Hill joined the U.S. Air Force in 1950 and was stationed at Selfridge Air Force Base outside Detroit. After leaving the service he joined the Wayne County, Michigan Sheriff's Department as a deputy in 1957. Two years later he transferred to the Detroit Police Department.
Hill was promoted to detective in 1969 and joined the department's homicide unit in 1970. While he was serving as a detective, Hill appeared in all three Beverly Hills Cop films as "Inspector Todd", Axel Foley's supervisor. He was eventually promoted to chief inspector of the division and commander before retiring in 1989 to run for City Council.
Hill won that election and was re-elected twice. He served as council president during his last term and entered the 2001 mayoral race with the support of many people close to the incumbent, Dennis Archer. Hill lost in a runoff to Kwame Kilpatrick, on his 70th birthday.
Hill died in February 2016 at DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital of complications from pneumonia. He and his wife Delores had three children and three grandchildren.
- Mullen, Ann (October 1, 2009) "the Run: Gil Hill: The cop's toughest role" Detroit Metro Times
- Gil Hill at IMDB.com