Stuntwomen Annie Ellis was born on December 11, 1956 in Los Angeles County, California. She is known for her work on Peppermint (2019), Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018), Furious 7 (2015) Iron Man (2008), 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) Waterworld (1995) and so many other feature films and television shows.
Annie Ellis is a second generation Stuntwoman. Her father Richard Ellis was a well-known and beloved stuntman who raced motorcycles, was a well known surfer, and who went from stuntman and stunt coordinator to a feature film director.
Annie, who, like her father, loved to surf, was 14 and working for a veterinarian when she got a call from family friend, legendary stuntman, Big Ronnie Rondell, and he asked her to stunt double Cheryl Ladd on Charlie’s Angels (1977), the television show, in a surfing sequence. Thus began Annie’s stunt career. “I was very privileged to be taught by and work with the best in the business, such as, Ronnie Rondell, Bobby Bass, Gene LeBell, Richard Ellis, David Ellis, R.A. Rondell, Terry Leonard, Mic Rodgers, Vic Armstrong, Henry Kinji, Mickey Gilbert, Tommy Huff, Janet Brady, and many more fabulous individuals.
Annie’s specialties include horse work, water work, fights, and all kinds of car work. Her extensive resume includes thousands of T.V. credits and over 150 top Feature Films, while playing herself and doubling over 50 A List actresses.
In the last 12 years Annie has also moved in to Stunt Coordinating and in 2006, following in her brothers’ foot steps, began Directing Second Units. She is a member of DGA, SAG, AFTRA, Women In Film, The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, United Stuntwomen’s Association, and the President of the Stuntwomen’s Foundation.
Annie still has her love for the ocean and for animals, and still judges horse shows when time permits. She is involved with many Charities including, Malibu Boardriders and Camp Ronald McDonald, for children afflicted with cancer.
In 1991, her close friend and fellow Stuntwoman, Paula Moody, broke her back in an equestrian accident and had to have multiple surgeries. Annie, with help from Cris Palomino and several other women from United Stuntwomen’s Association, organized the first Charity Stunt Bowl in 1992, and all the proceeds benefited Paula.
Annie Ellis says that, “My dream was to have a fund for injured Stuntwomen, which would provide financial assistance to Stuntwomen who have debilitating illnesses or injuries.” The Stuntwomen’s Foundation was finally born in 2003. In 2005 Annie and Dana Evenson had an idea for a Poker Event, and the “World Stunt Poker Classic” was born. The Poker Classic drew 118 players including many celebrities and pro poker players and every penny earned went to help stuntwomen in need.