David Leitch (director)

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David Leitch
David Leitch 2014.jpg
Leitch in 2014
Born David M. Leitch
Kohler, Wisconsin[citation needed]
Occupation Filmmaker, stunt coordinator, second unit director, stuntman, producer, actor
Spouse(s) Kelly McCormick

David Leitch is an American filmmaker, stunt coordinator, second unit director, stuntman, and actor. He made his directorial debut on the 2014 action film John Wick with Chad Stahelski, though only Stahelski was credited.[1] Leitch then directed the 2017 thriller film Atomic Blonde, starring Charlize Theron, and 2018's Deadpool 2, the sequel to the 2016 film. He is currently directing Hobbs & Shaw, a spin-off from The Fast and the Furious franchise


He was a stunt double for Brad Pitt five times and two times for Jean-Claude Van Damme.[citation needed] Leitch and his crew won two awards for The Bourne Ultimatum at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.[2] He also shared a 2008 Taurus World Stunt Award with fellow stunt-person Kai Martin for high work.[3]

He wrote and starred in Confessions of an Action Star, a parody of action films and the action film industry released in 2009.[4][5]

Leitch and Chad Stahelski opened an action design production company called 87Eleven in 1997.[6]



Year Film
Director Writer Producer Notes
2005 Confessions of an Action Star No Yes No
2007 Fetch No No Yes Executive producer; short film
2014 John Wick Yes No Yes Uncredited
Directorial Debut
Co-directed with Chad Stahelski
2017 John Wick: Chapter 2 No No Yes Executive producer
Deadpool: No Good Deed Yes No No Short film
Atomic Blonde Yes No No
2018 Deadpool 2 Yes No No
2019 Hobbs and Shaw Yes No No Filming
TBA The Division Yes No Yes Pre-production

Second-unit director[edit]

Acting credits[edit]

Year Title
Role Note
2002 Nine Lives Paul
2003 In Hell Paul
2005 Confessions of an Action Star Frank Sledge
2007 Fetch John "Fetch" Fetcher Short film
2010 The King of Fighters Terry Bogard
2011 The Mechanic Sebastian
2012 The Bourne Legacy The Driver
2018 Deadpool 2 Cain Marko / Juggernaut Provided motion-capture performance on-set, while Ryan Reynolds
provided facial motion-capture and voice performances

Stuntwork credits[edit]


Year Title Credited as Role Notes
Stunts Actor
1995 Sherman Oaks Yes No Season 1
1996 7th Heaven Yes No Season 1
1997-2001 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Yes No Season 1 - Episodes 2: "The Harvest", 4: "Teacher's Pet", 7: "Angel" and 9: "The Puppet Show";
Season 2 - Episodes 2: "Some Assembly Required", 5: "Reptile Boy", 8: "The Dark Age", 15: "Phases" and 18: "Killed by Death";
Season 3 - Episodes 3: "Faith, Hope & Trick", 5: "Homecoming", 7: "Revelations", 9: "The Wish", 12: "Helpless" and 16: "Doppelgangland";
Season 5 - Episodes 5: "No Place Like Home", 9: "Listening to Fear", 12: "Checkpoint" and 18: "Intervention"
1998 Martial Law No Yes David Hasbro Season 1 - Episodes 2: "Diamond Fever", 3: "Dead Ringers", 4: "Funny Money" and 7: "Trackdown"
CHiPs '99 Yes No TV movie
1999 The Practice Yes No Season 4 - Episode 10: "Day in Court"
The Strip Yes No Season 1
2000 Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue No Yes Brian Season 1 - Episode 8: "Up to the Challenge"
The President's Man Yes No TV movie
2001 Walker Texas Ranger No Yes Floyd Jessop Season 9 - Episode 17: "Medieval Crimes"
The Pretender 2001 Yes No TV movie
Scrubs Yes No Season 1
2003 L.A. County 187 No Yes Earnest Cop TV movie
2004 Charmed No Yes Innocent Season 7 - Episode 9: "There's Something About Leo"
2006 2006 MTV Movie Awards Yes No TV Special; Stunt double
General Hospital Yes No Season 1 - Episode 1: "Episode #1.10967"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Credited as Notes
1999 007: Tomorrow Never Dies Stunts Sony PlayStation release
Developed by Black Ops Entertainment
Co-published by Electronic Arts and MGM Interactive
2000 HBO Boxing Stunt coordinator Sony PlayStation release
Developed by Acclaim Sports and Osiris Studios
Published by Acclaim Entertainment


  1. ^ "John Wick' Filmmakers on How to Direct Action, DGA, Keanu Reeves' Advice, and More". The Film Stage. October 21, 2014. Retrieved March 28, 2017.
  2. ^ "Final 14th Annual SAG Awards Recipient Press Release". Screen Actors Guild. 2008-01-27. Archived from the original on May 9, 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-27.
  3. ^ "Taurus World Stunt Award Winners and Nominees 2008". Taurus World Stunt Award. 2008.
  4. ^ "Interview with David Leitch (Matrix, 300, Wolverine, Bourne Ultimatum, Confessions of an Action Star) Pt. 1". Action Flick Chick. May 15, 2009.
  5. ^ "Interview with David Leitch (Part 2)". Action Flick Chick. June 16, 2009.
  6. ^ "Keanu Reeves, 'John Wick' Directors on How Their 'Matrix' Past Helped With Assassin Film". The Hollywood Reporter. 24 October 2014. Retrieved March 28, 2017.

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