Kelly McGillis

Actress, Restaurateur
Actress Kelly McGillis struggled with early fame and personal identity in the years that followed her breakout roles in two of the most popular films of the 1980s. Still in her final year at the famous Julliard School ... Read more »
Born: 07/09/1957 in Newport Beach, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (55)

Z Nation 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Tio Papi 2013 (Movie)

Elizabeth Warden (Actor)

We Are What We Are 2013 (Movie)

Marge (Actor)

The Innkeepers 2012 (Movie)

Leanne Rease-Jones (Actor)

Stake Land 2011 (Movie)

Sister Anna (Actor)

The L Word 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Generation Boom 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Disney/Pixar's Buzz Lightyear of Star Command 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

No One Can Hear You 2001 (Movie)

Trish Birchall (Actor)

Outer Limits Farewell Tribute 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Monkey's Mask 2001 (Movie)

Diana (Actor)

The Story Behind: Top Gun 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Morgan's Ferry 2000 (Movie)

Vonee (Actor)

The Settlement 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

At First Sight 1999 (Movie)

Jennie Adamson (Actor)

Journey to Planet Earth 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

Kate Chopin: A Re-Awakening 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

Ground Control 1998 (Movie)

Susan (Actor)

Ken Follett's The Third Twin 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Painted Angels 1998 (Movie)

Nettie (Actor)

We the Jury 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Dark Eyes 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Out of Ireland 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Narrator

North 1994 (Movie)

Amish Mom (Actor)

Bonds of Love 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Babe 1992 (Movie)

Claire Hodgeson-Ruth (Actor)

Cat Chaser 1990 (Movie)

Mary DeBoya (Actor)

Against Her Will 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

That's What Friends Are For: AIDS Concert '88 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Unsettled Land 1989 (Movie)

Anda (Actor)

Winter People 1989 (Movie)

Collie Wright (Actor)

Santabear's Highflying Adventure 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Voice

The Accused 1988 (Movie)

Katheryn Murphy (Actor)

The House on Carroll Street 1988 (Movie)

Emily (Actor)

Made in Heaven 1987 (Movie)

Annie Packert/Allyson Chandler (Actor)

The Juilliard School at 80 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Top Gun 1986 (Movie)

Charlie (Actor)

Sweet Revenge 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Witness 1985 (Movie)

Rachel Lapp (Actor)

Reuben, Reuben 1983 (Movie)

Geneva Spofford (Actor)

Black Widower (TV Show)

Actor

Code of Honor (Movie)

Katherine Dennison Breen (Actor)

Grand Isle (TV Show)

Actor

Perfect Prey (TV Show)

Actor

Private Sessions (TV Show)

Actor

Santabear's First Christmas (TV Show)

Actor

Supergator (TV Show)

Actor

Thumbelina (TV Show)

Narrator

We the Jury (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Actress Kelly McGillis struggled with early fame and personal identity in the years that followed her breakout roles in two of the most popular films of the 1980s. Still in her final year at the famous Julliard School of Drama, McGillis was cast in the quirky black comedy "Reuben, Reuben" (1983). And while her debut may not have been a box office hit, it would attract the attention of the director of her next film, "Witness" (1985), which most certainly was a success. As well received as McGillis' pairing with Harrison Ford was in that Oscar-nominated film, her next appearance - this time alongside heartthrob Tom Cruise - in "Top Gun" (1986), was an unprecedented smash hit and catapulted her to stardom. Although it garnered co-star Jodie Foster more accolades than it did her, McGillis' dedicated turn in "The Accused" (1988) was satisfying for the actress on a deeply personal level. Her early successes proved hard to duplicate, however, as features like "Winter People" (1989) failed to find an audience. Ultimately, McGillis found gratification with live stage work, balanced by occasional film projects such as "The Monkey's Mask" (2001) and "The Inkeepers" (2011). Refusing to be pigeonholed as the starlet du jour, McGillis chose her own path, one that while not leading to box-office gold, allowed her to find herself as an actress and as a person.

Relationships

Boyd Black

Husband
Married 1979 Divorced 1981

Melanie Leis

Partner
Entered into a civil union Sept. 15, 2010 in New Jersey

Joan McGillis

Mother

Karen McGillis

Sister
Born in July 1959

Kathleen McGillis

Sister
Born in August 1961

Donald McGillis

Father

Fred Tillman

Husband
Married 1989 Divorced 2002

Kelsey Tillman

Daughter
Born May 24, 1990 father, Fred Tillman

Sonora Tillman

Daughter
Born April 10, 1993 father, Fred Tillman

Barry Tubb Actor

Companion
Met on set of "Top Gun" (1986) No longer together

EDUCATION

Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts

Santa Maria , California

The Juilliard School

New York , New York

Milestones

2012

Acted in the horror feature "The Innkeepers"

2010

Appeared in the film "Stake Land," which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival

2008

Joined the cast of Showtime's "The L Word" for its fifth season

2004

Appeared in the stage play "The Graduate" as Mrs. Robinson

2000

Cast as a lesbian in the thriller "The Monkey's Mask"

1999

Cast in a supporting role of Val Kilmer's sister in romantic drama "At First Sight"

1994

Made Broadway debut in a revival of "Hedda Gabler"

1994

Starred in first miniseries, "In the Best of Families: Marriage, Pride and Madness" (CBS)

1992

Played the second wife of Babe Ruth (John Goodman) in biopic "The Babe"

1991

Produced and starred in "The Awakening"

1988

Cast as district attorney Kathryn Murphy opposite Jodie Foster in "The Accused"

1987

Co-starred with Timothy Hutton in "Made in Heaven"

1986

Starred with Tom Cruise in the action feature "Top Gun"

1985

Landed breakthrough role opposite Harrison Ford in "Witness"

1984

Made TV-movie debut in "Sweet Revenge" (CBS)

1983

Made feature film debut in "Reuben, Reuben"

1982

Understudied the role of Dona Elvire for the New York Shakespeare Festival production of "Don Juan"

Received first acting award for her high school production of "The Serpent"

Bonus Trivia

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McGillis owned and operated Kelly's Caribbean Bar, Grill & Brewery in Key West, FL.

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In 1982, McGillis and her roommate were assaulted and raped in their home by the escaped rapist Leroy Johnson after the actress came home from work.

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McGillis' husband Fred Tillman was arrested for soliciting a prostitute in 1993. When asked about the incident, McGillis told Newsday (July 10, 1994), "I don't want to talk about that. Human beings are human beings."

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In April 2009, McGillis confirmed persistent rumors she was gay to Radar Online. She told Radar, "I think that (accepting my homosexuality) was an ongoing process from the time I was about 12. I had a lot of things happened that convinced me that God was punishing me for being gay. That was a hard process."

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