Val Kilmer

Actor, 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 ... Read more »
Born: 12/31/1959 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (94)

Blood Out 2014 (Movie)

Arturo (Actor)

Breathless 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Conspiracy 2014 (Movie)

MacPherson (Actor)

Double Identity 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Gun 2014 (Movie)

Angel (Actor)

Hardwired 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Palo Alto 2014 (Movie)

Stewart (Actor)

Played 2014 (Movie)

Dillon (Actor)

The Chaos Experiment 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Spoils Of Babylon 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn 2014 (Movie)

Mark Twain (Actor)

Conan 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Planes 2013 (Movie)

Bravo (Voice)

Standing Up 2013 (Movie)

Hofstadder (Actor)

Deep in the Heart 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

Seven Below 2012 (Movie)

McCormick (Actor)

Shakespeare High 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

5 Days of War 2011 (Movie)

Dutchman (Actor)

Bloodworth 2011 (Movie)

Warren Bloodworth (Actor)

Kill the Irishman 2011 (Movie)

Joe Manditski (Actor)

Saturday Night Live 2011 (Tv Show)

Special Appearance

The Fourth Dimension 2011 (Movie)

(The Lotus Community Workshop) (Actor)

Wyatt Earp's Revenge 2011 (Movie)

Older Wyatt Earp (Actor)

2:22 2010 (Movie)

Maz (Actor)

MacGruber 2010 (Movie)

Dieter Von Cunth (Actor)

Twixt 2010 (Movie)

Hall Baltimore (Actor)

American Cowslip 2009 (Movie)

Todd (Actor)

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans 2009 (Movie)

Stevie Pruit (Actor)

Knight Rider 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Voice

Streets of Blood 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

XIII: The Conspiracy 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Comanche Moon 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Delgo 2008 (Movie)

Voice of Bogardus (Actor)

Felon 2008 (Movie)

John Smith (Actor)

Knight Rider 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Voice

The Thaw 2008 (Movie)

Dr. David Kruipen (Actor)

Columbus Day 2007 (Movie)

John Colon (Actor)

Dead Man's Bounty 2007 (Movie)

the Wanted Man (Actor)

Moscow Zero 2007 (Movie)

Andrey (Actor)

Numb3rs 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

10th and Wolf 2006 (Movie)

Murtha (Actor)

A West Texas Children's Story 2006 (Movie)

Henderson (Actor)

Deja Vu 2006 (Movie)

Agent Pryzwarra (Actor)

Inside the Actors Studio 2000, 2005 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang 2005 (Movie)

Gay Perry (Actor)

Mindhunters 2005 (Movie)

Jake Harris (Actor)

Alexander 2004 (Movie)

Philip (Actor)

Blind Horizon 2004 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Champion 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Entourage 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Spartan 2004 (Movie)

Robert Scott (Actor)

Stateside 2004 (Movie)

SDI Skeer (Actor)

7th Annual Prism Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Masked & Anonymous 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Missing 2003 (Movie)

Lt. Jim Ducharme (Actor)

Wonderland 2003 (Movie)

John Holmes (Actor)

Run For the Money 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Salton Sea 2002 (Movie)

Danny Parker/ Tom (Actor)

Pollock 2000 (Movie)

Willem de Kooning (Actor)

Red Planet 2000 (Movie)

Robby Gallagher (Actor)

At First Sight 1999 (Movie)

Virgil Adamson (Actor)

Joe the King 1999 (Movie)

Bob Henry (Actor)

The 1998 MTV Video Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 71st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Africa Unbottled: Preserving the Heritage 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Prince of Egypt 1998 (Movie)

of Moses (Voice)

Dead Girl 1997 (Movie)

Dr. Dark (Actor)

The Saint 1997 (Movie)

Simon Templar (Actor)

The Ghost and the Darkness 1996 (Movie)

John Patterson (Actor)

The Island of Dr. Moreau 1996 (Movie)

Montgomery (Actor)

Batman Forever 1995 (Movie)

Batman/Bruce Wayne (Actor)

Heat 1995 (Movie)

Chris Shiherlis (Actor)

Riddle Me This: Why Is Batman Forever? 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1995 MTV Movie Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Wings of Courage 1995 (Movie)

Jean Mermoz (Actor)

The 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 66th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Real Mccoy 1993 (Movie)

J T Barker (Actor)

Tombstone 1993 (Movie)

Doc Holliday (Actor)

True Romance 1993 (Movie)

Mentor (Actor)

Thunderheart 1992 (Movie)

Ray Levoi (Actor)

The Doors 1991 (Movie)

Jim Morrison (Actor)

Kill Me Again 1989 (Movie)

Jack Andrews (Actor)

Willow 1988 (Movie)

Madmartigan (Actor)

The Murders in the Rue Morgue 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Top Gun 1986 (Movie)

Ice (Actor)

Real Genius 1985 (Movie)

Chris Knight (Actor)

Top Secret! 1984 (Movie)

Nick Rivers (Actor)

One Too Many (TV Show)

Actor

The List (TV Show)

Actor

The Murders in the Rue Morgue (Movie)

Philippe Huron (Actor)
Music (2)

True Romance 1993 (Movie)

("Heartbreak Hotel") (Song Performer)

Top Secret! 1984 (Movie)

("Straighten Out the Rug") (Song Performer)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Cher Actor

