Val Kilmer - Rotten Tomatoes

Val Kilmer

Highest Rated:   92% True Romance (1993)
Lowest Rated:   0% Run for the Money (2002)
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Birthplace:   Los Angeles, California, USA
Born December 31, 1959, actor Val Kilmer's chameleon-like ability to plunge fully and breathlessly into his characters represents both the gift that catapulted him to fame in the mid eighties, and that which - by its very nature of anonymity - held him back from megastardom for some time. Such an ability - doubtless, the result of exhaustive, heavily-disciplined training and rehearsal - also explains Kilmer's alleged on-set reputation as a perfectionist (which caused a number of major directors to supposedly tag him as 'difficult'), but the results are typically so electric that Kilmer's influx of assignments has never stopped. He is also extraordinarily selective about projects. Trying valiantly to maintain a firm hold on his career, he turned down offers for box office blockbusters including Blue Velvet, Dirty Dancing, and Indecent Proposal for personal and artistic reasons. A Los Angeles native, Kilmer acted in high school with friend Kevin Spacey before attending the Hollywood Professional School and Juilliard. He appeared on the New York stage and in Shakespeare festivals before his cinematic debut as the rock idol Nick Rivers in the Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker spy spoof Top Secret! (1984). An absurd role which Kilmer plays with complete sincerity, it reveals genuine musical talent and Kilmer achieves complete credibility as a rock star. Throughout the eighties, Kilmer played as diverse an assortment of roles as could be found: he was the goofy, playfully sarcastic, egghead roommate and mentor to Gabe Jarrett in Martha Coolidge's Real Genius, the cocky Ice Man in Top Gun, and warrior Madmartigan in the Ron Howard/George Lucas fantasy Willow (1988). Kilmer's cinematic breakthrough arrived in 1991, for his portrayal of rock icon Jim Morrison in Oliver Stone's The Doors; some speculated that Stone hired Kilmer solely on the basis of the musical gifts showcased seven years prior in Top Secret!. As the philosophical, death-obsessed rocker (and druggie) Morrison, Kilmer performed a number of the Doors songs on the soundtrack, sans dubbing. Kilmer played other American icons in his next two films - gunslinger Doc Holliday in Tombstone and the spirit of Elvis in True Romance; both did remarkable business at the box office. Due to his persistent need for an on-set dialogue with his directors, Kilmer clashed with Michael Apted on the set of Thunderheart (1992) and Joel Schumacher on the set of Batman Forever. He openly refused to repeat the Bruce Wayne role for Batman and Robin (1997). Instead, Kilmer headlined Michael Mann's 1995 Heat with two legends, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. This time around, he met with a more accommodating (or at least more tolerant) director, Michael Mann. Working with another acting veteran, he co-starred with Michael Douglas for the hunting adventure The Ghost and the Darkness. Unfortunately, his next few films were disappointments, particularly The Saint and The Island of Dr. Moreau. He switched gears a few times with little success, turning to romantic drama in At First Sight and to science fiction in Red Planet, but neither fit his dramatic intensity. After lending his booming voice to the part of Moses in the Dreamworks animated film The Prince of Egypt (1998), Kilmer appeared in The Salton Sea (1991) as a tormented drug addict. In 2003, he lined up quite a few projects, including the crime thriller Mindhunters and the drama Blind Horizon. In the same year he earned a starring role as another aggressive American icon, John Holmes ("the John Wayne of porn"), for the thriller Wonderland (2003). That same fall, Kilmer re-teamed with Ron Howard for the director's lackluster Searchers retread, The Missing (2003). He also re-collaborated with Oliver Stone (for the first occasion since The Doors) in the director's disappointing historical epic Alexander (2004), opposite Angelina Jolie, Anthony Hopkins, and Colin Farrell. He returned to form (and a leading role) in 2005, with the comedy-thriller Kiss, Kiss, Ban

