Val Kilmer Net Worth

Val Kilmer Net Worth is
$25 Million

Val Kilmer Bio/Wiki 2017

It’s been estimated the overall amount of Val Kilmer net worth reaches a sum of $25 million dollars. Val Kilmer is an actor, which will be the profession which helped him to amass this kind of tremendous net worth. Initially, he appeared just in stage productions and just after changed to appearing in movies. He became popular in 1980s, when he appeared in several pictures, which developed favorable reviews and international success. These pictures were “Real Genius”, “Top Secret”, “Willow” and “Top Gun”. Additionally, since these pictures had major box office successes, in addition, it raised the total quantity of Val Kilmer net worth. Moreover, Val Kilmer can also be known from other productions, including “Batman Forever”, “The Doors” and “Tombstone”.

Val Kilmer Net Worth $25 Million

Val Kilmer was born in La, California, however he was raised in San Fernando Valley. He was raised along with his two sibs. Also, when Val Kilmer was just 9 years old his parents divorced. When he was around the set of filming the movie “Tombstone”, his dad passed away. When he was a pupil at high school, Val Kilmer was also attending Hollywood Professional School. The play was performed in the New York Shakespeare Festival. So, since then, he got increasingly more significant and leading functions in film business, which likewise raised the total quantity of Val Kilmer net worth. The special was in a kind of an educational production about driving and drinking. In an identical production, other youthful stars appeared, like Michelle Pfeiffer. In 1983, he also debuted as a writer and released a book of his poems called “My Edens After Burns”.

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Quick Facts

Full NameVal Kilmer
Net Worth$25 million
Date Of BirthDecember 31, 1959
Height1.83 m
ProfessionTelevision producer, Musician, Film producer, Voice Actor
EducationJuilliard School, Hollywood Professional School, Chatsworth High School
NationalityAmerican
SpouseJoanne Whalley
ChildrenJack Kilmer, Mercedes Kilmer
ParentsEugene Kilmer, Gladys Kilmer
SiblingsMark Kilmer, Wesley Kilmer
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AwardsSatellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Comedy or Musical
NominationsMTV Movie Award for Most Desirable Male, MTV Movie Award for Best Male Performance, Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album, CableAce Award for Actor in a Movie or Miniseries
MoviesTop Gun, Tombstone, Batman Forever, Willow, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Heat, Top Secret!, The Saint, The Doors, Real Genius, The Ghost and the Darkness, The Salton Sea, Thunderheart, True Romance, MacGruber, The Island of Dr. Moreau, Déjà Vu, The Prince of Egypt, Red Planet, At First Sight, Alexander, Mindhunters, Wonderland, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, Felon, Twixt, Kill the Irishman, The Traveler, Joe the King, Spartan, The Missing, Blind Horizon, Bloodworth, Wyatt Earp's Revenge, Kill Me Again, The Real McCoy, Streets of Blood, Stateside, Double Identity, The Chaos Experiment, 5 Days of War, Masked and Anonymous, Delgo, Hard Cash, Blood Out, 10th & Wolf, Summer Love, Columbus Day, Moscow Zero, Wings of Courage, The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains
TV ShowsKnight Rider, XIII: The Conspiracy, Comanche Moon


