Birthdate: November 16, 1975
Former stuntman/stunt coordinator/actor David Leitch transitioned to directing in 2014 with an uncredited co-directing credit on the action hit, John Wick (2014), with Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Bridget Moynihan, Ian McShane, John Leguizamo, and Willem Dafoe. It $86 worldwide gross set up sequels, John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) and Chapter 3--Parabellum (2019), for which Leitch served as executive producer.
The success of the John Wick franchise set up Leitch for major directing assignments in his specialized genre, action movies, starting with Atomic Blonde (2017), which premiered at the Locarno Film Festival, starring Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman, Eddie Marsan, and Toby Jones. Earning an estimated $100 million gross worldwide, the film launched Leitch’s plans for a sequel starring Theron as well as a John Wick-Atomic Blonde crossover film, both of which are in development.
David Leitch directed the sequel to the R-rated MCU hit, Deadpool 2 (2018), with Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, and Zazie Beetz, outgrossing the original with a worldwide take of $785 million. Leitch jumped to another blockbuster franchise, directing the spinoff Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019), the ninth entry in the Fast & Furious series with Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba, Vanessa Kirby, Cliff Curtis, and Helen Mirren, and once again delivered a blockbuster box-office success which earned over $760 million worldwide.
In 2021, Leitch took a break from directing to produce the Bob Odenkirk-starring action comedy, Nobody (2021), with Odenkirk (also producer, with Leitch), Connie Nielsen, RZA, and Christopher Lloyd. Leitch returned to directing, replacing Antoine Fuqua, on Bullet Train (2022), an Americanized adaptation of Japanese author Kotaro Isaka’s novel with the distinctly non-Japanese cast of Brad Pitt (for whom Leitch used to stunt double), Sandra Bullock, Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brain Tyree Henry, Zazie Beetz, and Michael Shannon.
Japanese or Japanese-ethnic cast members include Andrew Koji, Hiroyuki Sanada, and Karen Fukuhara, but the film has been accused of casting “white-washing” what had originally been a Japanese story for a movie that remains set in Japan. David Leitch’s work as a producer includes such projects as Tom Clancy’s The Division (2022), with Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain, and the vampire comic book movie, Undying Love (date to be announced).
David Leitch was born in Kohler, Wisconsin, and raised by parents Bryon and Zona Leitch. Leitch graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. degree in International Relations and Education. After graduation, he opened a martial arts school. He is married to film producer Kelly McCormick. Leitch’s height is 5’ 11”.
The Stuntman: David Leitch has been a stunt double for Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, and Jean-Claude Van Damme.
Martial Artist: Leitch has fighting skills in various martial arts such as Muay Thai, and Kung Fu, as well as shoot wrestling, wrestling, kickboxing, and boxing.