Hunter Ellis

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Hunter Ellis (born July 5, 1968, in Alexandria, Virginia) is an American television personality. A former naval aviator, he was first noted for his participation in the Survivor Television series 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. Ellis is a member of the fraternity Alpha Tau Omega. People magazine named Ellis one of the 20 sexiest men on cable television.


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 and was voted number 11 in list of the Top Ten Worst Survivor Players. They said of him: he was trying to tell everyone who to vote for, and when it didn't work, and any person not as cocky would've known they were on the line, he continued to tell people who to vote for, rather than trying to save himself. Then, when he was voted out, he was surprised. Subsequently, Ellis became the host of several nationally televised programs. The first of these was Tactical to Practical (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. 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, an independent station in Los Angeles, California. In 2005, he began hosting another show on The History Channel, called Man, Moment, Machine. Episodes of this show focus on the historical consequences of the momentary interaction between a particular individual and a specific technology. In 2007, Ellis became the host of Digging for the Truth, and in 2008 became host of In Harm's Way.


  • Survivor (14 episodes, 2002"2003)
  • Tactical to Practical (2003) (TV)
  • 9 on the Town (2004) (TV)
  • Test Drive (1 episode, 2005) (TV)
  • Man, Moment, Machine (13 episodes, 2005"2007)
  • Extreme Yachts (2006) (TV)
  • Digging for the Truth (8 episodes, 2007)
  • In Harm's Way (2008) (TV)

Awards & recognition

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

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