Interesting Facts

#Fact
1Is referenced frequently in Psych. He made a surprise cameo in the series finale as the oft-referenced but never seen Detective Dobson.
2Val Kilmer auditioned for the lead role in Full Metal Jacket (1987) that eventually went to Matthew Modine.
3The only actor to have played both Doc Holliday (Tombstone (1993)) and Wyatt Earp (Wyatt Earp's Revenge (2012)).
4As of 2015, is the only actor to play Batman in a live action movie (not based on a TV series) to not be nominated/win an Academy Award for acting.
5He has two roles in common with Christian Bale: (1) Kilmer played Batman / Bruce Wayne in Batman Forever (1995) while Bale played Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012) and (2) Kilmer played Moses in The Prince of Egypt (1998) while Bale played him in Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014).
6He has two roles in common with Adam West: (1) West played Doc Holliday in Sugarfoot (1957), Colt .45 (1957) and Lawman (1958) while Kilmer played him in Tombstone (1993) and (2) West played Batman / Bruce Wayne in Batman (1966), Batman: The Movie (1966), SuperFriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show (1984), The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians (1985), The New Adventures of Batman (1977) and Legends of the Superheroes (1979) while Kilmer played him in Batman Forever (1995).
7Made a personal appearance for the 2007 Orchard Beach Classic Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Show in New York. This was a one day non-profit fund raising event to raise money for the families of police officers who were killed in the September 11th terrorist attack. [September 2007]
8While promoting Comanche Moon (2008) and awaiting production of his latest film to start; joined Rosario Dawson, Jessica Alba, Katie Holmes, Gina Gershon and Kerry Washington in supporting V-Day and the global effort to end violence against women and girls. Ticket-sale proceeds from this event went to fund several non-profit non-violent humanitarian missions around the world. [January 2008]
9While on break from the set of Streets of Blood (2009) with 50 Cent, he joined Cuba Gooding Jr. in supporting the First Star Celebration for Children's Rights. [June 2008]
10Filming alongside Will Forte and Ryan Phillippe for Universal Picture's MacGruber (2010). [August 2009]
11While on break from the set of his latest film, he joined former ambassador Joseph Wilson, Jonathan Richards, former CIA undercover agent Valerie Plame Wilson, Mary-Charlotte Domandi, Jane Fonda and Ali MacGraw in reading pieces from the new Eve Ensler book about ending violence against women and girls worldwide. Ticket-sale proceeds from this exclusive event went to various non-profit projects around the world. [June 2007]
12Filming alongside Denzel Washington, Paula Patton and Jim Caviezel in Tony Scott's Deja Vu (2006), on location in New Orleans. [June 2006]
13Playing in a production of David Mamet's "The Postman Always Rings Twice" in London. [July 2005]
14Made a personal appearance at the Big Apple Comic Book & Sci-Fi Expo in New York City. This was a two day fund raising event for several non-profit organizations as Kilmer donated all proceeds. [November 2007]
15One of his favourite directors was Tony Scott. The two worked together on three films, Top Gun (1986), True Romance (1993) and Deja Vu (2006).
16During the filming of Streets of Blood (2009), 50 Cent became good friends with Val Kilmer. The two actors bonded over their love of vintage cars and 50 Cent stunned Kilmer by giving him the keys of a 1965 Chevy Impala which the singer-turned-actor purchased for $100,000.
17Is a longtime board member of the New Mexico State Film Commission, which tries to persuade Los Angeles - based filmmakers and studios to film on location in New Mexico.
18Told Interview magazine during a 1991 conversation to promote The Doors (1991) that as a child, his family had employed a veteran of the Vietnam War, ongoing at the time, as a full-time babysitter. When the man found work elsewhere, the Kilmer family lost touch with him. Through Interview magazine they made an appeal for the Vietnam vet to reconnect with them.
19Father, with Joanne Whalley, of daughter Mercedes Kilmer (born on October 29, 1991) and son Jack Kilmer (born on June 6, 1995).
20Attended high school with Mare Winningham and stated in his biography that "he was in love with her, cause she was old enough to drive and he wasn't".
21Younger brother of Mark and older brother of Wesley.
22While promoting The Prince of Egypt (1998), he visited 6 countries in 5 days, stopping in Amsterdam, Rome, Madrid, Berlin, Paris and Zurich.
23Volunteered to work with AmeriCares in 1998.
24Actor Girard Swan has worked as his double on past films.
25To date (2007), he has appeared in one Tony Scott film per decade, for three decades. First was Top Gun (1986) in 1986, then True Romance (1993) in 1993, and then Deja Vu (2006) in 2006.
26Was succeeded as Batman by George Clooney.
27Was considered for the role of Captain America/Steve Rogers in the failed 1990 film adaptation of the character. Captain America later fought Batman, whom Kilmer played, in the 1996 DC vs. Marvel storyline.
28He and his old friend Kevin Spacey have both played iconic characters from DC Comics. Kilmer played Batman in Batman Forever (1995), and Spacey played Lex Luthor in Superman Returns (2006).
29His paternal grandfather was a gold miner in New Mexico.
30Second cousin of journalist and poet Joyce Kilmer.
31Val's father was of English, as well as Welsh, Northern Irish (Scots-Irish), French Huguenot, and German, ancestry. Val's mother was of Swedish ancestry.
32Born to Eugene Kilmer and his wife, Gladys Ekstadt.
33Kilmer was eventually succeeded in the role of "Batman" by Christian Bale after George Clooney vacated the role. In The Prince of Egypt (1998), Kilmer provides the voice of "God", while Bale played "Jesus" in Mary, Mother of Jesus (1999).
34His work with the New Mexico Film Investment Program fueled a nearly 40-fold growth in the state's annual production revenue, from $3 million in 2002 to $117 million in 2006.
35Grew up in the San Fernando Valley the middle son of three boys (Mark the eldest; Wesley the youngest). During his high school years, Wesley drowned in the family's swimming pool, an incident Val claims inspired his subsequent performance in The Salton Sea (2002).
36Was originally cast as Johnny Mnemonic in Johnny Mnemonic (1995) but left the project when he was offered the role of Batman in Batman Forever (1995). He was replaced by Keanu Reeves, whom Kilmer later replaced as Chris Shiherlis in Heat (1995).
