David R. Ellis Dies; Director was 60

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David R. Ellis, a movie director who was behind the camera for Snakes on a Plane and Final Destination 2, passed away yesterday. He was 60 years old.

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The cause of Ellis' death - which took place in Johannesburg, South Africa - is unknown at this time, but he was working on an anime-adaption of Kite with Samuel L. Jackson.

The director started his career in the 1970s via acting, transitioning from there into the stunt man world and serving as a stunt coordinator on such films as Misery and The Addams Family.

He made his directorial debut in 1996 and became known as a strong source for horror and action movie.

Daughter Tawny Ellis is also active in Hollywood as a stuntwoman and producer; she often worked with her dad.

Upon learning of the passing, Jackson Tweeted his grief, writing: "So sad to hear of David R Ellis passing! So talented, so kind, such a Good Friend. He'll be missed. Gone too soon!