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David R. Ellis (1952–2013)

Began as an actor in Kurt Russell-Disney Films in 1974. Made the switch to the Stunt world following a successful career as a junior pro surfer. Born, bred, and resided in Malibu. Many, many stunts later, David made the promotion to Stunt Coordinator in 1978 on Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978). Coordinating TV and films all over the world ... See full bio »

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 2010 Get Him to the Greek (stunts)
 2009 Hotel for Dogs (stunts - as David Richard Ellis)
 1996 Harriet the Spy (stunts - as Dave Ellis)
 1994 The Jungle Book (stunt coordinator: US - as David Ellis)
 1993 The Man Without a Face (stunt coordinator - as David Ellis) / (stunts - as David Ellis)
 1993 Made in America (stunt coordinator)
 1993 Sliver (stunt coordinator - as David Ellis)
 1993 Warlock: The Armageddon (stunts - as David Ellis)
 1992 Body of Evidence (stunt coordinator - as David Ellis)
 1992 Forever Young (stunt coordinator - as David Ellis)
 1992 Patriot Games (stunt coordinator)
 1992 Kuffs (stunt coordinator - as David Ellis)
 1991 The Addams Family (stunt coordinator - as David Ellis)
 1991 Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken (stunt coordinator)
 1991 Life Stinks (stunt coordinator - as David Richard Ellis)
 1990 Misery (stunt coordinator - as David Ellis)
 1990 The Freshman (stunt coordinator)
 1990 Ghost Dad (stunts - as David Ellis)
 1990 Days of Thunder (stunts - as David Ellis)
 1990 Impulse (stunt coordinator - as David Ellis)
 1990 Catchfire (stunt person)
 1990 The Last of the Finest (stunt coordinator - as Davis Ellis) / (stunts - as David Ellis)
 1989-1990 Baywatch (TV Series) (stunt coordinator - 15 episodes)
- Muddy Waters (1990) ... (stunt coordinator - as David Ellis)
- We Need a Vacation (1990) ... (stunt coordinator - as David Ellis)
- Home Cort (1990) ... (stunt coordinator - as David Ellis)
- Armored Car (1990) ... (stunt coordinator - as David Ellis)
- The Reunion (1989) ... (stunt coordinator - as David Ellis)
 1990 Everybody Wins (stunt coordinator - as David Ellis)
 1989 Phantom of the Mall: Eric's Revenge (stunts - as David Ellis)
 1989 Tennessee Waltz (fight coordinator - as David Richard Ellis)
 1989 Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (stunts - as David Richard Ellis)
 1989 Warlock (stunt coordinator)
 1989 Road House (stunts - as David Ellis)
 1989 She's Out of Control (stunts - as David Ellis)
 1989 Dead Bang (stunts - as David Ellis)
 1989 Gleaming the Cube (stunts - as David Ellis)
 1988 Remo Williams: The Prophecy (TV Movie) (stunt coordinator - as David Ellis)
 1988 The Presidio (stunts)
 1987 Real Men (stunt player - as David Ellis)
 1987 Fatal Attraction (stunt coordinator) / (stunts - as David Ellis)
 1987 Burglar (stunt coordinator - as David Ellis)
 1987 Lethal Weapon (stunts - as David Ellis)
 1987 Critical Condition (stunt coordinator - as David Ellis)
 1986 The Wraith (stunt player - as David Ellis)
 1986 A Fine Mess (stunts - as David Ellis)
 1986 Out of Bounds (stunts)
 1985 To Live and Die in L.A. (stunt player)
 1984 Fooling Around (stunts)
 1984 V (TV Series) (stunt coordinator - as David Ellis)
 1984 V: The Final Battle (TV Mini Series) (stunt coordinator - 3 episodes)
- Part Three (1984) ... (stunt coordinator - as David Ellis)
- Part Two (1984) ... (stunt coordinator - as David Ellis)
- Part One (1984) ... (stunt coordinator - as David Ellis)
 1983 Gorky Park (stunt coordinator - as David Ellis)
 1983 Scarface (stunts - as David Ellis)
 1983 National Lampoon's Vacation (stunts - as David Ellis)
 1983 V (TV Mini Series) (stunt coordinator - 2 episodes)
- Part 2 (1983) ... (stunt coordinator - as David Ellis)
- Part 1 (1983) ... (stunt coordinator - as David Ellis)
 1983 Private School (stunts)
 1983 Second Thoughts (stunt coordinator) / (stunts - as David Ellis)
 1982 Airplane II: The Sequel (stunt coordinator)
 1982 Lookin' to Get Out (stunt person - as David Ellis)
 1982 Voyagers! (TV Series) (stunts - 1 episode)
- Voyagers (1982) ... (stunts - uncredited)
 1982 The Beastmaster (stunts - as David Ellis)
 1982 Fast Times at Ridgemont High (stunts - as David Ellis)
 1982 Megaforce (stunts - as David Ellis)
 1982 The Phoenix (TV Series) (stunt coordinator - 1 episode)
- One of Them (1982) ... (stunt coordinator - as David Ellis)
 1981 Sharky's Machine (stunts - as David Ellis)
 1981/I Taps (stunts - as David Ellis)
 1981 Return of the Rebels (TV Movie) (stunt coordinator - as Dave Ellis)
 1981 S.O.B. (stunts - as Dave Ellis)
 1981 Nice Dreams (stunt double: Chong - as David Ellis)
 1981 King of the Mountain (stunt coordinator)
 1981 Take This Job and Shove It (stunts - as David Ellis)
 1981 Back Roads (stunt coordinator)
 1980 Smokey and the Bandit II (stunts - as David Ellis)
 1980 Carny (stunt coordinator - as David Ellis)
 1979 240-Robert (TV Series) (stunt coordinator - 1 episode)
- The Apology (1979) ... (stunt coordinator)
 1978 Invasion of the Body Snatchers (stunt coordinator - as David Ellis)
 1978 Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park (TV Movie) (stunt double: Gene Simmons - uncredited)
 1978 Hooper (stuntman - as David Ellis)
 1978 Hot Lead and Cold Feet (stunts - as David Ellis)
 1978 Deathsport (stunt rider - as David Ellis)
 1978 Game of Death (motorcycle stunts - as David Ellis)
 1977 Smokey and the Bandit (stunts - uncredited)
 1976 Bound for Glory (stunts - as David Ellis)
 1976 Baby Blue Marine (stunts - uncredited)
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Alternate Names:

Dave Ellis | David Richard Ellis | David Ellis | Davis Ellis


6' 2" (1.88 m)


Cindy Ellis  (his death)  (3 children)

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They had some really cool rigged cars and things that were different that they would tow behind the camera car that were actually on these trailers that manipulated side to side and stuff like they were getting hit, and actually put the actor right in the middle of the chase. See more »


Ellis worked as Second AD on Cop Out (2009) directing the car chases. After Ellis' passing director of Cop Out Kevin Smith repeated this story told to him by Ellis, "Ellis told me a story about nearly getting car-jacked. Stunt man that he was, he did a 0 to 60 spinning reverse. Agog, the jackers ran off.". See more »


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