37Shares two roles with Peter Dobson. In True Romance (1993), Kilmer plays Elvis Presley, a role Dobson played in Forrest Gump (1994). Kilmer also plays Chris Shiherlis in Heat (1995), which was a remake of L.A. Takedown (1989), in which Dobson played the role.
38He and Elvis Presley, whom Kilmer portrayed in True Romance (1993), were/are both said to have Cherokee ancestry.
39While the movie The Missing (2003) was being shot about one hour from his New Mexico ranch, he called up his old friend Ron Howard [writer/director] and asked for a part. Ron gladly accepted and gave him a part which only took 3 days to film. Kilmer's scene is close to 13 minutes long, not counting the DVD's deleted scene.
40Warwick Davis, Kilmer's co-star in Willow (1988), says in his audio commentary that the question he is most frequently asked is: "What was is it like to work with Val Kilmer?" Davis says he has very fond memories of working with Kilmer, stating that Kilmer had a great sense of humor and was very dedicated to the job.
41Keith Campbell has doubled for him in many films. His most recent double has been Chuck Borden.
42Was originally set to play the lead role in The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996) but asked to switch roles because of his divorce.
43Broke his arm while filming The Doors (1991) when he performed a jump from the stage into the crowd and the stuntman failed to catch him. The injury has left Kilmer with an abnormal growth on his left elbow that can clearly be seen many times in Heat (1995).
44Wrote poetry for actress Michelle Pfeiffer.
45He was in the Kalahari Desert in Africa researching a story he was writing about witch doctors when he was offered the Batman Forever (1995) Batman role.
46Visited Iraq briefly in April 1998 with AmeriCares, delivering supplies such as food, medicine and baby food.
47Turned down roles in movies such as: Dune (1984), Blue Velvet (1986), Flatliners (1990), Captain America (1990), Backdraft (1991), Sliver (1993), Point Break (1991), In the Line of Fire (1993), Indecent Proposal (1993), Crimson Tide (1995), Batman & Robin (1997), The Insider (1999), Bandits (2001), a cameo in Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002), Collateral (2004) and Dark Matter (2007).
48Turned down Patrick Swayze's role in Dirty Dancing (1987) because he didn't want to be perceived as a "hunk."
49Stated in 1999 that At First Sight (1999) was his most challenging role to date.
50Loves buffalo (and owns several on his ranch in New Mexico).
51In the past he used to send taped auditions to filmmakers, figuring they would be much better (and less pressure) than live auditions.
52In 1995, Kilmer learned he was getting a divorce while watching CNN in a hotel room. "It was no fun," he has said.
53His parents divorced when he was 9 years old.
54His first auditions were for commercials at 13 years old.
55His father, Eugene, died in 1993.
56Has lived in New Mexico since 1983.
57Good friends with actor Frank Whaley and musician David Crosby.
58Filmed his part as Elvis Presley in True Romance (1993) in 1 day.
59Enjoys scuba diving and traveling.
60After his first film, Top Secret! (1984), he went off and backpacked around Europe.
61Admits in interviews that he is a horrible cook.
62He was 4' 11" when he entered high school. He acknowledged this on Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993).
63Has played two legendary rock and roll musicians: Jim Morrison and Elvis Presley.
64Does a variation on his trademark of twirling objects in Willow (1988): he twirls a sword during the fight in the snow camp.
65Appeared in Tombstone (1993) opposite Charlton Heston. Five years later, he succeeded Heston in the roles of both Moses and God in The Prince of Egypt (1998).
66Did not want to appear in Top Gun (1986) but was forced to do so because of contractual obligations.
67Oliver Stone once considered him for the role of Alexander the Great in his long-delayed Alexander (2004) project. Kilmer plays the father of Alexander, King Philip, opposite Colin Farrell in the Alexander role instead.
68Is the only blonde actor to have played Bruce Wayne/Batman.
69During the sled riding scene in Willow (1988), he can be seen wearing a black glove on his left hand.
70Contrary to popular belief, he enjoyed playing "Batman" despite his poor working relationship with Joel Schumacher during the production of Batman Forever (1995).
71Got the role of Chris Shiherlis in Heat (1995) after Keanu Reeves, who was originally cast as Chris, backed out.
72Turned down a role in The Outsiders (1983) because he was working with a theater company at the time, and if he had pulled out, the show would have been cancelled and his fellow actors out of a job.
73Did his own singing while playing Jim Morrison in The Doors (1991). The real members of the band said they had difficulty distinguishing Kilmer's voice from that of Morrison's.
74Is the second actor to play Batman in the movie franchise. He succeeded Michael Keaton (Batman (1989), Batman Returns (1992)) and preceded #3 George Clooney (Batman & Robin (1997)); #4 Christian Bale (Batman Begins (2005); The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012)) and #5 Ben Affleck (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)). If counting the two different film serials and the television series, then Kilmer is the fifth actor to play Batman. The first 15-chapter film serial, Batman (1943), was released in 1941 and starred Lewis Wilson. The second 15-chapter film serial, Batman and Robin (1949), was released in 1949 and starred Robert Lowery. The TV series, Batman (1966), starred Adam West.
75Met first wife, British actress Joanne Whalley, when they filmed the 1988 fantasy, Willow (1988). They had two children: daughter Mercedes Kilmer (born in 1991) and son Jack Kilmer (born in 1995).
76While being let out of the metal cage during the filming of the crossroads scene in Willow (1988), the rope holding the cage up broke and the cage landed on Kilmer's foot, nearly breaking it. Later on in the film, Kilmer (who played swordsman Madmartigan) can be spotted having difficulty walking.
77Val Kilmer and Marlon Brando infuriated director John Frankenheimer on the set of The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996). Frankenheimer later vowed to never work with Kilmer again.
78Was at the time the youngest student ever accepted into Juilliard's drama department. His record has been supplanted by Juilliard student Seth Numrich, who was admitted at 15 in 2002.
79Co-authored play "How It All Began," performed at the New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, in 1981.
80Ranked #62 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]
81Attended Chatsworth High School with Kevin Spacey and Mare Winningham.


