt Coordinator - as David Ellis

1992 Kuffs

Patriot Games

Stunt Coordinator

Forever Young

Stunt Coordinator - as David Ellis

1993 Body of Evidence

Sliver

Made in America

Stunt Coordinator

The Man Without a Face

Stunt Coordinator - as David Ellis

Warlock: The Armageddon

as David Ellis

1994 The Jungle Book

Stunt Coordinator: USA - as David Ellis

1996 Harriet the Spy

as Dave Ellis

2009 Hotel for Dogs

as David Richard Ellis

References[edit]

^ Gilbey, Ryan (9 January 2013). "David R Ellis obituary". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 19 January 2013.  ^ Dargis, Manohla (2006-08-19). "Snakes on a Plane". The New York Times.  ^ a b Kit, Borys (January 7, 2013). "David R. Ellis, Director of 'Snakes on a Plane,' Dies at 60". The Hollywood Reporter.  ^ a b The Deadline Team (January 7, 2013). "R.I.P David R. Ellis". Deadline Hollywood.  ^ "Best Stunt Coordinator and/or 2nd Unit Director". 2004 World Stunt Awards. Taurus World Stunt Awards.  ^ Karlin, Susan (September 16, 1991). "Southern California Job Market : For Some, Danger Is All in a Day's Work". California: Los Angeles Times.  ^ "A dear friend, and former member, David Ellis has passed". California: Stunts Unlimited. January 8, 2013.  ^ Smodcast.com Archived 2013-01-31 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Silverman, Stephen M. (January 9, 2013). " Snakes on a Plane
Snakes on a Plane
Director David R. Ellis
David R. Ellis
Found Dead". People Magazine. Retrieved 19 January 2013.  ^ Lang, Derrik J. (January 7, 2013). "'Snakes on a Plane' director David R. Ellis
David R. Ellis
dies". Associated Press
Associated Press
- The Big Story. Archived from the original on 2013-01-11.  ^ Gregory, Mollie. Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story. University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 9780813166230. Retrieved 27 February 2016. David Ellis was second-unit director 

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Films directed by David R. Ellis

Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco (1996) Final Destination 2
Final Destination 2
(2003) Cellular (2004) Snakes on a Plane
Snakes on a Plane
(2006) Asylum (2008) The Final Destination
The Final Destination
(2009) Shark Night
Shark Night
(2011)

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Final Destination

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Final Destination Final Destination
Final Destination
2 Final Destination
Final Destination
3 The Final Destination Final Destination
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