McGillis, Kelly 1957-

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McGillis, Kelly 1957-


Full name, Kelly Ann McGillis; born July 9, 1957, in Newport Beach, CA; daughter of Donald (a physician) and Joan (a homemaker) McGillis; married Boyd Black (a writer), 1979 (divorced 1981); married Barry Tubb (an actor; divorced); married Fred Tillman (a marketing consultant, restaurateur, and yacht broker), January 1, 1989 (some sources cite December 31, 1988; divorced 2002); children: (third marriage) Kelsey Lauren, Sonora. Education: Attended the Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts; studied drama at the Juilliard School. Avocational Interests: Swimming, sailing, sport fishing, tennis.


Manager—David Williams Management, 9614 Olympic Blvd., Suite F, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.


Actress. Kelly's Caribbean Bar, Grill and Brewery, Key West, FL, owner. Worked as a waitress and in a plastics factory.

Awards, Honors:

Named one of the promising new actors of 1984, John Willis's "Screen World," 1984; Golden Globe Award nomination, best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a motion picture, and Film Award nomination, best actress, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, both 1986, for Witness.


Film Appearances:

Geneva Spofford, Reuben, Reuben, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1983.

Rachel Lapp, Witness (also known as Called Home, A tanu, A testemunha, Der Einzige Zeuge, Ha-Ed, Peter Weirin todistaja, Swiadek, Temoin sous surveillance, Testigo en peligro, Todistaja, Unico testigo, Vidnet, Vittne till morde, Witness—il testimone, and Witness: Temoin sous surveillance), Paramount, 1985.

Charlotte "Charlie" Blackwood, Top Gun (also known as Top Guns, Ahava B'Shahkim, Ases indomaveis, Pasion y gloria, Top Gan, Top Gun—Ases indomaveis, Top Gun. Idolos del aire, Top Gun— lentaejistae parhaat, and Top Gun—Sie fuerchten weder Tod noch Teufel), Paramount, 1986.

Anda, Ha-Holmim (also known as Dreamers, Once We Were Dreamers, and Unsettled Land), Hemdale Releasing, 1987.

Annie Packert and Ally Chandler, Made in Heaven (also known as Accadde in paradiso, Gracias al cielo, Hecho en el cielo, Taivaassa tavanneet, and Talhado no ceu), Lorimar, 1987.

Emily Crane, The House on Carroll Street, Orion, 1988.

Kathryn Murphy, The Accused (also known as Reckless Endangerment, Acusados, Angeklagt, Anklagad, Appel a la justice, Les accuses, Oi katigoroumenoi, Os acusados, Oskarzeni, Oskarzona, Sotto accusa, and Syytetty), Paramount, 1988.

Collie Wright, Winter People, Columbia, 1989.

Mary DeBoya, Cat Chaser (also known as Short Run, Doedliga foerbindelser, El cazador de gatos, Hexenkessel Miami, Kocur, Macskafogo kommando, Oi synenohoi, Oltre ogni rischio, Progonitelj macaka, and Vaaran polttopisteessae), Vestron Pictures, 1989.

Clare Hodgeson-Ruth, The Babe (also known as A historia de Babe Ruth, Ansia de viver, The Babe—Ein amerikanischer Traum, The Babe—La leggenda, Babe, le bambino, Legendaarinen Babe, and Um homem chamado Babe), Universal, 1992.

Amish mother, North (also known as Det perfekte barn, Genitori cercasi, Home, sweet mome, Horim B'Huzmana, L'irresistible North, Norte, North— Eltern, nein danke!, North, o puto maravilha, O anjo da guarda, Snacka om rackartyg, Un muchacho llamado Norte, and Vanhemmat vaihtoon), Columbia, 1994.

Netti, Painted Angels (also known as The Wicked, Wicked West, Angeles pintados, Anjos pintados, and Langenneet enkelit), Lions Gate Films, 1998.

Susan Stratton, Ground Control (also known as Jet), Trimark Pictures, 1998.

Jennie Adamson, At First Sight (also known as Sight Unseen, A premiere vue, A prima vista, A primeira vista, A primera vista, Auf den ersten Blick, Dotyk milosci, Elsoe latasra, Ensi silmaeyksellae, Ilk goerueste ask, Me tin proti matia, Premier regard, and Vid foersta oegonkastet), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1999.

Vonee, Morgan's Ferry, Artist View Entertainment, 1999.

Diana, The Monkey's Mask (also known as Poetry, Sex, Cercle intime, and La maschera di scimmia), Le Studio Canal+/Strand Releasing, 2000.

Trish Burchall, No One Can Hear You (also known as Hiljaiset huudot, L'intrus, Llega un extrano, Schrei, so lang du kanst!, and Une famille en enfer), Mainline Releasing, 2001.

Kim Taft, Supergator (also known as Primevil), Concorde-New Horizons, 2006.

Some sources cite appearances in other films.

Television Appearances; Series:

Glenda Livingston, One Life to Live (also known as Between Heaven and Hell), ABC, 1984.

Lieutenant Lila McGann, Dark Eyes, ABC, beginning c. 1995.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Susie Leary (some sources cite role as Susie Sharp Newsom), In the Best of Families: Marriage, Pride & Madness (also known as Bitter Blood), CBS, 1994.

Dr. Jean "Jeannie" Ferami, The Third Twin (also known as Ken Follett's "The Third Twin," Der Dritte Zwilling, El tercer gemelo, Il terzo gemello, Kolmas kaksonen, and O terceiro gemeo), CBS, 1997.

(In archive footage) Retrosexual: The 80s, VH1, 2004.

Generation Boom, TV Land, 2006.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Katherine Dennison Breen, Sweet Revenge (also known as Bittersweet Revenge, Code of Honor, and Her Revenge), CBS, 1984.

