Who is Jill Whelan?

Jill E. Whelan was born on 29 September 1966 under the zodiac sign of Libra, in Oakland, California USA. She’s a 55-year-old actress and radio talk show host, probably best recognized for landing the role of Vicki Stubing in the ABC romantic comedy-drama series “The Love Boat” (1978-1987), playing Lisa Davis in the parody film “Airplane!” (1980), and featuring as Cindy Cruthers in the holiday film “A Christmas Tree Miracle” (2013).

How rich is she, as of now? Jill Whelan Net Worth

As of mid-2022, Jill Whelan’s net worth is estimated at over $1.5 million, acquired through her successful involvement in the world of entertainment.

She’s garnered 25 television and film acting credits since she launched her career in the late 1970s, and has also increased her wealth through her business endeavors.

Early Life, Parents, Siblings, Nationality, Ethnicity, Religion, Educational Background

Jill Whelan spent her early years in her hometown of Oakland, where she was raised with her sister Nancy by her father Charles Whelan, and mother Carol Garrett, however, their professions aren’t revealed. She holds American nationality, belongs to White Caucasian ethnic group, and is a Christian. Regarding her education, Jill Whelan attended Smith School in Livermore, California until the sixth grade, then transferred to the Buckley School in Sherman Oaks, California, from which she matriculated in 1984.

She later studied English Literature at Guildford College, in Surrey, England, before she returned to Los Angeles, California to pursue her professional acting career.

Rise to Stardom

Jill Whelan started her acting career at the age of eight when she made an appearance in the production of “The King and I”, after which she appeared in a series of TV commercials, including for M&M. She then made her TV debut when she joined the main cast of the highly popular Primetime Emmy Award-nominated ABC romantic comedy-drama series “The Love Boat”, in which she landed the role of Vicki Stubing, the daughter of Captain Stubing, in 190 episodes from 1978 to 1987; it remains her most prominent role to date, which earned her a Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress in a Drama Series in 1983.

The series was developed by Wilford Lloyd Baumes and based on Jeraldine Saunders’ non-fiction book of the same title, which follows the life of the captain of a cruise ship. She would later reprise the role in the made-for-TV film “The Love Boat: A Valentine Voyage” in 1990 ,and the episode “Reunion” of its UPN revival series “Love Boat: The Next Wave” in 1998.

Continued Success

Concurrently with appearing in “The Love Boat”, Jill continued to work on other projects. She portrayed various characters in three episodes of the ABC fantasy drama series “Fantasy Island” from 1978 to 1983, and landed the role of Nancy Wilks in the short-lived ABC children’s comedy-drama series “Friends” in 1979, co-starring Charlie Aiken, Jarrod Johnson and Janet MacLachlan.

Her next major role came the following year, when she played heart patient Lisa Davis in the cult parody film “Airplane!”, directed by Jim Abrahams and the brothers Jerry and David Zucker, also starring Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty and Leslie Nielsen. The film was both a critical and commercial success, since it grossed more than $171 million on a $3.5 million budget. It received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Screenplay, and for her performance, Jill received a Young Artist Award nomination for Best Young Comedian.

Other Projects

After “The Love Boat” was ended, Jill became more focused on other things, since she relocated to New York City after landing the job of an event produced at Madison Square Garden.

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However, she continued to appear in guest roles in such TV series as “Vega$” (1980), “Matt Houston” (1982), “Trapper John, M.D.” (1983), and “Divorce Court” (1984), and two years later, she guest-starred as Mary Pat in the episode “Babies Having Babies” of the CBS anthology series “CBS Schoolbreak Special”.

Jill then took a break from acting from 1990 to 1997, when she returned as Karby Stalter in an episode of the Daytime Emmy Award-winning CBS soap opera “The Young nd The Restless”. Afterwards, she guest-starred in such TV series as “Diagnosis Murder” (1997) and “The New Adventures Of Robin Hood” (1998). She also played Ginger Ice in the 1998 family musical film “Sandman”, which was directed by Ernie Lively.

She left acting the following year, and started working in the position of an investigative producer for the Los Angeles-based TV station KCOP. She also took a job as a radio show host at radio station 1210 WPHT.

Further Work

In 2008, Jill Whelan made her New York City cabaret debut with her own one-woman show, entitled “Jill Whelan: An Evening In Dry Dock”, after which she returned to acting with the role of Sally Jones in the 2009 short comedy film “Looking For”. Two years later, she performed in the British farce “Move Over Mrs Markham”, then in 2014 she appeared as herself in the horror film “6 Degrees Of Hell”, directed by Joe Raffa.

After Mark Thompson’s retirement in 2012, she was chosen to replace him on the KLOS-FM radio talk show “The Mark & Brian Show”, co-hosting it with Brian Phelps. Hence, the two moved on with their own show “The Brian And Jill Show” in 2013, and the same year, she landed the role of Cindy Cruthers in the holiday film “A Christmas Tree Miracle”, along with Kevin Sizemore and Terry Kiser.

Recent Years

Jill then guest-starred in such TV series as “The Bold And The Beautiful and “Real Husbands Of Hollywood” both in 2015.The following year she starred in “Criminal Minds”, and featured as Jill in the  thriller film “Wrong Swipe”, while her most recent project came in 2017, when she wrote, produced and played Jill in the made-for-TV comedy film “Take It From The Top”.

Although she hasn’t been appearing in TV and films since then, she’s still active in the entertainment industry – she also runs her own acting school in the Greater Philadelphia area, and she also has her own line of jewelry.

Appearance and Vital Statistics

Jill Whelan has long blonde-dyed hair and dark brown eyes. She stands at a height of 5ft 7ins (1.70m), weighs around 130lbs (59kgs), with vital statistics of 35-25-35, bra size 40C. However, information about her dress and shoe size isn’t available.

Personal Life

Jill Whelan is a married woman and has two sons.

Posted by Jill Whelan on Thursday, July 29, 2021

She;s married three times, first to Brad St. John from  24 December 1993 for almost eight years until 2001; she gave birth to their son, named Harrison St. John in 1994. Following their divorce, she went on to marry Michael Chaykowsky on 2 April 2004 and their marriage lasted for a decade until she filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences in 2014. Michael is the father of her second son, named Grant Chaykowsky, who was born in 2006. Since 30 September 2017, she has been married to Jeff Knapple; their current residence is in Los Angeles.

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