David Ellis

An unpretentious craftsman who wears multiple hats, director David R. Ellis has been working in Hollywood for over 45 years. He began as a child surfer, making his screen debut as juvenile bit player in the 1975 Kurt ... Read more »
Born: 09/08/1952 in Santa Monica, California, USA

Filmography

Physical Effects (55)

R.I.P.D. 2013 (Movie)

(Stunt Coordinator)

Get Him to the Greek 2010 (Movie)

(Stunts)

Hotel for Dogs 2009 (Movie)

(Stunts)

Harriet the Spy 1996 (Movie)

(Stunts)

Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book 1994 (Movie)

(USA) (Stunt Coordinator)

Body of Evidence 1993 (Movie)

(Stunt Coordinator)

Made in America 1993 (Movie)

(Stunt Coordinator)

Sliver 1993 (Movie)

(Stunt Coordinator)

The Man Without A Face 1993 (Movie)

(Stunt Coordinator)

The Man Without A Face 1993 (Movie)

(Stunts)

Forever Young 1992 (Movie)

(Stunt Coordinator)

Kuffs 1992 (Movie)

(Stunt Coordinator)

Patriot Games 1992 (Movie)

(Stunt Coordinator)

Life Stinks 1991 (Movie)

(Stunt Coordinator)

The Addams Family 1991 (Movie)

(Stunt Coordinator)

Warlock 1991 (Movie)

(Stunt Coordinator)

Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken 1991 (Movie)

(Stunt Coordinator)

Days of Thunder 1990 (Movie)

(Stunts)

Misery 1990 (Movie)

(Stunt Coordinator)

The Freshman 1990 (Movie)

(Stunt Coordinator)

Gleaming the Cube 1989 (Movie)

(Stunts)

Phantom of the Mall: Eric's Revenge 1989 (Movie)

(Stunts)

Road House 1989 (Movie)

(Stunts)

She's Out Of Control 1989 (Movie)

(Stunts)

Star Trek V: the Final Frontier 1989 (Movie)

(Stunts)

The Presidio 1988 (Movie)

(Stunts)

Burglar 1987 (Movie)

(Stunt Coordinator)

Fatal Attraction 1987 (Movie)

(Stunt Coordinator)

Lethal Weapon 1987 (Movie)

(Stunts)

A Fine Mess 1986 (Movie)

(Stunts)

The Wraith 1986 (Movie)

(Stunts)

To Live and Die in L.A. 1985 (Movie)

(Stunts)

V: The Final Battle 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Stunt Coordinator

Gorky Park 1983 (Movie)

(Stunt Coordinator)

National Lampoon's Vacation 1983 (Movie)

(Stunts)

Private School 1983 (Movie)

(Stunts)

Scarface 1983 (Movie)

(Stunts)

Second Thoughts 1983 (Movie)

(Stunt Coordinator)

V 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Stunt Coordinator

Airplane II: the Sequel 1982 (Movie)

(Stunt Coordinator)

Fast Times At Ridgemont High 1982 (Movie)

(Stunts)

The Beastmaster 1982 (Movie)

(Stunts)

Back Roads 1981 (Movie)

(Stunt Coordinator)

Cheech and Chong's Nice Dreams 1981 (Movie)

(Tommy Chong) (Stunt Man)

Sharky's Machine 1981 (Movie)

(Stunts)

Taps 1981 (Movie)

(Stunts)

Carny 1980 (Movie)

(Stunt Coordinator)

King of the Mountain 1980 (Movie)

(Stunt Coordinator)

Smokey and the Bandit II 1980 (Movie)

(Stunts)

Deathsport 1978 (Movie)

(Stunts)

Game of Death 1978 (Movie)

(motorcycle) (Stunts)

Hooper 1978 (Movie)

(Stunts)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1978 (Movie)

(Stunt Coordinator)

Fast Charlie - The Moonbeam Rider 1977 (Movie)

(Stunts)

Return of the Rebels (TV Show)

Stunt Coordinator
Director (9)

