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How old is Val Kilmer and why does he wear a scarf?

The US Sun
The US Sun
 2021-07-08
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MANY of us know Val Kilmer for his major roles in Top Gun and Batman Returns.

But fans have been left wondering why the actor always wears a scarf now.

How old is Val Kilmer?

Val Kilmer was born on December 31, 1959, in Los Angeles, California.

That makes the actor 61 years of age.

He was 25 when played the character Tom "Iceman" Kazanski, in Top Gun.

In his early years, Kilmer went to a Christian Science school, before attending Chatsworth High School - the same school as another Hollywood actor, Kevin Spacey.

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Kilmer rose to global stardom in his role alongside Tom Cruise in Top Gun Credit: Getty Images - Getty

In the early 1980s, Kilmer began studying at Juilliard, having become the youngest person to be accepted into its drama division.

His first big break in the industry came when he was cast in spoof Top Secret!

This role put Kilmer on the map and just two years later he was picked to star alongside Tom Cruise in cult-classic Top Gun.

In 2015, Kilmer revealed that he had been diagnosed with throat cancer, and in April 2020 said that he is recovering from treatment.

Despite this, he has stayed busy and is set to appear alongside Cruise again as the pair reunite for the eagerly-anticipated Top Gun sequel, Top Gun: Maverick, set to be released in December 2020.

He also has written a memoir, I'm Your Huckleberry, in which he reveals intimate secrets and his innermost thoughts.

Why does Val Kilmer always wear a scarf.

The actor wears a scarf as he relies on a voice box to talk.

Val had to undergo a tracheostomy in order to treat his throat cancer.

Although he survived his battle with cancer, the effects of the procedure are permanent.

As a result of the tracheostomy, he has lost the ability to speak without assistance.

The American actor now relies on a voice box to communicate

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Val is known for 80s film Top Gun Credit: Kobal Collection - Shutterstock

What's Val Kilmer's net worth?

Val Kilmer is estimated to be worth $25million (£18.6million), according to Celebrity Net Worth.

He has earned his money through his many acting roles on stage, film and television.

He's also appeared in many advertising campaigns.

Kilmer also earns from his art work, with autographed pieces such as a painting of his Ice Man character selling for $250.

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Val with his daughter Mercedes Credit: Getty Images - Getty

Who is Val Kilmer's ex wife?

Kilmer's ex-wife is the actress Joanne Whalley, who he met on the set of the film Willow.

The pair hit it off straight away and soon after Kilmer proposed to Whalley, she accepted and they got married at a luxury ceremony in 1988.

They had two children while married, a son and a daughter, Jack and Mercedes.

Things turned sour between the pair, and they got divorced in 1996, with Whalley claiming that Kilmer left her "homeless" with two little kids so he could focus on his career.

The former couple share a daughter called Mercedes, who was born in 1991.

What is the Amazon Prime documentary about?

The Val Kilmer documentary will drop on Amazon Prime Video on August 6, 2021.

The synopsis is: "For over 40 years Val Kilmer, one of Hollywood’s most mercurial and/or misunderstood actors has been documenting his own life and craft through film and video.

"He has amassed thousands of hours of footage, from 16mm home movies made with his brothers, to time spent in iconic roles for blockbuster movies like Top Gun, The Doors, Tombstone, and Batman Forever.

"This raw, wildly original and unflinching documentary reveals a life lived to extremes and a heart-filled, sometimes hilarious look at what it means to be an artist and a complex man."

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