McGillis at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival
|Born||Kelly Ann McGillis|
July 9, 1957 (age 61)
Newport Beach, California, U.S.
|Residence||Hendersonville, North Carolina|
|Education||Allan Hancock College|
Juilliard School (BFA)
(m. 1979; div. 1981)
(m. 1989; div. 2002)
|Partner(s)||Melanie Leis (2010–2011) civil union, annulled|
|Website||Kelly's Caribbean Bar, Grill and Brewery|
Kelly Ann McGillis (born July 9, 1957) is an American actress widely known for her film role as Rachel Lapp in Witness (1985) with Harrison Ford, for which she received Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations; her role as Charlie in Top Gun (1986) with Tom Cruise, and her role as Kathryn Murphy in The Accused (1988) with Jodie Foster.
McGillis was born July 9, 1957, in Newport Beach, California, the daughter of Virginia Joan (née Snell), a homemaker, and Dr. Donald Manson McGillis, a doctor. McGillis is of Scots-Irish descent from her father's side, and German from her mother, and Welsh also.
McGillis was raised in Los Angeles, and attended the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, California. After graduating from high school in 1975, she moved to New York City to study acting at the Juilliard School, where she graduated in 1983, Group 12.
After making her film debut in Reuben, Reuben in 1983, McGillis' breakout role was that of an Amish mother in the 1985 film Witness with Harrison Ford, for which she received Golden Globe and BAFTA award nominations. Her next high-profile role was that of flight instructor Charlie in the 1986 fighter-pilot film Top Gun with Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer.
McGillis played the part of caretaker for Miss Venable (Jessica Tandy) in 1988's The House on Carroll Street, which also starred Jeff Daniels. She overhears a suspicious conversation in the house next door and suspects that she's stumbled on a conspiracy to smuggle Nazi war criminals into the United States.
After 1988's The Accused, she appeared in Cat Chaser with Peter Weller, a film she despised and which discouraged her from pursuing an acting career. McGillis appeared in dozens of television and film roles throughout the 1990s before taking a break from acting for a few years.
McGillis played the part of Babe Ruth's second wife, Claire Merritt Ruth, in The Babe (1992). From the late 1980s to the mid 1990s, McGillis appeared in Winter People (1989), and North (1994), her 2nd Amish part in television or film, as well as several made-for-TV films.
She played the suspect in the disappearance of a young woman starring Susie Porter in The Monkey's Mask, an international lesbian cult film from 2000. The film is based on the verse novel of the same name by Australian poet Dorothy Porter.
She also starred in television movies with Alec Baldwin in 1984's Sweet Revenge, which was re-titled at some point.
While at Juilliard she performed in William Congreve's Love for Love, directed by John Bletchley. She appeared in a couple of off-broadway and Broadway theater productions during the 1980's in New York City.
During the late 1980's and through the mid 2000's, McGillis was a featured actress at the prestigious Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington DC. Appeared in production of John Webber's play "The Duchess of Malfi" at the Shakespeare Theatre, Washington, DC. (2002)
In 2004, she appeared in the stage play The Graduate as Mrs. Robinson, touring the United States. McGillis starred in a Pasadena Playhouse stage production of The Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman in May 2009, co-starring with Julia Duffy.
In all, her stage work includes: Don Juan (1982), The Sea Gull (1985), Peccadillo (1985), The Merchant Of Venice (1988), Twelfth Night (1989), Mary Stuart (1990), The Merry Wives of Windsor (1990), Hedda Gabler (1994), Mourning Becomes Electra (1997), A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999), Measure for Measure (1999) and The Graduate (2004). Additional roles in Love for Love, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Three Sisters and The Winter's Tale.
Return to film and TV
- She began working in television again in 2006, then in 2007, she joined the cast of Showtime's The L Word for its fifth season.
- She had a role in the 2010 vampire film Stake Land, directed by Jim Mickle. She stars alongside Nick Damici, Connor Paolo and Danielle Harris.
- McGillis was featured in a breast cancer docu-drama titled 1 a Minute, released in 2010.
- She starred in Ti West's 2011 thriller The Innkeepers.
