Charles F. Stahelski
September 20, 1968
|Occupation||Film director, stunt coordinator, second unit director, actor|
Chad Stahelski (born September 20, 1968) is an American stuntman and film director. He is known for his work on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and directing the 2014 film John Wick along with David Leitch, as well as solo directing its two sequels. Stahelski also doubled for Brandon Lee after the fatal accident involving Lee on the set of The Crow (1994) and replaced Lee in the film. He has worked as a stunt coordinator and second unit director on several films.
Stahelski worked on Alex Proyas' The Crow (1994), Stahelski and fellow stuntmen Jeff Cadiente served as a stand-in; for the actor Brandon Lee. Previously on March 31, 1993, while filming, Lee was accidentally wounded on set by defective blank ammunition and later died in hospital during surgery. Special effects were used to give them Lee's face. Their work paved the way for resurrecting actors to complete or have new performances, since pioneering CGI techniques were used to complete the film.
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. In 2009, Stahelski was second-unit director and stunt co-ordinator on Ninja Assassin along with David Leitch.
In 2012, On the set of the film The Expendables 2 which Stahelski served as the stunt coordinator on, a stuntman, Kun Liu was killed by an explosion on set. The stuntman's family filed a suit towards Stahelski following the accident. 
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.
In November 2017, he was signed on to the reboot of the Highlander franchise, which he committed to making a trilogy of, ending with "The Gathering" of the immortals. It would be similar in thematic development with the original Star Wars trilogy, and similar to John Wick action, but with swords replacing gun-play. The reboot trilogy would still include the iconic music by Queen.
In May 2018, Stahelski was announced as director of Analog.
Stahelski was a friend of Brandon Lee, they trained together at the Inosanto Academy.
|2014||John Wick||Yes||Uncredited||Co-directed with David Leitch|
|2017||John Wick: Chapter 2||Yes||No|
|2019||John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum||Yes||Executive|
|2016||Captain America: Civil War|
|2020||Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn)||Also stunt coordinator|
|1994||The Crow||Brandon Lee-Stunt Double (Reshoots Uncredited) Credited As Chad Storelson|
|1996||Escape from L.A.|
|1998||The Hunted||Stunts/Stunt Coordinator|
|1999||The Matrix||Keanu Reeves-Stunt Double|
|1999||Wild Wild West|
|2000||Picking Up The Pieces|
|2000||The Replacements||(Keane Reeves-Stunt Double Uncredited)|
|2000||The Gift||(Uncredited Stunts)|
|2001||Ghosts of Mars|
|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||Cellular||Utility Stunts (Uncredited)|
|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||V for Vendetta|
|2007||Live Free or Die Hard|
|2007||Shoot 'Em Up||(Uncredited)|
|2007||I Am Legend||(Uncredited)|
|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|
|2011||Season of the Witch||(Uncredited)|
|2011||The Mechanic||Stunt Coordinator|
|2012||Safe||Supervising Stunt Coordinator|
|2013||G.I. Joe: Retaliation||Assistant Stunt Coordinator|
|2013||The Wolverine||Stunt Coordinator (Uncredited)|
|2013||47 Ronin||Stunt Coordinator (Uncredited)|
|2014||Captain America: The Winter Soldier||(Uncredited)|
|2018||Deadpool 2||Directed By David Leitch|
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- "The Crow cast deals with Brandon's Lee death". EW.com. Retrieved 2020-09-25.
- Miller, Leon (August 9, 2018). "14 Actors Resurrected With Crazy CGI (And 6 That Can Never Be)". ScreenRant. Retrieved 2019-12-27.
- O'Falt, Chris (3 December 2019). "BTL Influencers: 87-Eleven's Chad Stahelski and David Leitch". IndieWire. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
- "Chad Stahelski". IMDb.
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- "John Wick (2014)". boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
- WEINTRAUB, STEVE (September 24, 2015). "Exclusive: Chad Stahelski To Direct 'John Wick 2' Solo". collider.com. Retrieved October 17, 2015.
- Romano, Nick. "John Wick 3 brings back Chad Stahelski to direct". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
- "'John Wick' Director Chad Stahelski to Oversee New Action Scenes for 'Birds of Prey' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter.
- Brian Gallagher (30 January 2017). "Highlander Reboot Will Start a Trilogy, Gets Compared to John Wick". MovieWeb.
- Kit, Borys (2017-12-14). "'John Wick' Director Tackling Ed Brubaker Comic 'Kill or Be Killed' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-12-15.
- Bui, Hoai-Tran. "'John Wick' Director Chad Stahelski to Direct Dark Fantasy Film 'Sandman Slim'". /Film. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
- Foutch, Haleigh. "'John Wick' Director Chad Stahelski to Helm Dark Fantasy 'Sandman Slim' for Studio 8". Collider. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
- Borys Kit (22 May 2018). "'John Wick' Director, 'Colony' Creator Tackle Comic Book 'Analog' for Lionsgate (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
- McNary, Dave (2019-05-20). "'John Wick 4' Confirmed With a 2021 Release Date". Variety. Retrieved 2020-06-13.
- "Lionsgate Sets New Dates for 'John Wick 4,' 'Spiral'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2020-06-13.
- "HEIDI LOUISE MONEYMAKER STAHELSKI VS CHARLES STAHELSKI". UniCourt.