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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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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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Bekannt für Darsteller

Geschlecht Männlich

Auftritte 58

Geboren am 1956-04-14

Geboren in Dallas, Texas, USA

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The Oath als Hank
What Still Remains als Harvey
2017 The Show als Keller
2017 Amelia 2.0 als Senator Thaddeus
2017 Pitching Tents als Principal Don Bishop
2014 Jessabelle als Sheriff Pruitt
2014 Faults als Dad
2012 The Dark Knight Rises als Fr. Reilly
2010 Justified(1 episode)
2009 Teenage Dirtbag als Pops
2009 G-Force - Agenten mit Biss als NSA Director
2008 The Mentalist(1 episode) als Sherrif Mullery
2008 Crazy als Glen the Carousel Manager
2008 Gospel Hill als L Donn Murray
2007 Mad Men(1 episode) als Del Hill
2007 Burn Notice(2 episodes)
2007 Transformers als Admiral Brigham
2007 Stirb langsam 4.0 als Scalvino
2006 The Unit – Eine Frage der Ehre(3 episodes)
2005 Ghost Whisperer – Stimmen aus dem Jenseits(2 episodes)
2005 Criminal Minds(1 episode) als Sheriff Rhodes
2005 Die Insel als Aces & Spades Barman
2005 U-Boat als Samuel Littleton
2005 Revelations(1 episode)
2004 Veronica Mars(1 episode)
2004 CSI: NY(1 episode)
2004 Death and Texas als Phillip Brodeur
2003 Cold Case-Kein Opfer ist je vergessen(1 episode)
2003 NCIS(1 episode)
2003 Birds of Prey(1 episode)
2002 Love Liza als Patriot Model Aeronautics Clerk
2002 Catch Me If You Can als Special Agent Witkins
2002 First Monday(1 episode)
2001 Beyond the City Limits als Det. Hanson
2001 Alias – Die Agentin(1 episode)
2001 Planet der Affen als Commander Karl Vasich
2001 Six Feet Under – Gestorben wird immer(2 episodes)
2000 The Watcher als Hollis
1999 Roswell(1 episode)
1999 The West Wing – Im Zentrum der Macht(1 episode)
1999 Frauenpower(1 episode)
1999 October Sky als Principal Turner
1998 Verliebt in Sally als Henry Lever
1998 Armageddon - Das jüngste Gericht als Flight Director Clark
1998 Godzilla als General Anderson
1997 Bean - Der ultimative Katastrophenfilm als Det. Butler
1996 Millennium – Fürchte deinen Nächsten wie Dich selbst(3 episodes)
1996 Haus der stummen Schreie als Crowd Leader
1996 That Thing You Do! als Phil Horace
1996 Pretender(1 episode)
1996 Promised Land(1 episode) als Brian Pascal
1995 Space 2063(1 episode) als Adm. Stenner
1995 Blood Line - Eine verhängnisvolle Verbindung als Security Guard #1
1995 Apollo 13 als Deke Slayton
1994 Chicago Hope - Endstation Hoffnung(1 episode)
1993 Akte X - Die unheimlichen Fälle des FBI(1 episode)
1992 Melrose Place(1 episode)
1992 Mein Vetter Winnie als J.T.

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