Companion
Met at a party thrown by Meryl Streep Dated briefly in the 1980s; 13-year age gap No longer together

Ellen Barkin Actor

Companion
Dated c. 1984 No longer together

Drew Barrymore Actor

Companion
Rumored to have been involved c. 1995; Barrymore has said they were only friends

Cindy Crawford Actor

Companion
Reportedly dated in 1997 No longer together

Jaycee Gossett

Companion
Dated from late 1998-2000 No longer together

Daryl Hannah Actor

Companion
Briefly dated 2001-02 No longer together

Jack Kilmer Actor

Father

Eugene Kilmer

Father
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

Gladys Kilmer

Mother
Divorced from Kilmer's father c. 1968

Mercedes Kilmer

Daughter
Born Oct. 29, 1991; mother, Joanne Whalley

Jack Kilmer

Son
Born in June 1995; mother, Joanne Whalley

Mark Kilmer

Brother
Born in 1958 Estranged from brother since their father's funeral

Wesley Kilmer

Brother
Born in 1961 Drowned in 1977 during an epileptic fit in the family swimming pool when he was 16

Joyce Kilmer

Cousin
Second cousin twice removed Wrote the classic poem "Trees" (1913)

Michelle Pfeiffer Actor

Companion
Dated in the 1980s Kilmer dedicated poems to Pfeiffer in his privately published book of poetry titled My Eden After Burns (1987)

Joanne Whalley Actor

Wife
Met while working together on the film "Willow" (1988) Married Feb. 28, 1988 Announced separation shortly after the birth of their second child in 1995 Divorced Feb. 1, 1996

Mare Winningham Actor

Companion
Dated for three years while in high school No longer together

EDUCATION

Chatsworth High School

Chatsworth , California
Classmates included Mare Winningham and Kevin Spacey

The Juilliard School

New York , New York
At the time was the youngest student accepted to the drama division at age 17

Hollywood Professional School

Hollywood , California

Milestones

2012

Wrote, directed, and starred as Mark Twain in one-man play "Citizen Twain" at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA

2010

Played the villain opposite Will Forte in "MacGruber," based on the "SNL" sketch of the same name

2009

Co-starred with Nicolas Cage in Werner Herzog's "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans"

2008

Was the voice of KITT for the NBC TV-movie and the short-lived series remake of "Knight Rider"

2008

Cast in the CBS TV-movie "Comanche Moon," Larry McMurtry's prequel to his Western saga "Lonesome Dove"

2006

Co-starred with Denzel Washington in Tony Scott's "Deja Vu"

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"

2004

Portrayed Moses in a Los Angeles musical production of "The Ten Commandments"

2004

Guest starred on HBO's "Entourage" as an organic weed farmer living in Bel-Air

2004

Portrayed the father of Alexander the Great in Oliver Stone's "Alexander"

2004

Played a U.S. government agent in David Mamet's "Spartan"

2002

Played supporting role in the award-winning biopic "Pollock"

2002

Starred as porn legend John Holmes in the feature drama "Wonderland"

2000

Starred in the big budget disaster "Red Planet"

1999

Appeared in Frank Whaley's feature directorial debut "Joe the King"

1999

Played a blind man opposite Mira Sorvino in Irwin Winkler's "At First Sight"

1998

Provided the voice of Moses for the animated feature "The Prince of Egypt"

1997

Portrayed master of disguise Simon Templar in feature version of "The Saint"

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"

1995

Replaced Michael Keaton as Batman for the third film in the franchise "Batman Forever"

1995

Played a supporting role as a dangerous criminal opposite Robert De Niro and Al Pacino in Michael Mann's "Heat"

1995

Co-starred in "Wings of Courage," the first narrative feature filmed in IMAX 3D; directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud

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"

1992

Starred as a half-Sioux FBI agent in Michael Apted's "Thunderheart"

1991

Gave a rich, nuanced performance as Jim Morrison in Oliver Stone's "The Doors"

1989

Starred opposite then-wife Joanne Whalley in "Kill Me Again"

1989

Portrayed the title character in the TNT movie "Gore Vidal's 'Billy the Kid'"

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"

1987

Published a book of his poems, My Edens After Burns

1986

Delivered breakthrough role as Naval Aviator 'Iceman' in the big budget action film "Top Gun," alongside Tom Cruise

1985

Played the lead in the satirical comedy film "Real Genius"

1984

Made film debut as the rock idol Nick Rivers in the spy spoof "Top Secret!"; sang all the songs in the film

1983

Cast in the television short "One Too Many," an educational drama on drinking and driving; also starred a young Michelle Pfeiffer

1983

Made Broadway debut in "The Slab Boys" alongside Sean Penn and Kevin Bacon

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

Bonus Trivia

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Kilmer grew up on a ranch once owned by Roy Rogers in Chatsworth, CA. The actor used to visit the hippies at the neighboring Spahn ranch, which was home to Charles Manson.

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"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." – an unnamed executive on the making of "The Real McCoy," quoted in the Daily News, June 23, 1996

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"BUZZ magazine reported that after shooting Kilmer's last scene, director John Frankenheimer shouted, 'Cut! Now get that bastard off my set.'" – from People magazine, Oct. 21, 1996

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"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." – director Joel Schumacher quoted in Premiere magazine, April 1997

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"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." – Kilmer quoted in Premiere magazine, April 1997

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"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" in Rolling Stone magazine, October 2003

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