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Chris Ellis

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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Born:
Apr 14, 1956 In Dallas, Texas, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
76
First Appeared:
In the series Chiefs 1983-11-13
Latest Project:
Movie Kenny 2018-10-15
Known For
Poster of What Still Remains
Poster of Teenage Dirtbag
Poster of Gospel Hill
Poster of Beyond the City Limits

Chris Ellis Movies Filmography

Movie
Kenny
Al 2018-10-15
Movie
The Oath
Hank 2018-10-12
Movie
What Still Remains
Harvey 2018-08-14
Movie
The Show
Keller 2017-09-21
Movie
Amelia 2.0
Senator Thaddeus 2017-08-04
Movie
Pitching Tents
Principal Don Bishop 2017-03-31
Series
Young Sheldon
Marty Steinbecker 2017-09-25
Movie
Jessabelle
Sheriff Pruitt 2014-11-07
Movie
The Guest
Hendricks 2014-09-17
Movie
Faults
Dad 2014-03-06
Movie
The Dark Knight Rises
Fr. Reilly 2012-07-16
Series
Fairly Legal
Maddox Resor 2011-01-20
Series
Justified
Unknown 2010-03-16
Movie
Teenage Dirtbag
Pops 2009-10-20
Movie
G-Force
NSA Director 2009-07-21
Series
Warehouse 13
Colonel Arnold Cassell 2009-07-07
Movie
Gospel Hill
L Donn Murray 2008-02-09
Series
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Hayes 2008-01-13
Movie
Crazy
Glen the Carousel Manager 2008-03-02
Series
The Mentalist
Sherrif Mullery 2008-09-23
Movie
Live Free or Die Hard
Scalvino 2007-06-20
Series
Mad Men
Del Hill 2007-07-19
Movie
Transformers
Admiral Brigham 2007-06-27
Series
Burn Notice
Unknown 2007-06-28
Series
The Unit
Unknown 2006-03-07
Movie
The Island
Aces & Spades Barman 2005-07-21
Series
The Office
Chris O'Keefe 2005-03-24
Series
Revelations
Unknown 2005-04-13
Movie
In Enemy Hands
Samuel Littleton 2005-04-15
Series
Criminal Minds
Sheriff Rhodes 2005-09-22
Series
Ghost Whisperer
Unknown 2005-09-23
Movie
Fun with Dick and Jane
Vice President - Grand Cayman Bank 2005-12-21
Movie
The Devil's Rejects
Coggs 2005-07-22
Series
CSI: NY
Unknown 2004-09-22
Series
Veronica Mars
Unknown 2004-09-22
Movie
Death and Texas
Phillip Brodeur 2004-03-12
Series
Cold Case
Unknown 2003-09-28
Series
NCIS
Unknown 2003-09-23
Series
Birds of Prey
Unknown 2002-10-09
Movie
Love Liza
Patriot Model Aeronautics Clerk 2002-12-30
Movie
Catch Me If You Can
Special Agent Witkins 2002-12-25
Movie
Planet of the Apes
Commander Karl Vasich 2001-07-25
Series
Six Feet Under
Unknown 2001-06-03
Movie
Beyond the City Limits
Det. Hanson 2001-12-17
Series
Alias
Unknown 2001-09-30
Movie
Daddy and Them
Dewey 2001-10-26
Movie
Domestic Disturbance
Detective Warren 2001-10-28
Movie
The Watcher
Hollis 2000-09-08
Series
Roswell
Unknown 1999-10-06
Series
Family Law
Unknown 1999-09-20
Movie
October Sky
Principal Turner 1999-02-19
Series
The West Wing
Unknown 1999-09-22
Movie
Home Fries
Henry Lever 1998-11-25
Movie
Armageddon
Flight Director Clark 1998-07-01
Movie
Godzilla
General Anderson 1998-05-20
Movie
Bean
Detective Butler 1997-07-03
Movie
Con Air
BOP Official Grant 1997-06-05
Series
The Pretender
Unknown 1996-09-19
Series
Promised Land
Brian Pascal 1996-09-17
Series
Millennium
Unknown 1996-10-25
Movie
That Thing You Do!
Phil Horace 1996-10-04
Movie
If These Walls Could Talk
Crowd Leader 1996-10-13
Movie
Her Costly Affair
Wes 1996-10-28
Series
Space: Above and Beyond
Adm. Stenner 1995-09-24
Movie
The Tie That Binds
Security Guard #1 1995-09-08
Movie
Apollo 13
Deke Slayton 1995-06-30
Movie
Crimson Tide
Additional Magician 1995-05-12
Series
Chicago Hope
Unknown 1994-09-18
Movie
Ghost in the Machine
Lieutenant 1993-12-20
Movie
Addams Family Values
Moving Man 1993-11-19
Series
The X-Files
Unknown 1993-09-10
Series
Melrose Place
Unknown 1992-07-08
Movie
My Cousin Vinny
J.T. 1992-03-13
Movie
Days of Thunder
Harlem Hoogerhyde 1990-06-27
Movie
Mylène Farmer: Pourvu qu'elles soient douces (Libertine II)
William 1988-10-06
Series
Chiefs
Bobby Patrick 1983-11-13

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