David Leitch (born November 16, 1975) 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. Leitch then directed the 2017 thriller film Atomic Blonde, starring Charlize Theron, and 2018's Deadpool 2, the sequel to the 2016 film. +more In 2019, he directed Hobbs & Shaw, a spin-off of the Fast & Furious franchise.

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Career

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

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

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. +more The two co-directed the 2014 film John Wick, although Leitch himself was not credited as co-director. Leitch executive produced the two John Wick sequels, which Stahelski solo directed.

He moved on to direct films such as Atomic Blonde, Deadpool 2 and Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw with his wife and creative partner Kelly McCormick serving as a producer. In 2022, he also directed Brad Pitt in the action-thriller Bullet Train.

Upcoming projects

In January 2019, Leitch signed on to direct Undying Love, based on the limited comic book series by Tomm Coker and Daniel Freedman, for Studio 8. In September 2020, Leitch signed on to direct and produce stuntman drama The Fall Guy for Universal Pictures, with Drew Pearce writing the screenplay and Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt starring; the film, based on the 1980s television series of the same name, is scheduled for release on March 1, 2024.

Leitch was set to direct action thriller Fast & Loose for Netflix and STXfilms, with Will Smith set to star, but by March 2022 he had departed the project to focus instead on The Fall Guy.

Filmography

Film

YearTitle
DirectorProducerNotes
2014John Wick
2017Atomic Blonde
2018Deadpool 2
2019Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
2022Bullet Train
2024The Fall Guy

Short films

YearTitleNotes
2017Deadpool: No Good Deed
2019SnowbrawlShot on iPhone 11, sponsored by Apple Inc. +more
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Writer

Confessions of an Action Star (2005)

Producer

Nobody (2021) * Violent Night (2022)

Executive producer

Fetch (2007 short) * John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) * John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) * Kate (2021)

Second-unit director

In Hell (2003) * The Midnight Meat Train (2008) * Ninja Assassin (2009) * The King of Fighters (2010) * The Mechanic (2011) * Conan the Barbarian (2011) * In Time (2011) * Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) * Parker (2013) * Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) * The Wolverine (2013) * Escape Plan (2013) * Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) * Hitman: Agent 47 (2015) * Jurassic World (2015) * Captain America: Civil War (2016) * Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016)

Stuntwork

Actor

YearTitleRoleNotes
2001The OrderDet. Mike Moran
2002Nine LivesPaul
2003In HellPaul
2005V for VendettaConvenience Store V
2005Confessions of an Action StarFrank Sledge
2005The Dukes of HazzardPuncher
2007FetchJohn "Fetch" FetcherShort film
2009Ninja AssassinEuropol Door Guard
2010The King of FightersTerry Bogard
2011The MechanicSebastian
2012The Bourne LegacyThe Driver
2013Escape PlanShip Captain
2018Deadpool 2Cain Marko / Juggernaut Ground Church MutantLeitch provided motion-capture performance on-set, while Ryan Reynolds provided facial motion-capture and voice performances
2019Hobbs & ShawHelicopter PilotCameo
2022Bullet TrainJeff ZufeltCameo

Television credits

Stunts

YearTitleNotes
1995Sherman OaksSeason 1
19967th Heaven
1997-2001Buffy the Vampire Slayer18 episodes
1998CHiPs '99TV movie
1999The PracticeEpisode: "Day in Court"
1999+more_TV_series)'>The Strip
2000The President's ManTV movie
2001The Pretender 2001TV movie
2001Scrubs
20062006 MTV Movie AwardsTV Special; Stunt double
2006General HospitalEpisode 10967
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Actor

YearTitleRoleNotes
1998Martial LawDavid HasbroEpisodes "Diamond Fever", "Dead Ringers", "Funny Money" and "Trackdown"
2000Power Rangers Lightspeed RescueBrianEpisode "Up to the Challenge"
2001Walker Texas RangerFloyd JessopEpisode "Medieval Crimes"
2003L. A. +more County 187Earnest CopTV movie
2004CharmedInnocentEpisode "There's Something About Leo"
2019SonglandHimselfEpisode "Aloe Blacc"
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Video games

YearTitleCredited asNotes
1999Tomorrow Never DiesStuntsSony PlayStation release Developed by Black Ops Entertainment Co-published by Electronic Arts and MGM Interactive
2000HBO BoxingStunt coordinatorSony PlayStation release Developed by Acclaim Sports and Osiris Studios Published by Acclaim Entertainment

Living people