Val Kilmer

Actor Val Kilmer

Val Edward Kilmer is an American actor. Originally a stage actor, Kilmer is best known for his roles as Jim Morrison in Oliver Stone's The Doors, Doc Holliday in Tombstone and Bruce Wayne/Batman in Joel Schumacher's Batman Forever. He became popular in the mid-1980s after a string of appearances in comedy films, starting with Top Secret! (1984), then the cult classic Real Genius (1985), as well as the blockbuster action films Top Gun and Willow.
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Val Kilmer Opens Up About 2-Year Battle With Throat Cancer
Huffington Post - about 2 months
The actor says he has a better attitude since the diagnosis.
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Val Kilmer reflects on how cancer changed him
ABC News - about 2 months
Reports that the actor had cancer began circulating in 2015.
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Val Kilmer draws crowd in Tombstone
Fox News - 6 months
Actor played Doc Holliday
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Val Kilmer is eager to play 'Iceman' again in new 'Top Gun'
ABC News - 9 months
The actor who played Iceman has lobbied hard since the sequel was announced.
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Val Kilmer excited for 'Top Gun 2'
CNN - 9 months
The "Top Gun 2" momentum is speeding up.
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Val Kilmer admits he had cancer
CNN - 10 months
After initially denying speculation that he was battling cancer, Val Kilmer now says he "did have a healing of cancer."
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Val Kilmer can't stop tweeting about Cate Blanchett
Fox News - 11 months
Val Kilmer surprised his social media followers over the weekend with a flurry of unsolicited tweets declaring his, uh, very strong feelings about Australian acting royalty Cate Blanchett.
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How Winona Ryder, Madonna And Other Celebrities Lived In The ’90s
Huffington Post - 11 months
For Architectural Digest, by Colleen Egan. Winona Ryder, Sylvester Stallone and Michael Keaton have all captured attention (and awards) for their bold performances over the past few years, but they also have something else in common: They all appeared in the pages of Architectural Digest in the 1990s. The stars — along with other luminaries such as David Bowie, Claudia Schiffer, Barbra Streisand and Clint Eastwood — opened their homes to the magazine, offering a glimpse into their private worlds. See how these A-listers showcase their design passions, from blue-chip art to Art Deco furnishings. While interiors may have changed since the 90s, these celebrities are definitely still in style. Supermodel Claudia Schiffer stands in the entrance to her house in Majorca, Spain, which was designed by architect Pedro Otzoup. Actor Sylvester Stallone holds his daughter Sophia Rose at his home in Miami. Stallone’s home features a bronze statue of his character Rocky Balboa at o...
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A Bride Harbors An Intimate Secret In This Haunting Short Film
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Set to marry a British man, a Filipina bride-to-be struggles with her feelings for a former girlfriend in “Jane’s Wedding,” director Cole Stamm’s 2014 short film.  Stamm, who co-wrote 2013’s “Riddle” starring Val Kilmer, said he was inspired by a real-life woman he met in the Philippines. The woman, who was also named Jane, worked as a housekeeper in a Manila hostel. Although Jane identified as sexually fluid, she told Stamm that she planned to marry a man “so that she could have children to take care of her when she got older.” “I found this fluidity to be really interesting and started observing the LGBT culture more and more, eventually going with Jane to the slum where she sometimes lived called Paranaque, where I met all of her queer friends, including her girlfriend,” Stamm, who originally hails from North Carolina and now resides in Los Angeles, told The Huffington Post. He had praise for the actress Angeli Bayani, who portrays Jane. “Angeli is really...
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Jason O'Connell Talks Batman in "The Dork Night," Benjamin Evett Is the Ancient Mariner in "Albatross"
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Batman swept Jason O'Connell off his equilibrium when he was just a lad, and he's lived to tell the tale, which he's enthusiastically spinning in The Dork Night right now at the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre. For the extremely friendly and appealing O'Connell, Batman in his many film guises (Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, among them), the comic book figure hasn't simply been a pastime. For him, the pointed-eared masked figure has been more like a case of WWBD--What Would Batman Do? Since he was 9 years old, he's asked the pressing question of himself whenever faced with a dilemma. He's continued to employ Batman as role model right up to the present date when he's in his 40s. He's certainly relied on what he's learned for his several forays with the opposite sex. It's certainly been important for him, but not absolutely prohibitive, that the object of his affection is also a Batman aficionado--a Batwoman, you might say. When O'Connell, born in Commack and educated ...
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Val Kilmer: Michael Douglas apologized for cancer story
CNN - over 1 year
Fans were mightily concerned when Michael Douglas raised concerns about Val Kilmer's health.
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Val Kilmer says actor friend Douglas 'misinformed' on cancer claim
Reuters.com - over 1 year
(Reuters) - Actor Val Kilmer has denied reports that he has cancer, saying that his friend Michael Douglas was "misinformed" when he told reporters Kilmer was in bad shape with oral cancer.
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Val Kilmer Speaks Out About Rumors That He Has Cancer
ABC News - over 1 year
Michael Douglas had said "things don’t look too good for him."
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Val Kilmer
    FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 55
    In January 2015, Kilmer was hospitalized for massive bleeding in his throat.
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  • 2013
    Age 53
    Kilmer reunited with Davis in the 2013 Easter special of the sitcom Life's Too Short, in which he plays a fictionalized version of himself as a mooching, arrogant eccentric.
