By Tim Kenneally
The cause and location of his death have not yet been released. Ellis had been preparing to direct a number of projects, including the sci-fi thriller "Bad Luck."
Born in Hollywood in 1952, Ellis began his career as an actor in the 1975 Kurt Russell film "The Strongest Man in the World." He later moved into stunt work, working as a stunt coordinator on numerous projects, including "Airplane II: The Sequel," "Fatal Attraction" and the TV series "V."
He was also in charge of action sequences for such films as "The Matrix Revolutions" and "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone."
Ellis made his directorial debut with the Disney live-action film "Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco," moving on to such thrillers as "Final Destination 2," "The Final Destination" and "Cellular."
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