• Retired from acting in 2017
• Attended Buckley School and Guildford College in England
• Started acting career at age 8
• Has been married 3 times
• Has a net worth of $1.5 million

Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthSeptember 29, 1966
SpouseMichael Chaykowsky, Brad St. John
FactSeen on informercials for Ron Popeil's RONCO Rotisserie -- i.e. "Set it and forget it!". [2002]

Where is Jill Whelan today? Wiki Bio

Jill E. Whelan was born in Oakland, California USA, on 29 September 1966 – her zodiac sign is Libra and she holds American nationality. She is an actress, best known for portraying Vicki Stubing in the comedy drama series “The Love Boat” which starred Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell and Ted Lange and which follows lives of the people aboard the cruiser Pacific Princess. Jill was shooting for the series from 1977 to 1987 when it ended, and the show was nominated for eight Golden Globe Awards, winning four and being nominated for 13 others.

It appears that Jill has retired from acting, as her latest role was in 2017.

Early life and education

Jill was raised as a single child in Oakland, by her father who was a businessman and her mother who was a nurse. Jill became interested in acting at a very early age, and was only eight years old when she starred in the school play “The King and I” – after being praised for her performance, she was signed by a talent agency in San Francisco, and started by appearing in commercials. After starring in a commercial for M&M, she was invited to star in the children comedy drama series “Friends” in 1979, but the show was soon cancelled.

She attended Buckley School, where she was a member of the school’s drama club, and appeared in nearly all the plays performed there.

After matriculation in 1984, she enrolled at Guildford College in England studying English Literature for a year, before deciding to quit and move back to Los Angeles to focus on her career as an actress.

Career as an actress

In 1980, Jill played Lisa Davis in the comedy movie “Airplane!” which starred Leslie Nielsen, Robert Hays and Julie Hagerty, and which follows a man scared of flying who has to land a ‘plane after the pilots become ill. The movie was a hit, and was nominated for a Golden Globe award, while it won two other awards and was nominated for six others. In the same year, Jill portrayed Marki Drummond in the TV series “Vega$”.

Jill Whelan

In 1982, Julie guest starred as Molly Launders in the episode “Who Would Kill Ramona” of the series “Matt Houston”, before being invited to portray three characters in the adventure comedy series “Fantasy Island”, becoming a member of the main cast from 1978 to 1983 when the series ended. She went on to star in single episodes of several series, such as “Trapper John, M. D.” in 1983, “Divorce Court” in 1984, and “CBS School Break Special” in 1986.

In 1987, Jill portrayed Cindy Grames in an episode of the crime drama series “The Law and Harry McGraw” which starred Jerry Orbach, Barbara Babcock and Earl Boen, and which follows a private investigator who is solving crimes in Boston.

Jill was then invited to guest star in single episodes of several series such as “Martin”, “The Young and the Restless”, and “Diagnosis Murder”, while she also appeared in the movie “The Love Boat: A Valentine Voyage”.

The year 1998 saw her appear in the series’ “Love Boat: The Next Wave” and “The New Adventures of Robin Hood”, as well as in the short musical film “Sandman”. Jill took the following 11 years to focus on her family, so her next role wasn’t until 2009, in the short movie “Looking For”. She portrayed Jill Hudson in the horror movie “6 Degrees of Hell” in 2012, which starred Corey Feldman, Brian Anthony Wilson and Nicole Cinaglia, and follows six people who find themselves in the heart of a supernatural storm.

She went on to appear in the film “A Christmas Tree Miracle” in 2013, in two episodes of the series “The Bold and the Beautiful” in 2014, and the episode “Broad Talk” of the series “Real Husbands of Hollywood” in 2015.

Some of Jill’s latest roles have been in the thriller movie “Wrong Swipe” and the series “Criminal Minds” both in 2016, and in the movie “Take It from the Top” in 2017.

Love life and relationships

Jill met Brad St. John in 1992, while he was working in Los Angeles for the United Paramount Network News as their associate producer. They started dating and after less than two years together, they married in December 1993 at an event attended by the two’s closest friends and family.

In 1994, Jill gave birth to their son Harrison St. John.

Jill and Brad divorced in 2001 for unknown reasons, and Jill then married Michael Chaykowsky on 2 April 2004 on the cruise ship Caribbean Princess. She gave birth to their son Grant Chaykowsky in 2006, but the two divorced after 10 years of marriage in the summer of 2014. On 30 September 2017, she married Jeff Scott Knapple who is a former American Football player, best known for the time he spent with the Denver Broncos competing in the National Football League (NFL).

Jeff is 10 years Jill’s senior and the two have been living together for nearly three years now without any controversies or rumors surrounding their marriage.

Hobbies and other interests

Jill has been against the use of drugs since she was a teenager, and later used her fame to raise awareness of the dangers of drugs, also serving as the national spokesperson for the program “Say No to Drugs” created by Nancy Reagan, the second wife of the 40th President of the United States Ronald Reagan.

Jill likes to teach children and teenagers how to act, and opened her own acting school in January 2010 in the Greater Philadelphia area.

Jill enjoys travelling, and has been all around the US to shoot for her movies and TV series, while she’s also been to Europe on several occasions, and has visited countries such as England, France and Germany.

Some of Jill’s favorite actors and actresses are Elvis Presley, Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep, while some of her favorite movies are the trilogy “The Godfather”, “Viva Las Vegas”, and “Schindler’s List” among others.

Appearance and net worth

Jill is 53 years old. She has long blonde hair and blue eyes, is 5ft 5ins (1.65m) tall, and weighs around 128lbs (58kgs). As of April 2020, her net worth is estimated at over $1.5 million.

