Chris Ellis - Never been fishing!

Chris Ellis - Never been fishing!

First Published: January 2001
Chris Ellis | "Fairly Legal" (2011) [a]

Chris Ellis | "Fairly Legal" (2011) [a]

Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, Chris Ellis | "The X Files" (1993)
Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, Chris Ellis | "The X Files" (1993)
Rowan Atkinson, Peter MacNicol, Chris Ellis, Richard Gant | "Bean" (1997)
Billy Bob Thornton, John Aylward, Keith David, Chris Ellis, J. Patrick McCormack | "Armageddon" (1998) [b]
Liv Tyler, Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Keith David, Chris Ellis | "Armageddon" (1998) [b]
Chris Ellis | "The Watcher" (2000)
Paul Guilfoyle, George Eads, Chris Ellis | "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (2000)
Chris Ellis, Jon Hamm | "Mad Men" (2007) [c]
Simon Baker, Chris Ellis | "The Mentalist" (2008) [d]
Chris Ellis, Sarah Shahi | "Fairly Legal" (2011) [a]
Chris Ellis | Working Actor
Chris Ellis | Working Actor
Chris Ellis | Working Actor
Chris Ellis | Working Actor
Chris Ellis | Working Actor

Chris 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 priviliege.

"I was raised in the Mississippi delta, and my salient memories from early childhood are of children who were beaten and abused by adults or by other children." But, that's is not why he left.

On February 10, 1964, when Chris was 14 years old, The Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show for the first time. They sang "She Loves You," and "I Want To Hold Your Hand," which they had written, and "Til There Was You," which was written by Jerry Herman, who also wrote "Hello, Dolly."

Later in 1964, Schwerner, Chaney and Goodman were killed by member of the Ku Klux Klan near Philadelphia, Mississippi. Three of the confessed killers were tried for murder in Mississippi state court and were acquitted. One of the Klansmen, Terry Keeter, who was never charged with any crime, was, by 1968, working for the sheriff's department in Senatobia, Mississippi. That summer, he and his partner, Lekk Hopper, arrested Ellis for fishing without a license as he stood at the edge of Sardis Lake. "I have never been fishing in my life, though in 1968 my hair was long for a man by Mississippi standards."

These events helped him to decide to blow town altogether as soon as he might finish his schooling. Which he did, whistling 'Hey fiddle dee dee, the actor's life for me.'

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 to seek his way amid the world's ruin, 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".

After working in regional theatre for a year or so, Chris fell off the radar screen, as some will do, 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 9 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."

When Chris began working in film at age 40, he began for the first time to make a living as an actor. By then he was no longer in the flush of youth, and no longer had hair like "Algernon Swinburne, nor hips like two coconuts".

Since then Chris has made a living playing character roles, "mostly southerners, men who snarl and vote for Republicans, and who work for NASA in Mission Control".

But as he so readily tells us......."I'll take it."

Chris Ellis' advice to the aspiring actor:

I believe to be a working Actor is 50% luck! but when you get lucky, the other 50% is being ready.

To that end, I recommend reading at least one Shakespeare Play out loud each year (Try two or three - with friends or alone..... doesn't matter).

It won't help you get an agent, and nothing I can tell you will do that. But in no other one source, will you find such a complete range of human emotions, or better preparation.


