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Chris Ellis



A character actor with a knack for playing blustery Southerners and military men (comic and dramatic), Chris Ellis was, appropriately enough, born and raised in Mississippi. While hardly a radical, 18-year-old Ellis discovered his interest in the arts, and his slightly longer than average hair made him a less than welcome presence in Mississippi. In 1968, he began studying acting with a theater troupe in Memphis, TN, where he made his stage debut. After completing his studies, Ellis moved to New York City, where he began working in off-Broadway and regional theater. However, keeping his foot in the door proved difficult for Ellis, and he found himself without steady work through most of the '80s, getting by thanks to the kindness of friends who would often invite him over for dinner. In 1990, Ellis' luck began to change when he was cast as the memorable Harlan Hoogerhyde in the Tom Cruise vehicle Days of Thunder. By the mid-'90s, Ellis was working steadily in film and television, making small but notable appearances in Apollo 13, That Thing You Do!, and Armageddon, and making guest appearances on such series as The X-Files, Millennium, and Chicago Hope.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
91% Faults
  • Paul
2015
26% Jessabelle
  • Sheriff Pruitt
2014
90% The Guest
  • Hendricks
2014
50% Grace Unplugged
  • Pastor Tim Bryant
2013
87% The Dark Knight Rises
  • Fr. Reilly
2012
No Score Yet Teenage Dirtbag
  • Pops
2009
33% Gospel Hill
  • L. Don Murray
2008
57% Transformers
  • Admiral Brigham
2007
82% Live Free or Die Hard
  • Scalvino
2007
80% The Memory Thief
  • Mr. De Silva
2007
60% Believe in Me
  • Jim Stovall
2007
No Score Yet Death to the Supermodels
  • Ed
2005
No Score Yet The Darkroom
  • Jackson
2005
53% The Devil's Rejects
  • Coggs
2005
40% The Island
  • Aces & Spades Bartender
2005
No Score Yet In Enemy Hands
  • Captain Samuel Littleton
2004
No Score Yet Tiger Cruise
  • Captain Anderson
2004
75% Death & Texas
  • Actor
2004
34% Wonderland
  • Captain Nimzaki
2003
No Score Yet Rip It Off
  • Det. Hanson
2003
96% Catch Me If You Can
  • Witkins
2002
53% Love Liza
  • Patriot Hobby
2002
No Score Yet Beyond the City Limits
  • Det. Hanson
2001
24% Domestic Disturbance
  • Det. Warren
2001
45% Planet of the Apes
  • Commander Karl Vasich
2001
10% The Watcher
  • Hollis
2000
No Score Yet The Last Marshal
  • O'Brien
1999
No Score Yet Atomic Train
  • Ed Brown
1999
17% Sparkler
  • Buddy No. 1
1999
90% October Sky
  • Principal Turner
1999
31% Home Fries
  • Henry Lever
1998
No Score Yet Max Q
  • Bob Matthews
1998
39% Armageddon
  • Walter Clark
1998
16% Godzilla
  • General Anderson
1998
No Score Yet The Pentagon Wars
  • General Keane
1998
85% Wag the Dog
  • Officer
1997
42% Bean
  • Detective Butler
1997
54% Con Air
  • BOP Official Grant
1997
93% That Thing You Do!
  • Phil Horace
1996
88% If These Walls Could Talk
  • Crowd Leader
1996
9% The Tie That Binds
  • Security Guard No. 1
1995
97% A Little Princess
  • Policeman
1995
95% Apollo 13
  • Deke Slayton
1995
87% Crimson Tide
  • Additional Magician
1995
78% Addams Family Values
  • Moving Man
1993
35% Undercover Blues
  • Burt
1993
13% Ghost in the Machine
  • Lieutenant
1993
85% My Cousin Vinny
  • J.T.
1992
39% Days of Thunder
  • Harlan Hoogerhyde
1990

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet The Mentalist
2008-2015
  • Sheriff Mullery
No Score Yet In Plain Sight
2008-2012
  • Actor
No Score Yet Alias
2001-2006
  • CIA Agent Chapman
No Score Yet Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
2008-2009
  • Hayes
97% Veronica Mars
2004-2007
  • Rev. Capistrano
67% The Good Guys
2010
  • Beau Teague
No Score Yet The West Wing
1999-2006
  • Rep. Tim Fields
57% The Finder
2012
  • Warden Nick Larsen
No Score Yet The X-Files
1993
  • Sheriff Hindt
No Score Yet Cold Case
2003-2010
  • Jim Horn
97% Justified
2010-2015
  • Cooper
No Score Yet Ghost Whisperer
2005-2010
  • Ghost Pilot
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Warden Clinton Malton
No Score Yet CSI: NY
2004-2013
  • Vincent Williams
No Score Yet Birds of Prey
2002-2003
  • Actor
86% Burn Notice
2007-2013
  • Virgil Watkins

Quotes from Chris Ellis' Characters