David Leitch

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David Leitch
David Leitch by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Leitch in 2018
Born (1975-11-16) November 16, 1975 (age 44)[1]
  • Filmmaker
  • actor
  • stunt performer
  • stunt coordinator
Years active1995–present

David Leitch (born November 16, 1975)[1] is an American filmmaker, actor, stunt performer, and stunt coordinator who made his directorial debut on the 2014 action film John Wick with Chad Stahelski, though only Stahelski was credited.[3] Leitch then directed the 2017 thriller film Atomic Blonde, starring Charlize Theron, and 2018's Deadpool 2, the sequel to the 2016 film. In 2019, he directed Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, a spin-off from The Fast and the Furious franchise.


Leitch 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.[4] He also shared a 2008 Taurus World Stunt Award with fellow stunt-person Kai Martin for high work.[5]

He wrote and starred in Confessions of an Action Star, a parody of action films and the action film industry released in 2009.[6][7]

Leitch and Chad Stahelski opened an action design production company called 87Eleven in 1997. In 2009, Stahelski and Leitch were second-unit directors and stunt co-ordinators on Ninja Assassin. The two co-directed the 2014 film John Wick,[8] although Leitch himself was not credited as co-director. Leitch executive produced the two John Wick sequels, which Stahelski solo directed.

He eventually moved on to direct films such as Atomic Blonde and Deadpool 2 with his wife and creative partner, Kelly McCormick serving as a producer. In 2019, he directed The Fast and the Furious spin-off, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.



Year Film
Director Producer Writer Notes
2005 Confessions of an Action Star No No Yes
2014 John Wick Uncredited Yes No Directorial debut;
Co-directed with Chad Stahelski
2017 Deadpool: No Good Deed Yes No No Short film
Atomic Blonde Yes No No
2018 Deadpool 2 Yes No No
2019 Hobbs & Shaw Yes No No
TBA Kate No Yes No Post-production

Executive Producer

Second-unit director[edit]

Stuntwork credits[edit]

Acting credits[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2001 The Order Det. Mike Moran
2002 Nine Lives Paul
2003 In Hell Paul
2005 V for Vendetta Convenience Store V
Confessions of an Action Star Frank Sledge
The Dukes of Hazzard Puncher
2007 Fetch John "Fetch" Fetcher Short film
2009 Ninja Assassin Europol Door Guard
2010 The King of Fighters Terry Bogard
2011 The Mechanic Sebastian
2012 The Bourne Legacy The Driver
2018 Deadpool 2 Cain Marko / Juggernaut
Ground Church Mutant
Leitch provided motion-capture performance on-set, while Ryan Reynolds
provided facial motion-capture and voice performances
2019 Hobbs & Shaw Helicopter Pilot



Year Title Notes
1995 Sherman Oaks Season 1
1996 7th Heaven
1997-2001 Buffy the Vampire Slayer 18 episodes
1998 CHiPs '99 TV movie
1999 The Practice Episode: "Day in Court"
The Strip
2000 The President's Man TV movie
2001 The Pretender 2001
2006 2006 MTV Movie Awards TV Special;
Stunt double
General Hospital Episode 10967

Acting roles[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Martial Law David Hasbro Episodes "Diamond Fever", "Dead Ringers", "Funny Money" and "Trackdown"
2000 Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue Brian Episode "Up to the Challenge"
2001 Walker Texas Ranger Floyd Jessop Episode "Medieval Crimes"
2003 L.A. County 187 Earnest Cop TV movie
2004 Charmed Innocent Episode "There's Something About Leo"
2019 Songland Himself Episode "Aloe Blacc"

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. ^ a b "David Leitch". AlloCiné. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
  2. ^ "5 questions with "Hobbs & Shaw" director - and Wisconsin native - David Leitch". OnMilwaukee. August 2, 2019. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
  3. ^ "John Wick' Filmmakers on How to Direct Action, DGA, Keanu Reeves' Advice, and More". The Film Stage. October 21, 2014. Retrieved March 28, 2017.
  4. ^ "Final 14th Annual SAG Awards Recipient Press Release". Screen Actors Guild. January 27, 2008. Archived from the original on May 9, 2008. Retrieved January 27, 2008.
  5. ^ "Taurus World Stunt Award Winners and Nominees 2008". Taurus World Stunt Award. 2008.
  6. ^ "Interview with David Leitch (Matrix, 300, Wolverine, Bourne Ultimatum, Confessions of an Action Star) Pt. 1". Action Flick Chick. May 15, 2009.
  7. ^ "Interview with David Leitch (Part 2)". Action Flick Chick. June 16, 2009.
  8. ^ "Keanu Reeves, 'John Wick' Directors on How Their 'Matrix' Past Helped With Assassin Film". The Hollywood Reporter. October 24, 2014. Retrieved March 28, 2017.


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