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.
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.
- Nick Rivers in Top Secret! (1984)
- Chris Knight in Real Genius (1985)
- Lt. Tom "Iceman" Kazansky in Top Gun (1986) and Top Gun Maverick (2020)
- Madmartigan in Willow (1988)
- Jack Andrews in Kill Me Again (1989)
- Jim Morrison of The Doors in The Doors (1991)
- Ray Levoi in Thunderheart (1992)
- J.T. Barker in The Real McCoy (1993)
- Doc Holliday in Tombstone (1993)
- Mentor in True Romance (1993)
- Bruce Wayne/Batman in Batman Forever (1995)
- Chris Shiherlis in Heat (1995)
- Montgomery in The Island of Doctor Moreau (1996)
- Patterson in The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)
- Simon Templar in The Saint (1997)
- Moses/God in The Prince of Egypt (1998) (voice)
- Virgil Adamson in At First Sight (1999)
- Robby Gallagher in Red Planet (2000)
- Danny Parker in The Salton Sea (2002)
- John Holmes in Wonderland (2003)
- Bobby Scott in Spartan (2004)
- Jake Harris in Mindhunters (2004)
- King Philip II in Alexander (2004)
- Perry Van Shrike/"Gay Perry" in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
- Paul Pryzwarra in Déjà Vu (2006)
- John Smith in Felon (2008)
- Stevie Pruit in The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009)
- Virgil in Hardwired (2009)
- Dieter von Cunth in MacGruber (2010)
- Hall Baltimore in Twixt (2011)
- Himself, in the viral Internet video that announced the production of a new Tenacious D album (2012)
- Bravo in Planes (2013) (voice)
- Gert Rafto in The Snowman (2017)
- Badass Baritone: His voice used to be very deep and smooth, before his battle with throat cancer reduced it to a weak rasp.
- But Not Too White: He's of Cherokee and Mongolian descent.
- 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.
- 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 crueller ("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 isnt enough money in the world.) Apparently he's mellowed out, culminating in some Adam Westing playing himself in Harmony Korine's The Fourth Dimension.
- Those Two Actors: He has done two films with Michael Fassbender whom he is good friends with in real life.