Kelly Mcgillis Net Worth

We sure love our actresses. Kelly McGillis is no exception. As an Actress from Newport Beach, California, U.S.. Born on July 9, 1957 into the family of Virgina Joan McGillis, Donald Manson McGillis Kathleen McGillis, Karen McGillis, this American woman is famous for her many roles on large and small movies as well as TV. Standing at 5′ 10″ (1.78 m), Kelly McGillis studied and graduated from Juilliard School, Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts. The actress’ family is comprised of her spouse Melanie Leis (m. 2010–2011), Fred Tillman (m. 1989–2002), Boyd Black (m. 1979–1981), kids Sonora Tillman, Kelsey Tillman. As most of famous actresses, Kelly McGillis has amassed a large net worth with a lot of money under her name. Successful box office hits and terrific performances on the small and large screen have earned this woman tons of accolades and recognition across the board. So, what about numbers? Her net worth is calculated to be $7.5 Million.

Read more about Kelly Mcgillis Biography

Born in Newport Beach, California, McGillis is the daughter of Virginia Joan and Donald Manson. Even at a young age McGillis always had a love for acting. To hone her skills, in high school she attended Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Santa Maria, California, and later the Drama Division of the Julliard School in New York, graduating in 1983.

Right after graduation, McGillis was able to land a supporting role in the movie “Reuben, Reuben”, which was her first movie, which helped her net worth to rise, and opened a lot of doors in the world of movie and television. In 1985, she became part of the box-office hit thriller “Witness” with Harrison Ford, which was not only a hit among audiences, but it also led her to being nominated in the Golden Globes’ and BAFTA.

With the success of “Witness”, Hollywood took notice of McGillis’ performance, and later she landed a role to another hit movie, “Top Gun”. Her role as Charlie Blackwood along with Tom Cruise and Van Kilmer saw the film become the top grossing movie of 1986, and cemented her as a premier leading woman. Then followed “The Accused”, another award winning movie along actress Jodie Foster. Her number of top-grossing films tremendously increased her wealth and catapulted her to stardom.

After a string of successful movies, McGillis decided to focus on television, and did fewer films so she could spend more time with her family. Some of the projects she did in the ’90’s include “Cat Chaser”, “North”, “At First Sight” and “The Monkey’s Mask”, all of which helped maintain her career and wealth.

In 2004, McGillis went back on stage and played the coveted part of Mrs. Robinson in the production of “The Graduate”. She also became part of the stage play “Little Foxes”, produced by the Pasadena Playhouse. It was followed by “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune” in 2010, which toured around the United Kingdom.

Some of McGillis recent activities include working for Seabrook House Drug Alcohol Rehab Center in Bridgeton in New Jersey, where she works alongside alcoholics and drug addicts. Her passion for acting also led her to become a teacher at The New York Studio for Stage and Screen NYS3.

McGillis also became an entrepreneur. She and her then husband Fred Tillman opened “Kellys’ Caribbean Bar Grill & Brewery” that also added in her net worth.

In terms of McGillis’ personal life, she was once married to Boyd Black in 1979, one of her classmates in Julliard, however, the marriage only lasted for a couple of years, ending in divorce in 1981.

In 1989, McGillis married Fred Tillman. The couple have two daughters, but ended their relationship in 2002. In 2010 she had a brief relationship with bartender Melanie Leis, but the two broke up in 2011.

Structural info

  • Full Name: Kelly McGillis
  • Net Worth: $7.5 Million
  • Date Of Birth: July 9, 1957
  • Place Of Birth: Newport Beach, California, U.S.
  • Height: 5′ 10″ (1.78 m)
  • Profession: Actress
  • Education: Juilliard School, Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts
  • Nationality: American
  • Spouse: Melanie Leis (m. 2010–2011), Fred Tillman (m. 1989–2002), Boyd Black (m. 1979–1981)
  • Children: Sonora Tillman, Kelsey Tillman
  • Parents: Virgina Joan McGillis, Donald Manson McGillis
  • Siblings: Kathleen McGillis, Karen McGillis
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  • Awards: Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress, Resident Production
  • Nominations: Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture, BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress, Resident Play
  • Movies: Top Gun, Witness, The Accused, Stake Land, The Innkeepers, The Monkey’s Mask, We Are What We Are, Cat Chaser, Made in Heaven, Winter People, The House on Carroll Street, The Babe, At First Sight, Reuben, Reuben, Tio Papi, Love Finds You in Sugarcreek, Ohio, Supergator, Bonds of Love, Painted Angels,…
  • TV Shows: Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, Live from Lincoln Center, Journey to Planet Earth