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
45% Song to Song
  • Actor
$0.5M 2017
72% Palo Alto
  • Stewart
$0.5M 2014
No Score Yet Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn
  • Mark Twain
2014
50% Standing Up
  • Hofstadder
2013
25% Planes
  • Bravo
$71.3M 2013
No Score Yet Riddle
  • Sheriff Richards
2013
60% Breathless
  • Dale
2012
No Score Yet Deep in the Heart
  • The Bearded Man
2012
29% Twixt
  • Hall Baltimore
2012
No Score Yet Unconquered; Allan Houser and the Legacy of One Apache Family
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet The Fourth Dimension
  • Hector
2012
No Score Yet Seven Below
  • Bill
2012
No Score Yet Wyatt Earp's Revenge
  • Wyatt Earp
2012
32% 5 Days Of War
  • Laurens 'Dutchman' Roemer
$17.7k 2011
50% Bloodworth
  • Warren Bloodworth
$10.1k 2011
No Score Yet Blood Out
  • Arturo
2011
63% Kill the Irishman
  • Joe Manditski
$1.2M 2011
No Score Yet Gun
  • Angel
2011
20% The Traveler
  • Mr. Nobody
2010
47% MacGruber
  • Dieter Von Cunth
$8.1M 2010
No Score Yet Double Identity
  • Actor
2009
87% Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
  • Stevie Pruit
$1.7M 2009
No Score Yet Hardwired
  • Virgil
2009
40% Streets of Blood
  • Andy Devereaux
2009
No Score Yet American Cowslip
  • Todd Inglebrink
2009
No Score Yet The Steam Experiment (The Chaos Experiment)
  • Professor Raymond Fowler
2009
No Score Yet Fake Identity
  • Dr. Nicholas Pinter
2009
12% Delgo
  • Bogardus
$0.6M 2008
59% Felon
  • John Smith
2008
No Score Yet Knight Rider
  • KITT
2008
No Score Yet Conspiracy
  • MacPherson
2008
No Score Yet Columbus Day
  • John Cologne
2008
No Score Yet Comanche Moon
  • Inish Scull
2008
38% Summer Love (Dead Man's Bounty)
  • Wanted Man
2007
No Score Yet American Meth
  • Narrator
2007
No Score Yet Have Dreams, Will Travel (Dream It Out Loud)
  • Actor
2007
55% Déjà Vu
  • Agent Pryzwarra
$64M 2006
No Score Yet The Ten Commandments: The Musical
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Moscow Zero
  • Andrey
2006
No Score Yet Played
  • Dillon
2006
19% 10th & Wolf
  • Murtha
2006
85% Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
  • Gay Perry
$4.2M 2005
25% Mindhunters
  • Jake Harris
2005
No Score Yet Champion
  • Actor
2005
16% Alexander
  • Philip
$34.3M 2004
24% Stateside
  • SDI Skeer
$0.2M 2004
No Score Yet George and the Dragon (Dragon Sword)
  • El Cabillo
2004
64% Spartan
  • Robert Scott
$4.3M 2004
No Score Yet Alexander - Directors Cut
  • Actor
2004
58% The Missing
  • Lt. Jim Ducharme
$26.9M 2003
34% Wonderland
  • John C. Holmes
2003
24% Masked and Anonymous
  • Animal Wrangler
$0.2M 2003
No Score Yet Blind Horizon
  • Frank Kavanaugh
2003
62% The Salton Sea
  • Danny/Tom
$0.7M 2002
0% Run for the Money
  • Mark Cornell
2002
81% Pollock
  • Willem de Kooning
$7.3M 2000
14% Red Planet
  • Gallagher
2000
No Score Yet Jane's Addiction: Three Days
  • Actor
1999
67% Joe the King
  • Bob
1999
32% At First Sight
  • Virgil Adamson
1999
79% The Prince of Egypt
  • Moses/God
1998
No Score Yet Dead Girl
  • Actor
1998
29% The Saint
  • Simon Templar
1997
50% The Ghost and the Darkness
  • Col. John Henry Patterson
1996
22% The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • Montgomery
1996
No Score Yet Maneaters of Tsavo
  • Actor
1996
86% Heat
  • Chris Shiherlis
1995
40% Batman Forever
  • Batman/Bruce Wayne
1995
No Score Yet Wings of Courage
  • Jean Mermoz
1995
73% Tombstone
  • Doc Holliday
1993
20% The Real McCoy
  • J.T.
1993
92% True Romance
  • Mentor
1993
87% Thunderheart
  • Ray Levoi
1992
54% The Doors
  • Jim Morrison
1991
No Score Yet Kill Me Again
  • Jack Andrews
1989
No Score Yet Billy The Kid (Gore Vidal's Billy the Kid)
  • William Bonney
1989
48% Willow
  • Madmartigan
1988
No Score Yet The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains
  • Robert Elliot Burns
1987
No Score Yet The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • Philippe Huron
1986
56% Top Gun
  • Lt. Tom `Iceman' Kazanski
1986
75% Real Genius
  • Chris Knight
1985
76% Top Secret!
  • Nick
1984
No Score Yet Silver Cord
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
74% The Spoils Before Dying
2014
  • General
  • 2015
  • 2014
81% The Spoils of Babylon
2014-2015
  • General
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2013
57% Life's Too Short
2011
  • Val Kilmer
  • 2013
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Comanche Moon
2008
  • Inish Scull
  • 2008
67% Entourage
2004-2011
  • Guest
  • 2004
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
  • 2004
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2002
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Guest
  • 2000

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