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    In May 2013, Kilmer lobbied Congress on behalf of Equitable Access to Care and Health Act, or EACH Act (H.R. 1814), a bill "to provide an additional religious exemption from the individual health coverage mandate" of Obamacare.
    In 2013, he reunited with his Top Gun co-star Anthony Edwards in the Disney animated movie Planes.
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  • 2012
    Age 52
    Citizen Twain was initially performed as a one-man show Hollywood workshop in April 2012; it is now the basis of Kilmer's film project, which will be his directorial debut.
    In 2012, Kilmer received a Grammy nomination for Best Spoken Word.
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  • 2010
    Age 50
    In 2010, Kilmer appeared as the villain Dieter Von Cunth in MacGruber, and Tenacious D's music video "To Be The Best" as a small cameo role.
    In November 2010, Kilmer was filming in Kelseyville, California.
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    In 2010, Kilmer starred in the horror film from Michael Oblowitz, The Traveler, where he played the vengeful spirit of a man who had been tortured and murdered while in police custody.
    Kilmer spoke at the May 5, 2010, commencement ceremonies of William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2009
    Age 49
    He appeared as the main antagonist "Mongoose" in a live TV series adaptation of the comic/video game of XIII on NBC in 2009.
  • 2008
    Age 48
    Kilmer was the voice of the car KITT for the 2008 Knight Rider TV pilot film and the following television series.
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    In 2008, Kilmer starred alongside Stephen Dorff in the Sony and Stage 6 film Felon.
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  • 2007
    Age 47
    In 2007, he guest-starred in hit TV series Numb3rs episode "Trust Metric" as torture expert Mason Lancer.
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  • 2006
    Age 46
    The song "Val Kilmer" was named after him on Bowling for Soup's 2006 album The Great Burrito Extortion Case,.
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    In 2006, he reunited with director Tony Scott a third time for a supporting role opposite Denzel Washington in the box-office hit Déjà Vu.
  • 2005
    Age 45
    In 2005, he co-starred with Robert Downey, Jr. in the action-comedy film Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.
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    Kilmer performed in The Postman Always Rings Twice on the London stage from June to September 2005.
  • 2004
    Age 44
    Finally in 2004, Kilmer appeared in an episode of Entourage, where he played a Sherpa whose primary source of income was the growing, harvesting and distributing high-quality cannabis, all under a guise of metaphysical insights.
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    Also in 2004, Kilmer returned to the theatre to play Moses in a Los Angeles musical production of The Ten Commandments: The Musical, produced by BCBG founder Max Azria.
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  • 2003
    Age 43
    Subsequently, he had a role in the drama, Stateside, and starred (again with Slater) in the thriller Mindhunters, which was filmed in 2003 but not released until 2005.
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    In 2003, Kilmer starred alongside Kate Bosworth in the drama/thriller Wonderland, as well as appearing in The Missing, where he again worked with Willow director Ron Howard.
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  • 2002
    Age 42
    In 2002, he starred in the thriller The Salton Sea, which was generally well-reviewed, but received only a limited release.
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  • 2000
    Age 40
    Kilmer's first role in 2000 was in the big budget Warner Bros. box office disaster Red Planet.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1999
    Age 39
    Also in 1999, he played a blind man in the drama/romance At First Sight, which he described as being, of then, the hardest role he had ever had.
  • 1998
    Age 38
    In 1998, he voiced Moses in the animated film The Prince of Egypt, before starring in the independent film Joe the King (1999).
  • 1997
    Age 37
    In 1997 he played Simon Templar in the popular action film, The Saint.
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  • 1996
    Age 36
    In 1996, he appeared in a largely unknown film, Dead Girl, and starred alongside Marlon Brando in the poorly received The Island of Dr Moreau.
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    In February 1996, Kilmer decided not to return for another Batman feature film, feeling that Batman was being marginalized in favor of the villains.
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  • 1995
    Age 35
    Released in June 1995, Batman Forever was a success at the box office, despite receiving mixed reviews from critics.
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  • 1993
    Age 33
    In December 1993, Batman Forever director Joel Schumacher had seen Tombstone and was most impressed with Kilmer's performance as Doc Holliday.
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    In 1993, Kilmer played Doc Holliday in the western Tombstone alongside Kurt Russell, in what is credited as one of Kilmer's finest performances.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1989
    Age 29
    In 1989, Kilmer played the lead in both Kill Me Again, again opposite Whalley, and in TNT's Billy the Kid.
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  • 1988
    Age 28
    Kilmer was married to actress Joanne Whalley from March 1988 to February 1996.
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    Kilmer starred in the Colorado Shakespeare Festival production of Hamlet in 1988.
  • 1985
    Age 25
    During a brief hiatus, he backpacked throughout Europe before going on to play the lead character in the 1985 comedy Real Genius.
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  • 1983
    Age 23
    Also in 1983, Kilmer self-published a collection of his own poetry entitled My Edens After Burns, that included poems inspired by his time with Pfeiffer.
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    In 1983 he appeared off Broadway in The Slab Boys with Kevin Bacon and Sean Penn.
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    Kilmer turned down a role in Francis Ford Coppola's 1983 film The Outsiders, as he had prior theatre commitments.
  • 1981
    Age 21
    In 1981, while at Juilliard, Kilmer co-authored and starred in the play How It All Began, which was performed at the Public Theater at the New York Shakespeare Festival.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1959
    Born
    Born on December 31, 1959.
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