Edna Pontellier, Grand Isle (also known as L'isola dell'amore, Lomaparatiisi, O despertar, and Sommer auf Grand Isle), TNT, 1991.

Rose Parks, Bonds of Love (also known as Apaixonados para sempre, Encontro casual, Le droit d'aimer, Le prix d'un coeur brise, Le triomphe de l'amour, Mas alla de la inocencia, Promesses d'amour, and Rakkauden kahleet), CBS, 1993.

Menley Nichols, Remember Me (also known as Mary Higgins Clark's "Remember Me," Mary Higgins Clark—Souviens-toi, Muistatko minut?, Recuerdame, and Souviens-toi), CBS, 1995.

Alice Bell, We the Jury, USA Network, 1996.

Jamie Marshall, Storm Chasers: Revenge of the Twister (also known as Tornado, A revanche do tornado, Cacadores de tempestades, Le souffle de l'enfer, Souffle d'enfer, Storm Chasers—Im Auge des Sturms, and Twister—La venganza), Family Channel, 1998.

Audrey Macleah, Perfect Prey (also known as When the Bough Breaks II), HBO, 1998.

Fake Barbara and Ellie, The Settlement, Starz!, 2000.

Nancy Westveld, Black Widower, Lifetime, 2006.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Elle-meme, Drole de festival, [France], 1985.

Host, "The Juilliard School at 80," Live from Lincoln Center (also known as Juilliard at 80, Juilliard at 80: Live from Lincoln Center, and Live from Lincoln Center: Juilliard at 80), PBS, 1985.

Host and narrator, Santabear's First Christmas (animated), ABC, 1986.

Narrator and voice of Missy Bear, Santabear's Highflying Adventure (animated), CBS, 1987.

Host, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (animated), Showtime, 1988.

That's What Friends Are For: AIDS Concert '88, Showtime, 1988.

Host, Against Her Will, Lifetime, 1989.

Storyteller, Thumbelina (animated; also known as Rabbit Ears: Thumbelina), Showtime, 1989.

Narrator, Out of Ireland (also known as The Irish in America), PBS, 1995.

Narrator, Kate Chopin: A Re-Awakening, PBS, 1999.

Outer Limits Farewell Tribute, Showtime and syndicated, 2000.

Herself, The Story Behind: "Top Gun," NBC, 2001.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

(In archive footage as Rachel Lapp) The 58th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1986.

(In archive footage as Charlotte "Charlie" Blackwood) The 59th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1987.

The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, CBS, 1989.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Herself, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated, 1997.

Nicole Whitley (defending attorney), "Final Appeal," The Outer Limits (also known as The New Outer Limits), Showtime, Sci-Fi Channel, and syndicated, 2000.

Voice of gorgeous woman, "Planet of the Lost," Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (animated; also known as Disney/Pixar's "Buzz Lightyear of Star Command "), UPN and syndicated, 2000.

Voice of Winema, "Pack of Thornberrys," The Wild Thornberrys (animated; also known as The Thornberrys), Nickelodeon, 2000.

Herself, "Top Gun," VH1 behind the Movie, VH1, 2002.

Narrator, "Land of Plenty, Land of Want," Journey to Planet Earth, PBS, 2003.

Narrator, "Rivers of Destiny," Journey to Planet Earth, PBS, 2003.

Narrator, "The Urban Explosion," Journey to Planet Earth, PBS, 2003.

Herself, "Jodie Foster," Biography (also known as A&E Biography: Jodie Foster), Arts and Entertainment, 2005.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Jennifer Coles, Private Sessions, NBC, 1985.

Lieutenant Lila McGann, Dark Eyes, ABC, 1995.

Lorraine Page, Cold Shoulder, CBS, 2006.

Television Work; Movies:

Executive producer and producer, Grand Isle (also known as L'isola dell'amore, Lomaparatiisi, O despertar, and Sommer auf Grand Isle), TNT, 1991.

Stage Appearances:

Member of ensemble and understudy for role of Dona Elvire, Don Juan, New York Shakespeare Festival, Joseph Papp Public Theater, Delacorte Theater, New York City, 1982.

Peccadillo, 1985.

Nina, The Seagull, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC, 1985-86.

Portia, The Merchant of Venice, Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Washington, DC, 1988.

Viola, Twelfth Night (also known as Twelfth Night, or What You Will), Folger Shakespeare Theatre, 1989.

Title role, Mary Stuart, Folger Shakespeare Theatre, 1990.

Mistress Alice Ford, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Folger Shakespeare Theatre, 1990.

Title role, Hedda Gabler, Roundabout Theatre Company, Criterion Center Stage Right, New York City, 1994.

Lavinia, Mourning Becomes Electra, Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Lansburgh Theatre, 1997.

Titania, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, 1999.

Measure for Measure, Ahmanson Theatre, 1999.

Title role, The Duchess of Malfi, Shakespeare Theatre, Washington, DC, 2002.

Also appeared in other productions, including As You Like It, Love for Love, Much Ado about Nothing, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Three Sisters, and The Winter's Tale.

Major Tours:

Mrs. Robinson, The Graduate, U.S. cities, 2004.

Appeared in a touring production of The Vagina Monologues, including productions in Washington, DC, and Philadelphia, PA.



Herself, Between Two Worlds: The Making of "Witness, " Paramount Home Video, 2005.



Newsmakers 1989, issue 4, Gale, 1989.


Hollywood Reporter, March, 1988.

New York Times, October 12, 1989.

Parade, November, 1997, p. 22.

People Weekly, February 15, 1999, pp. 109-112.

Premiere, March, 1988.

Prevue, June, 1990, pp. 48-49.

TV Guide, November 8, 1997, p. 7.

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