Originally a stage actor, Kilmer became popular in the mid-1980s after a string of appearances in comedy films, starting with Top Secret!(1984), then the cult classic Real Genius (1985), as well as the military action film Top Gun (1986) and the fantasy film Willow (1988).Some of his other notable film roles include Jim Morrison in The Doors (1991), Doc Holliday in Tombstone (1993), armed robber Chris Shiherlis in Heat (1995), Bruce Wayne / Batman in Batman Forever (1995), Simon Templar in The Saint (1997), astronaut Robby Gallagher in Red Planet (2000), and a meth-using informant in The Salton Sea (2002).In 1983 he appeared off Broadway in The Slab Boys with Kevin Bacon and Sean Penn.Related Val Kilmer Sparks Engagement Rumor The couple is said to have exchanged vows in an intimate morning ceremony at a secret location, before few close friends and family members.Twitter Reactions To Rumored Wedding“They certainly looked like a happy couple” a close friend Tweeted on Monday (July 3).
So, Dave (Lynch) gave me the script and it was straight-out, hard-core pornography before page 30. I said, 'Good luck, but I can't do this.' It isn't what he ended up making.
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.
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, that included poems inspired by his time with Pfeiffer.