Kelly McGillis Net Worth (Updated 2023) – Bio Overview

Kelly McGillis is an American stage and screen actress from Newport Beach, California who has a net worth of $7.5 million US as of 2023.

McGillis rose to fame after playing the role of Rachel Lapp in the 1985 thriller film Witness in which she starred alongside Harrison Ford, and earned several awards nominations including the Golden Globe and BAFTA.

McGillis continued to gain more fame by appearing in other big projects such as Top Gun (1986), Made in Heaven (1987), and the portrayal of Kathryn Murphy in The Accused (1988).

Her outstanding performances in these films led the actress to appear in many big projects and she made a name for herself in the entertainment industry.

So in this post, we are going to talk about the total net worth of Kelly McGillis her income sources, salary, career, biography, luxurious lifestyle, relationships, and a lot more.

Net Worth 2023:

Name Kelly McGillis
Net Worth $7.5 Million
Age 65
Annual Salary $2 Million
Profession Actress
Gender Female
Zodiac Sign Cancer

Early Life:

Kelly Ann McGillis was born on the 9th of July 1957 in Newport Beach, California, the oldest daughter of Dr. Donald Manson McGillis and Virginia Joan. Her father worked as a doctor while her mother was a homemaker.

She grew up with two younger sisters Karen and Kathleen in Los Angeles, California. Kelly has Scottish and Irish ancestry on her father’s side and has  German, English, and Welsh descent on her mom’s descent. 

Upon her education, McGillis attended Newport Harbor High School before enrolling in Santa Maria’s Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts at Allan Hancock College in California.

In 1975 she got a GED and dropped out of high school, thereafter she relocated to New York City to graduate from the Juilliard School where she completed her studies in acting in 1983. 

Kelly McGillis Career, Lifestyle


In 1983 McGillis made her debut in the comedy film titled Reuben, Reuben, followed by her breakthrough role in the movie Witness (1985) in which she played the hit role of an Amish mother and earned nominations for Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards.

After that she started offering some major roles in films and her following appearance was in the 1986 fighter-pilot film Top Gun in which she portrayed Charlotte Blackwood. 

In the very next year, she got a role in Alan Rudolph’s romance film Made in Heaven and subsequently appeared in the movie The House on Carroll Street (1988), where she played the part of caretaker for Miss Venable (Jessica Tandy) alongside Jeff Daniels.

That was the same year when McGillis starred in the films The Accused, and Cat Chaser with Peter Weller, and was diagnosed by her co-star Peter Weller who discouraged her to pursue her acting career. 

McGillis began appearing in numerous television series, commercials, and movies throughout the 1990s and later took an acting break for a couple of years.

Then in 1992, she appeared in the film The Babe where she was cast as Babe Ruth’s second wife, Claire Merritt Ruth. McGillis then continued to appear in films such as Winter People (1989), and North (1994), which became her second Amish part in TV or film. 

Kelly McGillis made her appearance in At First Sight where she co-starred alongside Val Kilmer in 1999.

She appeared as a young woman who was a member of an international lesbian cult, the film titled The Monkey’s Mask which was released in 2000. The movie was chosen by the Australian poet Dorothy Porter’s verse novel with the same title. 

After taking a long break from the film industry, McGillis came back to the film in 2010 by appearing in Jim Mickle’s movie Stake Land with Danielle Harris, Nick Damici, and Connor Paolo. In that same year, she got a chance to feature in the breast cancer docu-drama called 1 a Minute. 

She starred in the thriller-horror movies The Innkeepers and We Are What We Are directed by Ti West and the films were released in 2011 and 2013 respectively.

In 2013 and 2014 she also appeared in films Grand Street, Love Finds You in Sugarcreek, Ohio, and Z Nation. McGillis made her guest appearance in an episode of 2014s Sisters of Mercy, and 2015s Blue.

McGillis’ 4th Amish-themed movie was Uncommon Grace on Hallmark Channel. In 2017 she got the main role of Rose Lewis in the female-led thriller TV film Mother of All Secrets. McGillis was announced to become the cast of the biographical film Annie Cook in which she will play the lead role. 

She has garnered a lot of fortune from the film industry, and as of now, Kelly McGillis’s Net Worth is estimated to be around $7.5 million.

