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Robert Ellis
Robert Ellis
Ellis talks to Jack and Palmer on the phone
Name: Robert Ellis
Gender: Male
Role: Supporting hero
Age: 46
Birthplace: Brownsville, Texas
Date of death: Day 1: 2:59pm
Nationality: Flag of the United States American
Residence(s): New Orleans, Louisiana
Education: M.S. Criminal Psychology, Georgetown University
B.A. Theology, Fordham University
Alias(es): Bob
Affiliation: National Security Agency
Department of Defense
United States Army
Profession: Operative, National Security Agency
Adviser, Senate Special Defense Appropriations Committee
Senior Civilian Intelligence Coordinator, Army-DoD
Soldier, Delta Force
Marital status: Twice divorced
Spouse(s): Amber Kay Ellis (ex-wife)
Consuela Reyes-Ellis (ex-wife)
Status: Deceased
Cause of death: Strangled by Andre Drazen's mercenary
Played by: Wade Andrew Williams
Season: 1
First episode: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Last episode: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Appears in: 24
"I'm the only one who even knows that you both were involved in Nightfall."
―Ellis talks to David Palmer on the phone

Robert "Bob" Ellis was a floating NSA operative, who helped plan Operation Nightfall, a covert mission that was sanctioned to kill a Balkan war criminal named Victor Drazen.

During the events of Day 1, Ellis worked with Jack Bauer and Senator David Palmer. He was assassinated shortly after he began to work with them.


Before Day 1[]

Robert Ellis was born forty-six years before Day 1 in Brownsville, Texas. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology from Fordham University, and later with a Master of Science in Criminal Psychology from Georgetown University.

At some point, Ellis served in the United States Army, specifically in the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment (better known as Delta Force), taking part in classified operations in Haiti, Kosovo, Cuba, and Nicaragua.

Eventually, Ellis left the service and became a Senior Civilian Intelligence Coordinator for the Army with the Department of Defense, as well as an adviser to the Senate Special Defense Appropriations Committee. It was during this time that Senator David Palmer contacted him to plan and execute the assassination of Serbian warlord Victor Drazen. Ellis coordinated Jack Bauer's six-man team in the mission, code-named Operation Nightfall, which not only resulted in the deaths of most of Bauer's teammates, but failed to kill Drazen.

Two years later, at the time of Day 1, Ellis was working as a floating NSA operative in New Orleans. He had also occasionally consulted on CTU missions, including Operation Proteus in 2000 and Operation Pinstripe in 2001.

Day 1[]

During the events of Day 1, Ellis was stationed in New Orleans. An assassination plot was made on Senator Palmer, the first African-American with a shot at the presidency. Bauer was arrested for being involved in the assassination attempt, and he managed to escape from the FBI. After Jack rescued his wife and daughter, he turned himself over to Alberta Green.

Senator Palmer demanded to speak with Jack after he was taken into custody. After Palmer learned about Ira Gaines and Jack's family being kidnapped, Jack and Palmer were able to find a connection. They called Ellis, who told them that they were both involved in Operation Nightfall. Palmer managed to get Jack reinstated as the Director of CTU Los Angeles and Jack worked with Ellis for the remainder of the hour.

With help from Milo Pressman, Ellis was able to find new intelligence that suggested Andre Drazen was behind the assassination plot on Palmer. The senator had to return to his campaign, so he left Jack and Ellis alone to work together. As Ellis used the restroom, he was assassinated with a garrote. Jack tried to call him back, but when he couldn't get in touch with him, he contacted Agent Watson at CTU New Orleans. CTU discovered Ellis dead in the bar and they weren't able to identify the killer.


  • Age: 46
  • Birthplace: Brownsville, Texas

Covert Operations[]

  • Operation Pinstripe, 2001, Adviser
  • Operation Proteus, 2000, Adviser
  • Classified Special Operations in Haiti, Kosovo, Cuba, and Nicaragua


  • CTU, Adviser
  • National Security Agency, Special Operative
  • Senate Special Defense Appropriations Committee, Adviser
  • Department of Defense, U.S. Army Senior Civilian Intelligence Coordinator


  • Master of Science, Criminal Psychology, Georgetown University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Theology, Fordham University


  • U.S. Army Special Forces
  • U.S. Army First Special Operational Detachment Team, Delta


  • Twice Divorced - Amber Kay Ellis, Consuela Reyes-Ellis


"Savoy Six, Savoy Seven. We have go."
―Ellis during Nightfall
"Savoy Six, I have to go dark immediately. I have company. Good luck. Out."
―Ellis during Nightfall
"Savoy team, this is Savoy Seven. Let me know if you're still out there. I'm still here. If you guys can hear me, I'll hang in here as long as I can. I'll check every fifteen minutes. Just don't give up."
―Ellis to the mission team during Nightfall