General Info

Full NameJill Whelan
Date Of BirthSeptember 29, 1966
ProfessionActor, Singer, Radio personality
EducationBuckley School, Guildford College


SpouseMichael Chaykowsky, Brad St. John
ParentsCarol Garrett, Charles Whelan
SiblingsNancy Whelan


AwardsTV Land Fan Favorite Award
MoviesWrong Swipe, 6 Degrees of Hell, Airplane!
TV ShowsThe Love Boat, Friends

Social profile links


1Has her own line of Jewelry [June 2002]
2She co-hosts a radio talk show in Philadelphia. [January 2006]
3It was announced that she will marry fiance Michael Chaykowsky on April 2, 2004, aboard the new cruise ship Caribbean Princess. [December 2003]
4Owns her own Acting School in Greater Philadelphia area. [January 2010]
5Was the national spokesperson for Nancy Reagan's "Say No to Drugs" program.
6Was number 66 on VH1's The Greatest: 100 Greatest Kid Stars (2005).
7Seen on informercials for Ron Popeil's RONCO Rotisserie -- i.e. "Set it and forget it!". [2002]
8She started out in an M&M's commercial as one of the M&M's gang kids.
9Attended Smith School in Livermore California in the 6th grade.




Take It from the Top2017/IITV MovieJill
Criminal Minds2016TV SeriesPrincipal Vicki Dahl
Wrong Swipe2016TV MovieJill
Real Husbands of Hollywood2015TV SeriesKaren
The Bold and the Beautiful2015TV SeriesDiane
A Christmas Tree Miracle2013Cindy Cruthers
6 Degrees of Hell2012Jill Hudson
Looking For2009ShortSally Jones
Sandman1998Ginger Ice
The New Adventures of Robin Hood1998TV SeriesKyra Briggs
Love Boat: The Next Wave1998TV SeriesVicki Stubing
Diagnosis Murder1997TV SeriesNancy Stewart
The Young and the Restless1997TV SeriesKarby Stalter
Martin1997TV SeriesVicki Stubing
The Love Boat: A Valentine Voyage1990TV MovieVicki
The Law and Harry McGraw1987TV SeriesCindy Grimes
The Love Boat1978-1987TV SeriesVicki Stubing
CBS Schoolbreak Special1986TV SeriesMary Pat
Divorce Court1984TV SeriesAttorney
The Love Boat Fall Preview Special1984TV MovieVicki Stubing
Trapper John, M.D.1983TV SeriesNatalie
Fantasy Island1978-1983TV SeriesCrystal Danning / Jodie Collins / Harmony
Matt Houston1982TV SeriesMolly Launders
Vega$1980TV SeriesMarki Drummond
Airplane!1980Lisa Davis
Friends1979TV SeriesNancy Wilks


Take It from the Top2017/IITV Movie


Take It from the Top2017/IITV Movie executive producer


Home & Family2015-2016TV SeriesHerself
Celebrity Wife Swap2015TV SeriesHerself
Today2008-2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself
Sidewalks Entertainment2014TV SeriesGuest / Herself
Entertainment Tonight2014TV SeriesHerself - The Love Boat
Oprah: Where Are They Now?2014TV SeriesHerself
The Talk2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 8th Annual TV Land Awards2010TV SpecialHerself
The O'Reilly Factor2008TV SeriesHerself (segment "American TV Icon")
I Love the '70s: Volume 22006TV SeriesHerself
I Love Toys2006TV Series documentaryHerself
I Love the 80's 3-D2005TV Series documentaryHerself
Pyramid2004TV SeriesHerself
Child Stars: Then and Now2003TV Special documentaryHerself
ABC's 50th Anniversary Celebration2003TV Special documentaryHerself
Star Dates2002TV SeriesHerself
The Love Boat: TV Tales2002TV SpecialHerself
Weakest Link2001TV SeriesHerself
Biography2001TV Series documentaryHerself
Entertainment Tonight Presents: The Love Boat - Secrets from the Ship2000TV Movie documentaryHerself
Good vs Evil1999TV SeriesHerself
All-Star Party for Aaron Spelling1998TV SpecialHerself
Super Password1987TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity Contestant
Star's Table1986TV SeriesHerself
Body Language1985TV SeriesHerself
The ABC All-Star Spectacular1985TV MovieHerself - Host
53rd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade1984TV SpecialHerself
The 36th Primetime Emmy Awards1984TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series & Outstanding Directing in a Limited Series or a Special
Battle of the Network Stars XV1983TV SpecialHerself - ABC Team
The $10,000 Pyramid1983TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity Contestant
Fantasy1982TV Series
The 39th Annual Golden Globe Awards1982TV Special documentaryHerself
All-Star Family Feud Special1980TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity Contestant
The Mike Douglas Show1978TV SeriesHerself - Actress

Archive Footage

Entertainment Tonight2014TV SeriesHerself - The Love Boat


Won Awards

1987Michael Landon AwardYoung Artist AwardsCBS Schoolbreak Special (1984)
1983Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actress in a Drama SeriesThe Love Boat (1977)

Nominated Awards

1986Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actress Starring in a Television SeriesThe Love Boat (1977)
1985Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actress in a Television Comedy SeriesThe Love Boat (1977)
1984Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actress in a Comedy SeriesThe Love Boat (1977)
1982Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actress in a Television SeriesThe Love Boat (1977)
1981Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young ComedienneAirplane! (1980)
1980Stinker AwardThe Stinkers Bad Movie AwardsWorst Performance by a Child in a Featured RoleAirplane! (1980)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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