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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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Nascut:
Apr 14, 1956 in Dallas, Texas, USA
Aparitii in Filme/Seriale:
50
Primul film:
In movie My Cousin Vinny 1992-03-13
Ultimul film:
Film The Show 2017-09-21
Cunoscut pentru
Poster of Revelations
Poster of Beyond the City Limits
Poster of Alias
Filme in care a jucat
Film The Show Keller 2017-09-21
Film Pitching Tents Principal Don Bishop 2017-03-31
Film Jessabelle Sheriff Pruitt 2014-08-29
Film Faults Dad 2014-03-06
Film The Dark Knight Rises Fr. Reilly 2012-07-16
Serial Justified Unknown 2010-03-16
Film Teenage Dirtbag Pops 2009-10-20
Film G-Force NSA Director 2009-07-21
Film Crazy Glen the Carousel Manager 2008-03-02
Film Gospel Hill L Donn Murray 2008-02-09
Film Transformers Admiral Brigham 2007-06-27
Film Live Free or Die Hard Scalvino 2007-06-27
Serial Burn Notice Unknown 2007-06-28
Serial Mad Men Del Hill 2007-07-19
Serial The Unit Unknown 2006-03-07
Serial Ghost Whisperer Unknown 2005-09-23
Serial Criminal Minds Sheriff Rhodes 2005-09-22
Film The Island Aces & Spades Barman 2005-07-20
Film In Enemy Hands Samuel Littleton 2005-04-15
Serial Revelations Unknown 2005-04-13
Serial Veronica Mars Unknown 2004-09-22
Serial CSI: NY Unknown 2004-09-21
Serial Birds of Prey Unknown 2003-05-21
Film Beyond the City Limits Det. Hanson 2003-04-22
Serial NCIS Unknown 2003-09-23
Serial Cold Case Unknown 2003-09-28
Film Love Liza Patriot Model Aeronautics Clerk 2002-12-30
Film Catch Me If You Can Special Agent Witkins 2002-12-25
Serial Alias Unknown 2001-09-30
Film Planet of the Apes Commander Karl Vasich 2001-07-25
Serial Six Feet Under Unknown 2001-06-03
Film The Watcher Hollis 2000-09-08
Serial Roswell Unknown 1999-10-06
Serial The West Wing Unknown 1999-09-22
Serial Family Law Unknown 1999-09-20
Film October Sky Principal Turner 1999-02-19
Film Godzilla General Anderson 1998-05-20
Film Armageddon Flight Director Clark 1998-07-01
Film Home Fries Henry Lever 1998-11-25
Film Bean Det. Butler 1997-07-03
Serial Millennium Unknown 1996-10-25
Film If These Walls Could Talk Crowd Leader 1996-10-13
Film That Thing You Do! Phil Horace 1996-10-04
Serial The Pretender Unknown 1996-09-19
Film The Tie That Binds Security Guard #1 1995-09-08
Film Apollo 13 Deke Slayton 1995-06-30
Serial Chicago Hope Unknown 1994-09-18
Serial The X-Files Unknown 1993-09-10
Serial Melrose Place Unknown 1992-07-08
Film My Cousin Vinny J.T. 1992-03-13