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Chris Ellis' Credits
 2018 Tightrope (Short)
  2018 The Oath
  2018 What Still Remains
 2019 Kenny (Short)
 2017 Amelia 2.0
Senator Thaddeus
 2017 Pitching Tents
Principal Don Bishop
 2017 The Show
 2017 Hand of God (TV Series)
Principal Matt Wasser
- Telling Me Your Dreams (2017) ... Principal Matt Wasser
 2016/III Trigger (Short)
 2015 K.C. Undercover (TV Series)
- Runaway Robot: Part 2 (2015) ... Christos
- Runaway Robot: Part 1 (2015) ... Christos
 2015 Murder in the First (TV Series)
Judge Mitchell Ellis
- Number Thirty Nine (2015) ... Judge Mitchell Ellis
- Nothing but the Truth (2015) ... Judge Mitchell Ellis
- Bruja Blanca (2015) ... Judge Mitchell Ellis
- Out of the Shadows (2015) ... Judge Mitchell Ellis
- Oh, Mexico (2015) ... Judge Mitchell Ellis
 2015 Mad Men (TV Series)
Del Hill
- The Milk and Honey Route (2015) ... Del Hill
 2015 McFarland, USA
Coach Jenks (as Chris Ellis Jr.)
 2014 Jessabelle
Sheriff Pruitt
 2014 Sequestered (TV Series)
Ron Pritchard
- Ashes to Ashes (2014) ... Ron Pritchard
- Johannesburg (2014) ... Ron Pritchard
- Up on the Roof (2014) ... Ron Pritchard
- Like Sheep (2014) ... Ron Pritchard
- Stop Crying (2014) ... Ron Pritchard
 2014 Legit (TV Series)
Captain Chambliss
- Afghanistan (2014) ... Captain Chambliss
 2014 Faults
 2014/I The Guest
 2013 Grace Unplugged
Pastor Tim Bryant
 2013 Warehouse 13 (TV Series)
Colonel Arnold Cassell
- What Matters Most (2013) ... Colonel Arnold Cassell
 2012 Political Animals (TV Mini-Series)
Jubal Jacobs
- The Woman Problem (2012) ... Jubal Jacobs
 2012 The Dark Knight Rises
Fr. Reilly
 2012 The Finder (TV Series)
Warden Nick Larsen
- Bullets (2012) ... Warden Nick Larsen
 2011 Harry's Law (TV Series)
- The Rematch (2011)
 2011 In Plain Sight (TV Series)
- The Rolling Stones (2011) ... Reidell
 2011 Law & Order: LA (TV Series)
D.A. Walter Exley
- Reseda (2011) ... D.A. Walter Exley
 2011 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV Series)
Warden Clinton Malton
- The List (2011) ... Warden Clinton Malton
 2011 Fairly Legal (TV Series)
Bo / Maddox Resor
- Bo Me Once (2011) ... Bo / Maddox Resor
 2010 The Mentalist (TV Series)
Sheriff Mullery
- Red Moon (2010) ... Sheriff Mullery
 2010 The Good Guys (TV Series)
Beau Teague
- Vacation (2010) ... Beau Teague
 2010 Zeke and Luther (TV Series)
- Rocket Men (2010) ... Buzz
 2010 Justified (TV Series)
Douglas Cooper
- Riverbrook (2010) ... Douglas Cooper
 2009 The Office (TV Series)
Chris O'Keefe
- Shareholder Meeting (2009) ... Chris O'Keefe
 2009 Teenage Dirtbag
 2009 G-Force
FBI Director (as Chris Ellis Jr.)
 2009 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (TV Series)
- Today Is the Day: Part 2 (2009) ... Hayes
- Today Is the Day: Part 1 (2009) ... Hayes
 2009 Knight Rider (TV Series)
Phil Driscoll
- Knight and the City (2009) ... Phil Driscoll
 2008 Cold Case (TV Series)
Jim Horn '08
- Wednesday's Women (2008) ... Jim Horn '08
 2008 Gospel Hill
L Donn Murray
 2007-2008 Burn Notice (TV Series)
