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Brian James Ellis


Assistant Director and production manager on TV series including Cheers (11 seasons), Frasier (2 seasons) Taxi, Friends and numerous other film sitcoms. Member of the Directors Guild of America, Founding President of the Alex Film Society (Glendale CA) and past member of the Alex Regional Theatre Board and Glendale Arts. Managing partner of All ... See full bio »

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 2003 Banana Moon (first assistant director)
 1998 Conrad Bloom (TV Series) (first assistant director - 1 episode)
- Pilot (1998) ... (first assistant director)
 1997-1998 Veronica's Closet (TV Series) (first assistant director - 17 episodes)
- Veronica's Silent Partner (1998) ... (first assistant director)
- Veronica's Mole (1998) ... (first assistant director)
- Veronica's All Nighter (1998) ... (first assistant director)
- Veronica's Man in a Suitcase (1998) ... (first assistant director)
- Veronica's Bridal Shower (1998) ... (first assistant director)
 1998 LateLine (TV Series) (first assistant director - 1 episode)
- Pilot (1998) ... (first assistant director)
 1997-1998 NewsRadio (TV Series) (first assistant director - 6 episodes)
- The Secret of Management (1998) ... (first assistant director - as Brian Ellis)
- French Diplomacy (1997) ... (first assistant director - as Brian Ellis)
- Super Karate Monkey Death Car (1997) ... (first assistant director - as Brian Ellis)
- The Public Domain (1997) ... (first assistant director - as Brian Ellis)
- Planbee (1997) ... (first assistant director)
 1997 Union Square (TV Series) (first assistant director - 1 episode)
- Hasta la muerta, Baby (1997) ... (first assistant director)
 1995-1996 Hudson Street (TV Series) (first assistant director - 22 episodes)
- Family Album (1996) ... (first assistant director)
- One for the Monet (1996) ... (first assistant director)
- The Retreat (1996) ... (first assistant director)
- Having My Baby (1996) ... (first assistant director)
- Tony's 15 Minutes (1996) ... (first assistant director)
 1995 The Preston Episodes (TV Series) (first assistant director - 1 episode)
- The Adam Gets Promoted Episode (1995) ... (first assistant director)
 1993-1995 Frasier (TV Series) (first assistant director - 48 episodes)
- Dark Victory (1995) ... (first assistant director)
- The Innkeepers (1995) ... (first assistant director)
- Agents in America: Part 3 (1995) ... (first assistant director)
- An Affair to Forget (1995) ... (first assistant director)
- Breaking the Ice (1995) ... (first assistant director)
 1994 Friends (TV Series) (first assistant director - 1 episode)
- The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate (1994) ... (first assistant director)
 1993 Cafe Americain (TV Series) (first assistant director - 1 episode)
- Pilot (1993) ... (first assistant director)
  Cheers (TV Series) (second assistant director - 140 episodes, 1982 - 1989) (first assistant director - 118 episodes, 1985 - 1993)
- One for the Road (1993) ... (first assistant director)
- The Guy Can't Help It (1993) ... (first assistant director)
- Rebecca Gaines, Rebecca Loses (1993) ... (first assistant director)
- It's Lonely on the Top (1993) ... (first assistant director)
- Woody Gets an Election (1993) ... (first assistant director)
 1992 The Larry Sanders Show (TV Series) (first assistant director)
 1992 Julie (TV Series) (second assistant director - 1992)
 1990 Rachel and Marla (TV Short) (first assistant director)
 1990 The Earth Day Special (TV Special) (first assistant director - segment "Cheers")
 1990 The Marshall Chronicles (TV Series) (first assistant director - 2 episodes)
- My Cheatin' Heart (1990) ... (first assistant director)
- Pilot (1990) ... (first assistant director)
 1987 The Tortellis (TV Series) (first assistant director - 12 episodes)
- His Girl Friday (1987) ... (first assistant director)
- Innocent as Charged (1987) ... (first assistant director)
- The Customer's Always Right (1987) ... (first assistant director)
- The Good Life (1987) ... (first assistant director)
- Man of the Year (1987) ... (first assistant director)
 1986 1st & Ten: The Championship (TV Series) (second assistant director - 6 episodes)
- The Unkindest Cut (1986) ... (second assistant director)
- California Freeze Out (1986) ... (second assistant director)
- Quarterbacks Tell No Tales (1986) ... (second assistant director)
- A Second Chance (1986) ... (second assistant director)
- The Veterans (1986) ... (second assistant director)
 1986 Perfect Strangers (TV Series) (second assistant director - 1 episode)
- First Date (1986) ... (second assistant director)
  MacGyver (TV Series) (assistant director - 1 episode, 1985) (first assistant director - 1 episode, 1985)
- Pilot (1985) ... (assistant director: additional photography) / (first assistant director)
 1985 The Sure Thing (second assistant director)
 1984 Back Together (TV Movie) (second assistant director)
 1983 Mr. Smith (TV Series) (second second assistant director - 1 episode)
- Welcome to Washington: Part 2 (1983) ... (second second assistant director - uncredited)
 1983 The Winds of War (TV Mini-Series) (second second assistant director - 7 episodes)
- Into the Maelstrom (1983) ... (second second assistant director - uncredited)
- The Changing of the Guard (1983) ... (second second assistant director - uncredited)
- Of Love and War (1983) ... (second second assistant director - uncredited)
- Defiance (1983) ... (second second assistant director - uncredited)
- Cataclysm (1983) ... (second second assistant director - uncredited)
 1981-1982 Best of the West (TV Series) (second assistant director - 22 episodes)
- The Funeral (1982) ... (second assistant director)
- Sam's Life Is Threatened (1982) ... (second assistant director)
- Elvira's Old Beau (1982) ... (second assistant director)
- The Pretty Prisoner (1982) ... (second assistant director)
- Daniel Fights a Bully (1982) ... (second assistant director)
 1982 Whitewater Sam (assistant director - uncredited)
 1980 Taxi (TV Series) (second assistant director - 1 episode)
- Going Home (1980) ... (second assistant director - as Brian Ellis)
 1978 Avalanche (second assistant director: second unit - uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

UPM/1st AD on ABC show HUDSON STREET (Columbia Tristar TV)

Alternate Names:

Brian J. Ellis | Brian Ellis
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Appeared at the Cheers bar in the final episode in front of the juke box.

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