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Birth information

31 December 1959 Los Angeles, California, USA

Given Name

Val Edward Kilmer

How tall is Val Kilmer?

1.82 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Joanne Whalley

Life Story of Val Kilmer

Val Kilmer was born in Los Angeles, California, to Gladys Swanette (Ekstadt) and Eugene Dorris Kilmer, who was a real estate developer and aerospace equipment distributor. His mother, born in Indiana, was from a Swedish family, and his father was from Texas. Val studied at Hollywood's Professional's School and, in his teens, entered Juilliard's drama program. His professional acting career began on stage, and he still participates in theater; he played Hamlet at the 1988 Colorado Shakespeare Festival. His film debut was in the 1984 spoof Top Secret! (1984), wherein he starred as blond rock idol Nick Rivers. He was in a number of films throughout the 1980s, including the 1986 smash Top Gun (1986). Despite his obvious talent and range, it wasn't until his astonishingly believable performance as Jim Morrison in Oliver Stone's The Doors (1991) that the world sat up and took notice. Kilmer again put his good baritone to use in the movie, performing all of the concert pieces. Since then, he has played two more American legends, Elvis Presley in True Romance (1993) and Doc Holliday in Tombstone (1993). In July 1994, it was announced that Kilmer would be taking over the role of...

Significant features of Val Kilmer

In many of his movies, he twirls small objects (coins, pencils, etc.) with his fingers.
He rubs the first two fingers of his right hand together. Particularly in tense scenes, but also where he is not speaking.
Known for his...

How much money has Val Kilmer earned?

Batman Forever (1995) $7,000,000
The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996) $6,000,000
The Saint (1997) $6,000,000
At First Sight (1999) $9,000,000
Red Planet (2000) $10,000,000
Blind...

What movies did Val Kilmer play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Mark Twain and Mary Baker Eddy , Cinema Twain (2019) , Columbus Day (2008) , Comanche Moon (2008) ,
Directors Filmography
Mark Twain and Mary Baker Eddy , Cinema Twain (2019) ,
Actors Filmography
Mark Twain and Mary Baker Eddy Mark Twain, Riptide , Soldier's Heart CJ, Top Gun: Maverick (2020) Iceman, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot (2019) , Cinema Twain (2019) Mark Twain, 1st Born (2018) Biden, The Super (2017) Walter, The Snowman (2017) Rafto, Song to Song (2017) Duane, Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry...

Birth information

31 December 1959 Los Angeles, California, USA

Given Name

Val Edward Kilmer

How tall is Val Kilmer?

1.82 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Joanne Whalley

Life Story of Val Kilmer

Val Kilmer was born in Los Angeles, California, to Gladys Swanette (Ekstadt) and Eugene Dorris Kilmer, who was a real estate developer and aerospace equipment distributor. His mother, born in Indiana, was from a Swedish family, and his father was from Texas. Val studied at Hollywood's Professional's School and, in his teens, entered Juilliard's drama program. His professional acting career began on stage, and he still participates in theater; he played Hamlet at the 1988 Colorado Shakespeare Festival. His film debut was in the 1984 spoof Top Secret! (1984), wherein he starred as blond rock idol Nick Rivers. He was in a number of films throughout the 1980s, including the 1986 smash Top Gun (1986). Despite his obvious talent and range, it wasn't until his astonishingly believable performance as Jim Morrison in Oliver Stone's The Doors (1991) that the world sat up and took notice. Kilmer again put his good baritone to use in the movie, performing all of the concert pieces. Since then, he has played two more American legends, Elvis Presley in True Romance (1993) and Doc Holliday in Tombstone (1993). In July 1994, it was announced that Kilmer would be taking over the role of...

Significant features of Val Kilmer

In many of his movies, he twirls small objects (coins, pencils, etc.) with his fingers.
He rubs the first two fingers of his right hand together. Particularly in tense scenes, but also where he is not speaking.
Known for his...

How much money has Val Kilmer earned?

Batman Forever (1995) $7,000,000
The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996) $6,000,000
The Saint (1997) $6,000,000
At First Sight (1999) $9,000,000
Red Planet (2000) $10,000,000
Blind...

What movies did Val Kilmer play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Mark Twain and Mary Baker Eddy , Cinema Twain (2019) , Columbus Day (2008) , Comanche Moon (2008) ,
Directors Filmography
Mark Twain and Mary Baker Eddy , Cinema Twain (2019) ,
Actors Filmography
Mark Twain and Mary Baker Eddy Mark Twain, Riptide , Soldier's Heart CJ, Top Gun: Maverick (2020) Iceman, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot (2019) , Cinema Twain (2019) Mark Twain, 1st Born (2018) Biden, The Super (2017) Walter, The Snowman (2017) Rafto, Song to Song (2017) Duane, Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry...

