• Gil Bellows is a Canadian television and film actor known for his roles in The Shawshank Redemption and Ally McBeal.
• He graduated from Magee Secondary School and pursued an acting career at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles.
• He won a Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy in 1997 and 1998, and also won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series in 1999.
• Gil was recognized with Screen Actors Guild Awards – Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 1998, Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Motion Picture Made for Television in 2010 and a Peabody Award in 201•
• As of 2021, Gil has an estimated net worth of nearly $1 million.
Gil Bellows is a Canadian television and film actor, probably best known for playing the roles of Tommy Williams in “The Shawshank Redemption” and Billy Thomas in the television show “Ally McBeal”.
Early life, family, educational background
Gil Bellows was born on June 28, 1967 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, so holds Canadian citizenship. He graduated from Magee Secondary School and pursued an acting career at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles, California.
No information is available about his parents and any siblings.
Gil is known for his first movie role as the young, bumbling thief named Tommy, appearing alongside his co-stars Mark Rolston, Paul McCrane, Jude Ciccolella and Bob Gunton in “The Shawshank Redemptionin 1994.
He had a recurring role on the television series “The Agency” as CIA agent Matt Callan and then starred in “Love and a .45” as Watty Watt. He also appeared in other movies, including a French movie titled ‘Un amour de sorcière’, ‘Kill the Messenger’, ‘House at the End of the Street’ and a Super Channel science fiction adventure thriller movie titled ‘Infected’.
Gil is best known for playing Billy Thomas on the American legal comedy-drama television series “Ally McBeal”, aired on Fox, which ran for five seasons from 1997 to 2002.
In its early seasons, it became a critically acclaimed series winning a Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy in 1997 and 1998, and also winning the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series in 1999.
In 2010, Gil played the role of Timothy in “Flashboard” and also appeared in the movie “Unthinkable”. In 2012, he was a part of the movie “Fury” and episode “Boss” Season 2.
In 2016, he was then cast as a regular in “Eyewitness”, USA Network’s Drama. This was followed by his appearances in “She Has a Name” (2016), “Blood Honey” (2017) and “Scary stories to tell in the dark” (2019).
Gil was recognized with Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 1998, Primetime Emmy for Outstanding made for Television Movie in 2010, and a Peabody Awards in 2011 for “Temple Grandin”.
Gil met his future wife, Rya Kihlstedt, while working at the 1991 Williamstown Theater Festival. Rya is an actress and director, known for her roles in “Home Alone 3” (1997) and Dexter (2006). They married on October 3, 1994 and have a daughter named Ava Emanuelle and a son named Giovanni.
Gil likes to keep his personal life private, and he is not involved in scandals, rumors and controversies, nor is he on any social media platform.
Appearance, clothing style
Gil has dark brown hair and hazel eyes. He is 5ft 10ins (1.78m) tall. His chest, waist, and bicep measurements are approximately 42 inches, 38 inches, and 14 inches, respectively.
Wealth and salary
As his primary source of income is a TV actor, as of early 2021, Gil has an estimated net worth of nearly $1 million.