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DAVID RICHARD ELLIS (September 8, 1952 – January 7, 2013) was an American film director and stuntman born in Santa Monica, California in 1952.

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

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 films and the 2006 film Snakes on a Plane
Snakes on a Plane
, which became an Internet phenomenon.

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
Fatal Attraction
, Lethal Weapon , the television series Baywatch
Baywatch
, and Patriot Games
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. 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 2 , Cellular , Snakes on a Plane
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 . 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. Ellis was a member and served as vice president for an elite stunt performance organization known as Stunts Unlimited located in Sherman Oaks, California.

PERSONAL LIFE

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.

DEATH

On January 7, 2013, Ellis's body was found in the bathroom of his hotel room in Johannesburg
Johannesburg
, South Africa
South Africa
. He was preparing to direct Kite at the time. No cause of death has been released; however, police say no foul play was suspected.

FILMOGRAPHY

DIRECTOR

YEAR FILM BUDGET WORLDWIDE GROSS

1996 Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco

$32,772,492 (USA)

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

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

2006 Snakes on a Plane
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

YEAR FILM EPISODE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

1986 Condor

as David Ellis

1987 Fatal Attraction
Fatal Attraction

uncredited

1989 Warlock

1989 Baywatch
Baywatch

* Rookie School * The Reunion

as David Ellis

1990 Baywatch
Baywatch

* We Need a Vacation * Muddy Waters

as David Ellis

1990 The Last of the Finest
The Last of the Finest

1991 Life Stinks

uncredited

1992 Kuffs

as David Ellis

1992 Thunderheart
Thunderheart

as David Richard Ellis

1992 Patriot Games
Patriot Games

1992 Whispers in the Dark

1992 Forever Young

1993 Body of Evidence

1993 Sliver

1993 Made in America

1993 Beethoven\'s 2nd

1994 Iron Will

1994 My Father the Hero

as David Ellis

1994 Blank Check

1994 Clear and Present Danger

1994 The Jungle Book

1995 Waterworld
Waterworld

1997 The Devil\'s Own

Dublin - as David Ellis

1998 Desperate Measures

1998 Sphere

as David Ellis

1998 The Negotiator
The Negotiator

Los Angeles - as David Ellis

1998 Holy Man

1998 Soldier

as David Ellis

1999 Deep Blue Sea

as David Ellis

1999 Ride with the Devil

as David Ellis

1999 Blue Streak

2000 The Kid

2000 The Perfect Storm

2001 Exit Wounds

as David Ellis

2001 Just Visiting

as David Ellis

2001 Rock Star

as David Ellis

2001 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer\'s Stone

as David Ellis

2003 The Matrix Reloaded
The Matrix Reloaded

USA - as David Ellis

2003 Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

2010 Cop Out

2013 R.I.P.D.

2013 47 Ronin

2014 Winter\'s Tale

as David Ellis

ACTOR

YEAR FILM EPISODE ROLE

1975 The Strongest Man in the World

David (Student)

