Kelly McGillis Net Worth

Kelly McGillis is an American actress who has a net worth of $6 million. McGillis came to popularity after working in movies such as ‘Witness,’ ‘Top Gun,’ ‘Made in Heaven,’ and ‘the Accused.’ These films have earned her awards such as Golden Globes for the movie Witness and the nomination for the prestigious BAFTA award. Let us find out how McGillis amassed this net worth and how she rose to fame.

Kelly McGillis Net Worth (2024)

NameKelly McGillis
Net Worth $8 Million
Monthly Income & Salary$250 Thousand
Annual Income & Salary$3 Million
FactorsMovies, Brands, Promotions
Last Update2024

Kelly McGillis’ Net Worth Growth

Net Worth in 2024$8 Million
Net Worth in 2023$5 Million
Net Worth in 2022$4 Million
Net Worth in 2021$3 Million
Net Worth in 2020$2 Million

Early Life

McGillis was born in Newport Beach, California, on July 9, 1957, and was born to Virginia Joan and Donald Manson. Her ancestry is Scott Irish, German, and Welsh. Being raised in Los Angeles, she attended Newport harbor high school.

He went to the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts at Alan Hancock College in Santa Maria. She got a GED and dropped out of high school and moved to New York City to study acting at the Juilliard School and graduated in 1983.


She first made her debut in the movie “Rueben” and had a breakout role in the movie Witness(1985) as an Amish mother for which she received a Golden Globe and a BAFTA award nomination.

Her next big role was in the movie ‘Top Gun(1986),’ where she played a fighter pilot called Charlotte Blackwood. She then went on to act in the film ‘Made in Heaven’ in 1987 which was a romance genre.

He subsequently played in the movie ‘The House of Carroll Street’ as a caretaker which was released in 1988. The same year she appeared in the movie ‘The Accused and ‘Cat Chaser.’

He was discouraged by her co-actor Peter Weller who told her to discontinue acting. McGillis appeared in many commercials and films throughout the 90s and took a break for a couple of years from acting.

She then played in the movie ‘The Babe,’ as Babe Ruth’s second wife, Claire Merritt Ruth. She then appeared in the movie ‘Winter People(1989),’ and ‘North(1994),’ which was her second Amish role in a television film.

She appeared in ‘At First Sight,’ where she co-starred with Van Kilmer in 1999, and also played in the 2000s ‘The Monkey’s Mask,’ as a young woman who was part of an international lesbian cult.

McGillis’ return to the movies was in 2010 and starred in ‘Stake Land,’ a vampire movie. She also starred in films such as the thriller ‘The Innkeepers,’ ‘Love Finds You in Sugarcreek, Ohio,’ ‘ Z Nation,’ ‘Sisters of Mercy,’ and ‘We Are What We Are.’

She starred in her 4th Amish role in the movie ‘An Uncommon Grace,’ and also had a lead role in ‘Mother of All Secrets,’ in 2017. McGillis is said to star in a biopic as a lead role in ‘Annie Cook.’

Television Career

McGillis’ popular role was that of appearing on the daytime television opera ‘One Life to Live,’ in 1984, and also starred in the television film ‘Sweet Revenge,’ with Alec Baldwin.

Her other films include as a narrator on ‘Santabear’s First Christmas,’ and ‘Private Sessions,’ in 1985. She was also the narrator of the documentary ‘Out of Ireland,’ for the Public Broadcasting Service in 1995.

McGillis returned to working in television in 2006 and joined ‘The L Word,’ a Showtime show in its 5th season. She was featured in a breast cancer docu-series called ‘1 a Minute,’ in 2010.

Theatre Productions

McGillis is also known for appearing in theatre productions. She played in William Congreve’s ‘Love for Love,’ and was on and off-Broadway during the 1980s in NYC. She was part of the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington D.C.

She appeared in ‘The Duchess of Malfi,’ a John Webber’s play at the Shakespeare Theatre. McGillis then appeared in the play ‘The Graduate,’ and also starred in ‘The Little Foxes,’ a Pasadena Playhouse production in 2009.

She was part of a tour for the play ‘Frankie and Johnny in Clair de Lune,’ which was held in the United Kingdom in 2010. Her other plays include ‘Don Juan,’ ‘The Sea Gull,’ ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor,’ ‘Measure for Measure’ and ‘Six Characters etc.

Kelly McGillis’ Biography

Real NameKelly Ann McGillis
Nick NameKelly
Age67 Years Old
HeightIn Feet –  5 Feet 10 Inches
In Meters – 1.78 m
In Centimeters – 178 cm
WeightIn Kilograms – 63 Kg
In Pounds – 139 lbs
FamilyFather –  Donald Manson McGillis
Mother – Virgina Joan McGillis
Sisters – Karen McGillis, Kathleen McGillis
HusbandMelanie Leis (m. 2010–2011)
Fred Tillman (m. 1989–2002)
Boyd Black (m. 1979–1981)
Children’s Sonora Tillman, Kelsey Tillman

“Life is a journey and it’s about growing and changing and coming to terms with who and what you are and loving who and what you are.”

– Kelly McGillis

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Personal Life

McGillis was married to a student from Julliard, Boyd Black in 1979 but got divorced in 1981. She then married Fred Tillman in 1989 and had two daughters but also got divorced in 2002. She came out as a Lesbian in 2009 on the talk show ‘SheWired.’

She worked with drugs and alcohol addicts at a rehabilitation center in Bridgeton, North Carolina. She taught acting at the New York Studio for Stage and Screen NYS3 in North Carolina and also currently resides there.

McGillis was sexually assaulted in New York City in 1982. The police could only catch one of the abusers while the other assailant could not be caught due to a lack of evidence.

McGillis was injured from a house invasion in 2016 after she was assaulted by a woman who broke into her house in North Carolina. She then applied for a concealed carry gun permit to protect herself from any future attacks.

A $1.5 million schooner burnt in a fire that was owned by McGillis and her former husband, Fred Tillman. The fire began in a boat adjacent to theirs in 1996 in Port Lau Dania Marina in the Dania Cut off the canal.

He instantly spread to their property. Tillman was hoping to sell the boat at the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show as he bought it from their home, Key West. McGillis entered into a Civil Union, with Melanie Leis who was a Philadelphia sales executive.

They met when Leis was a bartender in 2000 at the Kelly’s Bar Grill and Brewery in Florida. They however dissolved the Union the following year due to personal reasons.


As of 2024, Kelly McGillis’ estimated net worth is roughly around $8 million. Most of her income comes from Movies, television shows, and theatre shows. Well known for her appearance in the movie “Witness” earns an income of $2 million per year.

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