Debbie Macomber's Trading Christmas

Gil Bellows


Gil Bellows is best known for creating the role of Billy Thomas in the Emmy® and Golden Globe Award winning FOX series "Ally McBeal."

Bellows was most recently seen on the ABC series "Flash Forward," starring Joseph Fiennes. He also appeared as Frank Trammell on the FOX hit series "24," opposite Kiefer Sutherland. In 2010, Bellows starred in two independent films, "A Night of Dying Tigers," starring Jennifer Beals and directed by Terry Miles, and "The Maiden Danced to Death," directed by Endre Hules. In 2008, Bellows shot "The Promotion" for Dimension Films, starring opposite Seann William Scott and John C. Reilly, written and directed by Steve Conrad. Additional recent credits include "bgFATldy" and Aria Films’ "Kill Kill Faster Faster." 

Bellows also recently completed work on "Toronto Stories," a collaborative project by Sook-Yin Lee, David Sutherland, David Weaver and Aaron Woodley, as well as Paul Gross and Niv Fichman’s Canadian wartime Drama "Passchendaele." In 2005, Bellows was seen in Paramount Pictures "The Weatherman" opposite Nicolas Cage. That year he also starred in the Channel 4 ten-part miniseries "Terminal City" for which he was nominated for a Gemini Award.

In 2010, Bellows went back in Canada to shoot back-to-back independent features. First was "A Night for Dying Tigers," written and directed by Terry Miles and starring opposite Jennifer Beals, Lauren Lee Smith, Kathleen Robertson and Tygh Runyan. Shortly after, Bellows found himself in Montreal and Winnipeg shooting the lead in "The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom" opposite Masha Grenon.

Bellows gained attention among filmgoers and critics for his portrayal of an inmate with a penchant for knowledge in the critically lauded "Shawshank Redemption," opposite Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. Other film credits include "Love and a .45," opposite Renee Zellweger, "Miami Rhapsody" with Sarah Jessica Parker, "The Substance of Fire," "Richard III" directed by Al Pacino, "The Assistant" with Joan Plowright and Armin Mueller-Stahl, "Dinner at Fred’s" with Parker Posey, "Judas Kiss" with Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman, "Chasing Sleep" opposite Jeff Daniels and "Beautiful Joe" opposite Sharon Stone.

On stage, Bellows appeared in Manhattan Class Company’s production of A Snake in the Vein, in the Playwrights Horizons production of Flaubert’s Latest and UBU Repertory’s Best of Schools. He is a founding member of the Seraphim Theater Company in New York for which he starred in True West, Road and The User’s Waltz. He was also a member of the Act One Repertory Company of the prestigious Williamstown Theater Festival in Massachusetts.

Beyond acting, Bellows credits extend to producing. He was producer for "Sweet Land," which was the winner for Best First Feature in the Independent Spirit Awards, and Bellows’ most recent producer credit is on "Temple Grandin," which debuted on HBO to critical acclaim and was nominated for 15 Emmy® Awards, winning seven, including Best Outstanding Made for Television Movie.

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