Net Worth & Salary

TitleSalary
Blind Horizon (2003)$1,000,000
Red Planet (2000)$10,000,000
At First Sight (1999)$9,000,000
The Saint (1997)$6,000,000
The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996)$6,000,000
Batman Forever (1995)$7,000,000


Trademarks

#Trademark
1Deep resonant voice
2Pretty-boy looks
3Known for his meticulous detail and precision when preparing characters. This is often to the chagrin of the actors and filmmakers he is working with.
4He rubs the first two fingers of his right hand together. Particularly in tense scenes, but also where he is not speaking.
5In many of his movies, he twirls small objects (coins, pencils, etc.) with his fingers.


Quotes

#Quote
1[on Christopher Nolan's Batman films] Well, they did what I hoped that we would have done with it. It's like with Spielberg and Lucas, they don't wonder what kids think, they go ask them! And that was my suggestion - why don't we talk to the people that really love it? Because I had childhood ideas and memories of Batman, and when you think of what Bob Kane dreamt up, he really understood something fundamental that's still entertaining us. I think because of Tim Burton's success with the first one, with Nicholson being so amazing, you can't help but want to see it over again. I think they got carried away with the idea of the bad guy being immune to the rules. Like in the first one, he really gets the hell kicked out of him and then thrown off the bell tower. I mean, he suffers. And that went away and it became sort of cute or something. It's entertaining, but I think the new films are more the original spirit.
2(2011) I think I shortchanged myself in terms of my acting career, because it's a very hard job to do well and there are many, many, many talented artists. And I didn't take advantage of those opportunities like most of my peers, where there's a real consistency. Once you achieve a certain level of fame, you can secure it with money and you can secure it with relationships, and I just lived in New Mexico for 25 years.
3(2011) I don't believe in death. I think it's just a state of mind. The physicists now are starting to catch up with artists or the witch doctor, the healer, because now they can prove mathematically that everything's just a point of view.
4(On his youthful drug experimentation) If marijuana was supposed to make you mellow, I would be like, "The cops, the cops, the cops . . ." I was what you call the buzz kill.
5I would do a bad western with a good horse any day of the week.
6[Prior to his divorce from Joanne Whalley]: "It's great. Instead of going out to parties, I go home to my family."
7I thought I was going to marry my last girlfriend, she was just so wonderful. Daryl Hannah, fantastic woman. We shared so many interests, and we really made each other laugh . . . she just fascinated me. But there's something fundamentally where we didn't . . . maybe almost like brother and sister, just so alike, that it couldn't . . . " - Brentwood Magazine, October 2003.
8It hurts. I miss my kids. I miss my kids in so many ways that I can't explain.
9There are some directors I should have worked with. I'd like to have worked with Altman [Robert Altman] - I turned him down a couple of times when I was younger. My thing now is if it's a good director I'll never say no - I'm just gonna say yes from now on. (2004)
10Big 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.
11I probably complained more when I was younger. The movie industry can be frustrating but I think sometimes I could have been more helpful, approaching a film as a partnership rather than being critical of a director's ignorance. I wasn't sensitive to the fact that it's very hard to direct.
12The 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.
13New Mexico is my home. It has never been anything but home. The ranch has rivers and canyon, everything imaginable. I can ride, hunt and fish. At the same time, ranching is grueling, difficult work. It's like acting, to be successful at it, you have to work hard. I take it very seriously.
14My only challenge is to entertain. And I accomplish my task better when I myself am entertained by what I am doing. I am very critical of myself, I constantly set the bar higher and higher. I try to surpass myself. That's all. But I also know how to preserve myself, to not let myself get bedazzled by the smoke and mirrors.
15I listened to a lot of records. I smoked quite a few cigarettes and that - the smoking - stayed with me unfortunately! And I copied his voice in much the same way as I would learn an accent. With a lot of work, I got it. I found Jim's voice. Whenever people see me singing, it's really me singing. It's live. Oliver [Oliver Stone] was counting a lot on the spontaneity and the authenticity, especially in the concert scenes. Everything was prerecorded just in case but I ended up performing it all live. It is all a thing of imagination and one can have the tendency to underestimate it. Physically, I enjoyed myself a lot when I had to gain weight to incarnate Jim Morrison at the end of his life. When he is in a stupor, intoxicated by alcohol and drugs, he resembles Karl Marx. The make-up artists took Polaroids and showed them to the Doors guitarist and to Alain Ronay to get their approval. They were amazed by the resemblance and that helped me a lot. - On becoming Jim Morrison for The Doors (1991).
