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'Snakes on a Plane' director David R. Ellis dead at 60

By Tim Kenneally
TheWrap

David R. Ellis, the director of "Snakes on a Plane," has died, a representative for the director told TheWrap on Monday. He was 60.

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."

Bing: David R. Ellis filmography

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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5Comments
Jan 7, 2013 9:29PM
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Sad.  One by one the good ones are leaving.  May Mr.Ellis rest in peace.  60 is still too young.
My condolences and sympathies to his family and friends.
His movies are good.  He will be missed. And thank you, Mr. Ellis for all your amazing movies.


Jan 8, 2013 11:18AM
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I love Snakes on a plane.  It's one of my nieces favorite film.
Jan 8, 2013 1:49PM
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Life is like a grand soaring airplane flying through the sky.  There is just one thing that you should all know....  THERE ARE MFKN SNAKES ON THIS MFKN PLANE!! - weeds
Jan 8, 2013 10:36AM
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hate to see anyone die, but he won't be making anymore crappy movies like snake will he....
Jan 8, 2013 8:38AM
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Did he die on a plane?  Sorry, sorry. Boo hiss to myself.  But I just couldn't help it.
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