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Val Kilmer Biography

Birth Name:
Val Edward Kilmer
Birth Place:
Los Angeles, California, United States

Fast Facts

  • Distant cousin of poet Joyce Kilmer
  • Attended Chatsworth High School with Kevin Spacey and Mare Winningham; Winningham and Kilmer dated during their teens
  • Started acting in commercials at age 12, and at 17, was one of the youngest students ever accepted to Juilliard's drama school
  • Made his Broadway debut in a 1983 production of John Byrne's The Slab Boys with Sean Penn and Kevin Bacon
  • Did his own singing when he played Jim Morrison in Oliver Stone's The Doors (1991)
  • Voiced KITT in NBC's 2008 Knight Rider reboot
  • Enjoys being outdoors; goes fishing, hiking and horseback riding in his spare time
  • In 2010, appeared in character as Mark Twain at Boston's Mary Baker Eddy Library, in connection with Kilmer's work on a film on the life of Eddy, who founded Christian Science, and Eddy's link to Twain
  • His appearance drew the library's largest crowd up to that time


  • Mark Kilmer -- Brother
  • Wesley Kilmer -- Brother
  • Mercedes -- Daughter
  • Eugene Kilmer -- Father
  • Gladys Kilmer -- Mother
  • Jack -- Son
  • Senga -- Stepmother