Know About Kelly McGillis; Spouse, Top Gun, Now, Age, Net Worth

Published Date: 30 Jul, 2019 Updated date: 30 Jul, 2019 By Celebs Podium

The veteran actress, Kelly McGillis, is known for her role as Charlie in Top Gun. She has been in the showbiz for more than three decades now and has recorded a handful of movies and TV shows to her name.

Kelly McGillis life behind acting has been kind of a roller coaster. From marriage bliss to two divorces and a gutted revelation, she has had everything.

Kelly McGillis Bio; Age, Parents, Height

The 62-years-of-age actress was born as Kelly Ann McGillis on 9 July 1957 in Newport Beach, California, the United States. Kelly was raised in Los Angeles by her middle-class working parents. Her father, Dr. Donald Manson McGillis, is a doctor while her mother, Virginia Joan (née Snell) is a homemaker. She has two sisters named Karen and Kathleen.

With the tall height of 5 feet and 10 inches (1.78 m), Kelly McGillis attended the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, California. After her graduation in 1975, she relocated to New York City to study acting at the Juilliard School. She graduated in 1983.

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Career, Net Worth

Kelly ringed her acting debut with a role in the 1983 comedy-drama flick, Reuben, Reuben. Her breakthrough role came as an Amish mother in the 1985 crime-thriller, Witness. For that role, she received Golden Globe and BAFTA award nominations.


Kelly McGillis as Charlie on Top Gun (Picture: IMDB)

Kelly McGillis then shared the screen with famed actor Tom Cruise as Charlie in action-drama Top Gun, which hit the theatres in 1986. Her other movie appearances include Made in Heaven (1987), The Babe (1992), At First Sight (1999), and The Monkey’s Mask (2000). She has bagged some TV roles as well with One Life to Live (1984) and Private Sessions (1985).

For her long-haul entertainment career, Kelly bags a net worth of $4 Million.

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Kelly’s Relationship Life; Married, Divorced, Gay?

Well, the famed actress has had the taste of everything in her life. She was first married to a fellow Juilliard student Boyd Black in 1979. Unfortunately, the married pair couldn’t steer their relationship and got divorced in 1981. Following that, Kelly married Fred Tillman in 1989. The couple even welcomed their two beautiful daughters: Sonora Tillman and Kelsey Tillman. However, Kelly again ended the wedding terms with her spouse in 2002.


Kelly McGillis with her ex-spouse Fred Tillman at The Acting Company’s John Houseman Awards Gala on 17 April 1989 (Picture: Getty Images)

Following two failed marriages, Kelly shocked the world and came out as a lesbian in April 2009. During an interview with SheWired, she claimed that she had discovered her sexual orientation for many years then. She entered into a civil union with Melanie Leis, a Philadelphia sales executive in 2010. Kelly and Melanie shared a same-sex relationship until they parted ways in 2011. The two were secretly dating since they met back in 2000.

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Some Interesting Facts About Kelly McGillis

  • Kelly is of Scots-Irish descent from her father’s side and German from her mother’s side.
  • She was once a drug addict and attended rehab a couple of times before she came clean.
  • Kelly physically fought off an attacker after her home was broken into in 2016.
  • She has a gun permit and owns a firearm for her protection.   
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