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Kelly McGillis Birthday Highlights

Birth Name
Place Of Birth
Los Angeles, USA
66 years old
Birth Date
July 9 1957

Kelly McGillis Facts

Child Star?
Education & Qualifications
Newport Harbor High School
Net Worth
Kelsey, Sonora Tillman
Virginia Joan, Dr. Donald Manson McGillis

About Kelly McGillis

Kelly Ann McGillis is an American actress.
She was born in Newport Beach but moved to New York City as she aspired to become an actress from a very young age.
She has starred in films such as 'Witness' with Harrison Ford, 'Top Gun' with Tom Cruise, 'Made In Heaven' with Timothy Hutton, 'The House on Carroll Street' with Jeff Daniels and Jessica Tandy, and 'The Accused' with Jodie Foster. Keep reading to know more about her net worth, career, and family.

Kelly McGillis Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Kelly McGillis' net worth?

As of 2022, Kelly has a net worth of $4 million.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Kelly McGillis?

Kelly Mcgillis' height is 5 ft 10 in (178 cm).

How old is Kelly McGillis?

The American actress is currently 64 years old (born on July 9, 1957).

Childhood And Education

She went to Newport Harbor High School in Newport Beach, California. Kelly moved to Los Angeles when she was a child because of her father's profession, and she spent the rest of her childhood there.
Growing up in Los Angeles, the heart of the American entertainment industry, she was drawn to the idea of becoming an actor from an early age. While she transformed beautifully as she grew older, Kelly McGillis mentioned that she was overweight during her adolescent years, which had a negative impact on her self-esteem.
She graduated from high school in Los Angeles and migrated to Santa Maria to pursue professional acting training. She then attended the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts at Allan Hancock College.
She then relocated to New York City to pursue acting studies at the Juilliard School. During her time at Juilliard School, she performed in several productions and graduated in 1983. She began auditioning for television and film roles by that time.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Kelly McGillis' family?

Kelly McGillis is the eldest of three daughters born to Virginia Joan and Donald Manson McGillis, a doctor. Virginia Joan is a homemaker and she has Scots-Irish ancestry on her father's side and German ancestry on her mother's side, as well as Welsh ancestry.

Who is Kelly McGillis dating?

Kelly McGillis is currently single. She was previously married to Boyd Black and then Fred Tillman. She also has two daughters with Fred Tillman, Kelsey and Sonora Tillman. She divorced Fred Tillman in 2002. McGillis came out as a lesbian in an interview with SheWired in April 2009. In 2010, she married Melanie Leis, a Philadelphia sales executive. She separated from Melanie Leis in 2011.

Career And Professional Highlights

She was fortunate that she didn't have to wait long for her film debut. She made a debut in her acting career in 1983 with the film 'Reuben, Reuben,' where McGillis played one of the central characters. The picture received widespread critical acclaim and a few Academy Award nominations despite its modest box office success.

In the 1984 television film 'Sweet Revenge,' she made her television debut. She also appeared in one episode of 'One Life to Live' in the same year. Her other television movies include 'Private Sessions', 'The Innkeepers', 'We Are What We Are', 'Tio Papi', 'Grand Street', 'Love Finds You' in Sugarcreek, and 'Ohio'.

In 1985, she had a major professional breakthrough when she starred as Rachel Lapp in the neo-noir criminal thriller film 'Witness'. The movie, which also starred Harrison Ford, was a critical and business triumph, getting eight Academy Award nominations and winning two of them.

Her performance in the film also earned a lot of praise from the critics, BAFTA Award nominations, and received a Golden Globe Award for it. Kelly consolidated her reputation as a promising young actress as a virtue of the film's popularity.

Her subsequent acting project was a massive success. She played Charlie Blackwood (Charlotte 'Charlie' Blackwood) opposite Tom Cruise in the action-drama film 'Top Gun' (1986). The picture drew mixed reviews, but it was a huge commercial success and has since gained cult significance.

Best Known For…

She made her Juilliard School debut in John Bletchley's production of William Congreve's 'Love for Love.' During the '80s, she appeared in a few off-Broadway and Broadway theatre performances in New York City.

Kelly McGillis was a featured performer with the acclaimed Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC, from the late '80s through the mid-2000s. In 2002, she made her Broadway debut at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC, playing the Duchess of Malfi in a production of John Webber's 'The Duchess of Malfi'.

In 2004, she toured the United States as Mrs. Robinson in the Broadway production 'The Graduate'. Kelly McGillis co-starred alongside Julia Duffy in a stage version of Lillian Hellman's 'The Little Foxes' at the Pasadena Playhouse, in May 2009.

Her stage work includes 'Don Juan', 'The Sea Gull', 'Peccadillo', 'The Merchant of Venice', 'Twelfth Night', 'Mary Stuart', 'The Merry Wives of Windsor', 'Hedda Gabler', 'Mourning Becomes Electra', 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', 'Measure for Measure', and 'The Graduate'.

In 2006, she resumed her career in television films, and in 2007, Kelly McGillis joined the cast of Showtime's 'The L Word' for its fifth season. She was the featured actress opposite Nick Damici, Connor Paolo, and Danielle Harris in the 2010 vampire picture 'Stake Land', directed by Jim Mickle.

What awards has Kelly McGillis won?

1986: nominated for Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture in ‘Witness’
1986: Nominated for BAFTA Award Best Actress for ‘Witness’
1986: Won Bravo Otto Best Actress for ‘Top Gun’
1987: Won Bravo Otto Best Actress for ‘Made in Heaven’
1987: Won Golden Ciak Best Actress for ‘Made in Heaven’
1988: Won Bronze in Bravo Otto Best Actress for 'The Accused'

Other Interesting Kelly McGillis Facts And Trivia

Kelly McGillis was the victim of a home invasion. Kelly McGillis was injured and terrified in June 2016 when a lady stormed into her home in North Carolina and launched an unprovoked attack. Laurence Marie Dorn was arrested and held on a slew of charges, including second-degree burglary, misdemeanor larceny, misdemeanor stalking, assault and battery, and interfering with emergency communication, as a result of the police investigation. At trial, she was found guilty and convicted of misdemeanor breaking and entering.

McGillis has played a pivotal role in the Top Gun franchise's history, but she has mixed feelings about the planned sequel.
Kelly McGillis currently resides and teaches acting in Hendersonville, North Carolina.
Over the weekend, the star made a rare public appearance in Hendersonville, North Carolina.
Her most recent film appearance was in the 2017 thriller 'Maternal Secrets,' in which she co-starred with Kate Mansi.Kelly McGillis teaches acting at
Asheville, North Carolina's The New York Studio for Stage and Screen NYS3.
In John Willis' 'Screen World, Vol. 36' where she was named one of the '12 Promising New Actors of 1984.'

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