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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:||Cast ... actor poet singer playwright|
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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