Robert James "Bob" Ellis (10 May 1942 – 3 April 2016) was an Australian writer, journalist, filmmaker, and political commentator. He was a student at the University of Sydney at the same time as other notable Australians including Clive James, Germaine Greer, Les Murray, John Bell, Ken Horler, and Mungo McCallum. He lived in Sydney with the author and screenwriter Anne Brooksbank; they had three children.
He is also known as Robert James Ellis and Robert Ellis.
On 18 July 2015, Ellis reported on his blog that he would be attending hospital for what he called "ominous" tests on his liver. The next day he announced "The news is very bad", and that the tests had revealed he had advanced liver cancer with a prognosis that he had weeks, if not months, to live.
Ellis died on 3 April 2016, at his home in Sydney's Northern Beaches.