Kelly McGillis Height, Weight, Age, Body Statistics

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Kelly McGillis Quick Info
Height 5 ft 10 in
Weight 64 kg
Date of Birth July 9, 1957
Zodiac Sign Cancer
Eye Color Blue

Kelly McGillis is an American actress who is perhaps best known for her portrayal of Rachel Lapp in Witness (1985), Charlie in Top Gun (1986), and Kathryn Murphy in The Accused (1988). Besides that, she has appeared in more than 2 dozen shows and films including Private Sessions (1985), Made in Heaven (1987), The Monkey’s Mask (2000), and Z Nation (2014).

Born Name

Kelly Ann McGillis

Nick Name

Kelly

Kelly McGillis as seen in a picture taken at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival
Kelly McGillis as seen in a picture taken at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival (Gordon Correll / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0)

Sun Sign

Cancer

Born Place

Newport Beach, California, United States

Residence

Hendersonville, North Carolina, United States

Nationality

American

Education

Kelly attended the Newport Harbor High School. Later, she started going to the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts at the Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria.

Later, in 1983, she completed her acting training at the prestigious Juilliard School.

Occupation

Actress

Family

  • Father – Dr. Donald Manson McGillis (Doctor)
  • Mother – Virginia Joan (Homemaker)
  • Siblings – Karen McGillis (Younger Sister), Kathleen McGillis (Younger Sister)

Manager

Kelly is represented by David Williams Management, Llc.

Build

Average

Height

5 ft 10 in or 178 cm

Weight

64 kg or 141 lbs

Boyfriend / Girlfriend / Spouse

Kelly’s named has been linked with –

  1. Boyd Black (1978-1981) – She married Boyd Black in 1979 but legally parted ways with him in 1981.
  2. Barry Tubb (1986-1987)
  3. Jodie Foster – (1988)
  4. Don Yesso
  5. Whitney Houston (1988)
  6. Fred Tillman – (1988-2002) – Kelly was married to Fred Tillman from 1989 to 2002. During that time, they had 2 daughters named, Sonora Ashley Tillman and Kelsey Lauren Tillman.
  7. Melanie Leis (2000-2012) – Sales executive Melanie Leis and Kelly entered into a civil union in 2010. They had met one another at her “Caribbean Bar Grill & Brewery” in Key West, Florida.
Kelly McGillis as seen in a production still taken with her co-star actress Jill Fitzpatrick from the film The Monkey's Mask (2000)
Kelly McGillis as seen in a production still taken with her co-star actress Jill Fitzpatrick from the film The Monkey’s Mask (2000) (Robert Connolly / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0)

Race / Ethnicity

White

Kelly has Scottish and Irish descent on her father’s side and German, English, and Welsh ancestry on her mother’s side.

Hair Color

Salt & Pepper

Due to her age, Kelly’s hair has started turning white.

Eye Color

Blue

Sexual Orientation

Lesbian

Kelly McGillis as seen in a production still taken while she portrayed the character of Professor Diana Maitland in The Monkey's Mask (2000)
Kelly McGillis as seen in a production still taken while she portrayed the character of Professor Diana Maitland in The Monkey’s Mask (2000) (Robert Connolly / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0)

Distinctive Features

  • Short shoulder length hair
  • Alluring eyes
Kelly McGillis along side legendary actor Tom Cruise in a picture taken during the shoot of Top Gun (1986)
Kelly McGillis alongside legendary actor Tom Cruise in a picture taken during the shoot of Top Gun (1986) (Retroízmo / Instagram)

Kelly McGillis Facts

  1. She was brought up in Los Angeles, California.
  2. Kelly is the oldest of 3 siblings born to Virginia and Donald.
  3. In the year 1975, Kelly relocated to New York in order to be able to train acting at Juilliard School.
  4. Kelly’s apartment in New York was invaded by 2 young men in 1982 and she was raped, stabbed, and spat upon by the criminals. One of the accused was named Leroy Johnson, who was only 15 years old at the time.
  5. McGill’s got her breakthrough alongside legendary actor Harrison Ford in the film Witness in 1985.
  6. In 1986, she dominated the silver screen alongside Hollywood supernova Tom Cruise with her appearance as Charlotte Blackwood in Top Gun.
  7. The film The Accused which was released in 1988, was based on her own rape which happened in 1982.
  8. She starred in her first Broadway production Hedda Gabler in 1994 at the Roundabout Theatre Company.
  9. In 1986, Kelly was nominated for a BAFTA and Golden Globe Award.
  10. From 2001 to 2006, she had not starred in any show or film.
  11. During an interview with SheWired in April 2009, Kelly opened up about being a lesbian.
  12. In 2019, she was teaching acting at The New York Studio for Stage and Screen NYS3 in Asheville, North Carolina.

Featured Image By Fábio Santos / Instagram

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