Hunter Ellis

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Hunter Ellis
Born (1968-07-05) July 5, 1968 (age 48)
Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.
Residence Austin, Texas, U.S.
Alma mater University of Southern California
Occupation Actor
Television personality
Television Survivor: Marquesas
Children 2

Hunter Ellis (born July 5, 1968, in Alexandria, Virginia) is an American television personality.[1] A former naval aviator, he was first noted for his participation on Survivor before going on to host several television shows for the History Channel, including Tactical to Practical; Man, Moment, Machine; and Digging for the Truth, before hosting The CW reality show In Harm's Way.


Part of a family with a strong tradition in the United States Navy, Ellis is the grandson of Vice Admiral Donald D. Engen. Ellis graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor's degree in political science, before entering the Navy as an aviator. He graduated first in his flight class, and during his ten-year military career, he amassed 433 carrier landings and more than two thousand hours of flight time in the F/A-18 Hornet. After his discharge, Ellis worked for a time as a pilot for FedEx Corporation.[1][2] Ellis is a member of the fraternity Alpha Tau Omega. Married to a Texas Hill Country Native, Hunter currently resides in Austin, Texas, with his wife and daughter.


Ellis was a participant in the reality TV program Survivor: Marquesas, which was filmed in 2001 and aired in 2002. A member of the Maraamu tribe, Ellis was the third contestant voted off the show.[3][4][5] Subsequently, Ellis became the host of several nationally televised programs. The first of these was Tactical to Practical[6] (also known as Tactical to Practical With Hunter Ellis), which aired on The History Channel as a program that took a historical look at the development of common consumer electronic products which originated as military research projects.[7][8] It lasted for three seasons, with 38 episodes airing in 2003 and 2004. In 2004, he also began co-hosting 9 on the Town, a half-hour program airing five days a week on KCAL-TV (channel 9), an independent station in Los Angeles, California. In 2005, he began hosting another show on The History Channel, called Man, Moment, Machine.[7] Episodes of this show focus on the historical consequences of the momentary interaction between a particular individual and a specific technology.[1] In 2007, Ellis became the host of Digging for the Truth,[9][7] and in 2008 became host of In Harm's Way.[10][11] Hunter was a news anchor for KEYE-TV news in Austin, Texas from 2011 to 2014 and has left to focus full-time on documentaries.[12]


Awards & recognition[edit]

In 2003 Ellis received an Emmy nomination for hosting Countdown to Survivor: The Amazon for KCBS-TV,[13] and in 2006 he received a Los Angeles Emmy Award for hosting Hola! Survivor: Guatemala, also for KCBS.[14] In an article published on December 1, 2003, People magazine named him one of the 20 sexiest men on cable television.[15]


  1. ^ a b c "Hunter Ellis History Channel bio". History Channel. Retrieved 28 December 2009. 
  2. ^ "Hunter Ellis Survivor: Marquesas bio at CBS". CBS. Retrieved 30 December 2009. 
  3. ^ Cosgrove-Mather, Bootie (14 March 2002). "Heave-Ho For Hunky Hunter". CBS News. Retrieved 30 December 2009. 
  4. ^ Shaw, Jessica (15 March 2002). "Plane Awful". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 30 December 2009. 
  5. ^ "Hunter Ellis". 
  6. ^ Oei, Lily (6 May 2003). "History net launching new fronts". Variety (magazine). Retrieved 30 December 2009. 
  7. ^ a b c Dempsey, John (22 May 2007). "History to do more 'Digging'". Variety (magazine). Retrieved 30 December 2009. 
  8. ^ Sandell, Scott (13 September 2003). "PUTTING MILITARY TECHNOLOGY TO CIVILIAN USE". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 28 December 2009. 
  9. ^ "Meet the New Host". History Channel. Archived from the original on 2009-04-29. Retrieved 28 December 2009. 
  10. ^ Levine, Stuart (5 August 2008). "Hunter Ellis to host 'In Harm's Way'". Variety (magazine). Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  11. ^ "Ex-'Survivor' castaway Hunter Ellis to host The CW's 'In Harm's Way'". Reality TV World. 6 August 2008. Retrieved 28 December 2009. 
  12. ^
  13. ^ "56th ANNUAL LOS ANGELES AREA EMMY AWARDS". Google cache. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Archived from the original on July 19, 2006. Retrieved 30 December 2009. 
  14. ^ "Winners of the 58th Annual Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards Announced". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. 12 August 2006. Retrieved 30 December 2009. 
  15. ^ "Hunter Ellis: Fly Guy". People. 1 December 2003. Retrieved 28 December 2009. 

External links[edit]