Kelly McGillis Biography

Birthday: 1957-07-09
Place of Birth: Newport Beach, California USA
Height: 5' 10" (1.78 m)
Wiki Biography: Kelly McGillis was born in Newport Beach, California, to Joan, a homemaker, and Donald McGillis, a general practitioner of medicine. She decided to drop out of high school to pursue a career as an actress and eventually attended Juilliard in Manhattan and Pacific Conservatory of Performing Art in Santa Monica, CA. She held a variety of jobs while pursuing her career, such as waitressing, and snagged a few stage roles before landing a supporting part in the Academy Award-nominated Reuben, Reuben (1983). This led to a lot of TV work and a lead role opposite Harrison Ford in the highly acclaimed thriller Witness (1985). This box office hit, directed by Peter Weir, got her noticed around Hollywood and producers took note of her. One of them was Jerry Bruckheimer, who cast her as Charlie Blackwood in the mega-hit Top Gun (1986) which became the highest-grossing film of the year and gave her some major name recognition. Ironically, that breakthrough role didn't help her career in terms of high-profile work. She played prosecutor Kathryn Murphy in The Accused (1988) with Jodie Foster who won an Academy Award for her role, but unfortunately for McGillis she was overlooked for any major nomination. Never interested in being box-office gold, she remained loyal to the theater, even after being established as a major star during the mid to late 1980s, taking such various stage roles in such William Shakespeare plays as "The Merchant of Venice", "Don Juan", "Twelfth Night", "The Merry Wives of Windsor", "Mourning Becomes Electra" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream". In 1994 she scored the title role in the Broadway production of "Hedda Gabler" but unfortunately it only played for 33 performances before closing. She had two daughters in the early 1990s, and worked more sporadically on TV and film so she could spend time with her family and owned her business, a restaurant in Florida. She worked on Winter People (1989), Cat Chaser (1989), The Babe (1992), North (1994), At First Sight (1999) and The Monkey's Mask (2000) as well as a string of made-for-TV films. She has completed a national stage tour of "The Graduate", playing the infamous Mrs. Robinson, and continues to act as she begins study on Addiction Studies and raising her children in Pennsylvania.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Witness Rachel Drama
Accused Kathryn Murphy 1988 Crime
We The Jury 1996 Drama
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Reuben, Reuben Geneva Spofford 1983
The Witness Rachel 1985
Witness Rachel 1985 Comedy, 0, Biography
Top Gun Charlie 1986 0, Biography
Made in Heaven Ally Chandler 1987 Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
The Accused Kathryn Murphy 1988 0
The House on Carroll Street Emily 1988 Drama, Thriller
Ha-Holmim Anda 1989 Drama
Winter People Collie Wright 1989 Romance, Drama
Cat Chaser Mary DeBoya 1989 Crime, Thriller
Grand Isle Edna Pontellier 1991 Drama
The Babe Claire Hodgson Ruth 1992 Biography, Drama, Sport
Painted Angels 1998 Drama
Ground Control Susan Stratton 1998 Action, Adventure, Drama
At First Sight 1999 0
Morgan's Ferry Vonnie Carpenter 1999 Crime, Drama
The Settlement Fake Barbara / Ellie 1999 Comedy
The Monkey's Mask Diana 2000
No One Can Hear You Trish Burchall 2001 Horror, Thriller
Supergator Kim Taft 2007 Sci Fi
Stake Land Sister 2010 Reality Tv, Sport, 0
1 a Minute Herself - Narrated by 2010 Drama
The Innkeepers Leanne Rease-Jones 2012 Horror, Thriller
Grand Street Isabelle 2013 Drama
We Are What We Are Marge 2013 Drama, Horror, Thriller
Tio Papi Elizabeth Warden 2013 Comedy, Drama, Family
Blue Ms. Hutcherson 2015 Drama, Mystery, Romance