Gil Bellows

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Gil Bellows
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Bellows at the 32nd Genie Awards in 2012
Born (1967-06-28) June 28, 1967 (age 52)
OccupationActor
Years active1988–present
Spouse(s) Rya Kihlstedt (1994-present)
Children2

Gil Bellows (born June 28, 1967) is a Canadian film and television actor, screenwriter, and director. He is best known for the roles of Tommy Williams in The Shawshank Redemption , Billy Thomas in the television series Ally McBeal , and as CIA agent Matt Callan in the television series The Agency . In 2016-2017, he was a regular cast member in the USA Network series Eyewitness .

Canadians citizens of Canada

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<i>The Shawshank Redemption</i> 1994 American drama film by Frank Darabont

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Early life

Bellows was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and attended Magee Secondary School with fellow future actress Carrie-Anne Moss. After graduation, he pursued a career in acting, studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles, California.

Vancouver City in British Columbia, Canada

Vancouver is a coastal seaport city in western Canada, located in the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia. As the most populous city in the province, the 2016 census recorded 631,486 people in the city, up from 603,502 in 2011. The Greater Vancouver area had a population of 2,463,431 in 2016, making it the third-largest metropolitan area in Canada. Vancouver has the highest population density in Canada, with over 5,400 people per square kilometre, which makes it the fifth-most densely populated city with over 250,000 residents in North America, behind New York City, Guadalajara, San Francisco, and Mexico City according to the 2011 census. Vancouver is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in Canada according to that census; 52% of its residents have a first language other than English. 48.9% have neither English nor French as their first language. Approximately 30% of the city's inhabitants are of Chinese heritage.

British Columbia Province of Canada

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Magee Secondary School Secondary school in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Magee Secondary School is a public secondary school on West 49th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It is one of the first public high schools located in the Kerrisdale neighbourhood and is fed by the surrounding elementary schools in its catchment area. They include Maple Grove Elementary School, Dr. R. E. McKechnie Elementary School, Sir William Osler Elementary School, and David Lloyd George Elementary School. It was used as a temporary hospital during the Influenza Epidemic in 1918.

Career

Bellows is known for his first motion picture role as Tommy in The Shawshank Redemption (1994). Also in 1994, he played the lead role Watty Watt in Love and a .45 with Renée Zellweger, Billy Thomas in the television series Ally McBeal , and CIA agent Matt Callan in the television series The Agency . Bellows also appeared in the psychological thriller Chasing Sleep as Detective Derm, opposite star Jeff Daniels. He appeared in The Weather Man as a perverted rehabilitation counsellor. He was in the films Black Day Blue Night , Snow White: A Tale Of Terror , as Will, and Un amour de sorcière, a French film, as Michael Firth (1997). He has appeared on the Hallmark Channel original film Final Days of Planet Earth and the Canadian television series Terminal City .

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Love and a .45 is a 1994 road movie starring Gil Bellows and Renée Zellweger.

Renée Zellweger American actress and producer

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In 2007, he completed filming for Kill Kill Faster Faster , which is a contemporary film noir inspired by the critically acclaimed novel of the same name by Joel Rose.

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Bellows also played a State Department Officer in 24: Redemption , a television film prequel to the seventh season of 24. [1]

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He starred in the Super Channel Science-Fiction adventure thriller film Infected .

Infected is a 2008 Canadian made-for-television Action adventure science-fiction horror-thriller film, which was directed by Adam Weissman. The movie has been given extremely negative reviews by critics and criticized by local television viewers for its B-movie/Z-movie-style elements and low-grade cinematography, extremely cheap budget, lack of coherence, and fast-paced and improper storytelling. The film however, has developed a strong cult following among Google users who have seen the film. The film received an R-rating from the MPAA before its scheduled release in the United States in 2009.

Bellows has also appeared as Maxwell Lord on Smallville in the Season 9 episodes "Charade" and "Hostage". [2] [3]

In 2010, Bellows had a recurring role in FlashForward as Timothy, a window-washer who becomes a born again Christian and evangelist after a near-death experience. [4] Bellows also co-starred in the movie Unthinkable that same year.

He co-starred with Steve Austin and Eric Roberts in the 2010 action film Hunt to Kill , and in 2011 co-starred with Macha Grenon and Julia Stone in The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom . He starred in the 2012 feature film Fury . In some Season 2 episodes (2012) of Boss he appeared as a casino investor.

In 2014 Gil starred with Tricia Helfer in the SyFy miniseries Ascension, a retro space opera / murder mystery about the 600 person crew of the USS Ascension, an Orion class nuclear pulse propulsion spaceship, on its secret 100-year journey to Proxima Centauri, having been launched in 1963 by President Kennedy. Gil played Harris Enzmann, the son of the founder of the Ascension project, who oversees its progress from a secret facility on Earth.

On October 16, 2016, Gil debuted as a cast regular in USA Network's new, 10-episode straight-to-series police drama, Eyewitness . Bellows plays Gabe Caldwell, a veterinarian and the husband of Sheriff Helen Torrance (series lead Julianne Nicholson). The sheriff is trying to solve what appears to be a random triple murder in a turkey farmer's home. But as the series begins to unfold, she is unaware that the farmer's teenage son and his male friend—the latter of whom also happens to be Gabe and Helen's foster son; at first, unbeknownst to either parent—had been secretly exploring new feelings for each other just prior to the carnage, witnessed the murders. The killer is still at large, is someone she wouldn't normally suspect, and is determined to permanently silence the witness he saw hiding. Meanwhile, off the clock and at home, Caldwell and Torrance seem to enjoy a genuinely happy marriage. The series, although set in mainly in the Hudson River Valley, was actually filmed in Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada.

In 2019, Gil guest starred as the unnamed maternity doctor in Season 3, Episode 9, of Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale.

Personal life

Gil Bellows is married to American actress Rya Kihlstedt and has two children, Ava Emanuelle and Giovanni.

Filmography and TV appearances

Bellows at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival GilBellows08TIFF.jpg
Bellows at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival

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