Asylum 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Shark Night 3D 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

The Final Destination 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Snakes on a Plane 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Cellular 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Final Destination 2 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

The Twilight Zone 2003 (Tv Show)

Director

Remo Williams 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Director
Actor (4)

The Mighty Quinn 1989 (Movie)

Jersey (Actor)

Anna 1987 (Movie)

Daniel's Father (Actor)

Rocky III 1982 (Movie)

Opponent (Actor)

Heroes 1977 (Movie)

1st Bar Patron (Actor)
Writer (1)

Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

Rock Star 2001 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)
Other (34)

47 Ronin 3D 2013 (Movie)

Unit/Splinter Unit Director(Additional Photography) (Second Unit Director)

R.I.P.D. 2013 (Movie)

(Second Unit Director)

Cop Out 2010 (Movie)

(Second Unit Director)

Just Like Heaven 2005 (Movie)

(Second Unit Director)

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World 2003 (Movie)

(Second Unit Director)

Exit Wounds 2001 (Movie)

(Second Unit Director)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 2001 (Movie)

(Second Unit Director)

Just Visiting 2001 (Movie)

(Second Unit Director)

Rock Star 2001 (Movie)

(Second Unit Director)

Disney's The Kid 2000 (Movie)

(Second Unit Director)

The Perfect Storm 2000 (Movie)

(Second Unit Director)

Blue Streak 1999 (Movie)

(Second Unit Director)

Deep Blue Sea 1999 (Movie)

(Second Unit Director)

Ride With the Devil 1999 (Movie)

(Second Unit Director)

Desperate Measures 1998 (Movie)

(Second Unit Director)

Holy Man 1998 (Movie)

(Second Unit Director)

Soldier 1998 (Movie)

(Second Unit Director)

Sphere 1998 (Movie)

(Second Unit Director)

The Negotiator 1998 (Movie)

(Los Angeles) (Second Unit Director)

The Devil's Own 1997 (Movie)

(Dublin unit) (Second Unit Director)

Waterworld 1995 (Movie)

(Second Unit Director)

Blank Check 1994 (Movie)

(Second Unit Director)

Clear and Present Danger 1994 (Movie)

(Second Unit Director)

Iron Will 1994 (Movie)

(Second Unit Director)

My Father, the Hero 1994 (Movie)

(Second Unit Director)

Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book 1994 (Movie)

(US crew) (Second Unit Director)

Beethoven's 2nd 1993 (Movie)

(Second Unit Director)

Made in America 1993 (Movie)

(Second Unit Director)

Sliver 1993 (Movie)

(Second Unit Director)

Forever Young 1992 (Movie)

(Second Unit Director)

Kuffs 1992 (Movie)

(Second Unit Director)

Patriot Games 1992 (Movie)

(Second Unit Director)

Thunderheart 1992 (Movie)

(Second Unit Director)

Whispers in the Dark 1992 (Movie)

(Second Unit Director)

Biography

An unpretentious craftsman who wears multiple hats, director David R. Ellis has been working in Hollywood for over 45 years. He began as a child surfer, making his screen debut as juvenile bit player in the 1975 Kurt Russell family film "The Strongest Man In The World" and took his first job as a stunt man the next year. Years later, Ellis would reunite with a Russell when working as a second unit director on the 1998 sci-fi action film "Soldier", one of many films he's worked on in that capacity in addition to his extensive stunt work. To this day, Ellis has continued acting as a second-unit director alongside his directorial career, which began in 1996 with the undistinguished family film "Homeward Bound 2: Lost In San Francisco". Seven years would pass before his next turn behind the camera with the horror sequel "Final Destination 2", a better match for his genre-oriented talents. Ellis' subsequent work as a director has played to his strengths as a coordinator of elaborate mayhem, including the fourth "Final Destination" film, the high-concept genre flop "Snakes On A Plane " and the even more self-explanatory "Shark Night 3D". His daughter Tawny Ellis has followed in his footsteps as a stuntwoman.

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