Gil Bellows had a pretty good film career going before finally reaching a wide audience thanks to his role on the TV sitcom, Ally McBeal. He studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Southern California, then tried his hand in New York appearing on stage and in episodic TV roles on shows like Law & Order. His film debut was in the critically acclaimed prison drama The Shawshank Redemption in 1994, three years before landing the role of Billy Thomas on Ally McBeal. His character was originally a one season idea, but he ended up staying for three, leaving in 2000. The cast of the show shared a 1998 Screen Actors Guild award as Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
Features & TV Movies: VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release
The Shawshank Redemption (1994) Love and a .45 (1994) Silver Strand (TV-1995) Black Day Blue Night (1995) Miami Rhapsody (1995) Radiant City (TV-1996) Looking for Richard (1996) The Substance of Fire (1996) Un amour de sorcière (1997) Snow White (1997) The Assistant (1997) Judas Kiss (1998) Dinner at Fred`s (1999) Say You’ll be Mine (1999)
Second String (TV-2000) Chasing Sleep (2000) Beautiful Joe (2000) The Courage to Love (TV-2000) Mermaid Chronicles Part 1: She Creature (TV-2001) The Agency (TV-2001) Whitewash: the Clarence Brandley Story (TV-2002) Second String (TV-2002) 1st to Die (TV-2003) Fast Food High (2003) Blind Horizon (2004) EMR (2004) How’s My Driving (2004) Childstar (2004) Zevda and the Hitman (2004) Pursued (2004) A Bear Named Winnie (TV-2004) The Weather Man (2005) Keep Your Distance (2005) Final Days of Planet Earth (TV-2006) The Promotion (2008) bgFATLdy (2008) Kill Kill Faster Faster (2008) Toronto Stories (2008) Infected (TV-2008) Passchendaele (2008) 24: Redemption (TV-2008)
Unthinkable (2010) Happenchance (2010) Hunt to Kill (2010) A Night for Dying Tigers (2010) The Maiden Danced (2010) The Year Dolly Parton was My Mom (2011) Girl Walks into a Bar (2011) Neighbours (2011, short) The Maiden Danced to Death (2011) Trading Christmas (TV-2011) Mad Ship (2012) The Samaritan (2012) House at the End of the Street (2012) Three Days in Havana (2013) Louis Cyr: l’homme le plus fort du monde (2013) The Calling (2013) Parkland (2014) Extraterrestrial (2014) Leading Lady (2014) The Calling (2014) Kill the Messenger (2014) Business Ethics (2015, short) Girl on the Edge (2015) Weepah Way for Now (2015) Life on the LIne (2015) She Has a Name (2016) Dead Draw (2016) Blood Honey (2017) ADDicted (2017) Business Ethics (2017) Nation’s Fire (2018)
TV Series – Cast: Ally McBeal (1997-2000)
The Agency (2001-2002) Terminal City (2005) Final Days of Planet Earth (2006, mini-series)