Share this story
Close X
Switch to Desktop Site

David R. Ellis dies: 'No foul play,' say police

David R. Ellis, director of 'Snakes on a Plane,' was found dead today in South Africa, where he was working on 'Kite,' another Samuel L. Jackson vehicle.

David R. Ellis, who died Monday, is seen posing with Samuel L. Jackson at 2006's Comic-Con International in San Diego. Ellis' directing credits included "Snakes on a Plane," "Shark Night 3D,” “The Final Destination,” “Cellular” “Final Destination 2,” among other films.

Chris Park / AP Photo / File

About these ads

David R. Ellis, the director of "Snakes on a Plane," the 2006 movie starring Samuel L. Jackson that veered between humor and horror and became an Internet sensation even before its release, was once asked if he had any practical advice for someone stuck on a plane full of snakes.

"Get off," Ellis said.

The 60-year-old, a chameleon of the entertainment industry who worked as an actor and stuntman earlier in his career, was found dead in the bathroom of his hotel room in the upscale neighborhood of Sandton in Johannesburg.

Police said Tuesday that the hotel manager discovered Ellis' body at around 1 p.m. Monday. Ellis, 60, was last seen Saturday in a restaurant by a friend, reported the South African Press Association.

"Nothing was found to be missing from his room and no foul play is being suspected at this stage," said Lt. Col. Lungelo Dlamini, a police spokesman, told the news agency.

"The U.S. Embassy has been informed and are believed to be making necessary arrangements for the body to be taken to his own country," Dlamini said.


Page:   1   |   2   |   3

Follow Stories Like This
Get the Monitor stories you care about delivered to your inbox.