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David Richard Ellis is a Actor, Director, Second Unit Director and Second Unit American born on 8 september 1952 at Santa Monica (USA)

David Richard Ellis

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Birth name David Richard Ellis
Nationality USA
Birth 8 september 1952 at Santa Monica (USA)
Death 7 january 2013 (at 60 years) at Johannesburg (South africa)

David Richard Ellis (September 8, 1952 – January 7, 2013) was an American film director and stuntman born in Santa Monica, California in 1952.


David Richard Ellis naît le 8 septembre 1952 à Santa Monica en Californie.

Enfant, il se découvre un intérêt pour le surf, activité pour laquelle il se passionne au point de devenir un jeune professionnel. À l'adolescence, il s'oriente vers une carrière d'acteur et décroche de petits rôles, notamment dans le film The Strongest Man in the world (1975) qui marque sa première apparition au cinéma. Au début des années 1980, il évolue d'un rôle de figurant vers celui de cascadeur, d'abord face à Sylvester Stallone dans Rocky 3 (1982), puis dans Scarface (1983) et L'Arme fatale (1987) de Richard Donner.

Il réalise son premier film en 1996 : L'Incroyable Voyage 2 : À San Francisco avec Michael J. Fox. David Richard Ellis commence comme cascadeur ainsi que réalisateur de seconde équipe, notamment pour les films Forever Young, Beethoven 2, L'Enjeu, Peur Bleue, Sale Môme, Les Visiteurs en Amérique, Harry Potter à l'école des sorciers, Matrix Reloaded, ou encore Master and Commander : De l'autre côté du monde (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World), avant de réaliser son deuxième long-métrage : Destination finale 2 en 2003. Ce dernier film le fait alors remarquer et il enchaîne avec un troisième film : Cellular en 2004 avec Kim Basinger en tête d'affiche. Son dernier film,Shark Night 3D, est sorti fin 2011.

Son plus gros succès est Destination finale 4 avec plus de 186 M de $ de recettes dans le monde. En 2003, il est nommé aux Taurus World Stunt Awards à Los Angeles avec Glenn Boswell et R.A. Rondell pour son travail de coordination de cascades sur Matrix Reloaded.

David Richard Ellis meurt dans la nuit du 7 janvier 2013 à Johannesburg, en Afrique du Sud, où il venait de commencer la préproduction de Kite, qui devait être son nouveau film. Il est retrouvé sans vie dans sa chambre d'hôtel, sans que la cause de son décès ne soit clairement établie. David Richard Ellis était marié et père de deux enfants.

Best films

The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
(Second Unit Director)
The Perfect Storm (2000)
(Second Unit Director)
Fatal Attraction (1987)
(Second Unit Director)
Waterworld (1995)
(Second Unit Director)
Clear and Present Danger (1994)
(Second Unit Director)
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
(Second Unit Director)

Usually with

Jeff Imada
Jeff Imada
(11 films)
Tony Epper
Tony Epper
(9 films)
Henry Kingi
Henry Kingi
(7 films)
Hal Needham
Hal Needham
(4 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of David Richard Ellis (109 films)

