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David R. Ellis Dead — ‘Snakes On A Plane’ Director Dies At Age 60

Tue, January 8, 2013 8:55am EDT by Add first Comment

The actor-turned-director tragically died on Jan. 7, his manager confirmed. His body was found in a South Africa hotel — so sad.

David R. Ellis, the actor-turned-stuntman-turned-director, died in Johannesburg, South Africa on Jan. 7. He was 60 years old.

His manager, David Gardner, confirmed the tragic news the day of his death. His body was found in a hotel room, although no other details surrounding his death were available.

David was in Johannesburg to film the 1998 remake of the movie Kite, a Japanese anime film that was to have starred actor Samuel L. Jackson.

“So sad to hear of David R. Ellis passing!” the actor tweeted on Jan. 7. “So talented, so kind, such a good friend. He’ll be missed. Gone too soon!”

David was best known for directing the thriller films Snakes on a Plane and Final Destination 2. He also directed Shark Night 3D and Cellular. David worked on the major films Misery, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Waterworld.

Such a tragedy. Our thoughts are with David R. Ellis’ family during this difficult time.

— Christina Stiehl

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