Val Kilmer

Val Kilmer


12/31/1959, Los Angeles, California, USA

Birth Name

Val Edward Kilmer



Also Known As

Val Edward Kilmer, Val Kilmer
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Born New Year's Eve 1959 in Los Angeles, California, to Eugene and Gladys Kilmer, Val's early life was spent with his older brother Mark and younger brother Wesley on the ranch once owned by the cowboy legend Roy Rogers. He caught the acting bug early when he got…more


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    • Val: (on his friendship with 50 Cent) He (also) gave me a 1965 convertible. He knows how close I am with my kids ... it was actually cruel that he would take over as the centrepiece of their affections with an object ... Curtis, you may have been shot nine times and you may be the number one rapper on Earth, but I know where you live. I'm going to wait until you're asleep, and you're going to wake up screaming, buddy.

    • Val Kilmer: The trick to being a good actor is getting so involved in your character that the camera disappears, the 50 bored guys eating doughnuts disappear, friends disappear. To get to that point when you don't have to think about it, you're just acting and reacting in those circumstances.

    • Val Kilmer: Big movies are fun and it's great to fly on private jets and make a lot of money and all the things that are connected with Hollywood, but they take a lot of your own life.

    • Val Kilmer: Poetry is a very subjective and intimate expression. It's literally your heartbeat. Your rhythm. The song of your soul. It's superconcentrated. It's a dense piece of yourself.

    • Val Kilmer: Poetry is a very subjective and intimate expression. It's literally your heartbeat. Your rhythm. The song of your soul. It's superconcentrated. It's a dense piece of yourself.

    • Val Kilmer: There are only three reasons to do a movie: the cast, the director, the role. Like I say, you live in a minute of screen time, but to prepare for the minute takes much more than a day. You'd better be excited about what those moments are, even if they're the hardest moments. Or the smallest.

    • Val Kilmer: Acting is not a science. Anybody who believes that their success exists in relation to their goals is deluding themselves; unless you think of a career in terms of financial goals. I have nothing against Tom Cruise, but he must have a large capacity to deal with the business side of movies.

    • Val Kilmer: I was going to movies and watching TV, going to the theater a little bit. I was, like, 'Wow, you could make a living doing this? Great! What could be better?' There isn't anything I could choose better.

    • Val Kilmer: The only time it's ever like work is when you don't like what you've done.

  • He's just not taken seriously.

    Val Kilmer is a talented actor but he has not been taken serious over the past few years. I figured after starring alongside Tom Cruise in Top Gun Kilmer would be an A-List celebrity but that is not the case. Kilmer is often placed in odd roles and you hardly ever see him in the movie. I think he's a brilliant actor who has been underappreciated over the long years of his acting career. He should have been a bigger star, if its one actor who deserves to succeed it would have to be Val Kilmer! He has great lips too...moreless
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    Val seems to be perpetually knocking on the door to super-stardom, but he may be destined to play intriguing, just off the beaten path roles for a long time. I can say without hesitation that his portrayal of Doc Holliday in Tombstone is one of the single greatest performances I have ever seen on the screen. In a movie filled with memorable stars, Kilmer blew everyone out of the water, and escalated the work of everyone around him.

    Beyond that, he has managed to work his unique sense of humor into several characters he’s played, such as Mad Mardigan in Willow and Simon Templar in The Saint. I was excited to see him make his way into the incredible cast of “Heat�, and his solid performances in “The Doors� and “The Ghost and the Darkness� round out some of my favorite films by him.

    Special Bonus points for playing Elvis in True Romance…moreless