Val Kilmer, 62, is an American actor who made a name for himself in Hollywood in the late 1980s. Now, Kilmer is revisiting a character that helped catapult him to fame: Iceman from “Top Gun.” With the sequel, “Top Gun: Maverick,” launching on May 27, Kilmer will be once again be appearing on the big screen.
The original “Top Gun” earned $345 million globally; it remains to be seen how the sequel will fare.
In recent years, his health has been keeping him in the news, as he had been undergoing treatment for throat cancer since being diagnosed in 2015.
While he has been in remission for many years, he underwent a tracheotomy during treatment — a procedure which removed his ability to speak.
With the aid of technology (AI technology), however, his voice has been restored, per People.
Kilmer has starred in over 100 films and TV shows since his debut in 1983. Some of his most famous projects include: “Willow,” “The Doors,” “True Romance,” “Tombstone,” “Heat,” “The Island of Doctor Moreau,” “At First Sight,” “The Saint,” “Batman Forever,” “Alexander” and “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.”
He has provided voice talent for many video games and has written a book of poetry, as well as an autobiography. A documentary about his life, “Val,” was released on Amazon Prime in 2021.
He spent the ’90s as one of the world’s highest paid actors and now has an estimated net worth of $25 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.