Chris Ellis

Chris Ellis

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    • April 14th, 1956
Chris Ellis is an American film and television actor who was born April 14, 1956 in Dallas, Texas. Ellis always wanted to be an actor because of television. He grew up in the 50's in the deep south in a "world of privation and violence", but saw on television people who seemed to have lives of ease and privilege. It took him seven years to finish college however, because "I have always been shiftless". During those years Chris became involved in community theatre in Memphis, where "I did and do still think the quality of the work has always been quite good". By the time he moved to New York, he had worked with many excellent actors in about two dozen plays, classical and contemporary. "I cannot imagine what might have supplanted that background for a newcomer in New York." His first part in either television or film came in 1979, where he played a truck driver in the TV movie The Suicide's Wife, which starred Angie Dickinson. The role resulted in very little TV or film work. After working in regional theatre for a year or so, Chris fell off the radar screen and did not work for about ten years. During that time he lived in "bone-grinding poverty" in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen. In one nine-month period of 1987, Chris accepted 102 dinner invitations. "I don't know why they kept arriving, nor why I counted them, though I do know why I accepted them." In 1990, a break came when he got a part in Days of Thunder, which starred Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Cary Elwes, Robert Duvall, and Randy Quaid. John C. Reilly and Fred Dalton Thompson also appear. This seemed to jump-start Ellis' career as parts in films like My Cousin Vinny with Joe Pesci and Marisa Tomei, a small part in Addams Family Values, and a larger one in Apollo 13 as former NASA Mercury Seven astronaut Deke Slayton, alongside Tom Hanks, followed. He also began picking up credits on well-known television shows like Melrose Place, NYPD Blue, and The X-Files. Since working with Hanks on Apollo 13, the two have worked together on That Thing You Do, the TV miniseries From the Earth to the Moon, and Catch Me If You Can. Ellis returned to a fictional NASA Mission Control when he played a Flight Director in 1998's Armageddon. Additional films in which Ellis has appeared include Home Fries, October Sky, Live Free or Die Hard, and Transformers. His television credits also include The West Wing, Ghost Whisperer, Chicago Hope, The Pretender, Alias, JAG, CSI: NY, Burn Notice, and Cold Case. He appeared in three season one episodes of Millennium as group member Jim Panseayres. He has established a reputation as being particularly talented at portraying Southern lawmakers or serious military or police-type characters. He also appeared in Criminal Minds as Sheriff Jimmy Rhodes who calls for the BAU's help in investigating a string of murders in New Mexico. In addition to that, he also had two guest appearances in NCIS as Gunnery Sergeant John Deluca. Ellis's appearance in the Season 1 episode, "The Curse" was uncredited while his second and final appearance in Season 2's "The Bone Yard" was credited. Description above from the Wikipedia article Chris Ellis (actor), licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Acting (42 Credits)

2018What Still Remains as Harvey
2018The Oath as Hank
2017The Show as Keller
2017Pitching Tents as Principal Don BishopWatch Free
2017Amelia 2.0 as Senator ThaddeusWatch Free
2014Faults as DadWatch Free
2014Jessabelle as Sheriff Pruitt
2014The Guest as Hendricks
2012The Dark Knight Rises as Fr. Reilly
2009Teenage Dirtbag as Pops
2009G-Force as NSA Director
2008Gospel Hill as L Donn Murray
2008Crazy as Glen the Carousel Manager
2007Live Free or Die Hard as Scalvino
2007Transformers as Admiral Brigham
2005The Devil's Rejects as CoggsWatch Free
2005The Island as Aces & Spades Barman
2005Fun with Dick and Jane as Vice President - Grand Cayman Bank
2004Death and Texas as Phillip BrodeurWatch Free
2004In Enemy Hands as Samuel Littleton
2002Catch Me If You Can as Special Agent Witkins
2002Love Liza as Patriot Model Aeronautics Clerk
2001Beyond the City Limits as Det. Hanson
2001Domestic Disturbance as Detective WarrenWatch Free
2001Planet of the Apes as Commander Karl Vasich
2001Daddy and Them as DeweyWatch Free
2000The Watcher as Hollis
1999October Sky as Principal Turner
1998Home Fries as Henry Lever
1998Armageddon as Flight Director Clark
1998Godzilla as General Anderson
1997Bean as Detective Butler
1997Con Air as BOP Official Grant
1996That Thing You Do! as Phil Horace
1996If These Walls Could Talk as Crowd Leader
1995Apollo 13 as Deke Slayton
1995The Tie That Binds as Security Guard #1
1995Crimson Tide as Additional Magician
1993Addams Family Values as Moving Man
1992My Cousin Vinny as J.T.
1990Days of Thunder as Harlem Hoogerhyde
1983Chiefs as Bobby Patrick


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