Charles F. Stahelski
September 20, 1968
|Occupation||Film director, stunt coordinator, second unit director, actor|
Chad Stahelski (born September 20, 1968) is an American stuntman and film director. He is known for his work on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and directing the 2014 film John Wick along with David Leitch, as well as solo directing its two sequels. Stahelski also doubled for Brandon Lee after the fatal accident involving Lee on the set of The Crow (1994) and replaced Lee in the film. He has worked as a stunt coordinator and second unit director on several films.
Stahelski worked on Alex Proyas' The Crow (1994). Stahelski and fellow stuntmen Jeff Cadiente served as stand-ins for the actor Brandon Lee. Previously on March 31, 1993, while filming, Lee was accidentally wounded on set by defective blank ammunition and later died in hospital during surgery. Special effects were used to give them Lee's face. Their work paved the way for resurrecting actors to complete or have new performances, since pioneering CGI techniques were used to complete the film.
He worked as a stunt double for his future John Wick star Keanu Reeves in The Matrix franchise, and later served as a stunt co-ordinator for the films. In 2009, Stahelski was second-unit director and stunt co-ordinator on Ninja Assassin along with David Leitch.
In 2012, on the set of the film The Expendables 2 for which Stahelski served as stunt coordinator, stuntman Kun Liu was killed by an explosion on set. Liu's family sued Stahelski following the accident.
In 2014, Stahelski co-directed the action thriller film John Wick along with Leitch, based on the screenplay by Derek Kolstad. The film starred Keanu Reeves and Michael Nyqvist, and was released on October 24, 2014 by Summit Entertainment, grossing over $88 million.
In November 2017, he was signed on to the reboot of the Highlander franchise, which he committed to making a trilogy of, ending with "The Gathering" of the immortals. It would be similar in thematic development with the original Star Wars trilogy, and similar to John Wick action, but with swords replacing gun-play. The reboot trilogy would still include the iconic music by Queen.
In May 2018, Stahelski was announced as director of Analog.
|2014||John Wick||Yes||Uncredited||Co-directed with David Leitch|
|2017||John Wick: Chapter 2||Yes||No|
|2019||John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum||Yes||Executive|
|2022||John Wick: Chapter 4||Yes||Yes||Filming|
|2016||Captain America: Civil War|
|2020||Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn)||Also stunt coordinator|
|1994||The Crow||Brandon Lee-Stunt Double (Reshoots Uncredited) Credited As Chad Storelson|
|1996||Escape from L.A.|
|1998||The Hunted||Stunts/Stunt Coordinator|
|1999||The Matrix||Keanu Reeves-Stunt Double|
|1999||Wild Wild West|
|2000||Picking Up The Pieces|
|2000||The Replacements||(Keanu Reeves-Stunt Double Uncredited)|
|2000||The Gift||(Uncredited Stunts)|
|2001||Ghosts of Mars|
|2003||The Matrix Reloaded||Martial Arts Stunt Coordinator|
|2003||The Matrix Revolutions||Martial Arts Stunt Coordinator|
|2004||Torque||Stunt Driver (Uncredited)|
|2004||Van Helsing||Fight Coordinator/Assistant Stunt Coordinator|
|2004||Cellular||Utility Stunts (Uncredited)|
|2005||Constantine||Fight Choreographer (Uncredited)|
|2005||xXx: State of the Union|
|2005||Mr. & Mrs. Smith||(Utility Stunts)|
|2005||The Dukes of Hazzard||(Johnny Knoxville-Stunt Double Uncredited)|
|2005||V for Vendetta|
|2007||Live Free or Die Hard|
|2007||Shoot 'Em Up||(Uncredited)|
|2007||I Am Legend||(Uncredited)|
|2008||Speed Racer||Supervising Stunt Coordinator|
|2009||X-Men Origins: Wolverine||Action Coordinator|
|2009||Ninja Assassin||Stunt Coordinator|
|2010||Iron Man 2||(Utility Stunts)|
|2010||The Expendables||Stunt Coordinator|
|2011||Season of the Witch||(Uncredited)|
|2011||The Mechanic||Stunt Coordinator|
|2012||Safe||Supervising Stunt Coordinator|
|2013||G.I. Joe: Retaliation||Assistant Stunt Coordinator|
|2013||The Wolverine||Stunt Coordinator (Uncredited)|
|2013||47 Ronin||Stunt Coordinator (Uncredited)|
|2014||Captain America: The Winter Soldier||(Uncredited)|
|2018||Deadpool 2||Directed By David Leitch|