Val Kilmer

Val Kilmer

American actor. Second of three sons
Date of Birth: 31.12.1959
Country: USA

  1. Val Kilmer: Biography of an American Actor
  2. Early Life
  3. Early Career
  4. Batman and Beyond
  5. Personal Life and Health

Val Kilmer: Biography of an American Actor

Val Edward Kilmer is an American actor, born on December 31, 1959, in Los Angeles, California. He is the second of three sons. Throughout his career, Kilmer has appeared in numerous films and TV shows, but one of his most recognizable roles to this day is Batman in the film "Batman Forever" (1995). Although the film itself is not considered the best Batman movie, Kilmer's portrayal of the iconic character has forever been associated with him. When you deal with such a popular character like Batman, it is inevitable that the public will always remember him for that role. Despite the ups and downs in his career, Kilmer continues to actively work in the film industry, delighting fans with new projects.

Val Kilmer

Early Life

Val Edward Kilmer was born on December 31, 1959, in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is the son of Eugene Dorris Kilmer and Gladys Swanette Kilmer. Val's family lineage includes English, Scottish, French, German, and Swedish roots. He grew up with an older brother, Mark, and a younger brother, Wesley. When Kilmer was only 8 years old, his parents divorced in 1968. In 1977, at the age of 15, Wesley Kilmer tragically died from an epileptic seizure in a swimming pool. Then, in 1993, Eugene Kilmer passed away.

Val Kilmer

Kilmer attended Berkeley Hall School, a Christian school in Los Angeles, for nine years. He completed his high school education at Chatsworth High School. During his time at Chatsworth, Kilmer realized that he wanted to pursue a career in the arts and began attending the Hollywood Professional School. Many notable actors such as Mickey Rooney, Melanie Griffith, and Annette O'Toole also attended this school. At the age of 17, Kilmer enrolled in the Juilliard School's drama program, becoming the youngest student ever admitted to the prestigious institution.

Val Kilmer

Early Career

Kilmer made his professional acting debut in 1981, co-writing the screenplay and performing in a role for the play "How It All Began" at The Public Theater as part of the Shakespeare New York Festival. Kilmer's stage presence was well-received, and he even turned down a role in Francis Ford Coppola's film "The Outsiders" (1983) due to his theater commitments. After several successful theater performances, Kilmer transitioned to the big screen.

Val Kilmer

In 1984, Kilmer landed his first film role in the musical comedy "Top Secret!". From then on, he focused primarily on his film career. From 1985 to 1993, Kilmer appeared in a variety of films, including "Real Genius" (1985), "Top Gun" (1986), "The Doors" (1991), and "Tombstone" (1993). His role as Jim Morrison in "The Doors" showcased both his acting and singing talents, as he performed all the songs himself. Kilmer received critical acclaim and nominations for his performance in "The Doors" and became a rising star in Hollywood.

Batman and Beyond

In 1995, Kilmer starred as Batman in the action film "Batman Forever," the third installment in the Batman film series. Although director Joel Schumacher was impressed with Kilmer's performance in the film "Tombstone," Kilmer was not initially aware of who would be directing the new Batman film when he signed the contract. Despite the film's commercial success, Kilmer decided not to reprise the role of Batman in the franchise due to his dissatisfaction with the direction of the character and his busy schedule with other projects.

From 1995 to 2017, Kilmer appeared in numerous films, including "Heat" (1995), "The Saint" (1997), "Wonderland" (2003), and "The Snowman" (2017). He has also ventured into directing, with his latest project, "Mark Twain and Mary Baker Eddy," yet to be released.

Personal Life and Health

During the early stages of his career, Kilmer gained a reputation as a heartthrob. He has been romantically linked with older celebrities such as singer Cher and actress Ellen Barkin. In 1988, Kilmer married actress Joanne Whalley, whom he met on the set of the film "Willow." They have two children together: a daughter named Mercedes, born in 1991, and a son named Jack, born in 1995. Kilmer and Whalley divorced in February 1996.

In April 2017, Kilmer announced that he had been battling throat cancer for two years. After undergoing treatment, he has since recovered and is eager to continue his acting career. Kilmer remains an active participant in the film industry and has several upcoming projects in the works, including "1st Born" (2018) and "Riptide" (2018). His latest project, "Mark Twain and Mary Baker Eddy," will mark his second directorial effort.