  • For a long time I thought I could deal with my anger and hostility on my own. But I couldn’t. I denied that it had affected me, and yet I was so frantic on the inside with other people: I needed to be constantly reassured. It wasn’t until I started seeing myself self-destructing that I realized I needed help. To realize how angry I was and to ask for help — those were the stepping stones. There’s a part of me that wants to be stoic and very strong. I had to realize that the attack wasn’t directed at me, as Kelly. It was random. I was at the wrong place at the wrong time. That was the first step toward getting rid of all those hostile feelings I had about it. Still, when you’re a victim of a violent crime — when somebody has taken control over your life, if only for a moment — I don’t think you ever fully recover. – Speaking about her reactions to being raped.
  • I think it’s sad that movies and television have caused the theatre to fade as a popular art form. I hope to get young people into the theatre and expose them to Shakespeare.
  • Love isn’t intellectual – it’s visceral.


  • She lost out on the role of Madame de Tourvel twice. The first time was in 1987 in the stage drama “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” with other American actors Glenn Close and Kevin Spacey, where they would have replaced the acclaimed English cast, but the show closed since producers feared soft box-office because of the cast change. (This was before Close and Spacey became household names.) The second time was in 1988 in the film Dangerous Liaisons (1988) when film critic Pauline Kael talked the film’s director Stephen Frears into dropping McGillis in favor of Michelle Pfeiffer, who earned an Academy Award nomination, as did Close who was cast this time, because of her star-making performance in Fatal Attraction (1987).
  • On Friday June 17, 2016 Ms. McGillis came home and found Laurence Marie Dorn had entered her house and attacked her. Ms. Dorn was later arrested by Henderson County Deputies and charged with second degree burglary, misdemeanor larceny, misdemeanor stalking, assault and battery, and interfering with emergency communications.
  • As of June 2016, now lives in Henderson County, North Carolina.
  • She has English, Welsh, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), and German ancestry.
  • Touring UK with the stage play “Frankie & Johnny in the Clair De Lune” with Rolf Saxon. [April 2010]
  • Collingswood, New Jersey [September 2010]
  • Performing on stage as “Mrs. Robinson” in the national touring company of the play “The Graduate.” [March 2004]
  • Currently working in The Graduate as Mrs. Robinson on Broadway. [November 2004]
  • Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 35, a daughter Sonora Ashley on April 10, 1993. Child’s father is her 2nd husband, Fred Tillman.
  • Gave birth to her 1st child at age 32, a daughter Kelsey Lauren Tillman on May 24, 1990. Child’s father is her 2nd husband, Fred Tillman.
  • Met former partner Melanie Leis in 2000, while McGillis was still married to her second husband Fred Tillman.
  • The New York Times reported that on September 15, 2010, Kelly McGillis and Melanie Leis had a civil union performed in Collingswood, New Jersey, by Judge Robert T. Zane III. Melanie Leis is a sales executive.
  • Is also a professional counselor, primarily concerning substance abuse.
  • In April, 2009 Kelly McGillis confirmed long-held rumors that she’s a lesbian, according to an interview on the website shewired.
  • Auditioned for the role of Catherine Tramell in Basic Instinct (1992).
  • Kelly McGillis actually had to return to employment waiting tables after having been a prominent character in an Oscar nominated film (her first movie, Reuben Reuben).
  • Was fired from the film Bachelor Party (1984) allegedly because the producers thought she wasn’t pretty or sexy enough.
  • Sisters: Karen (b. July 1959) and Kathleen (b. August 1961).
  • Daughter of Joan, a homemaker, and Donald, a general practitioner of medicine.
  • Studied at Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts and Juilliard.
  • Claimed that she was a lonely, overweight adolescent.
  • Wanted to play the role of “Kathryn Murphy”, the district attorney in The Accused (1988), because she and her roommate were assaulted and raped by two men in their apartment in 1982.
  • Listed as one of twelve “Promising New Actors of 1984” in John Willis’ Screen World, Vol. 36.
  • Owner of restaurant “Kelly’s” in Key West, Florida.


