Born December 31, 1959, Val Edward Kilmer is an award winning actor known for playing Iceman
, not that
Iceman), Jim Morrison
, Doc Holliday
, and Batman
. He really
likes to prepare himself for his roles, as some of his fellow actors have noted.
Fittingly, like the real Jim Morrison, Kilmer is a musician as well, having released a CD in 2007. Nowadays, he only appears in Direct-to-Video
material, sadly - this seems to be due at least in part to his unfortunate reputation of being difficult to work with.
From 1988 to 1996 he was married to British actress Joanne Whalley, whom he met while filming the sword and sorcery film Willow
(and would star opposite for a second time in the thriller Kill Me Again
). They had two children, daughter Mercedes and son Jack.
As per usual, That Other Wiki
has quite an extensive article on him.
- But Not Too White: He's of Cherokee and Mongolian descent.
- The Cast Show Off: Often plays singers and musicians. His very first role had him singing!
- Dyeing for Your Art: Lost quite some weight for both The Doors and The Salton Sea.
- Method Acting: Likes to employ it, with Jim Morrison being the most famous case.
- Mr. Fanservice: Back in his heyday. He was nominated for the MTV Movie Award for Most Desirable Male for Tombstone, and won it for Batman Forever.
- Money, Dear Boy: Some of his work, particularly in recent years doing direct-to-video fare with friend 50 Cent.
- Non-Singing Voice: Although he released his own CD in 2007, his singing voice in The Prince Of Egypt was dubbed.
- The Other Darrin: He became Batman after Michael Keaton left. While not as highly regarded, Kilmer still put on a good performance and his physique drew comparisons to comic artist Neal Adams's depiction of Batman. He himself would get the Other Darrin treatment when George Clooney replaced him for Batman & Robin.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Built himself a reputation for it. Joel Schumacher declared that "Val did me two great favors. When I wanted him to be Batman, he said yes. Then he created a situation which allowed me not to have him play Batman again. " John Frankenheimer was even crueler ("“There are two things I will never do in my life, I will never climb Mount Everest, and I will never work with Val Kilmer again. There isn’t enough money in the world.”) Apparently he's mellowed out, culminating in some Adam Westing playing himself in Harmony Korine's The Fourth Dimension.
- Talking to Himself: In The Prince of Egypt.