Val Edward Kilmer is an American actor who was born on December 31, 1959. Kilmer rose to prominence as a stage actor after roles in comedies such as Top Secret! (1984) and Real Genius (1985), as well as the military action film Top Gun (1986) and the fantasy feature Willow (1988).
Kilmer is best known for playing real-life characters in films such as Jim Morrison in The Doors (1991), an apparition of Elvis Presley in True Romance (1993), Doc Holliday in Tombstone (1993), John H. Patterson in The Ghost and the Darkness (1996), John Holmes in Wonderland (2003), and Philip II of Macedon in Alexander (2004).
He is well renowned for his roles as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Batman Forever (1995) and Simon Templar in The Saint (1995). (1997). Kilmer has also lent his voice to a number of productions, including Moses in the animated feature The Prince of Egypt (1998) and Walker Sloan in Spider-Man: Edge of Time (2011).
He received Saturn Award nominations for his roles as Chris in Heat (1995) and “Gay Perry” in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005).
Kilmer’s memoir, I’m Your Huckleberry: A Memoir will be released in 2020. Val, a documentary on his life shot by Kilmer himself, was released in 2021.
Despite having throat cancer, Val Kilmer has chosen to live fearlessly. In his new Amazon documentary, “Val,” the “Alexander” star revealed all about his health struggles.
Following a six-year battle with cancer, the 61-year-old is now cancer-free. After enduring severe chemotherapy treatments, radiotherapy, and a tracheotomy that permanently destroyed his voice, he is finally in remission.
After battling cancer, Kilmer’s team spoke openly with People about his life and his upcoming documentary. Ting Poo and Leo Scott co-directed the film. The film was made by Kilmer, his son Jack, 26, and his daughter Mercedes, 29.
After learning about the “Top Gun” star’s corpus of work, Scott and Poo told the publication they were motivated to make a film on his life.
“Three years ago, we approached him,” Scott added. “I’d worked with him on his ‘Cinema Twain’ project, and when he couldn’t tour the play ‘Citizen Twain,’ he was traveling a video of the play, so I was working with him on that as well as some other projects, archiving his material.” (Kilmer captured footage with video cameras throughout his life, and that footage, which includes footage from movie sets, backstage at theatres, and home movies, is interspersed throughout the documentary.)
“He doesn’t have the vanity that you’d expect from someone of his celebrity,” Poo said. There was never any of the pretense of protection that celebrities must erect around themselves. It’s humbling to be around someone like that.”
“He’s such a layered person,” she said, “there’s the youthful joy, but there’s also the deep wisdom of someone who’s gone on a spiritual road their whole life.” He’s a jumble of extremes, which makes him very intriguing, and it’s part of what makes our film so intriguing.”
Despite his illness, Kilmer continues to act. He co-starred in the film “Paydirt” alongside his daughter in 2020, and he’ll also participate in the upcoming “Top Gun: Maverick.”
Scott remarked, “He’s continuing to express himself creatively.” “He creates amazing works of art.” He is constantly upbeat and does not wallow in self-pity.”
Kilmer admits in “Val” that he has “acted weirdly to others.” “I dispute none of this and have no regrets because I’ve lost and regained pieces of myself I didn’t know existed,” he stated. I am fortunate.”
Despite his thankfulness, Kilmer also disclosed some of his disease’s severe symptoms. He pointed to his throat and stated, “I can’t speak until I seal this hole.” “You must choose between breathing and eating.” It’s a major roadblock for everybody who sees me.”