Dec. 31st, 1959
Los Angeles, California, USA
Val Kilmer's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
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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'.
- In the past he used to send taped auditions to filmmakers, figuring they would be much better (and less pressure) than live auditions.
- (1996) Dated 'Cindy Crawford (I)' (qv).
- During the filming of Streets of Blood, 50 Cent became good friends with Val Kilmer. The two actors bonded over their love of vintage cars and 50 Cent stunned Kilmer by giving him the keys of a 1965 Chevy Impala which the singer-turned-actor purchased for $100,000.
- 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".
- Kilmer was eventually succeeded in the role of Batman by 'Christian Bale' (qv) after George Clooney vacated the role. In _The Prince of Egypt (1998)_ (qv), Kilmer provides the voice of God, while Bale played Jesus in _Mary, Mother of Jesus (1999) (TV)_ (qv).
- Co-authored play "How It All Began," performed at the New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, in 1981.
- Second cousin of journalist and poet Alfred Joyce Kilmer.
- Is a longtime board member of the New Mexico State Film Commission, which tries to persuade Los Angeles - based filmmakers and studios to film on location in New Mexico.