An American actor Val Kilmer got media attention after making an appearance in the movies like Top Secret! and Real Genius, Top Gun, Willow, etc. He made his acting debut with the 1984 spoof movie Top Secret. Val portrayed the role of blond rock idol Nick Rivers in the spy movie Top Secret. He was the person to sing all the songs in the film and released an album under the film character’s name, Nick Rivers. Val was the main lead in the movie Kill Me Again.
Early Life of Val Kilmer
Val was born Val Edward Kilmer on December 31, 1959, in Los Angeles, California, United States. He is 63 years old as of 2023. Her sun sign is Capricorn and she cuts his birthday cake on the 31st of Dec every year. Val’s parents’ names are Eugene Kilmer (mother) and Gladys Kilmer (father). He has two brothers named Mark Kilme and Wesley Kilmer.
The name of his paternal grandparent’s names is Homas/Tom Walker Kilmer and Nora/Norah Elizabeth Jones. His maternal grandparents’ names are John Edward Ekstadt and Hilma Charlotte Swanson. He holds American citizenship and belongs to mixed (German, English, Welsh, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, French Huguenot, Swedish) ethnicity. He has a belief in Christianity.
Education of Val Kilmer
Val attended Chatsworth High School in Chatsworth, Los Angeles, California. He went to Juilliard School‘s Drama Division from 1977 and 1981. He later attended The Center for Early Education and Hollywood Professional School.
Val Kilmer was Married to Joanne Whalley
Val was in a marital relationship with an actress, Joanne Whalley. The duo met each other for the first time while filming the fantasy adventure movie Willow in 1988. They immediately began dating after meeting for the first time.
The duo tied their wedding knot on February 28, 1988. After some time of their marriage, they began to have a problem and Joanne filed for divorce on 21 July 1995. The reason behind their divorce was due to irreconcilable differences. Their divorce was finalized on February 1, 1996.
Children of Val Kilmer
Val and his ex-wife Joanne welcomed two children from their eight years of marriage. They gave birth to a daughter Mercedes Kilmer on October 29, 1991, and a son Jack Kilmer on June 6, 1995.
Jack is an American actor. After Val and Joanne divorce Joanne got custody of their children. Val agreed to pay $27,500 a month in child maintenance.
Past Relationship of Val Kilmer
Val was previously dating an actress, Cher. They were introduced by their friend at Cher’s birthday. The duo began dating in 1982 and they had 14 years age gap. They separated in 1984. He was later seen dating an actress, Michelle Pfeiffer. They have worked together in some movies. They were rumored to be in a secret relationship in 1985 however the duo did not confirm their relationship.
Val later began dating an American actress and singer Lesley Ann Warren from September 1986 to November 1986. In 1994, Val was dating an English actress Emil Lloyd. He began dating an actress, Cindy Crawford in 1996. They met at the premiere of Batman Forever in 1995.
Val was dating Jaycee Gossett from 1998 to 2000. He also had a relationship with Zeta Graff (2005), Bridgetta Tomarchio (2003), Neve Campbell (2002 – 2003), and Daryl Hannah (2001 – 2002).
Val Kilmer’s Net Worth & Real Estate
Val has an estimated net worth of around $10 million as of 2023. He is able to earn that sum from his career as an American actor. According to the source, an average salary of an American actor is around $49,848 and $73,857. He might be earning the same amount or more than the average salary.
In 2000, he posted his 6,000-acre ranch for sale for $33 million. He sold 5,300 acres of the land to an oil billionaire couple for $18.5 million. He later sold another portion of the property and he still owns around 160 acres of the property.
The Acting Career of Val Kilmer
- Val played the role of an American rock and roll star in the movie spy movies Top Secret! from which he gained more fame.
- He portrayed the role of Jim Morrison in Oliver Stone’s movie The Doors.
- He has played mostly main roles in critically acclaimed films such as the western Tombstone, and the crime dramas True Romance, and Heat.
- Val also portrayed Bruce Wayne/Batman in Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever.
- He has also published a memoir entitled, I’m Your Huckleberry: A Memoir in 2020.
- Val was in the movie Top Gun: Maverick with Tom Cruise.
Some of the other movies he has acted in are as follows The Ghost and the Darkness, The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Saint, The Prince of Egypt, Pollock, Alexander, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Déjà Vu, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, and Song to Song.
Songs & Awards
- Aside from acting he is also a singer.
- Some of the songs he has sung are How Silly Can You Get, Skeet Surfing, Spend This Night With Me, Straighten Out the Rug, Tutti Frutti, All Children Are Beautiful, We All Need Somebody, Can I Touch It, Frontier Justice, Humanity, Wonderland, Pigtails, etc.
- He has won two awards.
- In 2005 Val won Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor award and in 2022 he won Humanitarian Award.
He has for book in his name. The name of his book are I’m Your Huckleberry: A Memoir, My Edens After Burns, Cowboy Poet Outlaw Madman: Selected Poems by Val Kilmer, 1987-2020 and Jack’s Gandhi: Poems.
FAQs of Val Kilmer
How Tall is Val Kilmer?
Val stands at the height of 5 feet 11 inches and has a body weight is 93 kg. He has an attractive pair of blue eyes and brown hair.
What was Val Kilmer suffering from?
Val was previously struggling with throat cancer in 2015. After the surgery, he damaged his vocal cords to the point where he had extreme difficulty speaking. He had chemotherapy and two tracheotomies treatments. He is now free from throat cancer.
Is Val Kilmer able to speak again?
After Val went through chemotherapy and tracheotomies he lost his voice. Later with the help of his voice was able to be recreated with archival audio in 2021.
Are Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer friends?
Yes, Tom and Val are good friends. They have been friends since working on the original film in 1986.
Why did Joanne Whalley sue Val Kilmer?
Joanne sued Val after accusing him of failing to give child support payments for their child Jack. She sued him in 2011. Val did not pay $27,500 per month so Joanne sued him.
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