'Snakes on a Plane' director David R. Ellis dies
January 8th, 2013
11:29 AM ET

'Snakes on a Plane' director David R. Ellis dies

Director and stuntman David R. Ellis has died, a rep for Ellis tells CNN. The "Snakes on a Plane"  helmer passed away on Monday.

Perhaps best known for leading that 2006 action thriller starring Samuel L. Jackson, Ellis also directed 2003's "Final Destination 2" and 2009's "The Final Destination." His first credit as director was 1996's "Homeward Bound 2: Lost in San Francisco."

According to IMDb, Ellis was also an experienced stuntman, with 75 projects to his name.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Ellis was in Johannesburg, South Africa, when he died, and that the cause of death is unknown. He was in pre-production for another film called "Kite," which also features Jackson.

"So sad to hear of David R Ellis passing!" the actor wrote on Twitter Monday. "So talented, so kind, such a Good Friend. He'll be missed. Gone too soon!"

In addition to his work as a lead director and stuntman, Ellis worked as a second unit director on a variety of titles, including "Deep Blue Sea," "The Perfect Storm," "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," "The Matrix Reloaded" and 2013's "Winter's Tale," a fantasy starring Russell Crowe and Will Smith.

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  1. emanuele

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    May 15, 2013 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. I supported Romney

    we all did....

    January 9, 2013 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. as a matter of fact....

    mostly everyone i know votes for obama....are you calling me sara obama?

    January 9, 2013 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. StuckWorm

    i find that odd since i support obama

    January 9, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. sleepyhead

    i find that odd since i support obama

    January 9, 2013 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. why would you call me sara palin?


    January 9, 2013 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. palintwit

    This poor guy is gone but trailer trash like Sarah Palin is still wasting oxygen. It's not right.

    January 9, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. wwwwell

    rest in peace...his wife is dead right?

    January 8, 2013 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. fishiswa

    all well.It happensw

    January 8, 2013 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Stank-eye

    This article was snake bit from the get go.

    January 8, 2013 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. JCQueipo

    Did he died on a plane ?

    January 8, 2013 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. James

    I think we need tougher snake laws to prevent them from getting on planes and or being the subject or bad scripts in the future. Not one more snake bite, not one.

    January 8, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • see how i giggle...

      james u need a vacation....

      January 8, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      ever since faux news shut down their comments section the cnn comments section has been over run by idiots....hmmm, makes you wonder.

      January 8, 2013 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. sultana

    may u RIP . u will b missed . my condolence to the family and friends .

    January 8, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Rick

    Why doesn't it say anything about his widow?

    January 8, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. only date last night--le mis was long but great...

    no snalke..i told you bad cramps...only smooches

    January 8, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  16. thx1111

    Bummer! RIP....

    Please don't say the cause of death was due to snakebite...... I've had enough nutty media stories today......

    January 8, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  17. u.s.slave

    It will all be over soon

    January 8, 2013 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Krandal

    He just had it with the (bleep)in snakes.

    January 8, 2013 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  19. your daddy just keep it about black & white Moron

    Just stay in your black and white world.nobody else matters da.

    January 8, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  20. claws stuck

    i'm sorry your dead sir...rip

    January 8, 2013 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  21. BA BING!!!!!!!

    where is he.

    January 8, 2013 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  22. what's for lunch

    lard on a roll... good idea....

    January 8, 2013 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  23. well

    We're all going to get eaten by worms when we're six feet under. What's negative about that? He made snakes on a plane so we have the meeting of worms in the ground. I did say r.i.p. golly geezes. People are so sensitive.

    January 8, 2013 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  24. RIP my friend.

    best of luck to the familly

    January 8, 2013 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  25. your completely separated from her...

    unless we goof on you.....whoever you are....your goofed at the salon parties, homes everywhere.....

    do you not get it gaga...we are all fake except the music and some other conversations...its all hollywood

    you lost we win

    January 8, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |

    except music conversations...you don't know what you are doing.....

    January 8, 2013 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Wreck a computer

    nobody cares...there all fake. your efforts mean nothing

    January 8, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Daphne Gipson

    I cant believe some of the negative comments i just read what does worms or the N word have to do with this man's passing away? He did some wonderful movie projects that i wasn't aware of may his soul ~RIP~

    January 8, 2013 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Sy2502

    He should have died BEFORE making that terrible movie 😀

    January 8, 2013 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  30. BooBoo

    So Mr. Jackson, I take it the man never said the N-word when you dared him to? They only reason you would praise a dead white man, right?

    January 8, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Peace

    I didn't realize he was involved in so many movies. RIP

    January 8, 2013 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  32. God Bless You Sir

    rest in peace

    January 8, 2013 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  33. I'm guessing

    He'll be meeting worms in the ground now.

    R.I.P mister

    January 8, 2013 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |

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