- We Are What We Are and Tio Papi in 2013
- Grand Street in 2014
- Love Finds You in Sugarcreek, Ohio in 2014, TV, (McGillis' 3rd Amish themed film)
- Z Nation in 2014, Sisters of Mercy, Season 1, Episode 11
- Blue in 2015
- An Uncommon Grace, on Hallmark Channel, (McGillis' 4th Amish themed film)
- Lead role in Mother of All Secrets in 2017 as Rose Lewis 
McGillis came out as a lesbian in April 2009 during an interview with SheWired. In 2010, McGillis entered into a civil union with Melanie Leis, a Philadelphia sales executive; she and McGillis met in 2000 when Leis was a bartender at Kelly's Caribbean Bar Grill & Brewery in Key West, Florida, which McGillis owned with her then-husband Fred Tillman. They sold the restaurant in June 2017. Leis and McGillis broke up in 2011.
McGillis worked full-time with drug addicts and alcoholics at Seabrook House Drug Alcohol Rehab Center, a rehabilitation center in Bridgeton, New Jersey, when she and Leis shared a home in Collingswood.
June 2016 home invasion
McGillis was left scratched and bruised after being reportedly assaulted by a woman who broke into her North Carolina home on June 17, 2016. She said the attack, as well as others she has experienced in the past, led her to apply for a concealed carry gun permit to protect herself. Following the incident, a 38-year-old woman, Laurence Marie Dorn, was charged with second-degree burglary, misdemeanor larceny, misdemeanor stalking, assault and battery, and interfering with emergency communication. Dorn was later convicted of misdemeanor breaking and entering.
Awards and nominations
||Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
||Bravo Otto||Best Actress
||Made in Heaven||Won
|1987||Golden Ciak||Best Actress||Made in Heaven||Won|
||Bravo Otto||Best Actress||The Accused||Bronze|
- "Cover Story: Memoir of a Brief Time in Hell – Vol. 30 No. 20". PEOPLE.com. 1988-11-14. Archived from the original on 2017-09-06. Retrieved 2017-06-29.
- "Kelly McGillis Biography (1957-)". filmreference.com. Archived from the original on 2008-05-14. Retrieved 2008-01-27.
- "Miss Snell Picks Date". Los Angeles Times. December 10, 1955. Archived from the original on 2012-11-05. Retrieved 2018-09-29.
- Kelly McGillis ‘Out Of Ireland’ - PBS
- Stark, John (February 18, 1985). "Kelly McGillis Plays the Amish Love of Harrison Ford in Witness—and Kisses Waitressing Goodbye". People. Archived from the original on 2012-11-20. Retrieved 2012-04-13.
- McGillis, Kelly (November 14, 1988). "Memoir of a Brief Time in Hell". People. Archived from the original on 2012-04-23. Retrieved 2012-04-13.
- Cruz, Alicia (May 23, 2011). "'Top Gun' actress Kelly McGillis working for N.J. rehab, enjoying life". NewJerseyNewsRoom.com. Archived from the original on February 12, 2013.
- Simpson, Paul (26 May 2011). "Movie Lists: 397 Ways to Pick a DVD". Profile Books. Archived from the original on 2018-07-28. Retrieved 28 July 2018 – via Google Books.
- "Lesser-known facts about 'Top Gun' that will take your breath away". NY Daily News. Archived from the original on 2017-05-21. Retrieved 2017-05-22.
- Ebert, Roger. "Made in Heaven Movie Review & Film Summary (1987) | Roger Ebert". www.rogerebert.com. Archived from the original on 2017-06-30. Retrieved 2017-06-29.
- Hasted, Nick (March 29, 2001). "Kelly McGillis: The star who threw herself to earth". The Independent. Archived from the original on October 24, 2011.
- Davis, Steven Paul (2001). The A-Z of Cult Films and Film-makers. Batsford. ISBN 978-0-7134-8704-6.
- "Val Kilmer - At First Sight - Interview with Mr. Showbiz". 2005-12-21. Archived from the original on 2005-12-21. Retrieved 2017-06-04.
- Scott, A. O. (2001-07-27). "FILM IN REVIEW; 'The Monkey's Mask'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on 2016-03-16. Retrieved 2017-06-04.
- Stotsky 2000, p. 262.
- Rich, Frank; Times, Special to The New York (1989-10-04). "Review/Theater; Kelly McGillis Stars In 'Twelfth Night'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on 2017-10-23. Retrieved 2017-10-22.
- "Patrick Page and Kelly McGillis Are Mr. and Mrs. Macbeth at DC's Shakespeare Theatre Aug. 31 | Playbill". Playbill. Archived from the original on 2017-10-23. Retrieved 2017-10-22.
