Wife, net worth, family, height

Gil Bellows is a Canadian television and film actor, probably best known for playing the roles of Tommy Williams on ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ and Billy Thomas on the TV show ‘Ally McBeal’.

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Early life, family, formation

Gil Bellows was born on June 28, 1967 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He therefore 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.

There is no information available about his parents and siblings.


Gil is well known for his first film role as a clumsy young thief named Tommy, appearing with his co-stars Mark Rolston, Paul McCrane, Jude Ciccolella and Bob Gunton, in 1994’s “The Shawshank Redemption”.

He had a recurring role on the TV series “The Agency” as CIA agent Matt Callan, then had a starring role in “Love and a .45” as Watty Watt. He has also appeared in other films including a French film titled “Un amour dewitch”, “Kill the Messenger”, “House at the End of the Street”, and a Super Channel Science-Fiction adventure thriller titled ” Infected”.

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

Gil Bellows

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 Best Comedy Series in 1999.

In 2010, Gil played the role of Timothy in “Flashboard”, and also appeared in the film “Unthinkable”. In 2012, he was part of the movie “Fury” and the episode “Boss” in season 2.

In 2016, he was then cast as a regular on USA Network’s drama “Eyewitness”. This was followed by appearances in “She Has a Name” (2016), “Blood Honey” (2017) and “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” (2019).

Gil was honored with the 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 Award in 2011 for “Temple Grandin”.

Private life

Gil met his future wife, Rya Kihlstedt, while working at the Williamstown Theater Festival in 1991. 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 platforms.

Appearance, style of dress

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

Net Worth and Salary

As his main source of income is being a television actor, as of early 2021, Gil has an estimated net worth of nearly $1 million.

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