16"I guess I'm one of the new generation of actors who have as little to do with the machinery of Hollywood as possible. We're colonizing whole chunks of cowboy territory; I never liked LA when I was growing up there as a kid, and I don't like it now. I've got my visits to that city down to a science: I make some people get up early, other stay up late -- and I can be in and out in a day." - 1992 quote.
17"For my audition, I did a monologue from one of my plays. I couldn't find anything contemporary that they wouldn't have seen hundreds of times before. I didn't know what I was doing, but it worked." - On his Juilliard audition.
18"When they decide they want to expand their repertoire of facial expressions, say, play a character part, or do a period piece, it's often their fate, tragically, that they fail. Few actors have learned about acting by doing successful movies. Tom Cruise has, and Tom Hanks." - On mainstream box-office actors.
19It's probably fair to say I have taken myself too seriously on some jobs. I'm sure I'm more guilty of being difficult than I'd like to remember. I don't regret my desires; I've regretted the way I would communicate my desires. Maybe I've lost a job because of some rumor, I doubt it. But nobody good that I've worked with has ever said anything negative about me, because we've never had a negative experience. By good, I mean directors who do their homework, people that are passionate, crazy, never sleep, and do like I do and just go after it.
20"It made me consider time differently, because my year ends when the year ends. I blame my birth date for being hung up about time."- On his New Year's Eve birthday.
21"I liked being Doc Holliday. It's fun to be insightful and aristocratic, to stand up for your friend and make sacrifices for him. It was fun to be arrogant like he was and have the goods to back it up. He was a very noble character. Although, let's not forget, he did kill a lot of people." - On Tombstone (1993).
22Doing my first movie, I realized I could get into real bad habits. If you're the star, all you have to do is show up, and 20 people say, 'Do you want anything? What is it? Let me get it for you.' Believe me, you get spoiled very quickly. I saw some of my contemporaries allow themselves to have that fame, thinking they could handle it. It messed them up.
23"When I figured out that to have money you had to work, I knew I couldn't hack a regular job. So I thought acting would be good, because basically you made your own hours, were ridiculously overpaid and got the girls. Don't laugh! That was the truth!" - On how he first came about considered acting as a career.
24I think spiritual perception comes from natural and healthy relationship to the land and I've had that. I get an easy, automatic sense of myself in nature, a wholeness and I feel nowhere else. I think people should live where praying is most immediate. That's why I live in New Mexico. The physical terrain, the feeling, the environment and culture improve my life just by waking up there.
25"It looked like it might not work out with Michael Keaton, so they asked Joel Schumacher, 'Who do you want for Batman?' When he said me, I asked my agent, 'Why? Who did they not get?' I'd met with Joel a couple of times before about other [movies]. I didn't know anything in terms of the cast, story or anything, but I said, 'Sure, sounds like fun.'" - On accepting his role as Batman.
26"Parts. Little people are very funny. They already know that life is weird. So that part was fun. My co-star, I ended up marrying - that was fun. We went to New Zealand and we went to Wales. All the traveling was fun but wearing the pink dress wasn't fun." - On if filming Willow (1988) was fun.
27Poetry 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.
28I'd be in a bad western on a good horse any day of the week. It's such a fantastic genre of film.
29"Every day was such a trial. It was a unique kind of hell. All the audience knows is the end result - and that's as it should be, but the experience of making it is quite different." - On filming Tombstone (1993).
30"Nothing's ever guaranteed. It's all math, like, 'This guy has better numbers, so give the job to him.' If the business people think they can make money with you, it's not, like, a deep conversation that they have about you. Actors can get into a rhythm of working where the confidence [about them] is like the stock market. Someone 'feels' good, so they pay whatever, which gives other studios confidence, like 'Those guys have good taste, they hired him,' so whether he or she is any good, you can do four or five jobs like that until you're discovered. This town is filled with mystery careers -- people who aren't discovered found out, and they keep giving money to them." - On having a successful acting career.