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Val Kilmer and Carrie-Anne Moss in Red Planet (2000)

Attended Chatsworth High School with Kevin Spacey and Mare Winningham.

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Val Kilmer in Red Planet (2000)

Ranked #62 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]

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Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore, and Simon Baker in Red Planet (2000)

Co-authored play "How It All Began," performed at the New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, in 1981.

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Val Kilmer in Red Planet (2000)

Was at the time the youngest student ever accepted into Juilliard's drama department. His record has been supplanted by Juilliard student Seth Numrich, who was admitted at 15 in 2002.

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Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore, and Simon Baker in Red Planet (2000)

Val Kilmer and Marlon Brando infuriated director John Frankenheimer on the set of The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996). Frankenheimer later vowed to never work with Kilmer again.

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Val Kilmer in Red Planet (2000)

While being let out of the metal cage during the filming of the crossroads scene in Willow (1988), the rope holding the cage up broke and the cage landed on Kilmer's foot, nearly breaking it. Later on in the film, Kilmer (who played swordsman Madmartigan) can be spotted having difficulty walking.

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Val Kilmer, Terence Stamp, Benjamin Bratt, Tom Sizemore, etc.

Met first wife, British actress Joanne Whalley, when they filmed the 1988 fantasy, Willow (1988). They had two children: daughter Mercedes Kilmer (born in 1991) and son Jack Kilmer (born in 1995).

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Val Kilmer in Red Planet (2000)

Is the second actor to play Batman in the movie franchise. He succeeded Michael Keaton (Batman (1989), Batman Returns (1992)) and preceded #3 George Clooney (Batman & Robin (1997)); #4 Christian Bale (Batman Begins (2005); The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012)) and #5 Ben Affleck (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)). If counting the two different film serials and the television series, then Kilmer is the fifth actor to play Batman. The first 15-chapter film serial, Batman (1943), was released in 1941 and starred Lewis Wilson. The second 15-chapter film serial, Batman and Robin (1949), was released in 1949 and starred Robert Lowery. The TV series, Batman (1966), starred Adam West.

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Val Kilmer in Red Planet (2000)

Did his own singing while playing Jim Morrison in The Doors (1991). The real members of the band said they had difficulty distinguishing Kilmer's voice from that of Morrison's.

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Val Kilmer in The Doors (1991)

Got the role of Chris Shiherlis in Heat (1995) after Keanu Reeves, who was originally cast as Chris, backed out.

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Val Kilmer in The Doors (1991)

Contrary to popular belief, he enjoyed playing "Batman" despite his poor working relationship with Joel Schumacher during the production of Batman Forever (1995).

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Val Kilmer in The Doors (1991)

During the sled riding scene in Willow (1988), he can be seen wearing a black glove on his left hand.

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Val Kilmer in The Doors (1991)

Is the only blond actor to have played Bruce Wayne/Batman.

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Val Kilmer, Meg Ryan, Kyle MacLachlan, and Frank Whaley in The Doors (1991)

Oliver Stone once considered him for the role of Alexander the Great in his long-delayed Alexander (2004) project. Kilmer plays the father of Alexander, King Philip, opposite Colin Farrell in the Alexander role instead.

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Val Kilmer, Kevin Dillon, Kyle MacLachlan, and Frank Whaley in The Doors (1991)

Did not want to appear in Top Gun (1986) but was forced to do so because of contractual obligations.

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Val Kilmer in The Doors (1991)

Appeared in Tombstone (1993) opposite Charlton Heston. Five years later, he succeeded Heston in the roles of both Moses and God in The Prince of Egypt (1998).

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Val Kilmer and Meg Ryan in The Doors (1991)

Does a variation on his trademark of twirling objects in Willow (1988): he twirls a sword during the fight in the snow camp.

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Val Kilmer in The Doors (1991)

Has played two legendary rock and roll musicians: Jim Morrison and Elvis Presley.

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Val Kilmer in Heat (1995)

He was 4' 11" when he entered high school. He acknowledged this on Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993).

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Val Kilmer in Mindhunters (2004)

Admits in interviews that he is a horrible cook.

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Marlon Brando, Fairuza Balk, Val Kilmer, David Thewlis, etc.

After his first film, Top Secret! (1984), he went off and backpacked around Europe.

