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Also Known As: Val Edward Kilmer Died:
Born: December 31, 1959 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor, poet, singer, playwright

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Once described as Hollywood's most difficult leading man, actor Val Kilmer accumulated his share of proponents over the years to offset the howls of his surprisingly vocal detractors, few of whom would argue that his best work rivaled Hollywood's top leading men. Kilmer first made himself known as the chief rival of Tom Cruise in the blockbuster "Top Gun (1986) before delivering an uncanny performance of poet-singer Jim Morrison in Oliver Stone's "The Doors" (1991) and a mesmerizing turn as Doc Holliday in "Tombstone" (1993). Around that time, the public began hearing rumblings of Kilmer's difficult on-set persona. While playing the Caped Crusader in "Batman Forever" (1995), Kilmer entered into the low-point of his vampish behavior, which led to on-set shoving matches between himself and director Joel Schumacher. Following a strong supporting turn in Michael Mann's epic crime drama, "Heat" (1995), he had more on-set shenanigans with "The Island of Dr. Moreau" (1996), which actually marked the beginning of a turning point with his questionable behavior. Kilmer starred in such box office duds like "The Ghost and the Darkness" (1996), "The Saint" (1997) and "At First Sight" (1999) before taking more...

Once described as Hollywood's most difficult leading man, actor Val Kilmer accumulated his share of proponents over the years to offset the howls of his surprisingly vocal detractors, few of whom would argue that his best work rivaled Hollywood's top leading men. Kilmer first made himself known as the chief rival of Tom Cruise in the blockbuster "Top Gun (1986) before delivering an uncanny performance of poet-singer Jim Morrison in Oliver Stone's "The Doors" (1991) and a mesmerizing turn as Doc Holliday in "Tombstone" (1993). Around that time, the public began hearing rumblings of Kilmer's difficult on-set persona. While playing the Caped Crusader in "Batman Forever" (1995), Kilmer entered into the low-point of his vampish behavior, which led to on-set shoving matches between himself and director Joel Schumacher. Following a strong supporting turn in Michael Mann's epic crime drama, "Heat" (1995), he had more on-set shenanigans with "The Island of Dr. Moreau" (1996), which actually marked the beginning of a turning point with his questionable behavior. Kilmer starred in such box office duds like "The Ghost and the Darkness" (1996), "The Saint" (1997) and "At First Sight" (1999) before taking more interesting turns with the crime thriller, "The Salton Sea" (2002). Kilmer had his strongest performance in years as a gay private detective opposite Robert Downey, Jr.'s dimwitted thief in the hilarious "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang" (2005), which led to a revitalization of his image as one of the most in-demand actors for both major Hollywood movies and independent films.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Lawless (2014)
2.
 Planes (2013)
4.
 Goats, The (2012)
5.
 Twixt (2012)
6.
 Seven Below (2012)
7.
8.
 Breathless (2012)
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1981:
Co-authored and starred in the play "How It All Began," which was performed at the Public Theatre at the New York Shakespeare Festival
1983:
Made Broadway debut in "The Slab Boys" alongside Sean Penn and Kevin Bacon
1983:
Cast in the television short "One Too Many," an educational drama on drinking and driving; also starred a young Michelle Pfeiffer
1984:
Made film debut as the rock idol Nick Rivers in the spy spoof "Top Secret!"; sang all the songs in the film
1985:
Played the lead in the satirical comedy film "Real Genius"
1986:
Delivered breakthrough role as Naval Aviator 'Iceman' in the big budget action film "Top Gun," alongside Tom Cruise
1987:
Published a book of his poems, <i>My Edens After Burns</i>
1988:
Acted in Ron Howard's "Willow" as the unlikely warrior Madmartigan; met future wife, co-star Joanne Whalley
1988:
Starred in the Colorado Shakespeare Festival production of "Hamlet"
1989:
Portrayed the title character in the TNT movie "Gore Vidal's 'Billy the Kid'"
1989:
Starred opposite then-wife Joanne Whalley in "Kill Me Again"
1991:
Gave a rich, nuanced performance as Jim Morrison in Oliver Stone's "The Doors"
1992:
Starred as a half-Sioux FBI agent in Michael Apted's "Thunderheart"
1993:
Played the lead in John Ford's "Tis' Pity She's a Whore" at the Public Theater in NYC
1993:
Appeared as Christian Slater's Elvis Presley hallucination in "True Romance"
1993:
Delivered a likably eccentric performance as Doc Holliday in "Tombstone"
1995:
Replaced Michael Keaton as Batman for the third film in the franchise "Batman Forever"
1995:
Co-starred in "Wings of Courage," the first narrative feature filmed in IMAX 3D; directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud
1995:
Played a supporting role as a dangerous criminal opposite Robert De Niro and Al Pacino in Michael Mann's "Heat"
1996:
Starred alongside Marlon Brando in the poorly received "The Island of Dr. Moreau"
1996:
Acted with Michael Douglas in the thriller "The Ghost & the Darkness"
1997:
Portrayed master of disguise Simon Templar in feature version of "The Saint"
1998:
Provided the voice of Moses for the animated feature "The Prince of Egypt"
1999:
Played a blind man opposite Mira Sorvino in Irwin Winkler's "At First Sight"
1999:
Appeared in Frank Whaley's feature directorial debut "Joe the King"
2000:
Starred in the big budget disaster "Red Planet"
2002:
Played supporting role in the award-winning biopic "Pollock"
2002:
Starred as porn legend John Holmes in the feature drama "Wonderland"
2004:
Played a U.S. government agent in David Mamet's "Spartan"
2004:
Portrayed Moses in a Los Angeles musical production of "The Ten Commandments"
2004:
Portrayed the father of Alexander the Great in Oliver Stone's "Alexander"
2004:
Guest starred on HBO's "Entourage" as an organic weed farmer living in Bel-Air
2005:
Acted on the London stage in "The Postman Always Rings Twice"
2005:
Co-starred with Robert Downey, Jr. in the murder mystery "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang"
2006:
Co-starred with Denzel Washington in Tony Scott's "Deja Vu"
2008:
Cast in the CBS TV-movie "Comanche Moon," Larry McMurtry's prequel to his Western saga "Lonesome Dove"
2008:
Was the voice of KITT for the NBC TV-movie and the short-lived series remake of "Knight Rider"
2009:
Co-starred with Nicolas Cage in Werner Herzog's "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans"
2010:
Played the villain opposite Will Forte in "MacGruber," based on the "SNL" sketch of the same name
2012:
Wrote, directed, and starred as Mark Twain in one-man play "Citizen Twain" at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA
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Education