Virgil Watkins
- Rough Seas (2008) ... Virgil Watkins
- Unpaid Debts (2007) ... Virgil Watkins
 2008/II Crazy
Glen the Carousel Manager (uncredited)
 2007 The Third Nail
Colonel Reeves
 2006-2007 The Unit (TV Series)
Congressman Bruce Gelber
- Pandemonium: Part 1 (2007) ... Congressman Bruce Gelber
- Report by Exception (2006) ... Congressman Bruce Gelber
 2007 Live Free or Die Hard
Scalvino (as Chris Ellis Jr.)
 2007 Transformers
Admiral Brigham
 2007 The Memory Thief
Mr. DeSilva
 2007 Veronica Mars (TV Series)
Reverend Ted Capistrano
- There's Got to Be a Morning After Pill (2007) ... Reverend Ted Capistrano
 2007 Las Vegas (TV Series)
Dr. Sassen
- The Chicken Is Making My Back Hurt (2007) ... Dr. Sassen
 2006 The Darkroom
 2006 Vanished (TV Series)
- The Velocity of Sara (2006) ... Shelton
 2006 Ghost Whisperer (TV Series)
Captain Ken Nilsen
- The One (2006) ... Captain Ken Nilsen
- Free Fall (2006) ... Captain Ken Nilsen
 2006 The West Wing (TV Series)
Congressman Fields
- Requiem (2006) ... Congressman Fields
 2006 Criminal Minds (TV Series)
Sheriff Rhodes
- The Tribe (2006) ... Sheriff Rhodes
 2006 Believe in Me
Jim Stovall
 2005 Fun with Dick and Jane
Vice President - Grand Cayman Bank
 2005 Death to the Supermodels (Video)
 2005 Silver Bells (TV Movie)
Doctor (uncredited)
 2005 CSI: NY (TV Series)
Vincent Williams
- Dancing with the Fishes (2005) ... Vincent Williams
 2005 Sissy Frenchfry (Short)
Willinger McDodey
 2005 The Devil's Rejects
 2005 The Island
Aces & Spades Bartender
 2005 Revelations (TV Mini-Series)
Mr. Beaudrey
- Hour One (2005) ... Mr. Beaudrey
 2003-2004 NCIS (TV Series)
Gunnery Sergeant John Deluca
- The Bone Yard (2004) ... Gunnery Sergeant John Deluca
- The Curse (2003) ... Gunnery Sergeant John Deluca (uncredited)
 2004 Tiger Cruise (TV Movie)
Captain Anderson
 2004 Helter Skelter (TV Movie)
Sgt. Whiteley
 2004 Death and Texas
Phillip Brodeur
 2004 In Enemy Hands
Captain Samuel Littleton
 2004 Line of Fire (TV Series)
- The Senator (2004) ... Vigs
 2004 JAG (TV Series)
Detective Kush
- Good Intentions (2004) ... Detective Kush
 2003 Wonderland
Captain Nimziki
 2003 Lucky (TV Series)
- The Tell (2003)
 2003 The Bus Stops Here (Short)
Self-centered Man at Bus Stop
 2003 My Dinner with Jimi
 2002 Catch Me If You Can
Special Agent Witkins
 2002 Alias (TV Series)
Agent Chapman
- The Counteragent (2002) ... Agent Chapman
 2002 The Practice (TV Series)
Mr. Blain - Zoning Board Chairman,
- Neighboring Species (2002) ... Mr. Blain - Zoning Board Chairman,
 2002 Birds of Prey (TV Series)
Larry Ketterly
- Premiere (2002) ... Larry Ketterly
- Unaired Pilot (2002) ... Larry Ketterly
 2002 Six Feet Under (TV Series)
Construction Worker #2
- Someone Else's Eyes (2002) ... Construction Worker #2
 2002 First Monday (TV Series)
Mr. Patton
- Strip Search (2002) ... Mr. Patton
 2002 Love Liza
Patriot Model Aeronautics Clerk
 2001 Beyond the City Limits
Det. Hanson
 2001 Domestic Disturbance
Detective Warren
 2001 Planet of the Apes
Commander Karl Vasich
