Chris Ellis

A go-to character actor for tough authority figures for nearly two decades, Chris Ellis distinguished himself through small but memorable turns in features like "Days of Thunder" (1990), "Apollo 13" (1995), "Catch Me If ... Read more »
Born: 04/13/1956 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Filmography

Actor (101)

McFarland, USA 2015 (Movie)

Coach Jenks (Actor)

The Summerland Project 2015 (Movie)

Senator Thaddeus (Actor)

Jessabelle 2014 (Movie)

Sheriff Pruitt (Actor)

Legit 2014 (Tv Show)

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The Guest 2014 (Movie)

Hendricks (Actor)

Grace Unplugged 2013 (Movie)

Pastor Tim Bryant (Actor)

Warehouse 13 2013 (Tv Show)

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Political Animals 2012 (Tv Show)

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The Dark Knight Rises 2012 (Movie)

Fr. Reilly (Actor)

The Finder 2012 (Tv Show)

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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2011 (Tv Show)

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Fairly Legal 2011 (Tv Show)

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Harry's Law 2011 (Tv Show)

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In Plain Sight 2011 (Tv Show)

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Law & Order: LA 2011 (Tv Show)

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Justified 2010 (Tv Show)

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The Good Guys 2010 (Tv Show)

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The Mentalist 2010 (Tv Show)

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Zeke & Luther 2010 (Tv Show)

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G-Force 2009 (Movie)

FBI Director (Actor)

Gospel Hill 2009 (Movie)

L Don Murray (Actor)

Knight Rider 2009 (Tv Show)

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Teenage Dirtbag 2009 (Movie)

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The Office 2009 (Tv Show)

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Burn Notice 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

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Cold Case 2008 (Tv Show)

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Believe In Me 2007 (Movie)

Jim Stovall (Actor)

Las Vegas 2007 (Tv Show)

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Live Free or Die Hard 2007 (Movie)

Scalvino (Actor)

The Unit 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

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Transformers 2007 (Movie)

Admiral Brigham (Actor)

Veronica Mars 2007 (Tv Show)

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Criminal Minds 2006 (Tv Show)

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Death & Texas 2006 (Movie)

Philip Brodeur (Actor)

The Ghost Whisperer 2006 (Tv Show)

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The West Wing 2006 (Tv Show)

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CSI: New York 2005 (Tv Show)

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Fun With Dick and Jane 2005 (Movie)

Vice President, Cayman Bank (Actor)

Revelations 2005 (Tv Show)

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The Devil's Rejects 2005 (Movie)

Coggs (Actor)

The Island 2005 (Movie)

Aces & Spades Bartender (Actor)

Helter Skelter 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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JAG 2004 (Tv Show)

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Line of Fire 2004 (Tv Show)

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NCIS 2004 (Tv Show)

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Lucky 2003 (Tv Show)

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Wonderland 2003 (Movie)

Captain Nimzaki (Actor)

Alias 2002 (Tv Show)

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Birds of Prey 2002 (Tv Show)

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Catch Me If You Can 2002 (Movie)

Special Agent Witkins (Actor)

First Monday 2002 (Tv Show)

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Love Liza 2002 (Movie)

Patriot Hobby (Actor)

Six Feet Under 2002 (Tv Show)

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The Practice 2002 (Tv Show)

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Diagnosis Murder 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 1997, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Domestic Disturbance 2001 (Movie)

Detective Warren (Actor)

Melrose Place 1993 - 1994, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Millennium 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 1997, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Murder One 1993 - 1997, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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NYPD Blue 1993 - 1997, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Planet of the Apes 2001 (Movie)

Commander Karl Vasich (Actor)

Roswell 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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The X-Files 1993 - 1997, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Harsh Realm 2000 (Tv Show)

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The Watcher 2000 (Movie)

Hollis (Actor)

October Sky 1999 (Movie)

Principal Turner (Actor)

Sparkler 1999 (Movie)

Buddy No 1 (Actor)

Armageddon 1998 (Movie)

Walter Clark (Actor)

Godzilla 1998 (Movie)

General Anderson (Actor)

Home Fries 1998 (Movie)

Henry Lever (Actor)

On the Line 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Promised Land 1998 (Tv Show)

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Bean 1997 (Movie)

Detective Butler (Actor)

Con Air 1997 (Movie)

BOP Official Grant (Actor)

Wag the Dog 1997 (Movie)

Officer (Actor)

Arli$$ 1996 (Tv Show)

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Sticks and Stones 1996 (Movie)

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That Thing You Do! 1996 (Movie)

Horace (Actor)

A Little Princess 1995 (Movie)

Policeman (Actor)

Apollo 13 1995 (Movie)

Deke Slayton (Actor)

Crimson Tide 1995 (Movie)

Additional Magician (Actor)

The Tie That Binds 1995 (Movie)

Security Guard No 1 (Actor)

Addams Family Values 1993 (Movie)

Moving Man (Actor)

Desperate Rescue: The Cathy Mahone Story 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Ghost in the Machine 1993 (Movie)

Lieutenant (Actor)

Undercover Blues 1993 (Movie)

Burt (Actor)

My Cousin Vinny 1992 (Movie)

J T (Actor)

Days of Thunder 1990 (Movie)

Harlan Hoogerhyde (Actor)

Chiefs 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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Atomic Train (TV Show)

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From the Earth to the Moon (TV Show)

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Her Costly Affair (TV Show)

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If These Walls Could Talk (TV Show)

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Innocent Victims (TV Show)

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Max Q (TV Show)

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The Pentagon Wars (TV Show)

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The Suicide's Wife (TV Show)

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Tiger Cruise (TV Show)

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Biography

A go-to character actor for tough authority figures for nearly two decades, Chris Ellis distinguished himself through small but memorable turns in features like "Days of Thunder" (1990), "Apollo 13" (1995), "Catch Me If You Can" (2002) and countless television shows. A native of Memphis, Ellis' Southern roots informed many of his roles, lending a degree of folksy humanity to the scores of police detectives, Army generals, lawyers and occasional rough-hewn criminals. Like many character players, Ellis moved largely into television in the 2000s, where he enjoyed recurring roles on "NCIS" (CBS, 2003- ), "Ghost Whisperer" (CBS, 2005-2010) and "Burn Notice" (USA Network, 2007-2013) in addition to scores of one-off guest performances. Though most viewers knew Chris Ellis by appearance rather than his name, he remained one of the hardest-working and most appreciated supporting talents in features and television.

Milestones

2012

Small role in "The Dark Knight Rises"

2007

Recurring role on "Burn Notice"

2007

Appeared in "Transformers"

2003

Recurring role on "NCIS"

2002

Fourth collaboration with Hanks on "Catch Me If You Can"

1998

Third collaboration with Hanks in "From the Earth to the Moon"

1996

Second collaboration with Tom Hanks in "That Thing You Do!"

1995

Gained attention for performance as Deke Slayton in "Apollo 13"

1990

First feature film role in "Days of Thunder"

1979

Television debut in "The Suicide's Wife"

Bonus Trivia

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Was a veteran of the Memphis theater scene in the 1970s and 1980s.

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While attending high school in Frayser, he served as publicity manager for a local garage rock band called The Castels.

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Though he had begun appearing in films and on television in 1979, he did not earn his first big break until 1995 with "Apollo 13."

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