Val Kilmer. biography
Val Edward Kilmer was born on December 31, 1959, in Los Angeles, California with a natural knack for acting that he began to explore at Chatsworth High School alongside his classmate Kevin Spacey. Kilmer further honed his skills at the Hollywood Professional School, skills he later used to become the youngest student accepted into Julliard's Drama Division at the age of 17. After turning down a role in Francis Ford Coppola's The Outsiders (1983) and appearing in the Off-Broadway production of The Slab Boys with Sean Penn and Kevin Bacon, Kilmer landed his first starring role in the comedy Top Secret! (1984).
Kilmer's big break came in 1986, when he played Iceman in the action hit Top Gun. Grossing more than $344,700,000 worldwide, the film helped put Kilmer on Hollywood's radar. He further made his presence known with an accurate portrayal of the legendary rock star Jim Morrison in Oliver Stone's biopic The Doors (1991) for which he put his vocals on display and established himself as a versatile actor. He followed up with an authentic depiction of Doc Holliday in the western drama Tombstone (1993) alongside Kurt Russell.
After playing Batman in the blockbuster hit Batman Forever (1995), Kilmer starred alongside Al Pacino and Robert De Niro in the crime drama Heat (1995), which earned him the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films' Saturn Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in 1996.
Over the next couple of years, Kilmer's success slowly declined as he attached his name to the commercial failures The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996) and The Ghost and the Darkness (1996), both of which resulted in a 1997 Razzie Award nomination for Worst Supporting Actor. He also received a Razzie Award nomination for Worst Actor in response to his less than adequate performance in the action romance The Saint (1997).
Kilmer's role choices continued to be question when he starred in the romance drama At First Sight (1999) and the sci-fi thriller Red Plant (2000), but came to a halt ensuing his believable portrayal of famed porn star John Holmes in the crime drama Wonderland (2003) and appearance in the western thriller The Missing (2003) alongside Cate Blanchett and Tommy Lee Jones. The following year, he starred in the crime drama Spartan and took home the Capri-Hollywood Film Festival's lifetime achievement honor, the Legend Award.
Additional respect soon followed with his crowd-pleasing performance in the crime comedy Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) for which he earned the 2005 Satellite Award for Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role and a Saturn Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in 2006.
Ensuing a string of less-publicized films, including the crime drama The Steam Experiment (2009), the sci-fi thriller The Thaw (2009), the crime thriller Double Identity and the romance drama Bloodworth (2010), Kilmer briefly returned to his comedic roots as a villain in the action comedy MacGruber (2010) before co-starring with Christopher Walken in the crime drama Kill the Irishman (2011).
Kilmer's most recent projects include, the drama Deep in the Heart (2012), the comedy thriller Breathless (2012) with Ray Liotta, the horror flick Seven Below (2012), the action dramedy The Fourth Dimension (2012), the thriller Riddle (2013), the drama musical Untitled Terrence Malick Project (2013) with Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale, the western drama The Hard Ride (2013) and is rumored to be attached to the mystery film The Unknown Son (release date unknown). He will also make his directorial debut and portray Mark Twain in the drama Mark Twain and Mark Baker Eddy (unknown).