FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2009 file photo, Director David R. Ellis, left, and his wife, Cindy, arrive at the premiere of "The Final Destination" in Los Angeles. The "Snakes on the Plane" director, Ellis, has died at age 60. His manager, David Gardner, confirmed his death Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, but declined to provide additional details. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)
David R. Ellis, the actor-turned-stuntman-turned-director of "Snakes on a Plane," has died. He was 60 years old.
Ellis' manager, David Gardner, confirmed his death Monday and said Ellis' body was found in a hotel room in Johannesburg, South Africa. Ellis was in Johannesburg working on "Kite," a remake of the 1998 Japanese anime film that was to have starred "Snakes on a Plane" actor Samuel L. Jackson.
Gardner declined to provide additional details, and no cause of death has been released.
"So sad to hear of David R. Ellis passing!" Jackson tweeted Monday. "So talented, so kind, such a Good Friend. He'll be missed. Gone too soon!"
Ellis' directing credits include "Shark Night 3D," ''The Final Destination," ''Cellular" and "Final Destination 2." He also worked on such films as "Misery," ''Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" and "Waterworld." Ellis began his Hollywood career as an actor in the 1970s before moving into stunts and directing.
He is survived by his wife and three children.