31It may or may not sound pretentious. But I've turned down, consciously and specifically, many jobs I knew would have been a pretty surefire way to go about making a lot of money, being recognized and gaining power in the industry.
32I was given a copy of that script because at one point I was involved with Dune (1984). It would have been my first job for damn near a year. So, Dave (Lynch) gave me the script and it was straight-out, hard-core pornography before page 30. I never finished it. I said, 'Good luck, but I can't do this.' It isn't what he ended up making. THAT movie, I WOULD have done. - On why he turned down David Lynch's Blue Velvet (1986).
33I feel safer in Johannesburg than in L.A. Violence comes out of the blue here. I've had friends who have been carjacked, all kinds of things. Successful felons, criminals love L.A. It's so big, there's so many freeways to get on after you do your score. Because of its possibilities, L.A.'s the most sorrowful city in the world.
34"It's the most fulfilling thing I can do and get paid for." - On theatre.
35There 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.
36Acting 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.
37Being called Jim made it easier for Oliver [Oliver Stone] and probably for me. In the end that approach was healthy because I don't believe you've got to go out and shoot dope to play Jim Morrison. - On if the rumors were true about Kilmer insisting being called Jim Morrison while filming The Doors (1991).
38I've done a lot of jobs that were just for money or were just the best things around at the time.
39Interesting characters are troubled characters. The only problem I've had in my business is very few people - unfortunately, very vocal - confusing the difficult role that I play with me. I play these guys, but I'm not like them. I've been accused of being difficult to work with. But that's like saying the football player's out of breath 'cause when he comes off the field having caught a hundred-yard pass he shouldn't be out of breath. He's not out of shape; he just went and did his job.
40"I'm very lucky in that I haven't cultivated fame. Which, from what I've seen of my contemporaries, takes an enormous amount of time. I have a lot of respect for people that do it and they're successful at it ... Especially people that aren't such talented actors." - Quote from 2001.
41I think John Holmes is one of the first twenty or fifty people that fulfilled Andy Warhol's prophecy that one day everyone would be famous for fifteen minutes. People who had nothing to do with pornography, or had any interest in it, knew who John Holmes was. And somehow it was famous, at least in LA, that Canoga Park was the pornography center of the planet. I still don't know why, but I knew that as a kid.
42He was basically a nerd, and he really had wonderful qualities. I've never really played a hustler before, but he was absolutely a world-class hustler. A liar lies and a thief steals from you, but a hustler gives you something that you don't mind parting with your money for. You're entertained by the meal or the sex or the impression that something is going to happen. You're given a sense of well-being, and he was good at it. - On his character John Holmes for the movie Wonderland (2003).
43It's always been the same for me. I've always enjoyed acting, and I really love good actors; they're such unique characters. I wish I could tell stories well, or tell a joke. Any time someone can do that it's so satisfying. Sean Penn, for instance, is a really good actor, and he can tell a good joke or story. But it's hard to do. Most actors have special talents that make them attractive, but they're often odd characters.
44Being successful doesn't change things. There's a painful, lonely part of acting because you're always waiting. The thing about being a performer is doing, and when you have to wait, it's the same pain as when you're starting out and have no job. You think that thing will go away, but it doesn't. It just shifts. I remember Robert Duvall saying that being a successful actor is all about finding interesting hobbies, because if you don't have the right hobby, you die. It's very hard to maintain interest. Most actors don't. They become a little clichéd. You learn how to do tricks and stuff.
45"I was going to movies and watching TV, going to the theater a little bit. It was, like, 'Wow, you could make a living doing this? Great! What could be better?' There isn't anything I could choose better." - On why he initially choose acting as a career while still a young man.
46The only time it's ever like work is when you don't like what you've done.
47Upon playing Batman: "I've done an absurdly commercial cartoon and now I'm more likely to get hired for a job I couldn't get hired for before, because I hadn't done enough movies. It's so rare when an actor gets hired because he's right for the role - it just doesn't figure into it."


