Gil Bellows

 

Date Of Birth

June 28, 1967
 

Biography

Canadian actor Gil Bellows was born on June 28, 1967 in Vancouver, British Columbia. After graduating from the Magee Secondary School there—where he attended with future actress Carrie-Anne Moss—he decided to pursue an acting career, moving to Los Angeles and studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts there.

Bellows began acting in 1988, playing minor roles in films, as well as some television guest roles. It was in 1994 when he was noticed, as part of the acclaimed film The Shawshank Redemption; viewers may remember him as Tommy, the new convict whose past experiences in prison corroborate with Andy’s (Tim Robbins) pleas of innocence. He got the role after Brad Pitt, who was originally considered for the role, turned down the offer. After several more films, he joined the cast of the television series Ally McBeal in 1997, playing the role of Billy Thomas. Films he appeared on during the time include The Assistant, Beautiful Joe, Chasing Sleep and The Courage to Love.

In 2001, Bellows starred in the drama series The Agency. He played the lead role of Matt Callan, a CIA agent who headed the Clandestine Operations branch of the agency. However, he left at the end of the first season, and his position in the cast was replaced by Jason O’Mara. In 2005, he joined the cast of the acclaimed Canadian mini-series Terminal City, which went on to win several Leo Awards.

He also appeared in the films Pursued, Blind Horizon, Keep Your Distance and The Weather Man, among others; he has since also played guest roles in shows like The Twilight Zone, Karen Sisco and the prequel movie to the seventh season of 24. He has also dabbled in producing, having co-produced the films Sweet Land and Kill Kill Faster Faster, in which he was also part of the cast. In 2010, he was cast in the series Flashforward and Criminal Minds, along with the films Hunt to Kill and A Night for Dying Tigers. He followed it up with a role in the show True Justice.
 

Place of Birth

Vancouver, British Columbia
 

Birth Name

Gil Bellows
 

Gender

Male
 

Awards

In 1998, Gil was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award along with his fellow co-stars from FOX's drama series Ally McBeal.
 

Filmography

2012: Gravity's Pull - Jack Petty
2012: House at the End of the Street
2012: The Samaritan - Bartender Bill
2011: True Justice (TV series) - Nikoli Putin
2011: The Maiden Danced to Death - Fred
2011: Girl Walks Into a Bar - Emmit
2011: The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom - Phil
2010: Neighbors (short) - Vern
2010: Hunt to Kill - Banks
2010: Criminal Minds (TV series) - Jeff Joyce
2010: A Night for Dying Tigers - Jack
2010: Goblin (TV movie) - Neil Perkins
2010: FlashForward (TV series) - Timothy
2010: Smallville (TV series) - Maxwell Lord
2010: Happenchance (short) - Stan
2010: Unthinkable - Agent Vincent
2008: 24: Redemption (TV movie) - Frank Trammell
2008: Infected (TV movie) - Ben
2008: Toronto Stories - Henry
2008: Passchendaele - Royster
2008: The Cleaner (TV series) - Mickey Efros
2008: bgFATLdy - Sam
2008: Kill Kill Faster Faster - Joe
2008: The Promotion - Mitch
2006: Final Days of Planet Earth (TV movie) - Lloyd Walker
2005: Terminal City (TV series) - Ari Sampson
2005: The Weather Man - Don
2005: Keep Your Distance - David Dailey
2004: A Bear Named Winnie (TV movie) - Col. John Barret
2004: Cooking Lessons (TV movie) - Professor Mocha
2004: Childstar - Isaac
2004: How's My Driving (short) - Jimmy
2004: Zeyda and the Hitman - Jeff Klein
2004: Pursued - Ben Keats
2004: Karen Sisco (TV series) - Special Agent Donny Pepper
2004: EMR - Paramedic
2003: Blind Horizon - Dr. Theodore Conway
2003: The Twilight Zone (TV series) - Rob Malone
2003: Fast Food High - Dale White
2003: 1st to Die (TV movie) - Chris Raleigh
2002: Second String (TV movie) - Dan Heller
1997-2002: Ally McBeal (TV series) - Billy Thomas
2001-2002: The Agency (TV series) - Matt Callan
2002: Whitewash: The Clarence Brandley Story (TV movie) - Mike De Guerin
2001: Mermaid Chronicles Part 1: She Creature (TV movie) - Miles
2001: Night Visions (TV series) - Keith Miller
2000: Chasing Sleep - Detective Derm
2000: Beautiful Joe - Elton
2000: The Courage to Love (TV movie) - Dr. Gerard Gaultier
1999: Ally (TV series) - Billy Thomas
1999: Say You'll Be Mine - Mason
1999: Dinner at Fred's - Richard
1998: Judas Kiss - Lizard Browning
1998: The Practice (TV series) - Billy Thomas
1997: The Assistant - Frank Alpine
1997: Snow White: A Tale of Terror (TV movie) - Will
1997: Un amour de sorcière - Michael
1997: White Lies - Punk Guy
1996: The Substance of Fire - Val Chenard
1996: Radiant City (TV movie) - Bert Kramer
1995: Silver Strand (TV movie) - Brian Del Piso
1995: Black Day Blue Night - Hitchhiker Dodge
1995: Miami Rhapsody - Matt
1994: Love and a .45 - Watty Watts
1994: The Shawshank Redemption - Tommy
1993: Going to Extremes (TV series) - Ben
1991: Flying Blind (TV series) - Gerard
1991: Law & Order (TV series) - Howard Metzler
1988: The First Season - Ronne
 

Height

5' 9" (1.75 m).
 

Quotes

-The exciting thing about what I do is, if you're a little lucky and you're a little busy, chances are you get to work with great directors. And if you do a Robert Altman film, chances are you'll work with all of them.

-I've had a few opportunities in my life to be a part of classic entertainment and anytime you have a chance to be a part of something that can stand the test of time, you relish it.

(about working on Ally McBeal)
-We have an opportunity here to do something that is ground-breaking, that doesn't come along very often.

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