Ellis teamed with fellow Hall of Famer Joe Kristof to win the 1961 Classic doubles title and was runner-up to Billy Welu in the 1965 USBC Masters. He re-emerged into the spotlight through the Great and the Greatest competition. He teamed with Mark Roth to win the 1979 championship and made the TV finals again in 1980. He has won several association titles in Texas and Illinois, including three Houston B.A. titles, two Texas B.A. and two Illinois B.A. titles. He also won the 1955 Petersen Classic.