Title Year Status Character
Mother of All Secrets 2017 post-production Rose
Julie Loves to Gamble announced Victoria Gardner
An Uncommon Grace 2017 TV Movie Elizabeth Conner
Blue 2015/I Ms. Hutcherson
Z Nation 2014 TV Series Helen
Love Finds You in Sugarcreek 2014 TV Movie Bertha Troyler
Grand Street 2014 Isabelle
Tio Papi 2013 Elizabeth Warden
We Are What We Are 2013 Marge
What Could Have Been 2011 Margaret
The Innkeepers 2011 Leanne Rease-Jones
Stake Land 2010 Sister
The L Word 2008 TV Series Colonel Gillian Davis
Supergator 2007 Video Kim Taft
Black Widower 2006 TV Movie Nancy Westveld
Cold Shoulder 2006 TV Movie
Morgan’s Ferry 2001 Vonnie Carpenter
No One Can Hear You 2001 Trish Burchall
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command 2000 TV Series Gorgeous Woman
The Monkey’s Mask 2000 Professor Diana Maitland
The Outer Limits 2000 TV Series Nicole Whitley
The Wild Thornberrys 2000 TV Series Winema
The Settlement 1999 Fake Barbara
At First Sight 1999 Jennie Adamson
Ground Control 1998 Susan Stratton
Perfect Prey 1998 TV Movie Audrey Macleah
Storm Chasers: Revenge of the Twister 1998 TV Movie Jamie Marshall
Painted Angels 1998 Nettie
The Third Twin 1997 TV Movie Dr. Jean ‘Jeannie’ Ferrami
We the Jury 1996 TV Movie Alyce Bell
Remember Me 1995 TV Movie Menly Nichols
Dark Eyes 1995 TV Series Mila McGann
North 1994 Amish Mom
In the Best of Families: Marriage, Pride & Madness 1994 TV Movie Susie Lynch
Bonds of Love 1993 TV Movie Rose Parks
The Babe 1992 Claire Ruth
Perry Mason: The Case of the Fatal Framing 1992 TV Movie Mrs. Joel McKelvey (uncredited)
Grand Isle 1991 Edna Pontellier
Rabbit Ears: Thumbelina 1989 Video short Storyteller
Cat Chaser 1989 Mary DeBoya
Winter People 1989 Collie Wright
The Accused 1988 Kathryn Murphy
The House on Carroll Street 1988 Emily
Santabear’s High Flying Adventure 1987 TV Short Missy Bear (voice)
Ha-Holmim 1987 Anda
Made in Heaven 1987 Annie Packert / Ally Chandler
Santabear’s First Christmas 1986 TV Movie Narrator (voice)
Top Gun 1986 Charlie
Private Sessions 1985 TV Movie Jennifer Coles
Witness 1985 Rachel
Live from Lincoln Center 1985 TV Series Host
Sweet Revenge 1984 TV Movie Katherine Dennison Breen
Reuben, Reuben 1983 Geneva Spofford
One Life to Live 1968 TV Series Glenda Livingston #1 (1984)
Title Year Status Character
Grand Isle 1991 co-producer
Title Year Status Character
Top Gun 1986 performer: “Great Balls of Fire” – uncredited
Title Year Status Character
Girl 27 2007 Documentary special thanks
Title Year Status Character
The Innkeepers: Behind the Scenes 2012 Video documentary short Herself
Gylne tider 2010 TV Series documentary Herself / Charlie Blackwood
1 a Minute 2010 Documentary Herself – Narrator (voice)
Breakfast 2010 TV Series Herself – Actress
Between Two Worlds: The Making of ‘Witness’ 2005 Video documentary Herself
Biography 2005 TV Series documentary Herself
Journey to Planet Earth 2003 TV Series documentary Narrator
VH-1 Behind the Movie 2002 TV Series documentary Herself
Donny & Marie 1999 TV Series Herself
Kate Chopin: A Re-Awakening 1998 TV Movie documentary Narrator
Late Show with David Letterman 1997 TV Series Herself
The Rosie O’Donnell Show 1997 TV Series Herself – Guest
Out of Ireland 1995 TV Movie documentary Narrator (voice)
Canceled Lives: Letters from the Inside 1993 Video documentary Herself (voice)
The Word 1992 TV Series Herself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1989 TV Special Herself
Late Night with David Letterman 1989 TV Series Herself
De película 1988 TV Series Herself – Interviewee
The 43rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1986 TV Special Herself – Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Drôle de festival 1985 TV Short documentary Herself (uncredited)
Archive Footage
Title Year Status Character
Entertainment Tonight 2016 TV Series Herself
Girl 27 2007 Documentary Herself
Retrosexual: The 80’s 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary
A Conversation with Director Peter Weir 1999 Video documentary short Rachel Lapp
The 59th Annual Academy Awards 1987 TV Special Charlie (uncredited)
Kenny Loggins: Danger Zone 1986 Video short
The 58th Annual Academy Awards 1986 TV Special Rachel Lapp (uncredited)


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