Jill Whelan

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Jill Whelan
Jill Whelan presents rose to Mrs. Reagan.jpg
Whelan meeting First Lady Nancy Reagan in 1984
Born (1966-09-29) September 29, 1966 (age 54)
EducationGuildford College (withdrawn)
OccupationActress, radio talk show host
Years active1973–present
Known forVicki Stubing – The Love Boat
Brad St. John
(m. 1993; div. 2001)

Mike Chaykowsky
(m. 2004; div. 2014)

Jeff Knapple
(m. 2017)

Jill Whelan (born September 29, 1966) is an American actress. She played Vicki Stubing, the daughter of Captain Stubing in the hit television series The Love Boat.

Early life[edit]

Whelan was born in Oakland, California. After auditioning and appearing in a local production of The King and I at the age of 8, Whelan sent her school picture to a San Francisco Talent Agency and landed a series of TV commercials.[1]

An M&M commercial[2] got her noticed by producers and cast her in Friends (1979) which was rapidly cancelled.[3] Concurrently, at the age of 11, she was cast as Vicki, Captain Stubing's daughter, initially as a guest star but later making regular appearances.

In 1984, Whelan graduated from the Buckley School in Sherman Oaks, California (a close friend of classmate Laura Dern)[4] with a stint at Guildford College in Surrey, England where she studied English Literature[1] before coming back to Los Angeles.


As well as starring in The Love Boat, Whelan made numerous guest appearances in TV shows including Fantasy Island (twice), Vegas, Trapper John, M.D., Matt Houston and Battle of the Network Stars.[5] In late 1979, she played the role of Lisa Davis, a heart patient, in Airplane! [6]

In the mid-1980s, in Los Angeles, having returned from England and with The Love Boat series coming to an end, Whelan moved to New York City and worked as an event producer at Madison Square Garden [7] where she helped set-up acts.

In 1999, Whelan left acting and started working as an investigative producer at the Los Angeles television station KCOP and continued as a radio show host for 1210 WPHT radio.

On November 25, 2001, Whelan appeared on an episode of The Weakest Link, a trivia game show hosted by Anne Robinson. Whelan competed against other celebrity TV stars, including Mackenzie Phillips, Nell Carter, Cindy Williams, Joan Van Ark, Erin Moran, Erik Estrada, and Fred "Re-run" Berry. She outlasted the others, winning $57,000 for her charity.

On September 10, 2008, Whelan appeared with several other cast members from the movie Airplane! in a reunion segment on NBC's the Today Show. In October 2008, Whelan made her New York City cabaret debut with her one-woman show Jill Whelan: An Evening In Dry Dock at The Metropolitan Room.[8] From September to November 2011, Whelan appeared in the British farce Move Over Mrs. Markham at Stage West Theatre Restaurant in the Toronto, Ontario area.

Whelan was set to replace Mark Thompson, who retired on August 17, 2012, after 25 years co-hosting The Mark & Brian Show on KLOS in Los Angeles, but during Thompson's final broadcast, co-host Brian Phelps announced that he, too, was quitting KLOS.

In 2013, Jill moved on as co-host with Brian Phelps in The Brian And Jill Show. Whelan and Phelps share a love for improvisational comedy, and have created hundreds of characters together that they have performed both on the stage during improvisation shows and in sketches performed on their podcast.[9]

She is mentioned in episode 10 Dead Man Sliding, 1996 of the third season of Sliders as an actress who never had relevance in the dimension of the protagonists


During the early 1980s, Whelan served as a national spokeswoman for First Lady Nancy Reagan's "Just Say No" anti-drug campaign.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Whelan met her first husband, Brad St. John, as an associate producer for UPN News in Los Angeles, shortly after leaving Madison Square Garden. They married in December 1993. Soon after their wedding, she became pregnant with their first son, Harrison.[11] Whelan divorced St. John in 2001.

Returning to the East Coast, she married her second husband, Mike Chaykowsky, in April 2004.[12] Her second son, Grant, was born in 2006. In 2014, Whelan filed for divorce from Chaykowsky [13] and moved back to Los Angeles in 2012, where she lives and raises her two sons.[citation needed]

In 2015, Whelan was hired by Princess Cruises as a celebrations ambassador.[14]

Whelan married former Denver Broncos quarterback Jeff Knapple in 2017.[15]


  1. ^ a b Huang, Shannon (7 April 2015). "Meet Jill Whelan - host of Ryman Arts' 25th Anniversary Celebration!". Ryman Arts. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  2. ^ Dodrill, Tara (8 January 2016). "'Love Boat' Child Star Broke: Jill Whelan Seeking Support From Estranged Husband". www.inquistr.com. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  3. ^ Leszczak, Robert (2012). Single Season Sitcoms, 1948-1979: A Complete Guide. Jefferson, North Carolina: Mc Farland & Co Inc. p. 52. ISBN 9780786468126.
  4. ^ Oates, Marie-Louise (3 November 1982). "Buckley School: A 50 Year Update". The Los Angeles Times: 104.
  5. ^ "Filmography". www.imdb.com. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  6. ^ Lukanic, Steven A (1991). Film Actors Guide. Lone Eagle. p. 417. ISBN 9780943728384.
  7. ^ Sackett, Susan (1993). Prime-time hits: television's most popular network programs, 1950 to the present. Bpi Communications. ISBN 9780823083923.
  8. ^ BWW News Desk. "THE LOVE BOAT and AIRPLANE'S Jill Whelan Begins at Metropolitan Room Oct. 6". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved 13 January 2014.
  9. ^ Lycan, Gary (27 September 2012). "When Jill Whelan met Brian Phelps, it was 'instant chemistry'". Orange County Register. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  10. ^ Ulster, Laurie (23 November 2014). "'The Love Boat' Cast: Where Are They Now?". Biography. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  11. ^ Wulff, Jennifer (11 June 2001). "Beyond the Sea". People. 55.
  12. ^ L. Redwood, Tina (2004-04-19). "Archive - Passages". PEOPLE.com. Retrieved 2020-05-28.
  13. ^ "'Love Boat' Star Is Getting A Divorce". Huffington Post. 2014-06-27. Retrieved 2018-05-14.
  14. ^ Tore, Ozgur (7 May 2015). "Jill Whelan to represent Princess Cruises' celebrations". FTN News. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  15. ^ Rivas, Aby (18 January 2020). "'The Love Boat' Jill Whelan Met Her Third Husband through Her High School Prom Date". Amo Mama. Retrieved 23 February 2021.

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