Chris Ellis is an American film and television actor who was born April 14, 1956 in Dallas, Texas. Ellis always wanted to be an actor because of television. He grew up in the 50s in the deep south in a world of privation and violence, but saw on television people who seemed to have lives of ease and privilege. It took him seven years to finish college however, because I have always been shiftless. During those years Chris became involved in community theatre in Memphis, where I did and do still think the quality of the work has always been quite good. By the time he moved to New York, he had worked with many excellent actors in about two dozen plays, classical and contemporary. I cannot imagine what might have supplanted that background for a newcomer in New York. His first part in either television or film came in 1979, where he played a truck driver in the TV movie The Suicides Wife, which starred Angie Dickinson. The role resulted in very little TV or film work. After working in regional theatre for a year or so, Chris fell off the radar screen and did not work for about ten years. During that time he lived in bone-grinding poverty in Manhattans Hells Kitchen. In one nine-month period of 1987, Chris accepted 102 dinner invitations.