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.