Chris Ellis

Chris Ellis

Known for: Acting
Birthday: 1956-04-14 (67 years old)

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Biography

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.


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Filmography

All 97

Movies 54

TV Shows 43

Director 2

Mr. Adler
Silo

Silo (2021)

Movie
Derek Poole
9-1-1: Lone Star

9-1-1: Lone Star (2020)

TV Show
6.11
Gaslight

Gaslight (2019)

TV Show
Richard Lehmann
Homecoming

Homecoming (2018)

TV Show
7.5
Al
Kenny

Kenny (2018)

Movie
Hank
The Oath

The Oath (2018)

Movie
Harvey
What Still Remains

What Still Remains (2018)

Movie
Marty Steinbecker
Young Sheldon

Young Sheldon (2017)

TV Show
7.24
Keller
The Show

The Show (2017)

Movie
Senator Thaddeus
Amelia 2.0

Amelia 2.0 (2017)

Movie
Principal Don Bishop
Pitching Tents

Pitching Tents (2017)

Movie
Patrick
Trigger

Trigger (2016)

Movie
Christos Markos
K.C. Undercover

K.C. Undercover (2015)

TV Show
6.8
Sheriff Pruitt
Jessabelle

Jessabelle (2014)

Movie
6
Hendricks
The Guest

The Guest (2014)

Movie
3.67
Ron Pritchard
Sequestered

Sequestered (2014)

TV Show
Dad
Faults

Faults (2014)

Movie
6
Fr. Reilly
The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Movie
7.05
Jubal Jacobs
Political Animals

Political Animals (2012)

TV Show
7
Warden Nick Larsen
The Finder

The Finder (2012)

TV Show
3.5
Maddox Resor
Fairly Legal

Fairly Legal (2011)

TV Show
4.33
Walter Exley
Law & Order: LA

Law & Order: LA (2010)

TV Show
6
Douglas Cooper
Justified

Justified (2010)

TV Show
6.05
Pops
Teenage Dirtbag

Teenage Dirtbag (2009)

Movie
NSA Director
G-Force

G-Force (2009)

Movie
6
Colonel Arnold Cassell
Warehouse 13

Warehouse 13 (2009)

TV Show
5.65
Sherrif Mullery
The Mentalist

The Mentalist (2008)

TV Show
6.61
Glen the Carousel Manager
Crazy

Crazy (2008)

Movie
L Donn Murray
Gospel Hill

Gospel Hill (2008)

Movie
Hayes
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008)

TV Show
5.72
Del Hill
Mad Men

Mad Men (2007)

TV Show
6.34
Virgil Watkins
Burn Notice

Burn Notice (2007)

TV Show
6.28
Admiral Brigham
Transformers

Transformers (2007)

Movie
6.07
Scalvino
Live Free or Die Hard

Live Free or Die Hard (2007)

Movie
5.94
Willinger McDodey
Sissy Frenchfry

Sissy Frenchfry (2006)

Movie
Congressman Bruce Gelber
The Unit

The Unit (2006)

TV Show
3.5
Vice President - Grand Cayman Bank
Fun with Dick and Jane

Fun with Dick and Jane (2005)

Movie
5.53
Captain Ken Nilsen
Ghost Whisperer

Ghost Whisperer (2005)

TV Show
6.63
Sheriff Rhodes
Criminal Minds

Criminal Minds (2005)

TV Show
6.04
Coggs
The Devil's Rejects

The Devil's Rejects (2005)

Movie
4.99
Aces & Spades Barman
The Island

The Island (2005)

Movie
6.74
Samuel Littleton
In Enemy Hands

In Enemy Hands (2005)

Movie
Revelations

Revelations (2005)

TV Show
4
Chris O'Keefe
The Office

The Office (2005)

TV Show
7.64
Reverend Ted Capistrano
Veronica Mars

Veronica Mars (2004)

TV Show
5.81
Vincent Williams
CSI: NY

CSI: NY (2004)

TV Show
7.14
Captain Anderson
Tiger Cruise

Tiger Cruise (2004)

Movie
Sgt. Whiteley
Helter Skelter

Helter Skelter (2004)

Movie
Phillip Brodeur
Death and Texas

Death and Texas (2004)

