Kelly Ann McGillis, born July 9, 1957, better known as Kelly McGillis, is a popular American screen actress. She was nominated for a Golden Globe and a BAFTA for her performances as Rachel Lapp in Witness (1985), Charlie in Top Gun (1986), Made in Heaven (1987), The House on Carroll Street (1988), and Kathryn Murphy in The Accused (1988).
Kelly McGillis has acted in horror movies including Stake Land (2010), The Innkeepers (2011), and We Are What We Are in her later career (2013).
|Full Name:||Kelly Ann McGillis|
|Date of Birth:||July 9, 1957|
|Place of Birth:||Southern California|
|State of Origin:||California|
|Net Worth:||$4 million|
|Husband/Spouse:||Boyd Black, Fred Tillman (div)|
Early Life and Education
Kelly McGillis was the oldest of three daughters born to Virginia Joan (née Snell), a homemaker, and Donald Manson McGillis, a doctor, on July 9, 1957, in the southern California enclave of Newport Beach.
Her maternal ancestry is German, and she also has Welsh ancestry.
Her paternal ancestry is Scots-Irish. She graduated from Newport Harbor High School.
McGillis was born and raised in Los Angeles and studied at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, California’s Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts.
She proceeded to New York City to pursue acting at the Juilliard School, where she graduated in 1983, Group 12, after quitting high school in 1975 and obtaining her GED.
Following the release of Reuben, Reuben in 1983, McGillis’ breakthrough performance as an Amish mother in Witness (1985) earned her nominations for the Golden Globe and BAFTA awards.
In the 1986 fighter-pilot movie Top Gun, she played flight instructor Charlotte Blackwood (also known by her call sign “Charlie”).
McGillis appeared in the 1987 Lorimar Productions romantic drama Made in Heaven, which was directed by Alan Rudolph.
In the 1988 film The House on Carroll Street, which also starred Jeff Daniels, McGillis played Miss Venable’s caretaker.
Miss Venable was played by Jessica Tandy. She hears a strange conversation taking place in the house next door and believes she has stumbled upon a plot to bring Nazi war criminals into the country.
She starred with Peter Weller in Cat Chaser after 1988’s The Accused, a movie she detested and which made her want to give up playing.
Throughout the 1990s, McGillis made numerous appearances on television and in movies before taking a short vacation from performing.
In The Babe Ruth Story, McGillis portrayed Claire Merritt Ruth, Babe Ruth’s second wife (1992).
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, McGillis acted in a number of made-for-TV movies, including North (1994), Winter People (1989), and her second Amish role in any media.
In the 1999 film At First Sight, McGillis collaborated once more with Val Kilmer, who plays the blind character Virgil, as his overly protective sister.
In the 2000 international lesbian cult classic The Monkey’s Mask starring Susie Porter, she portrayed the suspect in a young woman’s disappearance.
The movie is based on Dorothy Porter’s verse novel of the same name, written in Australia.
Kelly McGillis Net Worth
Kelly McGillis is a popular American actress with a net worth of $4 Million. The roles she played in movies such as “Witness,” “Top Gun,” “The House on Carroll Street,” and “The Accused” made Kelly McGillis a household name.
In 1979, McGillis wed Boyd Black, a fellow Juilliard student; they separated in 1981.
She got married to Fred Tillman in 1989, and the two of them have two kids, Sonora and Kelsey. In 2002, the couple got a divorce.