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Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore, and Kevin Gage in Heat (1995)

Enjoys scuba diving and traveling.

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Robert De Niro, Ashley Judd, Val Kilmer, and Tom Sizemore in Heat (1995)

Filmed his part as Elvis Presley in True Romance (1993) in 1 day.

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Robert De Niro and Val Kilmer in Heat (1995)

Good friends with actor Frank Whaley and musician David Crosby.

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Robert De Niro and Val Kilmer in Heat (1995)

Has lived in New Mexico since 1983.

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Val Kilmer in Bulletproof Gangster (2011)

His first auditions were for commercials at 13 years old.

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Kim Basinger and Val Kilmer in Karen McCoy - Die Katze (1993)

His parents divorced when he was 9 years old.

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Kim Basinger, Val Kilmer, Terence Stamp, etc.

In 1995, Kilmer learned he was getting a divorce while watching CNN in a hotel room. "It was no fun," he has said.

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Kim Basinger, Val Kilmer, and Zach English in Karen McCoy - Die Katze (1993)

In the past he used to send taped auditions to filmmakers, figuring they would be much better (and less pressure) than live auditions.

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Val Kilmer and Christian Slater in True Romance (1993)

Loves buffalo (and owns several on his ranch in New Mexico).

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Val Kilmer in Heat (1995)

Stated in 1999 that At First Sight (1999) was his most challenging role to date.

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Val Kilmer and Derek Luke in Spartan (2004)

Visited Iraq briefly in April 1998 with AmeriCares, delivering supplies such as food, medicine and baby food.

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Val Kilmer and Kristen Bell in Spartan (2004)

He was in the Kalahari Desert in Africa researching a story he was writing about witch doctors when he was offered the Batman Forever (1995) Batman role.

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Val Kilmer and Derek Luke in Spartan (2004)

Wrote poetry for actress Michelle Pfeiffer.

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Val Kilmer and Derek Luke in Spartan (2004)

Broke his arm while filming The Doors (1991) when he performed a jump from the stage into the crowd and the stuntman failed to catch him. The injury has left Kilmer with an abnormal growth on his left elbow that can clearly be seen many times in Heat (1995).

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Val Kilmer and Derek Luke in Spartan (2004)

Was originally set to play the lead role in The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996) but asked to switch roles because of his divorce.

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Val Kilmer in Batman Forever (1995)

Keith Campbell has doubled for him in many films. His most recent double has been Chuck Borden.

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Val Kilmer in Batman Forever (1995)

Warwick Davis, Kilmer's co-star in Willow (1988), says in his audio commentary that the question he is most frequently asked is: "What was is it like to work with Val Kilmer?" Davis says he has very fond memories of working with Kilmer, stating that Kilmer had a great sense of humor and was very dedicated to the job.

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Val Kilmer in Batman Forever (1995)

While the movie The Missing (2003) was being shot about one hour from his New Mexico ranch, he called up his old friend Ron Howard [writer/director] and asked for a part. Ron gladly accepted and gave him a part which only took 3 days to film. Kilmer's scene is close to 13 minutes long, not counting the DVD's deleted scene.

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Val Kilmer in Batman Forever (1995)

He and Elvis Presley, whom Kilmer portrayed in True Romance (1993), were/are both said to have Cherokee ancestry.

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Val Kilmer in D.N.A. - Experiment des Wahnsinns (1996)

Shares two roles with Peter Dobson. In True Romance (1993), Kilmer plays Elvis Presley, a role Dobson played in Forrest Gump (1994). Kilmer also plays Chris Shiherlis in Heat (1995), which was a remake of L.A. Takedown (1989), in which Dobson played the role.

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Val Kilmer and David Thewlis in D.N.A. - Experiment des Wahnsinns (1996)

Grew up in the San Fernando Valley the middle son of three boys (Mark the eldest; Wesley the youngest). During his high school years, Wesley drowned in the family's swimming pool, an incident Val claims inspired his subsequent performance in The Salton Sea (2002).

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Val Kilmer and David Thewlis in D.N.A. - Experiment des Wahnsinns (1996)

His work with the New Mexico Film Investment Program fueled a nearly 40-fold growth in the state's annual production revenue, from $3 million in 2002 to $117 million in 2006.

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Val Kilmer and David Thewlis in D.N.A. - Experiment des Wahnsinns (1996)

Kilmer was eventually succeeded in the role of "Batman" by Christian Bale after George Clooney vacated the role. In The Prince of Egypt (1998), Kilmer provides the voice of "God", while Bale played "Jesus" in Mary, Mother of Jesus (1999).

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