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Malibu Native David Ellis Dies at 60

Ellis died suddenly Monday in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he was working on the upcoming film "Kite" with Samuel Jackson.

Director and stuntman David Ellis, who was born in Malibu, died earlier this week in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Ellis was in pre-production on the film "Kite" with Samuel Jackson, according to the L.A. Times.

Ellis was a stuntman on as many as 75 films over his long career before becoming a director in 1996. His notable directing credits include two "Final Destination" films and "Snakes on a Plane." He most recently directed "Shark Night 3D."

Ellis was born in Malibu and had success as a pro junior surfer.

M Stanley January 10, 2013 at 06:06 PM
A stuntman enters Heaven, bounding from cloud to cloud with no support lines and getting every scene in one take, no rewrites. Condolences to the entire Ellis family and extended circle of loved ones and friends.
Hans Laetz January 10, 2013 at 06:22 PM
The heart and soul of Malibu is the Ellis family, for generations. My deepest sorrow and condolences.
IAN January 10, 2013 at 07:51 PM
Oh such sad news. The filmaking community and Malibu loses one of the coolest guys on the planet. We will miss you Bam Bam.
Victor Lobl January 11, 2013 at 01:47 AM
One of my most memorable filming experiences was working with David in the 80's. The diligence, expertise and wonderful sense of humor with which he met every challenge thrown his way, made it always seem so easy. Condolences to his family and all who had the good fortune to know him.
Michael Ferris January 11, 2013 at 04:50 PM
David Ellis lit up every set he was ever on with a light that shined on all of us who loved movies and making them. On WATERWORLD he anointed himself "King of the Hill" on top of the water ski jumps we used to launch jet skis from. No one could dislodge him from that perch as he used his considerable stuntman skill, strength and wiles to send every challenger from the heights to the water. Working with him was a serious professional undertaking while also a joyous activity creating under his leadership dynamically staged one of a kind action movie adventures. His generous personality invited involvement, commitment, loyalty. He was an asset to the film community and to his hometown of Malibu, which it must be said, was the perfect place for a David Ellis to come from. We salute you, David, and we will not forget.
Michael Ferris January 11, 2013 at 04:52 PM
David Ellis lit up every set he was ever on with a light that shined on all of us who loved movies and making them. On WATERWORLD he anointed himself "King of the Hill" on top of the water ski jumps we used to launch jet skis from. No one could dislodge him from that perch as he used his considerable stuntman skill, strength and wiles to send every challenger from the heights to the water. Working with him was a serious professional undertaking while also a joyous activity creating under his leadership dynamically staged one of a kind action movie adventures. His generous personality invited involvement, commitment, loyalty. He was an asset to the film community and to his hometown of Malibu, which it must be said, was the perfect place for a David Ellis to come from. We salute you, David, and we will not forget.
Karen Baxter January 12, 2013 at 11:22 PM
what a shock and terrible loss - a sweet and kind man, years ago his family and he seemed to personify to me health, love and a sort of progressive but laid back energy that stuck with me since the first time I met him when I was just a teenager with a quiet crush, charm, authenticity and just the nicest guy, very sad news.
Chris Buchinsky January 16, 2013 at 10:01 PM
I worked on 2 movies with David as his storyboard artist and recall sitting with Director Peter Weir discussing David's talent. As a fellow Malibu surfer we are all backing off the biggest wave of the set at 3rd Point to allow David's late take off hooting his drop in and watching him connect all 3 points for the ride of his life shooting the pier and moving on to a better place. Nice tube Bro, Great Ride! Rest in peace...sincerely, Chris Buchinsky

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