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Val Kilmer is an American actor who is best known for starring in multiple hit films such as Real Genius, Top Gun, Batman Forever, and Tombstone. Kilmer is perhaps best-known for playing real-life figures in movies. His performances as Chris in Heat and “Gay Perry” in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang earned him nominations for Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor. Val Kilmer net worth is estimated to be around $30 million. Kilmer net worth is estimated to be around $30 million as of 2022.
|Celebrated Name||Val Kilmer|
|Rеаl Nаmе/Full Nаmе||Val Edward Kilmer|
|Age||62 years old|
|Віrth Dаtе||31 December 1959|
|Віrth Рlасе||Los Angeles, California|
|Val Kilmer Net Worth in 2022||$30 million|
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Val Kilmer or Val Edward Kilmer was born in Los Angeles, California. He is the son of Gladys Swanette and Eugene Dorris Kilmer, an aerospace equipment distributor and real estate, developer. His mother was of Swedish descent. His father’s ancestry included English, Scottish-Irish, French, and German. His parents divorced in 1968 when he was 8 years old. His mother later married William Bernard Leach in 1970. Kilmer’s grandfather was a gold miner in New Mexico, near the border with Arizona. In 1977, Kilmer’s younger brother Wesley, who had epilepsy, drowned in a jacuzzi at age 15. Their father died in 1993.
He attended high school with Kevin Spacey. His high school girlfriend was Mare Winningham. He became the youngest person at the time to be accepted into the Juilliard School’s Drama Division, where he was a member of Group 10.
Val Kilmer Age, Height, Weight, and Relationship
Being born on 31 December 1959, Val Kilmer is 62 years old. He is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 93 kg or 205 lbs.
Kilmer was married to actress Joanne Whalley from March 1988 to February 1996. The two met while working together on the film Willow. They have two children, a daughter, Mercedes, and a son, Jack.
Kilmer has dated Cher, Michelle Pfeiffer, Izabella Miko, Zeta Graff, Bridgetta Tomarchio, Neve Campbell Daryl Hannah, Cindy Crawford, Emily Lloyd, Lesley Ann Warren, Ellen Barkin, and Angelina Jolie.
Val Kilmer Net Worth and Career
In 1981, while at Juilliard, Kilmer co-authored and starred in the play How It All Began, which was performed at the Public Theater at the New York Shakespeare Festival. Kilmer turned down a role in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1983 film The Outsiders, as he had prior theatre commitments. In 1983, he appeared off-Broadway in The Slab Boys with Kevin Bacon, Sean Penn, and Jackie Earle Haley. That same year, his first off-stage acting role (excluding television commercials) came in the form of an episode of ABC Afterschool Special called One Too Many, which was an educational drama on drinking and driving; it also starred a young Michelle Pfeiffer. Also, in 1983, Kilmer self-published a collection of his own poetry entitled My Edens After Burns, which included poems inspired by his time with Pfeiffer. The book of poems is difficult to obtain and expensive; even second-hand copies fetch $300 and up.
His big break came when he received top billing in the comedy spoof of the spy movie Top Secret, in which he played an American rock and roll star. Kilmer sang all the songs in the film and released an album under the film character’s name, “Nick Rivers”. While garnering more substantial roles and prestige, he also gained a reputation as a ladies’ man, dating numerous women.
During a brief hiatus, he backpacked throughout Europe before going on to play the lead character in the 1985 comedy Real Genius. He turned down a role in David Lynch’s Blue Velvet before being cast as naval aviator “Iceman” in the action film Top Gun alongside Tom Cruise. Top Gun grossed a total of over $344 million worldwide and made Kilmer a major star. Following roles in the television films The Murders in the Rue Morgue and The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains, Kilmer played Madmartigan in the fantasy Willow; he met his future wife, co-star Joanne Whalley, on the film’s set. Kilmer starred in the Colorado Shakespeare Festival production of Hamlet in 1988. In 1989, Kilmer played the lead in both Kill Me Again, again opposite Whalley, and in TNT’s Billy the Kid.