Television Career:

Apart from being successful in the film industry, Kelly McGillis also earned success in television by playing roles in numerous series and TV shows. In 1984 she became part of the daytime soap titled One Life to Live. In the same year, she appeared with Alec Baldwin in the TV movie Sweet Revenge. 

Her other television works are including the 1985 Private Sessions, and First Christmas directed by Santabear in which she is portrayed as a narrator. In 1995 she also came up as a narrator in the documentary Out of Ireland for PBS

Kelly got offered to perform in William Congreve’s Love for Love while she was still in Juilliard school. Throughout the 1980s McGillis performed in the off-broadway and Broadway theater productions while living in New York City.

In 2002 John Webber offered her to perform at the Shakespeare Theatre, in the production of his play titled The Duchess of Malfi which was held in Washington DC.

Then in 2004, she played Mrs. Robinson in the stage play The Graduate, touring the U.S. In May of 2009 Kelly and Julia Duffy starred in the stage production of The Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman by Pasadena Playhouse. 

McGillis continued to do stage works including 1982s Don Juan, 1985s The Sea Gull, 1985s Peccadillo, 1988s The Merchant of Venice, 1989s Twelfth Night, 1990s Mary Stuart, 1990s The Merry Wives of Windsor, 1994s Hedda Gabler, 1997s Mourning Becomes Electra, 1999s Measure for Measure, 1999s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and 2004s The Graduate, among others.

In addition, she played in the productions of Love for Love, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Three Sisters, as well as The Winter’s Tale. 

In 2010 the production of Frankie and Johnny called Clair de Lune by Terrence McNally, was held in the United Kingdom in which McGillis was part of the tour. 

She returned to the TV industry and began working in television again in 2006, and then joined the fifth season of Showtime’s The L Word in 2007. 

Personal Life:

In 1979 McGillis married Boyd Black who was also a student at Julliard, however, their relationship did not last long and in 1981 the two divorced. 

Then in 1989, Kelly married Fred Tillman and they had two daughters together named Sonora Ashley Tillman and Kelsey Lauren Tillman but the couple divorced in 2002. In 2009 Kelly came out as a lesbian during an interview on the “SheWired” a talk show. 

In 2010 Kelly and sales executive Melanie Leis joined a civil union. In Key West, Florida the two first met one another at her “Caribbean Bar Grill & Brewery”. 


Kelly also served with alcohol and drug a#dicts at the rehabilitation camp in Bridgeton, North Carolina. She was teaching acting at the New York Studio for Stage and Screen NYS3 in North Carolina and also presently lives there.

In 1982 Kelly was sexually attacked in New York City. The cop could only grab one of the abusers while the other assaulter could not be grabbed due to a deficiency of evidence.

In 2016 McGillis was hurt from a home invasion after she was assaulted by a lady who broke into her home in North Carolina. She then applied for a concealed carry weapon permit to save herself from upcoming attacks.

A $1.5 million schooner was torched in fire that was owned by McGillis and her former spouse, Fred Tillman. In 1996 the fire started in a boat adjacent to theirs in Port Lau Daina Marina in the Dania Cutt off the canal and instantly extended to their property.

Fred was expecting to put the boat into the market at the FT. Lauderdale Boat Show as he purchased it from their house, Key West. McGillis joined a Civil Union, similar to a wedding, with Melanie Leis who was a Philadelphia sales executive.

In 2002 the two met when Leis was a bartender at the Kelly’s Bar Grill and Brewery in Florida. They however dissolved the Union the next year due to personal causes.

Kelly McGillis Biography, Career, Lifestyle

Kelly McGillis Net Worth:

As of 2023 Kelly McGillis’s Net Worth is estimated to be around $7.5 million. The primary source of her income comes from the television and film industry from which she already secured her future. McGillis accumulated a lot of money through salaries from her appearances in films and television series.

She first came into the limelight after playing the hit role in the popular film WitnessKelly McGillis’ annual income is more than $2 million. Her successful career helped her to live a luxurious lifestyle.

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Kelly McGillis net worth is currently 7.5 million dollars.

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Kelly McGillis’s per year income is over $2 million.

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Kelly Ann McGillis was born on the 9th of July 1957 in Newport Beach, California, she is 65 years old.

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