Director David R. Ellis Passes Away at Age 60

The ‘Snakes on a Plane’ and ‘Shark Night 3D’ director died in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he was preparing to direct his next film ‘Kite’.
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Director David R. Ellis Passes Away at Age 60

Director David R. Ellis, pictured with Shark Night 3D's Katharine McPhee passes away at age 60 Director David R. Ellis passed away earlier today at the age of 60 in Johannesburg, South Africa. No cause of death has been determined yet, although the filmmaker was in South Africa prepping his new feature Kite, which would have reunited him with his Snakes on a Plane star Samuel L. Jackson.

Born in Santa Monica, California on September 10, 1952, David R. Ellis began his career in the mid-1970s as an actor, stuntman, and stunt coordinator. He continued to work his way up the ladder as a second unit director on films such as Thunderheart, Clear and Present Danger, Waterworld, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, and The Matrix Reloaded, just to name a few.

He made his feature directorial debut with Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco in 1996, followed by Final Destination 2, Cellular, Snakes on a Plane, Asylum, The Final Destination, and 2011's Shark Night 3D.

The director is survived by his wife Cindy, and their daughter, Tawny.


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  • 2movieguys • 3 years ago

    WHAT!?! HOW!!? Sad.....thanks for the memories!

    Do not grieve at the passing of mortality, for life's but a thing of terrible gravity. And the planets gravitate around you, and the stars shall dance about you, and the angels in heaven adore you, and the saints all stand and applaud you.

    So faraway,so faraway and yet so close.

    Nick Cave, "Far Away, So Close"


    • thedude1 • 3 years ago

      Sad news. Rest in Peace.


      • justatadmatt • 3 years ago

        Rest in Peace.


        • supermanvenom • 3 years ago

          @dan1 Not terrible movies if you know what to expect.


          • dan1 • 3 years ago

            Terrible movies, terrible news.


            • Fry-3000 • 3 years ago

              Sad news, must've been a heart attack or something?


              • crypt • 3 years ago

                Horrible news


                • jasonkat • 3 years ago

                  its very sad seeing them go like this. much like Tony Scott Another man with great films on his list. They will be missed, never forgotten, and always remembered for all their hard work and always entertaining us, R.I.P. David. :(


                  • artkid04 • 3 years ago

                    very sad, I loved Final Destination 2


                    • jonspidey07 • 3 years ago

                      this is very sad

                      RIP Mr. Ellis

                      thank you for your contribution to the horror genre


                      • kguy • 3 years ago



                        • bawnian-dexeus • 3 years ago

                          R.I.P. Thank you for the films :/


                          • moviemaniac66 • 3 years ago

                            I enjoyed his film Cellular very much. R.I.P.


                            • mr-k • 3 years ago

                              Honestly, while he is an awful director, I'm still sad that he is dead. R.I.P.


                              • skywise • 3 years ago

                                RIP Mr Ellis


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