Chad Stahelski

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Chad Stahelski
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Stahelski at the John Wick red carpet premiere in Austin, Texas, September 19, 2014
Charles F. Stahelski

(1968-09-20) September 20, 1968 (age 54)
Occupation(s)Film director, stunt coordinator, second unit director, actor
Years active1992–present
Known for

Chad Stahelski (born September 20, 1968) is an American stuntman and film director. He directed the 2014 film John Wick and its three sequels.[1] He has worked as a stuntman, stunt coordinator and second unit director on several films.


Stuntman (1993–2013)[edit]

Stahelski worked on the 1994 film The Crow. Stahelski and fellow stuntman Jeff Cadiente served as stunt doubles for the actor Brandon Lee. On March 31, 1993, while filming, Lee was accidentally wounded on set by defective blank ammunition and later died in hospital during surgery.[2] Special effects were used to superimpose Lee's face onto Stahelski.[3]

In 1997, Stahelski co-founded action design company 87Eleven with David Leitch.[4]

He worked as a stunt double for his future John Wick star Keanu Reeves in The Matrix franchise, and later served as a stunt co-ordinator for the films.[5] In 2009, Stahelski was second-unit director and stunt co-ordinator on Ninja Assassin along with David Leitch.[6]

In 2012, on the set of the film The Expendables 2 for which Stahelski served as stunt coordinator, stuntman Kun Liu was killed by an explosion on set. Liu's family sued Stahelski following the accident.[7]

Director (2014–present)[edit]

In 2014, Stahelski co-directed the action thriller film John Wick along with Leitch, based on the screenplay by Derek Kolstad. The film starred Keanu Reeves and Michael Nyqvist, and was released on October 24, 2014 by Summit Entertainment, grossing over $88 million.[8][9] Stahelski acted as sole director for the film's 2017 sequel, John Wick: Chapter 2,[10] and again for the third film, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019) and fourth film, John Wick: Chapter 4 (2023).[11][12][13][1] He also served as the second unit director for the reshoots of Birds of Prey.[14]


In March 2023, Stahelski clarified that a remake of Highlander[15] as well as adaptations of Rainbow Six, Ghost of Tsushima,[16] Black Samurai for Netflix, and Shibumi[17] for Warner Bros. were the projects he was currently developing to produce and direct.[18]

Other projects he has been attached to in the past include Analog, and adaptations of Kill or Be Killed, and Sandman Slim.[19][20][21][22]

Personal life[edit]

Stahelski was married to fellow stunt performer Heidi Moneymaker, but they divorced in 2018.[23]

Stahelski was a friend of Brandon Lee and worked as his double.[24] They trained together at the Inosanto Academy.


Year Title Director Producer
2014 John Wick Yes No
2017 John Wick: Chapter 2 Yes No
2019 John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum Yes Executive
2021 Bruised No Executive
2022 Day Shift No Yes
2023 John Wick: Chapter 4 Yes Yes
2024 Ballerina No Yes

Second-unit director

Year Title Notes
2016 Captain America: Civil War
2020 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) Also stunt coordinator


Year Title Notes
1994 The Crow Brandon Lee-Stunt Double (Reshoots Uncredited) Credited As Chad Storelson
1996 Escape from L.A.
1997 Bean
1997 Orgazmo
1998 Recoil
1998 Almost Heroes
1998 The Hunted Stunts/Stunt Coordinator
1999 8mm
1999 The Matrix Keanu Reeves-Stunt Double
1999 Wild Wild West
2000 Picking Up The Pieces
2000 The Replacements (Keanu Reeves-Stunt Double Uncredited)
2000 The Gift (Uncredited Stunts)
2001 Tomcats
2001 Ghosts of Mars
2001 Rock Star
2001 Corky Romano
2003 The Matrix Reloaded Martial Arts Stunt Coordinator
2003 The Matrix Revolutions Martial Arts Stunt Coordinator
2004 Torque Stunt Driver (Uncredited)
2004 Van Helsing Fight Coordinator/Assistant Stunt Coordinator
2004 Spider-Man 2 (Uncredited)
2004 Cellular Utility Stunts (Uncredited)
2005 Thumbsucker
2005 Constantine Fight Choreographer (Uncredited)
2005 XXX: State of the Union
2005 Mr. & Mrs. Smith (Utility Stunts)
2005 The Dukes of Hazzard (Johnny Knoxville-Stunt Double Uncredited)
2005 Serenity Stunt Coordinator
2005 Æon Flux (Uncredited)
2005 V for Vendetta
2006 Beerfest Stunt Coordinator
2006 300 Fight Choreographer
2007 Next
2007 Live Free or Die Hard
2007 Shoot 'Em Up (Uncredited)
2007 I Am Legend (Uncredited)
2008 Jumper
2008 Speed Racer Supervising Stunt Coordinator
2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine Action Coordinator
2009 Ninja Assassin Stunt Coordinator
2010 Iron Man 2 (Utility Stunts)
2010 The Expendables Stunt Coordinator
2010 Tron: Legacy (Uncredited)
2011 Season of the Witch (Uncredited)
2011 The Mechanic Stunt Coordinator
2011 Immortals Fight Choreographer
2012 Safe Supervising Stunt Coordinator
2012 Dredd Action Coordinator
2013 G.I. Joe: Retaliation Assistant Stunt Coordinator
2013 The Wolverine Stunt Coordinator (Uncredited)
2013 47 Ronin Stunt Coordinator (Uncredited)
2013 Homefront
2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Uncredited)
2018 Deadpool 2 Directed By David Leitch


