Kilmer Joins Santa Barbara’s BigSpeak

Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday in “Tombstone.”

Actor Val Kilmer is now working exclusively with Santa Barbara-based BigSpeak Speakers Bureau as a keynote speaker, the speakers bureau announced Oct. 29. 

Kilmer hosted an exclusive screening of his one-man-show turned film, “Citizen Twain,” at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara in 2017. That show and other keynote speeches are available to the public by booking Kilmer through BigSpeak. 

After starting out as a stage actor at age 4, Kilmer became a film star in the 1980s starting with “Top Secret!,” cult classic “Real Genius,” and films such as “Top Gun,” Willow, “The Saint” and “The Doors.” 

Kilmer was accepted into the Juilliard School’s drama department at 17, making him the youngest man to do that to date. While studying at Juilliard, he co-authored and starred in the play “How It All Began,” directed by Des McAnuff and performed at the Public Theatre at the New York Shakespeare Festival. 

He also appeared on Broadway in “The Slab Boys” with Kevin Bacon and Sean Penn. Later, he joined The Colorado Shakespeare Festival starring in “Hamlet” in 1988. 

Kilmer’s film credits include: Doc Holliday in the classic western Tombstone; Jim Morrison in Oliver Stone’s biopic “The Doors;” the starring role and title character in “The Saint;” Bruce Wayne in “Batman Forever;” starring opposite Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro in “Heat;” co-starring with Marlon Brando in “The Island of Dr. Moreau;” and starring opposite Michael Douglas in “The Ghost and the Darkness. 

He has written, directed and produced plays, released a CD and donated profits to charity, and created enamel paint on metal art exhibits shown across the nation. 

As a devout Christian Scientist, he attributes his success as an actor to his faith. When he was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2015 his faith helped him push through his battle. 

Kilmer is working on “Top Gun’s” long-awaited sequel, “Top Gun: Maverick.” The film is in production and to be released in 2020.

Posted Oct. 29, 2018

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