All About Billy Gibbons, His Wife Gilligan Stillwater and other Family Members

Age/Date of Birth:
71 years old (16 December 1949)
5 feet, 9 inches ( 1.79 m)
Wife or Girlfriend:Gilligan Stillwater (m. 2005)
Parents:Father: Frederick Royal
Mother: Lorraine (née Duffy) Gibbons
Net Worth:$60 million.

American musician Billy Gibbons has certainly made a name for himself in the music industry. He is best known as a guitarist and lead vocalist for the rock band ZZ Top which was formed in 1969 in Houston Texas. The band met its biggest career successes in the 1980s and early 90s. During this period, they released three of their best-selling albums – Eliminator (1983), Afterburner (1985), and Recycler (1990); while songs like Give Me All Your Lovin’ and Sharped Dressed Man did very well and became temporary fixtures on MTV. As is common in the entertainment industry, Gibbons has also been involved in television shows. Most notable is his appearance on FOX’s critically acclaimed crime series, Bones. While a lot seemed to be known about Bill Gibbon’s profession and his exploits in the industry, the same cannot be said about his personal life and this has kept fans curious and ever on the lookout for any information they can get regarding his family.

Billy Gibbons’s Wife Gilligan Stillwater Serves As His Tour Manager

Many rock stars in the industry are known for their casanova lifestyles but Gibbons does not seem to count among them, except if he is keeping his womanizing ways away from the media eye, but that is highly unlikely… From the information that is publicly available, Gibbons seems to be the one-woman type of guy.

Since gaining widespread acclaim, he has only be linked to one woman and that is Gilligan Stillwater. He has been in a relationship with her for as long as we can remember. If you are wondering if her name sounds familiar, well, wonder no more Gilligan is an average American just like the rest of us and unlike her superstar husband, has not garnered fame for any work done in the entertainment industry or in any other field. According to Biographypedia, Gibbon’s wife was born on 8 March 1965 with the birthname Ellen J. Oetjen, she would later change her name to Gilligan Stillwater for unstated reasons.

Billy and Gilligan image source

After several years of being in a relationship, they two finally got married. They tied the knot on the 14th of December, 2005. The two have known each other for over three decades; apparently, she has been with the musician through many of his ups and downs.

Beyond being known to Billy’s fandom as his wife, she is also recognized as his tour manager and as part of his entourage. Gilligan Stillwater, occasionally also referred to as Gilligan Gibbons, has also worked as an actress, appearing in the movie – Miscommunication. It is also widely known that Gilligan prefers to stay away from the limelight, keeping to herself most of the time. They do not grant interviews about their relationship, making it difficult to tell how they met or how their relationship has thus far fared.

However, on a few occasions, the couple have been spotted attending red carpet events together, some of those events include; the Peterson Automotive Museum’s Cars and Stars Gala in 2005 (P.S: Bill Gibbons is an avid car collector and custom car enthusiast with a collection that includes a 1948 Cadillac Series 62 and a 1962 Chevrolet Impala), the Sony BMG Grammy party, and the Adopt the Art Annual Rock Gala held in Avalon Hollywood in 2018.

Despite being with Gilligan Stillwater for many years, the two currently do not have any kids. Many fans and media outlets have speculated about the reason behind this but neither Billy nor his wife has justified the speculations with a response. As with most of their personal life, they have decided to keep information about this away from the public.

Is Billy Gibbons Really Michaela Conlin’s father?

To answer that quickly, No, Billy Gibbons is not Michaela Conlin’s father. The speculations started after Gibbons began playing as Conlin’s character Pearly Gates Montenegro’s father on the Fox crime procedural comedy-drama TV series, Bones. Gibbons appeared on the show for 7 episodes over 9 years and each time, he was never referred to by any character name but as Angela’s father. This was done on purpose.

Gibbons and Conlin in Bones image source

In 2010, the show’s creator, Hart Hanson said that Gibbons was playing himself but a different version of himself, and this made people believe that just maybe Gibbons was Conlin’s father in real life, but again, this is not so. Another reason that makes people believe otherwise is the fact that Conlin’s character Angela’s middle name is the same as the name of Gibbons’ Les Paul guitar.

Gibbons himself is enjoying the mystery and finds it quite funny that people actually believe that he is Conlin’s real father. Emily Deschanel who also stars in the series said that Gibbons has added to the mystery after he revealed to her that he never corrects people he knows personally who think that he is actually Conlin’s father.

Michaela Conlin’s father in real life is Fran Conlin, a contractor who is of Irish descent, her mother is an accountant and a Chinese.

Who are Billy Gibbons’s other family members?

Frank Beard, Dusty Hill, and Billy Gobbins of the rock band ZZ Top
L-R: Dusty Hill, Frank Beard, and Billy Gobbins of the rock band ZZ Top: image source

Billy Gibbons was born on December 16th, 1949, as William Frederick Gibbons. He was born in Houston, Texas, to his father, Freddie Royal, and mother, Lorraine Gibbons (née Duffy).

While there is little information available about his mother, it is known that his father was a concert pianist and orchestra conductor. It is also known that Billy has a sister named Pam Gibbons, however, like their mother, not much is known publicly about her.

It was his father’s love for music that deeply influenced him. For starters, when he was seven years old, his father took him to a BB King recording session. He also later sent him to study under Tito Puente, a renowned musician. His father, who worked at MGM studios, was without a doubt, Billy Gibbons’ earliest musical influence and support. However, his mother also had an influence on Billy’s musical leanings. When the young musician was only five years old, his mother, Lorraine, took him and his sister, Pam, to an Elvis Presley Concert.

Billy Gibbons’ Fact Sheet 

Profile Summary 
First Name:William
Last Name:Gibbons
Also Known As:
Billy Gibbons
Musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor,
Famous For:American rock band ZZ Top
Colleges/Universities Attended:
Educational Qualifications:
Birthday & Zodiac
Age/Date of Birth:
71 years old (16 December 1949)
Zodiac Sign:Sagittarius
Birth Place:
Houston, Texas, United States
Country of Residence:
United States of America (USA)
Physical Attributes
5 feet, 9 inches ( 1.79 m)
78 kg (172 lbs)
Eye Colour:
Light Brown
Hair Color:
Other Body Measurements:
Marital Status:
Gilligan Stillwater (m. 2005)
Family and Relatives
Frederick Royal
Mother:Lorraine (née Duffy) Gibbons
Siblings:Pam Gibbons - Sister
Other Relatives:
Net Worth
Estimated Net Worth:
$60 million.
Source of Wealth:
Musical career, other Career endeavor

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Chinonso Samuelson
Chinonso Samuelson
Jachike’s writings have appeared on Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, Good Men Project and Bella Naija. When he is not writing about sports and entertainment, it is politics or other news worthy global events. In his spare time he enjoys watching movies and TV shows


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