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Vampires Male Master #4
2021 The Matrix Resurrections Chad[25]


  1. ^ a b Giardina, Carolyn (2023-04-02). "'John Wick 5'? Director Chad Stahelski Says "We're Open To It"". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2023-04-11.
  2. ^ Robey, Tim (October 27, 2016). "Brandon Lee, Michael Massee and the 'curse' of The Crow". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  3. ^ "The Crow cast deals with Brandon's Lee death". Retrieved 2020-09-25.
  4. ^ O'Falt, Chris (3 December 2019). "BTL Influencers: 87-Eleven's Chad Stahelski and David Leitch". IndieWire. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  5. ^ "Chad Stahelski". IMDb.
  6. ^ O'Connell, Mikey (2023-03-14). "'John Wick' Filmmaker Chad Stahelski Talks Sequels, Oscar Stunt Snubs and Why Guns Still Show Up on Sets". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2023-04-11.
  7. ^ "'Expendables 2' Stuntman Death Prompts Family Lawsuit". The Hollywood Reporter. 26 July 2012.
  8. ^ Cunningham, Todd (October 26, 2014). "Keanu Reeves' 'John Wick' Hits Box-Office Bulls-Eye and Lionsgate's Gamble Pays Off". Retrieved October 27, 2015.
  9. ^ "John Wick (2014)". Retrieved October 27, 2015.
  10. ^ WEINTRAUB, STEVE (September 24, 2015). "Exclusive: Chad Stahelski To Direct 'John Wick 2' Solo". Retrieved October 17, 2015.
  11. ^ Romano, Nick. "John Wick 3 brings back Chad Stahelski to direct". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  12. ^ McNary, Dave (2019-05-20). "'John Wick 4' Confirmed With a 2021 Release Date". Variety. Retrieved 2020-06-13.
  13. ^ "Lionsgate Sets New Dates for 'John Wick 4,' 'Spiral'". The Hollywood Reporter. May 2020. Retrieved 2020-06-13.
  14. ^ "'John Wick' Director Chad Stahelski to Oversee New Action Scenes for 'Birds of Prey' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 16 August 2019.
  15. ^ Brian Gallagher (30 January 2017). "Highlander Reboot Will Start a Trilogy, Gets Compared to John Wick". MovieWeb.
  16. ^ Kroll, Justin (2021-03-25). "Sony And PlayStation Productions Developing 'Ghost of Tsushima' Movie With 'John Wick's Chad Stahelski Directing". Deadline. Retrieved 2021-04-03.
  17. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (August 18, 2022). "Chad Stahelski & Warner Bros' Assassin Movie 'Shibumi' Finds Writer In Matthew Orton, Stahelski To Direct". Deadline Hollywood.
  18. ^ ‘John Wick: Chapter 4’ Director Chad Stahelski Breaks Down the Ending That Made the Studio Say, “Are You Insane?”
  19. ^ Borys Kit (22 May 2018). "'John Wick' Director, 'Colony' Creator Tackle Comic Book 'Analog' for Lionsgate (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  20. ^ Kit, Borys (2017-12-14). "'John Wick' Director Tackling Ed Brubaker Comic 'Kill or Be Killed' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-12-15.
  21. ^ Bui, Hoai-Tran (13 February 2018). "'John Wick' Director Chad Stahelski to Direct Dark Fantasy Film 'Sandman Slim'". /Film. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  22. ^ Foutch, Haleigh (12 February 2018). "'John Wick' Director Chad Stahelski to Helm Dark Fantasy 'Sandman Slim' for Studio 8". Collider. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  24. ^ O'Connell, Mikey (2023-03-14). "'John Wick' Filmmaker Chad Stahelski Talks Sequels, Oscar Stunt Snubs and Why Guns Still Show Up on Sets". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2023-04-11.
  25. ^ Weintraub, Steve (December 20, 2021). Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss on The Matrix Resurrections, Trinity, and Chad Stahelski. Collider – via YouTube.

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