July 5, 1968|
Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.
|Residence||Austin, Texas, U.S.|
|Alma mater||University of Southern California|
A former naval aviator, he was first noted for his participation on Survivor 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. He was a recent spokesperson for Atomic Beam Magic Ear 
Part of a family with a strong tradition in the United States Navy, Ellis is the grandson of Naval Aviator and Vice Admiral Donald D. Engen. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor's degree in political science, before entering the Navy as a commissioned officer and being designated as a Naval Aviator following completion of flight training. Ellis graduated first in his flight training class and, during his ten-year military service, he amassed 433 carrier landings and more than two thousand hours of flight time in the F/A-18 Hornet.
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.
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 2003-04.
In 2004, he began co-hosting 9 on the Town, a half-hour program airing five days a week on KCAL-TV (channel 9), 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.
As a recent spokesperson for Atomic Beam Magic Ear he incorrectly gestures toward a 1960's era US Navy E-1B, incorrectly stating that the aircraft, equipped only with a radar and no surveillance equipment, could "Listen in on conversations from hundreds of miles away," and cost "Over 150 Million." According to the U.S. Navy, the unit cost for today's modern variant (E-2D) is $80 million. It is unlikely that it's 50 year old cousin cost half that amount for each of the 88 aircraft produced.
In 2003, Ellis received an Emmy nomination for hosting Countdown to Survivor: The Amazon for KCBS-TV, 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.