Chad Stahelski Wiki/Bio, Age, Wife, Movies, Videos, Net Worth & More

Chad Stahelski is an American film director and stuntman, born on September 20, 1968. He is best known for his work as the director of the popular John Wick film series. In addition to his directing work, Stahelski has also worked as a stuntman, stunt coordinator, and second unit director on numerous other films.

Chad Stahelski
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September 20, 1968 (age 54)
Nationality American
Occupation(s) Film director, stunt coordinator, second unit director, actor
Years active 1992–present
Known for
  • The Crow
  • The Matrix
  • John Wick
  • John Wick: Chapter 2
  • John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
  • John Wick: Chapter 4

Early Life and Career

Stahelski was born and raised in the United States. He had a passion for martial arts from a young age and began training in a variety of disciplines. He attended high school in California and later enrolled at the University of Southern California, where he studied film.

After completing his studies, Stahelski began working as a stuntman in the film industry. He quickly gained a reputation for his skill and precision, and he was soon working on some of the biggest films of the era.

Stunt Work

One of Stahelski’s earliest notable roles as a stuntman was on the set of the 1994 film The Crow. Tragically, during the production of the film, the lead actor Brandon Lee was fatally shot. Stahelski and fellow stuntman Jeff Cadiente were called upon to stand in for Lee for certain scenes using a pioneering CGI technique that superimposed Lee’s face onto their bodies. This technique was groundbreaking at the time and has since been used to allow deceased actors to complete projects or appear in new performances.

Stahelski continued to work as a stuntman on a variety of films over the years, including serving as a stunt double for his future John Wick star Keanu Reeves in The Matrix franchise. He also worked as a stunt coordinator and second unit director on several films, including the 2009 film Ninja Assassin.

Directing Career

In 2014, Stahelski co-directed the action thriller film John Wick along with David Leitch. The film starred Keanu Reeves and Michael Nyqvist and was a commercial and critical success. It grossed over $88 million at the box office and received rave reviews for its stylish action sequences and innovative cinematography.

Stahelski went on to direct the sequels to John Wick, including John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017), John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019), and the upcoming John Wick: Chapter 4 (2023). He has also worked as a second unit director on other films, including the reshoots of Birds of Prey.

In addition to his work on the John Wick series, Stahelski has been attached to several other projects. He has been developing a remake of the classic film Highlander, as well as adaptations of Rainbow Six, Ghost of Tsushima, Black Samurai for Netflix, and Shibumi for Warner Bros. in March 2023. He has also been attached to direct adaptations of the comic book series Kill or Be Killed and Sandman Slim, as well as the film Analog.

Personal Life

Stahelski was married to fellow stunt performer Heidi Moneymaker, who worked as Scarlett Johansson’s double in Black Widow. She also appeared on Stahelski’s film John Wick: Chapter 2. However, they divorced in 2018.

Stahelski was a close friend of Brandon Lee, with whom he trained at the Inosanto Academy. The tragic accident on the set of The Crow had a profound impact on Stahelski, and he has spoken in the past about the importance of safety on film sets.


Year Title Director Producer
2014 John Wick Yes No
2017 John Wick: Chapter 2 Yes No
2019 John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum Yes Executive
2021 Bruised No Executive
2022 Day Shift No Yes
2023 John Wick: Chapter 4 Yes Yes
2024 Ballerina No Yes

Second-unit director

Year Title Notes
2016 Captain America: Civil War
2020 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) Also stunt coordinator


Year Title Notes
1994 The Crow Brandon Lee-Stunt Double (Reshoots Uncredited) Credited As Chad Storelson
1996 Escape from L.A.
1997 Bean
1997 Orgazmo
1998 Recoil
1998 Almost Heroes
1998 The Hunted Stunts/Stunt Coordinator
1999 8mm
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 Tomcats
2001 Ghosts of Mars
2001 Rock Star
2001 Corky Romano
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 Spider-Man 2 (Uncredited)
2004 Cellular Utility Stunts (Uncredited)
2005 Thumbsucker
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 Serenity Stunt Coordinator
2005 Æon Flux (Uncredited)
2005 V for Vendetta
2006 Beerfest Stunt Coordinator
2006 300 Fight Choreographer
2007 Next
2007 Live Free or Die Hard
2007 Shoot ‘Em Up (Uncredited)
2007 I Am Legend (Uncredited)
2008 Jumper
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
2010 Tron: Legacy (Uncredited)
2011 Season of the Witch (Uncredited)
2011 The Mechanic Stunt Coordinator
2011 Immortals Fight Choreographer
2012 Safe Supervising Stunt Coordinator
2012 Dredd Action Coordinator
2013 G.I. Joe: Retaliation Assistant Stunt Coordinator
2013 The Wolverine Stunt Coordinator (Uncredited)
2013 47 Ronin Stunt Coordinator (Uncredited)
2013 Homefront
2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Uncredited)
2018 Deadpool 2 Directed By David Leitch


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Vampires Male Master #4
2021 The Matrix Resurrections Chad[1]


  1. ^ Weintraub, Steve (December 20, 2021). Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss on The Matrix Resurrections, Trinity, and Chad StahelskiCollider – via YouTube.