Val Kilmer

Highest Rated: 92% True Romance (1993)
Birthday: Dec 31, 1959
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

CREDIT
No Score Yet Le concierge Actor 2019
40% The Super Walter 2018
7% The Snowman Gert Rafto $6.7M 2017
No Score Yet De canção em canção Duane 2017
43% Song to Song Actor $0.5M 2017
70% Palo Alto Stewart $0.5M 2014
No Score Yet Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain 2014
56% 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
No Score Yet Wyatt Earp's Revenge Wyatt Earp 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
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
61% Kill the Irishman Joe Manditski $1.2M 2011
No Score Yet Gun Angel 2011
20% The Traveler Mr. Nobody 2010
49% MacGruber Dieter Von Cunth $8.1M 2010
No Score Yet Double Identity Actor 2009
86% 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 Conspiracy MacPherson 2008
No Score Yet Columbus Day John Cologne 2008
No Score Yet Comanche Moon Inish Scull 2008
33% 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 $4.3M 2005
24% 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
65% Spartan Robert Scott $4.3M 2004
No Score Yet Alexander - Directors Cut Actor 2004
58% The Missing Lt. Jim Ducharme $27M 2003
34% Wonderland John C. Holmes 2003
25% 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
30% The Saint Simon Templar 1997
52% The Ghost and the Darkness Col. John Henry Patterson 1996
24% The Island of Dr. Moreau Montgomery 1996
No Score Yet Maneaters of Tsavo Actor 1996
86% Heat Chris Shiherlis 1995
39% Batman Forever Batman/Bruce Wayne 1995
No Score Yet Wings of Courage Jean Mermoz 1995
73% Tombstone Doc Holliday 1993
18% The Real McCoy J.T. 1993
92% True Romance Mentor 1993
88% Thunderheart Ray Levoi 1992
56% 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
51% 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
54% Top Gun Lt. Tom `Iceman' Kazanski 1986
74% Real Genius Chris Knight 1985
77% Top Secret! Nick 1984
No Score Yet Silver Cord Actor

TV

CREDIT
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
53% Life's Too Short
2011
Val Kilmer
  • 2013
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Appearing
  • 2013
  • 2012
10% Knight Rider
2008-2009
Voice
  • 2009
  • 2008
No Score Yet Comanche Moon
2008
Inish Scull
  • 2008
66% 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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