Robert Joseph Gilliam – Meet Lisa Robin Kelly’s Ex-Husband

Robert Joseph Gilliam was the former husband of Lisa Robin Kelly, an American actress. Born in 1951, the 73-year-old Robert Joseph Gilliam and the late Lisa Robin Kelly (best known for her role on the hit TV series That ’70s Show) were married for less than a year.

Robert Joseph Gilliam has been a figure of curiosity to many since his connection to the troubled star became public. Born in the year 1951, Robert has had a life filled with both triumphs and tribulations, with his union with Kelly being one of the most tumultuous chapters. He has lived a relatively quiet life after his wife’s demise, however, he is still a subject of interest from his late wife’s followers. Here is what we know about him.

Summary of Robert Joseph Gilliam’s Biography 

  • Full name: Robert Joseph Gilliam
  • Gender: Male
  • Date of birth: Born in 1951
  • Robert Joseph Gilliam’s Age: 73 years old
  • Ethnicity: White
  • Nationality: American
  • Sexual Orientation: Straight
  • Religion: Christian
  • Marital Status: Divorced
  • Robert Joseph Gilliam’s Wife: Lisa Robin Kelly (March 5, 1970 – August 15, 2013)
  • Famous for: Being the ex-husband of former American actress Lisa Robin Kelly

How Old Is Robert Joseph Gilliam?

Robert Joseph Gilliam is currently 73 years old. He was born sometime in 1951, however, details of his exact birth date are not available currently. Robert Joseph is known to be a citizen of the United States of America, however, nothing is known about where he is originally from or what ethnic group he belongs to.

Robert Joseph Gilliam
Robert Gilliam Joseph, Lisa Kelly’s Husband

In the same manner, nothing is known about his parents, siblings, or other family members. Regarding where he spent the early part of his life, Joseph has also not let details out as well. He is considered a quiet and private citizen who only piqued the interest of the media due to his marriage to Lisa Robin Kelly.

There are no available details on Robert’s educational pursuits as well. It is unknown which institutions he attended, from High School to college levels. And nothing has been revealed about his current career or what he does for a living. However, sources report that he retired as a drug counselor.

Robert And Lisa Met In North Carolina

Robert Joseph Gilliam is widely recognized as the ex-husband of the late actress Lisa Robin Kelly, best known for her role as Laurie Forman in the hit sitcom “That ’70s Show.” Gilliam entered Kelly’s life around 2012 when she was having difficulties with her life and career. Their relationship was reportedly so tumultuous that less than a year after their October 2012 wedding, the actress filed for divorce from Robert.

How the two first crossed paths has not been adequately captured by the media, but we believe that providence may have brought them together since Lisa was known to have had struggles with drug use, and Robert Gilliam Joseph is known to have worked and retired as a drug counselor.

Before they met, Lisa’s struggles and problems with drugs kept making her a subject of multiple media attention. Reports, according to Inside Edition, may have indicated that Robert provided care and attention to Lisa, who was at the height of her struggles and was living homeless and in her car when they first met.

Being a retired drug counselor, Robert may have provided, cared for, and brought Lisa back to her feet again. Robert was 61 years old, and Lisa was 42 years old when they first met; the age differences were just numbers as the two fell in love with each other and got married a few months later.

Their One-Year Marriage Was Childless

Robert and Lisa had no children of their own together during their short-lived marriage. It is recalled that the two were only married for less than a year, and the relationship was said to be full of conflicts and hostilities. It will be a very difficult task to have and breed children in such atmospheric conditions.

The one-time couple didn’t have children of their own while they were married. Not much is known about Robert’s relationship life before he met Lisa. Robert was over 60 years of age when he met Lisa, but nothing is known about his personal life before he met her. So it is difficult to tell if he had kids from a previous relationship or not.

Lisa Kelly, on the other hand, was said to have lost a baby before her marriage to Robert. Not many details on when and where she had the baby, the baby’s gender, or who the father of the child was. However, Lisa revealed to media sources that she started having issues with drugs and alcohol after the baby passed away.

Why Did Robert Joseph Gilliam and Lisa Robin Kelly Divorce?

Robert Joseph Gilliam and Lisa Robin Kelly got divorced due to marital issues related to drug and alcohol use. Not much is publicly known about Robert’s marriage to Lisa beyond the fact that they had a highly volatile relationship that featured alcohol abuse, arrests on assault charges, and vicious fights. Their relationship was said to be so chaotic that the actress filed for divorce from Gilliam in July, less than a year after their October 2012 wedding.

Both Roberts and the late actress gave different accounts to media sources about what led to their calling off their one-year marriage. According to the reports Robert granted to Inside Edition, the only thing that came between their love for each other was drugs and alcohol. Although Robert didn’t mention why and how Lisa got back to using drugs again, he claimed he had given her an ultimatum to get treatment, or he was going to leave the marriage.

Lisa, on the other hand, gave an account contrary to Robert’s. According to her, issues started when Robert wanted her to empty her bank account and give him her money. She, however, refused and claimed he attacked and even threatened to shoot her. Lisa, according to reports, said she tried to call the police, but Gilliam snatched away her phone. Luckily, a neighbor called the cops for her, and Gilliam was arrested.

After several conflicts and multiple police arrests, the former couple split up, and Lisa later filed for divorce in June. Lisa took to social media to announce her suit to her followers, however, she was still arrested for DUI that same period. In a bid to turn a good leaf, she checked herself into a rehab center but eventually died shortly. Her divorce was not finalised before her death and so, Robert Josehp Gilliam legally remained her husband.

Where Is Robert Joseph Gilliam Now?

The whereabouts of Robert Joseph Gilliam are currently unknown. Robert Joseph, who is currently 73 years old, has not made many appearances after the passing away of his 43-year-old wife of one year. He has not said much either after his wife’s death.

He was last known to have filed for a lawsuit following the death of Lisa in August 2013. According to media sources, Robert, a former drug abuse counselor, filed a wrongful death suit against Pax House and the owners, James and Marcia Burnett, claiming they were improperly trained to care for patients such as his wife.

It could be recalled that Lisa was reported to have died in her sleep in the rehab center days after checking herself in. Although there were uncertainties over her sudden demise, published reports said her death may have been suspicious. But the authorities investigating her death ruled out foul play. Three years after filing the lawsuit, Robert’s lawyer confirmed that they had reached a settlement but did not disclose the value.


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