In the early 1990s, Kilmer starred in the mystery thriller Thunderheart, the action-comedy The Real McCoy, and again teamed with Top Gun director Tony Scott to play Elvis Presley in True Romance, which was written by Quentin Tarantino. In 1993, Kilmer played Doc Holliday in the western Tombstone alongside Kurt Russell. In the film, Doc Holliday performs Chopin’s Nocturne in E minor, Op.72, No. 1; however, Kilmer does not play the piano and he practiced that one piece for months in preparation. In 1995, Kilmer starred in Wings of Courage, a 3D IMAX film, and that same year, he starred opposite Al Pacino and Robert De Niro in Heat, which is now considered one of the best crime/drama films of the 1990s.
In December 1993 Batman Forever director Joel Schumacher had seen Tombstone and was most impressed with Kilmer’s performance as Doc Holliday. Schumacher felt him be perfect for the role of Batman, though at the time, the role was still Michael Keaton’s. In July 1994, Keaton decided not to return for a third Batman film after 1992’s Batman Returns, due to “creative differences”. William Baldwin (who previously worked with Schumacher on Flatliners) was reported to be a top contender, though just days after Keaton dropped out, Kilmer was cast. Kilmer took the role without even knowing who the new director was and without reading the script.
Released in June 1995, Batman Forever was a success at the box office, despite receiving mixed reviews from critics. There was debate about Kilmer’s performance: some critics, like The New York Times’s Janet Maslin, thought Kilmer was a poor successor to Keaton in the part; while others, such as Roger Ebert, had kind words for Kilmer. Batman creator Bob Kane said in a Cinescape interview that of all the actors to have played Batman up to that point, he felt Kilmer had given the best interpretation. Film critic Leonard Maltin (who criticized the dark tone contained in Batman Returns) complimented Kilmer’s portrayal when he reviewed the film for his expanding collection of film reviews. Defenders of Batman Forever praised the film for portraying Batman as a more heroic, less ruthless, and more human character than in the Tim Burton films. The film also brought the film interpretation of Bruce Wayne more into line with his comic book counterpart, showing him as a socialite and a very public figure rather than the neurotic recluse of the previous films.
In February 1996, Kilmer decided not to return for another Batman feature film, feeling that Batman was being marginalized in favor of the villains and because of scheduling problems with The Saint. George Clooney replaced Kilmer as Batman in 1997’s Batman & Robin. There were also reports that Kilmer had not had a good working relationship with Schumacher, as another reason for not reprising the role. He appeared in a largely unknown film, Dead Girl, and starred alongside Marlon Brando in the poorly received The Island of Dr. Moreau. That year, Kilmer starred alongside Michael Douglas in the thriller The Ghost and the Darkness. In 1997 he played Simon Templar in the popular action film, The Saint. Kilmer looked forward to the title role as a change toward a more fun, less serious action thriller while enjoying the “master of disguise” chameleon characters like a mad artist, a nerdy British scientist, a cleaner, and a Russian mob boss. Kilmer also wrote poetry in the film. He received a salary of $6 million for the movie. Saint was a financial success, grossing $169.4 million worldwide.
Kilmer’s first role in 2000 was in the big-budget Warner Bros. box office disaster Red Planet. That same year, he had a supporting role in the film Pollock and hosted Saturday Night Live for the first time. In 2002, he starred in the thriller The Salton Sea, which was generally well-reviewed, but received only a limited release. The same year, he teamed with his True Romance co-star, Christian Slater to appear in the low-budget film, Hard Cash, also known as Run for the Money.
In 2003 Kilmer starred alongside Kate Bosworth in the drama/thriller Wonderland, portraying porn star John Holmes. He also appeared in The Missing, where he again worked with Willow director Ron Howard. The next year, he starred in David Mamet’s Spartan, where he played a United States government secret agent who is assigned the task of rescuing the kidnapped daughter of the President. He received Delta Force-like training in preparation for the role. Subsequently, he had a role in the drama, Stateside, and starred (again with Slater) in the thriller Mindhunters, which was filmed in 2003 but not released until 2005. Kilmer next appeared in the big-budget Oliver Stone production, Alexander, which received poor reviews.
Also, in 2004, Kilmer returned to the theatre to play Moses in a Los Angeles musical production of The Ten Commandments: The Musical, produced by BCBG founder Max Azria. The production played at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood and also featured Adam Lambert. Kilmer had previously played Moses in the animated film The Prince of Egypt. Finally, in 2004, Kilmer appeared in an episode of Entourage, where he played a Sherpa whose primary source of income was growing, harvesting, and distributing high-quality cannabis, all under the guise of metaphysical insights.
