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"I'm a character actor, but I look like a leading man."
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Val Edward Kilmer (born December 31, 1959) is an award winning actor known for playing Iceman (no, 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. For a time in the 90s it looked like Kilmer was going to become one of Hollywood's truly elite A-listers, especially after the success of Batman Forever, but his career was sidelined by a cancer diagnosis he kept hidden for over a decade — especially since the side effects from the treatments didn't do his looks any favors — but he managed to keep working by taking smaller roles.

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. Roles in more mainstream films are painfully rare.

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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 who is also an actor.

He was also the youngest actor ever accepted into Julliard's drama program for many years and is so far the only actor to play Batman who attended Drama school. Somewhat ironically he's also the only one who has never been nominated for an Academy Award.


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