Famed actor Val Kilmer just recently opened up about his tough struggle with throat cancer, and he told the media that it changed his outlook and fame and life. Val Kilmer has had a reasonable amount of success in Hollywood for over three decades now, he is most famous for his roles in the films “Top Gun”, “Heat”, and “Batman Forever”. Val’s substantial success in Hollywood over the last thirty plus years gave him the ability to be featured in big time Hollywood blockbusters, TV movies, and animated movies.
Val Kilmer’s Net Worth as of 2017: $25 Million
Val’s long journey from the Broadway stage in the early 80’s to the big screen gave him the opportunity to make $25 million dollars U.S.D. . His early days on Broadway helped him get gigs on TV movies and big time blockbuster films.
Now lets check out how Val Kilmer became such a success story on the big screen….
Val Kilmer was Born in Los Angeles, California on the last day of the 1950’s decade (yes, he was literally born on December 31st, 1959). In his youth he attended Barkley High School in Los Angeles, although after his freshman year of high school he switched to Chatsworth High School in LA and attended Chatsworth with the famed actress Mare Winnigham. Later Val would attend the Hollywood Professional School, and afterwards the famed Juilliard School in New York City, where he would become the youngest person ever to be accepted into their drama program.
In the 1980’s Val’s Career really took off. In 1983 he scored a role in the play “The Slab Boys” with at the time up and coming actors Kevin Bacon and Sean Penn. In the same year he also acted in an ABC special called “One Too Many” with aspiring actress Michelle Pfeiffer. Val hit the big time when he scored the gig in the famous movie “Top Secret” in 1984, the film opened the door for Val to have the opportunity to score roles in future Hollywood films. In 1985 he played the lead roll in the comedy film “Real Genius”, and in 1986 he scored a roll as one of the main characters in one of the most famous army/military movies ever made, the famed “Top Gun” film. Val Kilmer continued to star in big screen and TV movies throughout the decade.
Throughout the decade of the 1990’s Val continued to get roles in major Hollywood Blockbusters. He held major roles in the early 1990’s films “Thunderheart”and “The Real McCoy”. In 1995 Val had a huge year on the big screen, playing Batman in the film”Batman Forever” and having a major acting role in the famed 1995 thriller “Heat” in which he acted along side the legendary actors Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. Even tough “Batman Forever” got decent reviews at best, while “Heat” got overwhelmingly positive reviews, both films racked in $336 million dollars and $187 million dollars respectively at the box office. Trowed the end of the decade Val would be the voice of Moses in the famous animated film “The Prince of Egypt”, which made over $200 million dollars at the box office.
At the turn of the century, Val was one of the lead actors in the highly anticipated film “Red Planet”, but the movie turned out to be a huge flop. Despite the disappointment of “Red Planet” Val continued to get rolls for movies on the big screen, including in films such as “Wonderland”, “Spartan” , and “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” with Robert Downey Jr. . In 2015 Val was diagnosed with throat cancer, but after two years of treatment he was thankfully reported as being cancer free. Now that Val is healthy once again, hopefully we will see him back on the movie screen sometime in the near future.