McGillis at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival
|Born||Kelly Ann McGillis
July 9, 1957
Newport Beach, California, U.S.
|Notable work||Witness (1985 film)
Made in Heaven (1987 film)
The Accused (1988 film)
|Spouse(s)||Boyd Black (m. 1979; div. 1981)
Fred Tillman (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. She has found fame for her acting roles in several films since the 1980s including: her role as Rachel Lapp in Witness (1985) with Harrison Ford, for which she received Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations, the role of Charlie in the film industry's blockbuster hit Top Gun (1986) with Tom Cruise, and the role of attorney Kathryn Murphy in The Accused (1988), with Jodie Foster.
McGillis was raised in Los Angeles, and attended the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts 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.
Her 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 stars 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.
In 1992's The Babe, Ms. McGillis plays a Ziegfeld Follies showgirl who becomes Babe Ruth's (played by John Goodman) second wife. She prepared for the role by reading Billie Burke's autobiography about her career with the Follies, "With a Feather on My Nose".
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.
Since her graduation, McGillis has performed live theatre, including classics by Chekov, Shaw, Ibsen, Shakespeare and O’Neill. She has often appeared in starring roles with the Shakespeare Theatre Company of Washington, DC.
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 Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman in May 2009, co-starring with Julia Duffy.
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' 2nd Amish themed film)
- Z Nation in 2014, Sisters of Mercy, Season 1, Episode 11
- Blue in 2015
- An Uncommon Grace, on Hallmark Channel, (McGillis' 3rd Amish themed film)
- Lead role in Mother of All Secrets in 2017 as Rose Lewis 
McGillis married fellow Juilliard student Boyd Black in 1979, but the couple divorced in 1981.
McGillis came out as a lesbian in April 2009 during an interview with SheWired. McGillis said that coming to terms with her sexual orientation has been an ongoing process since age 12, and she was long convinced that God was punishing her for being homosexual with a rape incident. In 2010, McGillis entered into a civil union with Melanie Leis, a Philadelphia-based sales executive; she and McGillis met in 2000 when Leis was a bartender at the "Kellys' Caribbean Bar Grill & Brewery" in Key West, Florida, which McGillis owned with her then-husband Fred Tillman. 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 Attack
McGillis was reportedly assaulted by a stranger 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, has led her to decide to apply for a concealed carry gun permit to protect herself.
|1983||Reuben, Reuben||Geneva Spofford|
|1986||Top Gun||Charlotte 'Charlie' Blackwood|
|1987||Made in Heaven||Annie Packert / Ally Chandler|
|1987||Santabear's High Flying Adventure||Missy Bear (voice)||Short|
|1988||House on Carroll Street, TheThe House on Carroll Street||Emily|
|1988||Accused, TheThe Accused||Kathryn Murphy|
|1989||Winter People||Collie Wright|
|1989||Cat Chaser||Mary DeBoya|
|1989||Rabbit Ears: Thumbelina||Storyteller||Video short|
|1991||Grand Isle||Edna Pontellier|
|1992||Babe, TheThe Babe||Claire Merritt Ruth|
|1998||Ground Control||Susan Stratton|
|1999||At First Sight||Jennie Adamson|
|1999||Settlement, TheThe Settlement||Fake Barbara / Ellie|
|2000||Monkey's Mask, TheThe Monkey's Mask||Prof. Diana Maitland|
|2001||No One Can Hear You||Trish Burchall|
|2001||Morgan's Ferry||Vonnie Carpenter|
|2011||Innkeepers, TheThe Innkeepers||Leanne Rease-Jones|
|2011||What Could Have Been||Margaret|
|2013||We Are What We Are||Marge|
|2013||Tio Papi||Elizabeth Warden|
|2017||Mother of All Secrets||Rose Lewis||Post-production|
|2017||Julie Loves to Gamble||Victoria Gardner||Announced|
|2018||Annie Cook||Annie Cook||Announced|
|1984||Sweet Revenge||Katherine Dennison Breen||TV film|
|1984||One Life to Live||Glenda Livingston||TV series|
|1985||Private Sessions||Jennifer Coles||TV film|
|1986||Santabear's First Christmas||Narrator (voice)||TV film|
|1992||Perry Mason: The Case of the Fatal Framing||Mrs. Joel McKelvey||TV film|
|1993||Bonds of Love||Rose Parks||TV Film|
|1994||In the Best of Families: Marriage, Pride & Madness||Susie Lynch||TV film|
|1995||Dark Eyes||Mila McGann||Unsold TV pilot|
|1995||Remember Me adapted from the novel by Mary Higgins Clark||Menly Nichols||TV film|
|1995||Out of Ireland||Narrator, documentary film||PBS film|
|1996||We the Jury||Alyce Bell||TV film|
|1997||The Third Twin||Dr. Jean 'Jeannie' Ferrami||TV film|
|1998||Storm Chasers: Revenge of the Twister||Jamie Marshall||TV film|
|1998||Perfect Prey||Audrey Macleah||TV film|
|2000||Wild Thornberrys, TheThe Wild Thornberrys||Winema (voice)||"Pack of Thornberrys"|
|2000||Outer Limits, TheThe Outer Limits||Nicole Whitley||"Final Appeal: Parts 1 & 2"|
|2000||Buzz Lightyear of Star Command||Gorgeous Woman (voice)||"Planet of the Lost"|
|2006||Black Widower||Nancy Westveld||TV film|
|2008||L Word, TheThe L Word||Col. Gillian Davis||"Lesbians Gone Wild", "Lay Down the Law"|
|2014||Love Finds You in Sugarcreek||Bertha Troyler||TV film|
|2014||Z Nation||Helen||"Sisters of Mercy"|
|2017||An Uncommon Grace||Elizabeth Conner||Hallmark Channel|
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|
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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
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