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Blind Fury
Blind Fury (1989)
, 1h26
Directed by Phillip Noyce
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Martial arts, Comedy, Action, Martial arts
Themes Medical-themed films, Sports films, Martial arts films, Films about disabilities, Political films, La cécité
Actors Rutger Hauer, Terry O'Quinn, Brandon Call, Meg Foster, Lisa Blount, Noble Willingham
Roles Ski Lodge Killer #3
Rating63% 3.153223.153223.153223.153223.15322
Nick Parker (Rutger Hauer), an American soldier serving in the Vietnam War, is blinded by a mortar explosion, and soon after rescued by local villagers, who help him recover his health. Although he remains blind, as a part of his recovery, he is taught by the local master to be an expert swordsman, and to train his other senses.
The Mighty Quinn, 1h38
Directed by Carl Schenkel
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Action, Crime
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Musical films
Actors Denzel Washington, James Fox, Mimi Rogers, M. Emmet Walsh, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Robert Townsend
Roles Jersey
Rating60% 3.0015853.0015853.0015853.0015853.001585
Xavier Quinn (Denzel Washington) is the chief of police on a small, unnamed Caribbean island (the novel was set on the fictional island of St. Caro). When Donald Pater, the millionaire owner of a luxury resort hotel, is found murdered, everyone assumes that the culprit is Maubee (Robert Townsend), a petty crook who also happens to be Quinn's best friend. Quinn doesn't believe it and clashes with the local bureaucracy: Thomas Elgin (James Fox), an arrogant political fixer, and the island's underqualified governor (Norman Beaton). Quinn's worries over the murder exacerbate his troubles at home; he is estranged from his wife, Lola (Sheryl Lee Ralph), and rarely has time to see his son.
Anna (1987)
, 1h40
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Sally Kirkland, Robert Fields, Paulina Porizkova, Steven Gilborn, Larry Pine, Stefan Schnabel
Roles Daniel's Father
Rating62% 3.144873.144873.144873.144873.14487
The story of a Czech actress, looking for work in New York City, who sees her protegée shine while she herself struggles.
Rocky III
Rocky III (1982)
, 1h39
Directed by Sylvester Stallone
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films, Boxing films, Le boxe anglaise
Actors Mr. T, Carl Weathers, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Burgess Meredith, Tony Burton
Roles Opponent
Rating68% 3.400893.400893.400893.400893.40089
In the four and a half years since winning the world heavyweight title, Rocky Balboa has had a string of successful title defenses (10) and has seen his fame, wealth and celebrity increase. While unveiling a statue of himself at the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Rocky is publicly challenged by James "Clubber" Lang (Mr. T), a ferocious new boxer rapidly climbing the ranks. Lang accuses Rocky of intentionally accepting challenges from lesser opponents, and after making a sexual remark toward Rocky's wife Adrian (Talia Shire), his challenge is accepted.
Heroes (1977)
, 1h52
Directed by Jeremy Kagan
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Actors Henry Winkler, Sally Field, Harrison Ford, Val Avery, Stuart Margolin, Olivia Cole
Roles Bar Patron #1
Rating60% 3.0011753.0011753.0011753.0011753.001175
Jack Dunne (Winkler), a Vietnam vet who turns out to have a case of lacunar amnesia, escapes a mental ward in New York City intending to start a business as a worm farmer in Eureka, California.
The Strongest Man in the World, 1h32
Directed by Vincent McEveety
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Comic science fiction
Themes Films about education, Comedy science fiction films, Children's films
Actors Kurt Russell, Joe Flynn, Johnny Flynn, Eve Arden, Cesar Romero, Phil Silvers
Roles David (Student)
Rating59% 2.951072.951072.951072.951072.95107
Medfield College's Dean Higgins (Joe Flynn) is being fired for financial mismanagement because of extreme over-spending by Prof. Quigley's science class. Higgins finds out the high costs are for renting a cow to experiment on; they are feeding it various concoctions to make it fatter. In a rage, Higgins fires Quigley (yet again) then threatens to have his entire class thrown out of college. When the dean slams the door as he leaves, Dexter Riley's (Kurt Russell) chemical experiment mixes with that of another student, Richard Schuyler's vitamin cereal mix.