Chatsworth High School: Chatsworth , California -
Hollywood Professional School: Hollywood , California -
The Juilliard School: New York , New York -

Notes

"As a performer, Val Kilmer is like a Hawaiian luau--both hammy and fruity, and in small servings, fun."---From Dave Kehr's review of "The Saint" in The Daily News April 4, 1997

"Kim [Basinger] was a delight to work with. But Kilmer--oh, my God, the guy is nuts! We paid him a million dollars and he was nothing but trouble. During the contract negotiations he was nice as pie. He was looking forward to the movie, couldn't wait to work with director Russell Mulcahy--all the usual platitudes. But when he turned up on the set and Russell said something innocuous like 'Val, if we could just run through this scene,' Kilmer rounded on him and snarled, 'Don't you ever talk to me like that again.' There was absolutely no logic to it all--it was 'Looney Tunes' stuff. It was the first day of filming and we all looked at each other and knew we had a big problem on our hands. From that moment, it was a case of struggling through." ---On the making of "The Real McCoy", an unnamed executive quoted in DAILY NEWS June 23, 1996

"There are two things I will never do in my life. I will never climb Mount Everest, and I will never work with Val Kilmer again. There isn't enough money in the world . . . I don't like Val Kilmer, I don't like his work ethic, and I don't ever want to be associated with him again . . . Will Rogers never met Val Kilmer."---John Frankenheimer, widely quoted after working with Kilmer on "The Island of Dr. Moreau"

"BUZZ magazine reported that after shooting Kilmer's last scene, director John Frankenheimer shouted, 'Cut! Now get that bastard off my set.'" --From PEOPLE, October 21, 1996

"Val is the most psychologically troubled human being I've ever worked with. The tools I used to work with him--tools of communication, of patience and understanding--were the tools I use on my five-year-old godson. Val is not just high-strung. I think he needs help. I say this to you only because I have said it to him." --Joel Schumacher quoted in PREMIERE, April 1997

It's probably fair to say I have [taken myself too seriously] on some jobs. I'm sure I'm more guilty of being difficult than I'd like to remember. I don't regret my desires; I've regretted the way I would communicate my desires. Maybe I've lost a job because of some rumor. I doubt it. But nobody good that I've worked with has ever said anything negative about me, because we've never had a negative experience. By 'good,' I mean directors who do their homework, people that are passionate, crazy, never sleep, and do like I do and just go after it."-- Val Kilmer, PREMIERE, April 1997

"Schumacher's not a great director by any stretch, but he makes everyone happy, he makes money. But his version of me being unstable - he's very smart, he can't say anything about work because then I can sue him for slander. The idea is that I'm not responsible. About what? Doing homework? Representing the character? Making money? I've made my employers over a billion dollars. I didn't really set out to do that, but I've very proud that I've consistently made money." Kilmer responding to Schumacher's comment that he was a "psychologically disturbed human being." Rolling Stone Magazine October 2003

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Mare Winningham. Had a three-year relationship during high school.
companion:
Cher. Actor, singer. Dated briefly in the 1980s.
companion:
Ellen Barkin. Dated c. 1984.
companion:
Michelle Pfeiffer. Wrote poetry for her, remembering her in his book of poetry, "My Eden After Burns".
wife:
Joanne Whalley. Actor. British; appeared together in "Willow" (1988); married February 1988; announced separation shortly after the birth of their second child; filed for divorce on July 21, 1995.
companion:
Drew Barrymore. Actor. Reportedly dated c. 1995.
companion:
Cindy Crawford. Model. Dated in 1996.
companion:
Jaycee Gossett. Businesswoman. Dated from late 1998 to c. 2000.
companion:
Daryl Hannah. Actor. Began dating in 2001.
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father:
Eugene Kilmer. Aerospace equipment distributor, real estate developer. Born in 1921; made and lost a fortune developing real estate on a ranch once owned by Roy Rogers; divorced from Kilmer's mother c. 1968; died in April 1993.
mother:
Gladys Kilmer. Divorced from Kilmer's father c. 1968.
cousin:
Joyce Kilmer. Poet. Second cousin twice removed; best-known for the poem "Trees".
brother:
Mark Kilmer. Mental-health worker. Born on March 19, 1958; estranged from Kilmer since their father's funeral.
brother:
Wesley T Kilmer. Born on May 13, 1961; drowned in September 1977 during an epileptic fit in the family swimming pool when he was 16.
daughter:
Mercedes Kilmer. Born on October 29, 1991 in Santa Fe, New Mexico; mother, Joanne Whalley.
son:
Jack Kilmer. Born in June 1995; mother, Joanne Whalley.
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"My Eden After Burns"

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