Born on December 31, 1959, in Los Angeles, CA, Kilmer's more significant accomplishments include
becoming the youngest student admitted to Juilliard for drama, his dead-on portrayal of Jim
Morrison in Oliver Stone's The Doors, and taking over the role of Batman from Michael
Keaton. He is the father of two children from his eight year marriage to British actress
Joanne Whalley (they are now divorced). His reputation is one of being a brilliant actor with
perfectionist tendencies to the point of being rather difficult to work with. Director John
Frankenheimer even allegedly claimed that the only two things he staunchly refused to do were to
climb Mount Everest or ever work with Kilmer again.
Other notable Val Kilmer movies include Real Genius (1985), The Man Who Broke 1,000
Chains (1987), Tombstone (1993), Heat (1995), The Ghost and The Darkness (1996), The Saint
(1997), The Prince of Egypt (1998), The Salton Sea (2002), Wonderland (2003), and
Alexander (2004). He is an avid traveller, enjoys scuba diving, and is known to dabble in
Strangely enough, his presence in downtown Toronto is as ubiquitous as the pigeons
and black squirrels inhabiting Queens' Park. Thanks to a group of taggers with a rampant
Kilmer obsession, there are literally hundreds of photocopied Val Kilmer faces adorning downtown
Toronto buildings. This is often accompanied by his spray-painted name or simply the word "Void".
Some have speculated the taggings were a publicity stunt promoting a local band called Val
Kilmer, later known as the Val Kilmer Tagging Caper. Apparently, the sleeve for their CD
contains a band member list consisting of various Val Kilmer film characters. While this is the
most widely accepted explanation, on further examination it becomes doubtful whether or not this
band actually exists. Others believe the tagging was inspired by drunken comments made by the
actor himself at the Toronto International Film Festival several years ago, although this has
been vehemently denied by Kilmer's people.
for those interested, pictures of the Val Kilmer phenomenon can be found at http://www.livejournal.com/users/mykwud/41319.html