Facts About Val Kilmer: Top Gun Actor’s Age, Wife, Kids, Movies & Illness Explained

June 25, 2022, 10:44 PM

Val Kilmer.

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Val Kilmer became one of the biggest Hollywood stars of the 1980s and 1990s.

The pin-up and action star has starred in many high-profile films and recently returned as Iceman in the long-awaited movie Top Gun: Maverick opposite Tom Cruise.

Beginning his career as a stage actor, Val Kilmer rose to prominence after roles in comedies such as Top secret! (1984) and true genius (1985), before appearing in action films Superior gun and willow (1988).

He won acclaim for his portrayal of singer Jim Morrison in The doors (1991), and he went on to have starring roles in films such as Western tomb stone (1993), and crime dramas true romance (1993), and Heat (1995).

He replaced Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne/Batman in 1995 batman foreverand also appeared in The Saint (1997), The Prince of Egypt (1998), alexander (2004), and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005).

  1. How old is Val Kilmer?

    Val Kilmer in 1989

    Val Kilmer in 1989.

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    Val Kilmer was born on December 31, 1959. He celebrated his 62nd birthday in 2021.

    He was the second of three sons of parents Gladys Swanette (née Ekstadt; 1928–2019) and Eugene Dorris Kilmer (1921–1993).

    Her mother was of Swedish descent and her other ancestry includes Irish, German, and Cherokee.

    His parents divorced in 1968 when he was eight years old. Her mother later married William Bernard Leach in 1970.

    In 1977, Val’s younger brother, Wesley, who suffered from epilepsy, drowned in a hot tub at the age of 15.

  2. Is Val Kilmer married and does he have children?

    Val Kilmer and Joanne Whalley in 1988

    Val Kilmer and Joanne Whalley in 1988.

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    In the past, Val Kilmer dated Cher, Cindy Crawford, Angelina Jolie, Daryl Hannah, and Ellen Barkin.

    He was married to actor Joanne Whalley from 1988 to 1996. The couple met while working on the film together. willow.

    They have two children, a daughter Mercedes (born in 1991) and a son Jack (born in 1995).

    Val Kilmer's children, Mercedes and Jack, in 2021

    Val Kilmer’s children, Mercedes and Jack, in 2021.

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  3. What illness did Val Kilmer battle?

    In early 2015, Val Kilmer was hospitalized for what his reps said were tests for a possible tumor.

    At the time, he said on social media: “I haven’t had a tumor or tumor operations. [sic], or any operation. I had a complication where the best way to receive care was to stay under the watchful eye of the ICU at UCLA.”

    Val Kilmer

    Val Kilmer.

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    After previously denying rumors that he had been diagnosed with cancer, Val confirmed in April 2017 that he had experienced a “cancer recovery”.

    In December 2017, it was reported that Val had been through a “two-year battle with throat cancer” and that “a procedure on his trachea reduced his voice to a rasp and made him breathless”.

    To speak, Val plugs an electric voice box into her trachea. He underwent chemotherapy and two tracheotomies.

    In 2020 he revealed he had been cancer free for four years and is using a feeding tube as he can no longer eat.

    In 2021, his voice was able to be recreated through AI technology using archival audio of his voice. This was used to produce his voice in Top Gun: Maverick.