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 28 June 1967, in Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada, so holds Canadian citizenship. He matriculated from Magee Secondary School, and pursued a career in acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles, California.

There’s no available information about his parents and any siblings.


Gil is well known for his first motion picture role as the young, bumbling thief named Tommy, appearing with his fellow co-stars Mark Rolston, Paul McCrane, Jude Ciccolella, and Bob Gunton, in “The Shawshank Redemption” in 1994.

He had a recurring role in the television series “The Agency” as CIA Agent Matt Callan, then played the lead role in “Love and a .45” as Watty Watt. He also appeared in other films including a French movie entitled “Un amour de sorcière’”, “Kill the Messenger”, “House at the End of the Street”, and a Super Channel Science-Fiction adventure thriller film entitled “Infected”.

Gil is best known for playing Billy Thomas in the American legal comedy-drama television series “Ally McBeal”, aired on Fox, which lasted for five seasons from 1997 to 2002.

Gil Bellows

In its early seasons, it became a critically acclaimed series by 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 part of the film “Fury”, and “Boss” season 2 episode.

In 2016 he was then cast as a regular in “Eyewitness”, USA Network’s Drama. Following this were his appearances in “She Has a Name” (2016), “Blood Honey” (2017), and “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” (2019).

Gil was rewarded with Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 1998, Primetime Emmy for the category Outstanding made for Television Movie in 2010, and a Peabody Awards in 2011 for “Temple Grandin”.

Personal life

Gil met his future wife, Rya Kihlstedt, while working at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in 1991. Rya is an actress and director, known for her roles in “Home Alone 3” (1997) and Dexter (2006). They married on 3 October 1994, and have a daughter named Ava Emanuelle, and a son named Giovanni.

Gil likes to keep his personal life private, and he doesn’t have any involvement in scandals, rumors and controversies, nor is he on any social media platform.

Appearance, clothing style

Gil has dark brown hair as well as light brown eyes. He is 5ft 10ins (1.78m) tall. His chest, waist and biceps sizes are approximately 42ins, 38ins and 14ins, respectively.

Net worth and salary

As his primary income source is being a TV actor, as of early 2021, Gil has an estimated net worth of close to $1 million.

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