Pictures

Won Awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2005Special AwardCamerimageActor with Special Visual Sensitivity
2005Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Supporting Role, Comedy or MusicalKiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
2004Capri Legend AwardCapri, Hollywood
2003Maverick Tribute AwardCinequest San Jose Film Festival
2003Prism AwardPrism AwardsPerformance in a Theatrical Feature FilmThe Salton Sea (2002)

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2012GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Spoken Word AlbumFor the album "The Mark of Zorro" (Val Kilmer & Cast).
2006Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActorKiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
2005Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst Supporting ActorAlexander (2004)
1999OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Cinematic MomentThe Prince of Egypt (1998)Sandra Bullock

Michelle Pfeiffer

Jeff Goldblum

Ralph Fiennes
1998Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst ActorThe Saint (1997)
1997Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst Supporting ActorThe Ghost and the Darkness (1996)
1996Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActorHeat (1995)
1996MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsMost Desirable MaleBatman Forever (1995)
1994MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest Male PerformanceTombstone (1993)
1994MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsMost Desirable MaleTombstone (1993)
1992CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActorThe Doors (1991)
1992MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest Male PerformanceThe Doors (1991)
1989ACECableACE AwardsActor in a Movie or MiniseriesThe Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains (1987)


Filmography

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Summer Love2006The Wanted Man
Moscow Zero2006Andrey
Played2006Dillon
10th & Wolf2006Murtha
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang2005Gay Perry
Alexander2004Philip
Entourage2004TV SeriesThe Sherpa
George and the Dragon2004El Cabillo (uncredited)
Mindhunters2004Jake Harris
Stateside2004Staff Sergeant Skeer
Spartan2004Scott
Blind Horizon2003Frank Kavanaugh
The Missing2003/ILt. Jim Ducharme
Wonderland2003John Holmes
Masked and Anonymous2003Animal Wrangler
Hard Cash2002FBI Agent Mark C. Cornell
The Salton Sea2002Danny Parker Tom Van Allen
Red Planet: Deleted Scenes2000Video shortGallagher (uncredited)
Red Planet2000Gallagher
Pollock2000Willem DeKooning
Joe the King1999Bob Henry
At First Sight1999Virgil Adamson
The Prince of Egypt1998Moses God (voice)
The Saint1997Simon Templar
The Ghost and the Darkness1996Col. John Henry Patterson
Dead Girl1996Dr. Dark
The Island of Dr. Moreau1996Montgomery
Heat1995Chris Shiherlis
Batman Forever1995Batman Bruce Wayne
Wings of Courage1995Jean Mermoz
Tombstone1993Doc Holliday
The Real McCoy1993J.T. Barker
True Romance1993Mentor
Thunderheart1992Ray Levoi
The Doors1991Jim Morrison
Kill Me Again1989Jack Andrews
Billy the Kid1989TV MovieWilliam Bonney
Willow1988Madmartigan
The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains1987TV MovieRobert Elliot Burns / Elliot Roberts
The Murders in the Rue Morgue1986TV MoviePhillipe Huron
Top Gun1986Iceman
Real Genius1985Chris Knight
ABC Afterschool Specials1985TV SeriesEric
Top Secret!1984Nick Rivers
Riptide2018pre-production
The Super2017post-productionWalter
The Snowman2017post-production
Mark Twain and Mary Baker EddyannouncedMark Twain
Song to Song2017Duane
Cinema Twain2016Mark Twain
Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn2014Mark Twain
Robot Chicken2014TV SeriesMan-E-Faces
Psych2014TV SeriesDetective Dobson
The Spoils of Babylon2014TV SeriesGeneral Cauliffe
Ghost Ghirls2013TV SeriesSweetriver Jackson
Palo Alto2013Stewart
Planes2013Bravo (voice)
Life's Too Short2013TV SeriesVal Kilmer
Standing Up2013/IIHofstadder
Riddle2013Sheriff Richards
Breathless2012/IDale
The Fourth Dimension2012Val Kilmer (segment "The Lotus Community Workshop")
7 Below2012Bill McCormick
Wyatt Earp's Revenge2012VideoWyatt Earp - 1907
Deep in the Heart2012The Bearded Man
Saturday Night Live2011TV SeriesBrilliant Lunatic
Spider-Man: Edge of Time2011Video GameDr. Walker Sloan (voice)
Twixt2011Hall Baltimore
Blood Out2011VideoArturo
5 Days of War2011Dutchman
Kill the Irishman2011Joe Manditski
Gun2010Angel
The Traveler2010/IMr. Nobody / Drifter
MacGruber2010Dieter Von Cunth
Bloodworth2010Warren Bloodworth
Double Identity2009Dr. Nicholas Pinter
Hardwired2009Virgil
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans2009Stevie Pruit
The Thaw2009Dr. Kruipen
American Cowslip2009Todd Inglebrink
Streets of Blood2009VideoDet. Andy Deveraux
Knight Rider2008-2009TV SeriesK.I.T.T.
The Steam Experiment2009Jimmy
XIII: The Conspiracy2008TV Mini-SeriesLa Mangouste
2:222008Maz
Felon2008John Smith
The Love Guru2008Val Kilmer (uncredited)
Columbus Day2008John Cologne
Delgo2008Bogardus (voice)
Conspiracy2008MacPherson
Comanche Moon2008TV Mini-SeriesInish Scull
A West Texas Children's Story2007Henderson
Numb3rs2007TV SeriesMason Lancer
The Ten Commandments: The Musical2006Moses
Deja Vu2006Agent Pryzwarra

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Fourth Dimension2012performer: "The Fourth Dimension" / writer: "The Fourth Dimension"
Saturday Night Live2011TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Ten Commandments: The Musical2006performer: "When We Rule The World", "A Love That Never Was", "Keys To The Kingdom", "Guilty", "The Horns Of Jericho", "Why Me?", "Let Them Go", "The Plagues", "Into The Deep", "Brothers Still", "Back In Egypt", "A Prayer For Life"
True Romance1993performer: "Heartbreak Hotel"
The Doors1991performer: "Moonlight Drive", "Break On Through", "Light My Fire", "The Crystal Ship", "My Wild Love", "The End", "Not to Touch the Earth", "The Soft Parade", "Touch Me", "Five to One", "Dead Cats, Dead Rats"
Top Secret!1984performer: "SKEET SURFING", "TUTTI FRUTI", "HOW SILLY CAN YOU GET", "SPEND THIS NIGHT WITH ME", "ARE YOU LONESOME TONIGHT?", "STRAIGHTEN OUT THE RUG"

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mark Twain and Mary Baker Eddyproducer announced
Cinema Twain2016producer
Columbus Day2008producer
Comanche Moon2008TV Mini-Series associate producer - 3 episodes

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mark Twain and Mary Baker Eddyannounced
Cinema Twain2016

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mark Twain and Mary Baker Eddyannounced
Cinema Twain2016based on his play "Citizen Twain"

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Art of Zen2016Documentary special thanks
American Meth2008Video documentary special thanks

