Dec. 31st, 1959
Los Angeles, California, USA
Val Kilmer's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
Guest TV Roles[none found]
Born in Los Angeles, California. 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 Batman/Bruce Wayne from 'Michael Keaton'.
- Loves buffalo and owns several on his ranch in New Mexico.
- Did his own singing while playing 'Jim Morrison (I)' (qv) in _The Doors (1991)_ (qv). The real members of the band said they had difficulty distinguishing Kilmer's voice from that of Morrison's.
- Loves candles.
- Co-authored play "How It All Began," performed at the New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, in 1981.
- (October 1997) Ranked #62 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list.
- Attended high school with Mare Winningham and stated in his biography that "he was in love with her, cause she was old enough to drive and he wasn't".
- 'Keith Campbell (I)' (qv) has doubled for him in many films. His most recent double has been Chuck Borden.
- He was 4' 11" when he entered high school. He acknowledged this on _"Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (1993)_ (qv).