American actor, Val Kilmer is best known for his depiction of Bruce Wayne/Batman in a 1995 American hero motion picture, Batman Forever. Initially a stage actor, he ended up prominent for his series of appearances in comedy films like Top Secret! and Real Genius as well as action film Top Gun and the fantasy film Willow. His other outstanding credits include Jim Morrison in The Doors, Elvis Presley in True Romance, and Doc Holliday in Tombstone. Starting in 2019, he worth millions of dollars.
Born Val Edward Kilmer on December 31, 1959, in Los Angeles, California, U.S., he is the son of Gladys Swanette (née Ekstadt) and Eugene Dorris Kilmer. Similarly, he has reached the age of 59, as of 2019, and is Capricorn, which defines his personality as loving and empathic.
His mother was a housewife of Swedish descent whereas his father was an aerospace equipment distributor and real estate developer of English, Scots-Irish, French, and German ancestry.
In the same way, his grandfather was a gold miner in New Mexico. He has two brothers; Mark the eldest and Wesley the youngest with whom he grew up in San Fernando Valley.
Kilmer’s parents divorced in 1968 when he was 8 years old. His father died in 1993. His younger brother Wesley drowned in a swimming pool at the age of 15; the incident inspired his subsequent performance in a 2002 movie The Salton Sea.
Kilmer attended Berkeley Hall School, a Christian Science school in Los Angeles; he studied until ninth grade in the school. Likewise, he studied at Chatsworth High School with actors Kevin Spacey and Mare Winningham and moved to the Hollywood Professional School. In the same way, he attended Juilliard School’s Drama Division, where he was a member of Group 10 and was the youngest person at the time to be accepted.
Kilmer recently overcame a two-year throat cancer battle, with procedures on his trachea reducing his voice to a rasp and rendered him short of breath. He was hospitalized in January 2015, as his representative said that it could be a possible tumor after the tests.
The actor confirmed that he had cancer in a Reddit AMA in 2017. The suggestions first started after he was spotted at the UCLA Medical Center and with a tracheotomy tube in his neck in December of that year.
However, he ended up using a team at UCLA and finally healed from cancer in April 2017. At the time, there were rumors about his death, however, it was cleared by the actor himself.
In 2018, the actor expressed his anger on a Facebook post in response to the sudden death of Anthony Bourdain. Kilmer went on the intensive rant after the news surfaced that Bourdain had died by suicide on June 8, 2018.
Kilmer’s relationship status is single at present. He was married to actress Joanne Whalley in March 1988 and shares two children. The couple met while working together in the movie, Willow and eventually got married after a few months of a relationship.
They welcomed their first child, a daughter, Mercedes on October 28, 1991. Likewise, she gave birth to their second child, a son, Jack Kilmer on June 6, 1995. His son Jack is an actor known for starring in the 2013 movie, Palo Alto. They divorced in 1996 due to some unknown reasons.
Moreover, he has not involved in any kind of relationship and affairs after his divorce. Also, he has no relationship with anyone in the past.
Val Kilmer’s net worth, as of May 2019, is $25 million. His major source of income is his acting career from where he has been able to maintain such impressive net worth.
Additionally, Kilmer earns money from his artwork, with autographed pieces such as a painting of his Ice Man character, which he sold for $250. Other than that, the actor has not revealed his other income sources.
Kilmer’s career started in 1981; he co-authored and starred in the play How It All Began, which was performed at the New York Shakespeare Festival at the Public Theater. His first big role was in a 1984 American action comedy film, Top Secret!, where he portrayed an American rock and roll star and sang all the songs in the film. also, he released an album under the movie character’s name.
His breakthrough role came in 1986 after starring in an American action drama film, Top Gun, alongside Tom Cruise, and Kelly McGillis. The movie became one of his successful hit grossing $356.8 million at the box office and also made him a major star.
Kilmer portrayed Jim Morrison in a 1991 American biographical movie, The Doors. The movie was based on the life of Jim Morrison, lead singer of the rock band, The Doors.
He starred alongside Meg Ryan, Kevin Dillon, and Kyle MacLachlan, among others in the movie.
Kilmer’s other big success was his role of Bruce Wayne/Batman in a 1995 American superhero film, Batman Forever.
He starred alongside Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey, and Nicole Kidman, among others. The movie was a commercial success grossing $336.5 million at the box office.
Similarly, his other notable film roles include Doc Holliday in Tombstone, Elvis Presley in True Romance, and John Holmes in Wonderland.
Likewise, he has appeared in TV shows such as The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains, Entourage, Numb3rs, Knight Rider, and Psych.
Kilmer recently appeared in a 2017 American experimental romantic drama film, Song to Song, opposite Rooney Mara and Ryan Gosling. The same year he appeared in the film, The Snowman alongside Michael Fassbender and Rebecca Ferguson, among others.