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Hollywood director David R. Ellis, best known for gory genre films "Snakes on a Plane" and "Final Destination 2," died today (Jan. 7) at the age of 60 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The cause of death is unknown.

Ellis was prepping a reunion with "Snakes" leading man Samuel L. Jackson on the anime-adaptation "Kite." He most recently completed second unit directing on the upcoming fantasy film "Winter's Tale" starring Colin Farrell, "Downton Abbey's" Jessica Brown Findlay, Will Smith, Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Matt Bomer.

Ellis' career began in acting with roles in Disney's "The Strongest Man in the World" and TV series including "The New Adventures of Wonder Woman" and "Flying High." He then transitioned into stunts in the late '70s and achieved great success throughout the '80s and into the early '90s. He served as stunt coordinator on projects ranging from hit films "Misery" and "The Addams Family »

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