 2001 Daddy and Them
 2001 Diagnosis Murder (TV Series)
Leonard Wilson
- Confession (2001) ... Leonard Wilson
 2000 Family Law (TV Series)
Mr. Reese
- Family Values (2000) ... Mr. Reese
 2000 Roswell (TV Series)
T. Greer
- Harvest (2000) ... T. Greer
 2000/I The Watcher
 2000 Harsh Realm (TV Series)
Jasper McKinley
- Camera Obscura (2000) ... Jasper McKinley
 1999 The Last Marshal
 1996-1999 Arli$$ (TV Series)
Maynard Dupree / Henneman
- Our Past, Our Present, Our Future (1999) ... Maynard Dupree
- Negotiating: It's Never Personal (1996) ... Henneman
 1999 Atomic Train (TV Mini-Series)
Ed Brown
- Part 2 (1999) ... Ed Brown
- Part 1 (1999) ... Ed Brown
 1999 October Sky
Principal Turner
 1998 Max Q (TV Movie)
Bob Matthews
 1998 Promised Land (TV Series)
Brian Pascal
- Balancing Act (1998) ... Brian Pascal
 1998 Home Fries
Henry Lever
 1998 Armageddon
Flight Director Walter Clark
 1998/I Godzilla
General Anderson
 1998 From the Earth to the Moon (TV Mini-Series)
Bob Parker
- Le voyage dans la lune (1998) ... Bob Parker
 1998 The Pentagon Wars (TV Movie)
General Keane
 1997 Wag the Dog
 1997 Sparkler
Buddy #1
 1997 On the Line (TV Movie)
Officer Roux
 1997 Bean
Det. Butler
 1997 Con Air
B.O.P. Official Grant
 1997 Chicago Hope (TV Series)
Secret Service Agent Bill Erskine
- The Day of the Rope (1997) ... Secret Service Agent Bill Erskine
 1997 The Pretender (TV Series)
Daniel Crockett
- Mirage (1997) ... Daniel Crockett
 1996 Millennium (TV Series)
Jim Penseyres
- The Judge (1996) ... Jim Penseyres
- Dead Letters (1996) ... Jim Penseyres
- Gehenna (1996) ... Jim Penseyres
 1996 Her Costly Affair (TV Movie)
 1996 Sticks & Stones
Coach Osterman
 1996 That Thing You Do!
 1996 If These Walls Could Talk (TV Movie)
Crowd Leader (segment "1996")
 1996 Space: Above and Beyond (TV Series)
Adm. Stenner
- ...Tell Our Moms We Done Our Best (1996) ... Adm. Stenner
 1996 The X-Files (TV Series)
Sheriff Lance Hindt
- Quagmire (1996) ... Sheriff Lance Hindt
 1996 Innocent Victims (TV Movie)
Alan Hallis
 1996 Murder One (TV Series)
Mr. Switzer
- Chapter Eleven (1996) ... Mr. Switzer
 1995 The Tie That Binds
Security Guard #1
 1995/I Apollo 13
Deke Slayton
 1995 Crimson Tide
Additional Magician
 1995 A Little Princess
 1994 In the Line of Duty: The Price of Vengeance (TV Movie)
News Vendor
 1993 Ghost in the Machine
 1993 Addams Family Values
Moving Man
 1993 NYPD Blue (TV Series)
- Emission Accomplished (1993) ... Marshal
- Brown Appetit (1993) ... Marshal
 1993 Melrose Place (TV Series)
- A Long Night's Journey (1993) ... Cop
 1993 Undercover Blues
 1992 My Cousin Vinny
 1990 Days of Thunder
Harlem Hoogerhyde
 1983 Chiefs (TV Series)
Bobby Patrick
- Part 3 (1983) ... Bobby Patrick
 1979 The Suicide's Wife (TV Movie)
Truck Driver

 Photo camera Credits 
[a] Alan Zenuk - © USA Network
[b] © 1998 - Walt Disney Studios Touchstone
[c] Justina Mintz/AMC - © AMC Network Entertainment LLC
[d] Cliff Lipson - © 2010 CBS Broadcasting Inc.

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