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 53)
OccupationFilm 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 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 stuntman Jeff Cadiente served as stand-ins 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.[1] Special effects were used to give them Lee's face.[2] Their work paved the way for resurrecting actors to complete or have new performances, since pioneering CGI techniques were used to complete the film.[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.

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.[6]

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.[7][8]

Stahelski acted as sole director for the film's 2017 sequel, John Wick: Chapter 2,[9] and again for the third film, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019).[10]

In 2019, Stahelski was the second unit director for the reshoots of Birds of Prey.[11]

Upcoming work[edit]

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.[12]

In December 2017, it was announced that Stahelski would be directing a film adaptation of the comic book Kill or Be Killed.[13]

In February 2018, it was announced that Stahelski would be directing a film adaptation of the Sandman Slim novels.[14][15]

In May 2018, Stahelski was announced as director of Analog.[16]

In May 2019, Stahelski was confirmed to be directing John Wick: Chapter 4, which is set for release on May 27, 2022.[17][18]

In March 2021, it was announced that Stahelski would direct a film adaptation of Ghost of Tsushima.[19]

In December 2021, it was revealed that Stahelski will return to The Matrix franchise in The Matrix Resurrections but in an acting capacity.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Stahelski was married to fellow stunt performer Heidi Moneymaker,[21] who worked as Scarlett Johansson's double as Black Widow. She also appeared on Stahelski's film John Wick: Chapter 2.

Stahelski was a friend of Brandon Lee. They trained together at the Inosanto Academy.


Year Title Director Producer Notes
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
2023 John Wick: Chapter 4 Yes Yes Post-production

Executive producer

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
2021 The Matrix Resurrections Chad[20]


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  2. ^ "The Crow cast deals with Brandon's Lee death". Retrieved 2020-09-25.
  3. ^ Miller, Leon (August 9, 2018). "14 Actors Resurrected With Crazy CGI (And 6 That Can Never Be)". ScreenRant. Retrieved 2019-12-27.
  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. ^ "'Expendables 2' Stuntman Death Prompts Family Lawsuit". The Hollywood Reporter. 26 July 2012.
  7. ^ Cunningham, Todd (October 26, 2014). "Keanu Reeves' 'John Wick' Hits Box-Office Bulls-Eye and Lionsgate's Gamble Pays Off". Retrieved October 27, 2015.
  8. ^ "John Wick (2014)". Retrieved October 27, 2015.
  9. ^ WEINTRAUB, STEVE (September 24, 2015). "Exclusive: Chad Stahelski To Direct 'John Wick 2' Solo". Retrieved October 17, 2015.
  10. ^ Romano, Nick. "John Wick 3 brings back Chad Stahelski to direct". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  11. ^ "'John Wick' Director Chad Stahelski to Oversee New Action Scenes for 'Birds of Prey' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 16 August 2019.
  12. ^ Brian Gallagher (30 January 2017). "Highlander Reboot Will Start a Trilogy, Gets Compared to John Wick". MovieWeb.
  13. ^ Kit, Borys (2017-12-14). "'John Wick' Director Tackling Ed Brubaker Comic 'Kill or Be Killed' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-12-15.
  14. ^ Bui, Hoai-Tran (13 February 2018). "'John Wick' Director Chad Stahelski to Direct Dark Fantasy Film 'Sandman Slim'". /Film. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  15. ^ Foutch, Haleigh (12 February 2018). "'John Wick' Director Chad Stahelski to Helm Dark Fantasy 'Sandman Slim' for Studio 8". Collider. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  16. ^ Borys Kit (22 May 2018). "'John Wick' Director, 'Colony' Creator Tackle Comic Book 'Analog' for Lionsgate (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  17. ^ McNary, Dave (2019-05-20). "'John Wick 4' Confirmed With a 2021 Release Date". Variety. Retrieved 2020-06-13.
  18. ^ "Lionsgate Sets New Dates for 'John Wick 4,' 'Spiral'". The Hollywood Reporter. May 2020. Retrieved 2020-06-13.
  19. ^ 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.
  20. ^ a b 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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