Movie
Jim Horn (2008)
Cold Case

Cold Case (2003)

TV Show
6.2
John DeLuca (uncredited) / John Deluca
NCIS

NCIS (2003)

TV Show
6.18
Sergeant
My Dinner with Jimi

My Dinner with Jimi (2003)

Movie
Patriot Model Aeronautics Clerk
Love Liza

Love Liza (2002)

Movie
Special Agent Witkins
Catch Me If You Can

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

Movie
7.95
Larry Ketterly
Birds of Prey

Birds of Prey (2002)

TV Show
6
First Monday

First Monday (2002)

TV Show
Det. Hanson
Beyond the City Limits

Beyond the City Limits (2001)

Movie
Detective Warren
Domestic Disturbance

Domestic Disturbance (2001)

Movie
6
Dewey
Daddy and Them

Daddy and Them (2001)

Movie
Agent Chapman
Alias

Alias (2001)

TV Show
Commander Karl Vasich
Planet of the Apes

Planet of the Apes (2001)

Movie
6.18
Construction Worker #2
Six Feet Under

Six Feet Under (2001)

TV Show
6.14
Clinton Malton
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000)

TV Show
6.33
Hollis
The Watcher

The Watcher (2000)

Movie
6
T. Greer
Roswell

Roswell (1999)

TV Show
4.57
Congressman Fields
The West Wing

The West Wing (1999)

TV Show
5.66
Family Law

Family Law (1999)

TV Show
Principal Turner
October Sky

October Sky (1999)

Movie
5.5
Henry Lever
Home Fries

Home Fries (1998)

Movie
Flight Director Clark
Armageddon

Armageddon (1998)

Movie
7.1
General Anderson
Godzilla

Godzilla (1998)

Movie
5.39
Bob Parker
From the Earth to the Moon

From the Earth to the Moon (1998)

TV Show
3.5
Officer
Wag the Dog

Wag the Dog (1997)

Movie
5.4
Buddy #1
Sparkler

Sparkler (1997)

Movie
Detective Butler
Bean

Bean (1997)

Movie
8.67
BOP Official Grant
Con Air

Con Air (1997)

Movie
6.39
Wes
Her Costly Affair

Her Costly Affair (1996)

Movie
Millennium

Millennium (1996)

TV Show
6.43
Phil Horace
That Thing You Do!

That Thing You Do! (1996)

Movie
8
Daniel Crockett
The Pretender

The Pretender (1996)

TV Show
6
Brian Pascal
Promised Land

Promised Land (1996)

TV Show
Crowd Leader
If These Walls Could Talk

If These Walls Could Talk (1996)

Movie
6
Adm. Stenner
Space: Above and Beyond

Space: Above and Beyond (1995)

TV Show
5.13
Mr. Switzer
Murder One

Murder One (1995)

TV Show
Security Guard #1
The Tie That Binds

The Tie That Binds (1995)

Movie
Deke Slayton
Apollo 13

Apollo 13 (1995)

Movie
7.08
Additional Magician
Crimson Tide

Crimson Tide (1995)

Movie
6.8
Policeman
A Little Princess

A Little Princess (1995)

Movie
9
Chicago Hope

Chicago Hope (1994)

TV Show
6
News Vendor
In the Line of Duty: The Price of Vengeance

In the Line of Duty: The Price of Vengeance (1994)

Movie
Moving Man
Addams Family Values

Addams Family Values (1993)

Movie
5.76
Leonard Wilson
Diagnosis: Murder

Diagnosis: Murder (1993)

TV Show
6.46
Sheriff Lance Hindt
The X-Files

The X-Files (1993)

TV Show
6
Burt
Undercover Blues

Undercover Blues (1993)

Movie
5.71
Melrose Place

Melrose Place (1992)

TV Show
6
J.T.
My Cousin Vinny

My Cousin Vinny (1992)

Movie
6
Harlem Hoogerhyde
Days of Thunder

Days of Thunder (1990)

Movie
3.29

Ratings

Average 6.54
Based on 10,4 Millionen movie and tv ratings over time
1990
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2004
1999
2021

Information

Known for
Acting

Gender
Male

Birthday
1956-04-14 (67 years old)

Place of birth
Memphis, United States of America

Citizenships
United States of America


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