Shark Night 3D, 1h34
Directed by David Richard Ellis
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Horror, Romance
Themes Films about animals, Films about films, Medical-themed films, Seafaring films, Psychologie, Snuff films in fiction, Films about television, Transport films, Films about sharks, Natural horror films, Mise en scène d'un poisson, Films about psychiatry
Actors Sara Paxton, Dustin Milligan, Chris Carmack, Katharine McPhee Foster, Donal Logue, Joshua Leonard
Rating40% 2.00982.00982.00982.00982.0098
Seven Tulane University undergraduates – Sara, Nick, Beth, Malik, Maya, Blake and Gordon – drive to Sara's family vacation home on a private lake. There, Sara encounters her old boyfriend, Dennis, and his friend Red.
The Final Destination, 1h21
Directed by David Richard Ellis
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Horror
Themes Sports films, Transport films, Films about automobiles, Auto racing films, Serial killer films, Road movies
Actors Bobby Campo, Shantel VanSanten, Mykelti Williamson, Nick Zano, Haley Webb, Richard T. Jones
Rating51% 2.5566752.5566752.5566752.5566752.556675
College student Nick O'Bannon watches a race at McKinley Speedway for a study break with his girlfriend Lori Milligan, and their friends Janet Cunningham and Hunt Wynorski. While watching the race, Nick has a premonition that a race car crash will send debris into the stands, causing the stadium to collapse, and killing numerous people. When Nick panics, a fight breaks out, and several people leave before Nick's vision becomes a reality including Lori, Janet, Hunt; security guard George Lanter; mechanic Andy Kewzer; mother Samantha Lane; tow truck driver Carter Daniels; and Andy's girlfriend Nadia Monroy. Nadia gets angry and yells at them when she is suddenly obliterated by a stray tire that flies out of the stadium.
Asylum (2008)
, 1h33
Directed by David Richard Ellis
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Horror
Actors Sarah Roemer, Mark Rolston, Ellen Hollman, Travis Van Winkle, Cody Kasch, Joel Heyman
Rating40% 2.004582.004582.004582.004582.00458
A college student discovers her dorm was once a notorious asylum. According to Winthrop's campus newspaper, The Johnsonian, a group of college freshmen with troubled pasts and nightmares are at Richard Miller University for orientation a couple of weeks prior to the beginning of classes. They stumble into an old restricted area and awaken the spirit of a mad doctor, who then proceeds to torture and torment the students in the same way he tortured the patients in 1939 at Burke Asylum. During the film, first String is killed, then Maya, followed by Tommy, school's caretaker Mackey, and Ivy. All are killed by the Doctor. In the end The Doctor chases Madison and Holt through a tunnel, an abandoned factory, and the woods until Madison kills him by stabbing him in the head, causing him to lose all his power and the souls that he has taken. The movie ends with Madison and Holt walking out of the forest finally being able to have closure with their pasts.
Snakes on a Plane, 1h41
Directed by David Richard Ellis
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror comedy, Action, Adventure, Horror, Crime
Themes Films about animals, Seafaring films, Transport films, Aviation films, Natural horror films, Films about snakes, Dans un avion, Comedy horror films, Reptile
Actors Samuel L. Jackson, Julianna Margulies, Nathan Phillips, Bobby Cannavale, Kenan Thompson, Rachel Blanchard
Rating54% 2.7496952.7496952.7496952.7496952.749695
After witnessing gangster Eddie Kim brutally beat U.S. Prosecutor Daniel Hayes to death in Hawaii, Sean Jones is escorted by FBI agents Neville Flynn and John Sanders on a Boeing 747-400 to testify in a trial in Los Angeles. Despite increased security for the flight, Kim arranges for a time-release crate full of venomous snakes to be placed in the cargo hold in an attempt to bring down the plane before it reaches Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). To ensure the snakes attack the passengers without being provoked, he has one of his henchmen disguised as an airport ground employee spray the passengers' leis with a special pheromone which makes the snakes highly aggressive. The crate opens midway through the flight and the snakes make their way through the cabin. A couple having sex in the bathroom, and a man using the bathroom are the first killed. The plane's captain, Sam McKeon, investigates and fixes an electrical short, but is killed by the viper that caused it. Co-pilot Rick, unaware of the snake, believes Sam has suffered a heart attack and continues toward LAX.