Kilmer performed in The Postman Always Rings Twice on the London stage from June to September 2005. In 2005, he co-starred with Robert Downey, Jr. in the action-comedy film Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. His performance was praised and the film was well-reviewed, but it received only a limited release. It later won the award for “Overlooked Film of the Year” from the Phoenix Film Critics Society.
In 2006 he reunited with director Tony Scott a third time for a supporting role opposite Denzel Washington in the box-office hit Déjà Vu. The song “Val Kilmer” was named after him on Bowling for Soup’s 2006 album The Great Burrito Extortion Case. The song was later used for a Ford Motors commercial on season 10 of American Idol in 2011. In 2007, he guest-starred on the hit TV series Numb3rs in the episode “Trust Metric”, portraying torture expert Mason Lancer. That same year, he released a CD, proceeds of which went to his charity interests. In 2008, Kilmer starred alongside Stephen Dorff in the Sony and Stage 6 film Felon. The film was given only a limited theatrical release in New York and Los Angeles in 2008, but it developed into a success secondary to positive word of mouth.
Kilmer was the voice of the car KITT for the 2008 Knight Rider TV pilot film and the following television series. He replaced Will Arnett, who had to step down from the role due to a contractual conflict with General Motors. keeping with a tradition established by the original Knight Rider series and original KITT actor William Daniels, Kilmer was uncredited for the role on-screen. He next starred alongside Nicolas Cage in the Werner Herzog film Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, and alongside Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson in Streets of Blood. Both were released in 2009. He appeared as the main antagonist “Mongoose” in a live TV series adaptation of the comic/video game XIII on NBC in 2009.
In 2010 Kilmer starred in Michael Oblowitz’s horror film The Traveler, in which he played the vengeful spirit of a man who had been tortured and murdered while in police custody. In November 2010, Kilmer was filming in Kelseyville, California. He was finally able to work with his lifelong friend Francis Ford Coppola and star in the film Twixt. The film was filmed mostly on Coppola’s estate in Napa County. The filming was expected to take five weeks and was independently funded by Coppola. In 2010, Kilmer appeared as the villain Dieter Von Cunth in MacGruber and had a small cameo role in the music video for Tenacious D’s “To Be the Best”.
Kilmer spoke at May 5, 2010, the commencement ceremonies of William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri. During his week-long visit to campus, he also performed his one-man play, Citizen Twain. He received an honorary doctorate “in recognition of his creative abilities and his contributions to art and theater.”
In 2012 Kilmer received a Grammy nomination for Best Spoken Word. He also starred in Harmony Korine’s short film The Lotus Community Workshop, part of the collaborative film The Fourth Dimension. He plays a version of himself from an alternate reality: a former actor turned self-help guru. The Fourth Dimension is a collection of three standalone short films about parallel universes produced by Vice Films in collaboration with Grolsch Film Works, a new division of the namesake beer company. Kilmer notes that his addition to the list of actors, including John Malkovich (Being John Malkovich) and Al Pacino (Jack and Jill), that mock their real-life persona in fictional movies was an accident and says, “I still love saying the premise because it makes me laugh every time.”
In 2013, he reunited with his Top Gun co-star Anthony Edwards in the Disney animated movie Planes. Kilmer voiced the character Bravo, while Edwards supplied Echo. Kilmer also played the role of Detective Dobson in the series finale of the television show Psych.
In 2017, Kilmer appeared in Song to Song opposite Rooney Mara and Ryan Gosling and directed by Terrence Malick. Kilmer also appeared in the 2017 film The Snowman, opposite Michael Fassbender and Rebecca Ferguson and directed by Tomas Alfredson.
On June 7, 2018, it was confirmed Kilmer would be reprising his role as LT Tom “Iceman” Kazanski for the upcoming Top Gun sequel Top Gun: Maverick
In May 2020, KilmerKast, a podcast retrospective of Kilmer’s films, launched.
In August 2020, Kilmer shared the screen with his daughter Mercedes Kilmer for the first time in Paydirt.
Val Kilmer Net Worth
Val Kilmer net worth is estimated to be around $30 million as of 2022. He earned $7 million for his role in Batman Forever back in 1995 and around $9 million for At First Sight. During that time, he was among the highest-paid actors.
Kilmer used to own over 6,000 acres of a ranch in New Mexico which he would later list for sale for $33 million. He sold a large part of the ranch to a billionaire for $18.5 million while he still owns a part of the property even today.