1977 Heroes

Bar Patron #1

1978 Wonder Woman My Teenage Idol Is Missing Ludwig

1978 Flying High Fear of Cheesecake Quarterback

1979 Boardwalk

Bath attendant

1982 Rocky III
Rocky III

Opponent

1987 Anna

Daniel's Father

1988 Guns of Paradise Founders' Day Lester Bradley

1989 The Mighty Quinn

Jersey

1989 Blind Fury

Ski Lodge Killer #3

1990 The Bounty Hunter

Townsperson

STUNTS

YEAR FILM EPISODE ROLE

1976 Baby Blue Marine

uncredited

1976 Bound for Glory

as David Ellis

1977 Smokey and the Bandit

uncredited

1978 Game of Death
Game of Death

motorcycle stunts - as David Ellis

1978 Deathsport
Deathsport

motorcycle stunts - as David Ellis

1978 Hot Lead and Cold Feet

as David Ellis

1978 Hopper

1978 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

1980 Smokey and the Bandit II

as David Ellis

1981 Back Roads

Stunt Coordinator

1981 King of the Mountain

Stunt Coordinator

1981 Take This Job and Shove It

as David Ellis

1981 Nice Dreams
Nice Dreams

Stunt Double for Chong - as David Ellis

1981 S.O.B.

as David Ellis

1981 Return of the Rebels

Stunt Coordinator - as David Ellis

1981 Taps

as David Ellis

1981 Sharky\'s Machine

as David Ellis

1982 Megaforce
Megaforce

as David Ellis

1982 The Beastmaster

as David Ellis

1982 Fast Times at Ridgemont High

as David Ellis

1982 Lookin\' to Get Out

as David Ellis

1982 Airplane II: The Sequel

Stunt Coordinator

1983 Second Thoughts

Stunt Coordinator - as David Ellis

1983 V

Stunt Coordinator - as David Ellis

1983 Private School

1983 National Lampoon\'s Vacation

as David Ellis

1983 Scarface

as David Ellis

1983 Gorky Park

Stunt Coordinator - as David Ellis

1984 V: The Final Battle

* Part One * Part Two * Part Three

Stunt Coordinator - as David Ellis

1984 V

Stunt Coordinator - as David Ellis

1984 Fooling Around

1985 To Live and Die in L.A.

1986 Out of Bounds

1986 A Fine Mess

as David Ellis

1986 The Wraith
The Wraith

as David Ellis

1987 Critical Condition

Stunt Coordinator - as David Ellis

1987 Lethal Weapon
Lethal Weapon

as David Ellis

1987 Burglar

Stunt Coordinator - as David Ellis

1987 Fatal Attraction
Fatal Attraction

Stunt Coordinator - as David Ellis

1987 Real Men

as David Ellis

1988 The Presidio

1988 Remo Williams: The Prophecy

Stunt Coordinator - as David Ellis

1989 Gleaming the Cube

as David Ellis

1989 Dead Bang

as David Ellis

1989 She\'s Out of Control

as David Ellis

1989 Warlock

Stunt Coordinator

1989 Road House

as David Ellis

1989 Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

as David Richard Ellis

1989 Tennessee Waltz

Fight Coordinator - as David Richard Ellis

1989 Phantom of the Mall: Eric\'s Revenge

as David Ellis

1989 Baywatch
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 Everybody Wins

Stunt Coordinator - as David Ellis

1990 Baywatch
Baywatch

* Armored Car * Home Cort * We Need a Vacation * Muddy Waters

Stunt Coordinator - as David Ellis

1990 The Last of the Finest
The Last of the Finest

Stunt Coordinator - as Davis Ellis

1990 Catchfire

1990 Impulse

Stunt Coordinator

1990 Days of Thunder
Days of Thunder

as David Ellis

1990 Ghost Dad

as David Ellis

1990 The Freshman

Stunt Coordinator

1990 Misery

Stunt Coordinator - as David Ellis

1991 Life Stinks

Stunt Coordinator - as David Richard Ellis

1991 Wild Hearts Can\'t Be Broken

Stunt Coordinator

1991 The Addams Family

Stunt Coordinator - as David Ellis

1992 Kuffs

Stunt Coordinator - as David Ellis

1992 Patriot Games
Patriot Games

Stunt Coordinator

1992 Forever Young

Stunt Coordinator - as David Ellis

1993 Body of Evidence

Stunt Coordinator - as David Ellis

1993 Sliver

Stunt Coordinator - as David Ellis

1993 Made in America

Stunt Coordinator

1993 The Man Without a Face

Stunt Coordinator - as David Ellis

1993 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

* ^ Gilbey, Ryan (9 January 2013). "David R Ellis obituary". London: The Guardian
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
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 * ^ Silverman, Stephen M. (January 9, 2013). "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. * ^ "Snakes plane movie full review". Sunday, 11 June 2017 * ^ 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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