Cellular (2004)
, 1h34
Directed by David Richard Ellis
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Crime
Themes L'action se déroule en une journée
Actors Kim Basinger, Chris Evans, Jason Statham, William H. Macy, Eric Christian Olsen, Will Beinbrink
Rating64% 3.249113.249113.249113.249113.24911
The film opens with Jessica Martin (Kim Basinger), a high school biology teacher, talking to her son Ricky while dropping him to the school bus. After she returns home, assailants enter her home through the back door, kill her housemaid, kidnap her, and confine her in the attic of their safe house. Ethan Greer (Jason Statham), the gang leader, smashes the attic's telephone to prevent her from contacting anyone. She has no idea who the kidnappers are or what they want. She pieces together the wires of the broken phone and randomly makes a connection. She reaches the cell phone of Ryan (Chris Evans), who has just been dumped by his girlfriend, Chloe (Jessica Biel), for being irresponsible. He believes the call is a joke, but Jessica persuades him to go to the police. At the police station, Desk Sergeant Mooney (William H. Macy) tells him to go to the detectives on the fourth floor. He begins to lose the signal in the stairwell, so he turns back to avoid losing the connection. Meanwhile, Ethan returns to the safe house and asks Jessica about something she doesn't know. When Jessica tells him that she doesn't know, he tells her that he is going to get her son.
Final Destination 2, 1h28
Directed by David Richard Ellis
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Horror
Themes Serial killer films
Actors Ali Larter, A.J. Cook, Michael Landes, David Paetkau, Keegan Connor Tracy, Lynda Boyd
Rating62% 3.1003753.1003753.1003753.1003753.100375
One year after the explosion of Flight 180, college student Kimberly Corman is headed to Daytona Beach, Florida for spring break with her friends, Shaina McKlank, Dano Estevez, and Frankie Whitman. En route, Kimberly has a premonition of wooden logs falling off a semi, causing a massive car crash that kills everyone involved. She stalls her car on the entrance ramp, preventing lottery winner Evan Lewis; widow Nora Carpenter and her fifteen-year-old son Tim; businesswoman Kat Jennings; stoner Rory Peters; pregnant Isabella Hudson; high school teacher Eugene Dix; and Deputy Marshal Thomas Burke from entering the highway. While Thomas questions Kimberly, the pileup occurs. Shaina, Dano, and Frankie are killed by a speeding truck, but Kimberly is saved by Thomas at the last second.
Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco, 1h29
Directed by David Richard Ellis
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Films about cats, Films about dogs, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Ralph Waite, Sally Field, Michael J. Fox, Kim Greist, Benj Thall, Robert Hays
Rating59% 2.959142.959142.959142.959142.95914
The owners of Shadow the Golden Retriever (voiced by Ralph Waite), Sassy the Himalayan cat (Sally Field), and Chance the American Bulldog (Michael J. Fox) decide to take a family trip to Canada. At the San Francisco International Airport, the animals escape after Chance panics and breaks free from his carrier. After eluding airport authorities, the animals find themselves in the city of San Francisco, with home on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge.


Winter's Tale, 2h9
Directed by Akiva Goldsman
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Fantastic, Fantasy, Romance
Themes Films about animals, Films based on science fiction novels, Films about horses, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Colin Farrell, Matt Bomer, Russell Crowe, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, Will Smith
Roles Second Unit Director
Rating61% 3.052233.052233.052233.052233.05223
In 1895, a young immigrant couple is refused entry into Manhattan because they have consumption. When their infant son is not allowed entry to the country without them, the couple place him in a model sailboat named "City of Justice," in which the baby floats to the New York City shoreline. In 1916, the baby boy has grown up to become Peter Lake (Colin Farrell), a thief raised by a supernatural demon posing as the gangster Pearly Soames (Russell Crowe). Peter is marked for death when he decides to leave Pearly's gang. In a confrontation, he is rescued by a mysterious (winged at times) white horse, his guardian angel.