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Biography #2 (for Wonderland)

Throughout his career, Val Kilmer has given many unforgettable performances. He adds to that body of work with his leading role as porn legend John Holmes in WONDERLAND. During production Kilmer became so immersed in the making of the film that he began a photography project which has blossomed into a behind-the-scenes pictorial book.

Currently in production on David Mamet's SPARTAN, also upcoming for Kilmer are MINDHUNTERS with Christian Slater, BLIND HORIZON with Neve Campbell and Sam Shepard, as well as Ron Howard's THE MISSING.

Kilmer's long list of credits include WILLOW, THE DOORS, TOMBSTONE, BATMAN FOREVER, TRUE ROMANCE, THUNDERHEART, HEAT, THE SAINT, AT FIRST SIGHT, and THE SALTON SEA. In addition, he appeared in the 3-D epic WINGS OF COURAGE, as well as voicing the character of Moses in the DreamWorks animated film THE PRINCE OF EGYPT.

Kilmer, who was the youngest student ever admitted to the drama department of Julliard, made his feature film debut in the comedy TOP SECRET which he followed up with REAL GENIUS and his breakout role in TOP GUN. At Julliard, he co-wrote the play How It All Began, based on the true story of a West German radical. The play was directed by Des McAnuff and produced by Joseph Papp for the Public Theater. He made his Broadway debut in the 1983 production of Slab Boys, with Sean Penn and Kevin Bacon. He also appeared in Papp's Delacorte Theatre production of Henry IV: Part I; As You Like It, with Patti Lupone; the title role of Hamlet; and Tis A Pity She's A Whore at the Joseph Papp Public Theater.

On television, Kilmer starred in the critically acclaimed HBO original movie The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains, for which he received a Cable Ace nomination, and in Gore Vidal's Billy the Kid, playing the title role.

Bio courtesy Lionsgate Films for "Wonderland" (01-Jan-2000)


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