Val Edward Kilmer is an American stage and film actor. He became prevalent in the mid-1980s after a string of appearances in comedy films, starting with “Top Secret”, then the cult classic “Real Genius”, as well as epic action films including a role in “Top Gun” and a lead role in “Willow”. Kilmer was born in Los Angeles in the year 1959. He attended Chatsworth High School where his classmates included Kevin Spacey and Mare Winningham. At the age of 17, he was at the time the youngest person to be accepted into Juilliard’s drama program. In 1981, Kilmer co-authored and starred in the play “How It All Began”, which was performed at the New York Shakespeare Festival.
Kilmer’s big break came when he received top billing in the spoof comedy “Top Secret”, where he played an American rock and roll star. Kilmer sang all the songs in the film and actually released an album under the film character’s name, “Nick Rivers” In 1993, he played Doc Holliday in the western “Tombstone” alongside Kurt Russell, which is one of his finest performances. He also starred opposite to Al Pacino and Robert De Niro in “Heat”, which is now considered one of the best crime drama films of the 90s. He lent his voice to the animated film “The Prince of Egypt”. Released in June 1995, “Batman Forever” was a success at the box office and Kilmer was rated as the best Batman among all the predecessors.
Kilmer owns a ranch in New Mexico, where he hunts, tracks, hikes, fishes, and raises bison. Kilmer is also involved with The Wildlife Center of New Mexico and assists in rescuing animals and releasing them on his ranch.
The top ten movies of Kilmer are:
- True Romance
- The Prince of Egypt
- Top Gun
- Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
- Top Secret
- Batman Forever
- The Doors.