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Man-Eaters of TsavoDocumentary filmingHimself
Gylne tider2016TV Series documentaryHimself
Academy Event: Heat2016Video shortHimself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2013-2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Conan2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Larry King Now2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Tavis Smiley2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Good Day L.A.2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Shakespeare High2011DocumentaryHimself
Making American Cowslip2010Documentary shortHimself
2009 American Music Awards2009TV SpecialHimself
MTV Europe Music Awards 20092009TV SpecialHimself
Entertainment Tonight2007-2009TV SeriesHimself
Unconquered; Allan Houser and the Legacy of One Apache Family2008Documentary shortNarrator
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2006-2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Mon clown2008TV Short documentaryHimself
American Meth2008Video documentaryNarrator
Déjà Vu: Surveillance Window2007Video documentaryHimself
Live with Kelly and Ryan2005-2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2005-2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Oliver Stone - Hollywoods Lieblingsrebell2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Reichen Show2006TV SeriesHimself
Film '722005TV SeriesHimself
GMTV2005TV SeriesHimself
The Showbiz Show with David Spade2005TV SeriesHimself
El Magacine2005TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2003-2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight - Batman Unbound2005Video documentary shortHimself
Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight - Reinventing a Hero2005Video documentary shortHimself
Mon plus grand moment de cinéma2005TV Series shortHimself
Biography2004-2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Mindhunters: Stunt Sequence2005Video shortHimself
Big Brother's Efourum2005TV SeriesHimself
The Bigger Picture2005TV SeriesHimself
The Death of 'Alexander'2005Video documentary shortHimself
The Making of 'Heat'2005Video documentaryHimself
Nigella2005TV SeriesHimself
Breakfast2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Shootout2005TV SeriesHimself
Champion2005DocumentaryHimself
Trudell2005DocumentaryHimself
Batman Forever Heroes: Batman2005Video documentary shortHimself
Beyond Batman: The Many Faces of Gotham City2005Video documentary shortHimself
Fight Against Time: Oliver Stone's Alexander2005Video documentaryHimself
Danger Zone: The Making of 'Top Gun'2004Video documentaryHimself
HBO First Look1998-2004TV Series documentary shortHimself
The Money Programme2004TV Series documentaryHimself
On the Set of 'Alexander'2004Video documentary shortHimself
Bounty Hunters2004TV MovieHimself - Narrator
Last Call with Carson Daly2003-2004TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Richard & Judy2004TV SeriesHimself - Guest
This Morning1995-2004TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Charlie Rose1996-2004TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Daily Show2002-2004TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Orange British Academy Film Awards2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Heaven and Earth Show2004TV SeriesHimself - Guest
V Graham Norton2003TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Tussen de sterren2003TV Series documentaryHimself
The Wayne Brady Show2003TV SeriesHimself
A Director's Journey: The Making of 'Red Dragon'2003Video documentary shortHimself - Premiere
The Seventh Man2003/IHimself - Narrator (voice)
'Masked & Anonymous' Exposed2003Video documentary shortHimself
The Making of 'Tombstone'2002Video documentary shortHimself / Doc Holliday
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1994-2002TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Embracing the Chaos: A Conversation with the Cast of 'The Salton Sea'2002Video documentary shortHimself / Danny Parker / Tom Van Allen
Africa Unbottled2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
Saturday Night Live2000TV SeriesHimself - Host
Late Show with David Letterman1996-2000TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Saturday Night Live: Presidential Bash 20002000TV SpecialHimself / Jeb Bush
Inside the Actors Studio2000TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 71st Annual Academy Awards1999TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Western Tribute
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1999TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Mundo VIP1997-1998TV SeriesHimself
The Road of Excess1997Video documentary shortHimself
A Century of Science Fiction1996Video documentaryHimself
1995 MTV Movie Awards1995TV SpecialHimself
The Annual 1995 ShoWest Awards1995TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Showbiz Today1995TV SeriesHimself
Riddle Me This: Why Is Batman Forever?1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
100 Years of the Hollywood Western1994TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 66th Annual Academy Awards1994TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Best Makeup
The 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards1994TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Untold West1993TV SeriesHimself
Willow: The Making of an Adventure1988TV Movie documentaryHimself / Madmartigan
The 56th Annual Academy Awards1984TV Special documentaryHimself - Audience Member

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entertainment Tonight2016-2017TV SeriesHimself
No Sleep TV32016TV SeriesDoc Holliday
Welcome to the Basement2012-2013TV SeriesAnimal Wrangler / Iceman / Chris Knight
Edición Especial Coleccionista2012TV SeriesNick Rivers
American Masters2009TV Series documentary
5 Second Movies2008TV SeriesBatman
Canada A.M.2006TV SeriesGay Perry
Cinema mil2005TV SeriesHimself
Dr. X's Creatures2003TV SeriesVarious Characters (2003)
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Molly Shannon2001Video shortDr. Marshal Reams (uncredited)
Joe Bob's Drive-In Theater1995TV SeriesDoc Holliday
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