Kelly McGillis Biography: Age, Salary, Movies & TV Shows, Net Worth, Instagram, Husband, Wikipedia, Children, LGBTQ+

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Kelly McGillis is an American actress best known for her roles in films such as Witness, Top Gun, and The Accused.

She was born on July 9, 1957, in Newport Beach, California. McGillis is currently 66 years old and is a female. She is an American citizen and has made a name for herself in the entertainment industry.


  • Full name: Kelly Ann McGillis
  • Date of birth: July 9, 1957
  • Age: 66 years
  • Gender: Female
  • Place of birth: Newport Beach, California, United States
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Actress

Early life & Education

Kelly McGillis was raised in Los Angeles and grew up in Newport Beach, California, on July 9, 1957. She was the eldest of three daughters born to Virginia Joan (née Snell), a homemaker, and Donald Manson McGillis, a physician. McGillis attended Newport Harbor High School.

After graduating high school, she pursued her passion for acting and enrolled at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, California.

Later, she moved to New York City to study at the Juilliard School, where she graduated in 1983.

Personal life

In terms of her personal life, McGillis has been married twice. Her first marriage was to fellow Juilliard student Boyd Black in 1979, but they divorced in 1981.

1989, she married Fred Tillman, and they have two daughters together. However, McGillis and Tillman divorced in 2002.

In 2009, McGillis came out as a lesbian during an interview and later entered into a civil union with Melanie Leis, a Philadelphia sales executive.

Their union was dissolved the following year. McGillis has been open about her sexuality and advocated for the LGBTQ+ community.


McGillis began her acting career in the early 1980s. Her breakout role came in 1985 when she portrayed Rachel Lapp in Witness. Her performance earned her Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations.

She gained further recognition for her role as flight instructor Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Blackwood in the 1986 film Top Gun, starring alongside Tom Cruise.

McGillis went on to star in various films, including Made in Heaven (1987), The House on Carroll Street (1988), and The Accused (1988), for which she received critical acclaim and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.

In the 1990s, McGillis continued appearing in film and television roles. She starred in The Babe (1992) as Babe Ruth’s second wife and appeared in North (1994) and several made-for-TV films. McGillis took a break from acting for a few years but returned in the mid-2000s.

She appeared in films such as Stake Land (2010), The Innkeepers (2011), and We Are What We Are (2013). McGillis has also worked in television, including her role in Showtime’s The L Word in 2007 and appearances in Z Nation (2014) and Dirty John (2020).

Net worth

Kelly McGillis has had a successful acting career, her estimated net worth is $3 million.

Social media

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  • Witness
  • Top Gun
  • Made in Heaven
  • The House on Carroll Street
  • The Accused
  • Winter People
  • The Babe
  • Stake Land
  • The Innkeepers
  • We Are What We Are ‎

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