- Shana Honig Journalism Student, Syracuse University (2012-07-09). "What Does This 'Top Gun' Bombshell Look Like Now?". The Huffington Post. Archived from the original on 2016-07-01. Retrieved 2016-07-12.
- "McGillis, Duffy, Lee, Pierson Are Greedy Brood in Pasadena Little Foxes, Opening May 29". Playbill. Archived from the original on 2016-08-20. Retrieved 2016-07-12.
- "Kelly McGillis Net Worth". Archived from the original on 2016-08-23.
- Greg Archer Author, Journalist (2014-05-29). "Kelly McGillis: 'I Have to Be True to Myself'". The Huffington Post. Archived from the original on 2016-09-11. Retrieved 2016-07-12.
- "Kelly McGillis a Top Gun in Stake Land". Archived from the original on 2012-03-29. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
- "Massive Set Visit Report: A Trip to 'Stake Land' - Bloody Disgusting!". 14 April 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-04-17. Retrieved 2010-04-14.
- "IFC Infected by Cronenberg's Antiviral - Dread Central". 6 June 2012. Archived from the original on 2009-11-08. Retrieved 2009-11-06.
- "Indian Star Rallies Celebrity Support For Cancer Movie". 8 October 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-10-30. Retrieved 2009-11-25.
- "Awaken to Another American Horror Story: Asylum Promo Teaser - Dread Central". 14 September 2012. Archived from the original on 2010-05-14. Retrieved 2010-05-11.
- "An Uncommon Grace | Hallmark Movies and Mysteries". Hallmark Movies and Mysteries. Archived from the original on 2017-06-07. Retrieved 2017-06-04.
- "McGillis in Mother Of All Secrets". royalgazette.com. Archived from the original on 2017-05-26. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
- Mitchell, Robert (2017-05-12). "Cannes: 'Top Gun' Star Kelly McGillis to Play Midwest Crime Queen in 'Annie Cook' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Archived from the original on 2017-05-17. Retrieved 2017-05-22.
- "Mother Of All Secrets Trailer". Archived from the original on 2017-06-02. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
- "Trailer For New Thriller Features Bermuda - Bernews.com". Bernews.com. 2017-06-26. Archived from the original on 2017-07-01. Retrieved 2017-06-29.
- Mottram, James (February 21, 2014). "Kelly McGillis: 'I would cameo in Top Gun 2'". The Independent. Archived from the original on 2016-07-27. Retrieved July 12, 2016.
McGillis moved to New York in 1979 to study acting at the prestigious Julliard [sic] drama school, the same year she married fellow student Boyd Black. It was short-lived, the couple divorcing in 1981
- "McGillis leaves Hollywood for Key West". DeseretNews.com. 1993-05-04. Archived from the original on 2017-09-22. Retrieved 2017-05-23.
- Jarchow, Boo (April 30, 2009). "Kelly McGillis Says She's Gay on SheWired's 'Girl Rock'". SheWired. Here Media. Archived from the original on 2009-05-01. Retrieved 2009-04-30.
- Broverman, Neal (April 30, 2009). "Top Gun Star Comes Out: Not Tom". The Advocate. Archived from the original on May 2, 2009.
- "Pan Am's First Office". Atlas Obscura. Archived from the original on 2017-07-10. Retrieved 2017-06-17.
- "Kelly's Caribbean Bar, Grill and Brewery (Key West, FL): Top Tips Before You Go - TripAdvisor". www.tripadvisor.com. Archived from the original on 2017-10-06. Retrieved 2017-06-16.
- Schwartz, Paula (September 15, 2010). "Kelly McGillis, Melanie Leis". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2017-10-06. Retrieved 2018-09-29.
- Nutt, Amy Ellis (April 18, 2011). "Kelly McGillis traded Hollywood for Collingswood - and a contented existence". The Star-Ledger. pp. 23, 25. Archived from the original on 2011-05-21. Retrieved April 19, 2011.
- Doty, Meriah (February 9, 2013). "Kelly McGillis recalls 'Top Gun' love scene and 'a lot of partying' while filming". Yahoo! Movies. Archived from the original on 2014-10-09. Retrieved July 12, 2016.
- Puente, Maria (June 24, 2016). "'Top Gun' actress Kelly McGillis attacked at her North Carolina home". USA Today. Archived from the original on 2018-06-21. Retrieved 2018-09-29.
- LaVorgna, Brandon (May 17, 2017). "Jury convicts woman for breaking into Top Gun actress's home". Fox Carolina. Archived from the original on 2018-06-20. Retrieved 2018-09-29.