Jack Kilmer is on his way to stardom, just like his father, Val Kilmer, after landing a significant role in Gia Coppola’s “Palo Alto.”
Being born with Val Kilmer and Joanne Whalley as parents may have been difficult to live up to, but Jack Kilmer built his own career which he has his inherited acting skills to thank for. The rising star appeared in many films over the years, which could make him as famous as his father.
Kilmer made his debut on screen in 2013, after being cast the lead role in “Palo Alto,” a film on James Franco’s short stories directed by Gia Coppola. He unintentionally landed the role while helping Coppola read through the script, in which she was left impressed and immediately envisioned him as the character Teddy.
“He’s got great taste and his own unique sensibility,” said Coppola. “It makes you want to watch him.”
Among his other films are “Woodshock,” “Lord of Chaos,” “Wobble Palace, Huntsville,” and “The Pretenders.” Growing up surrounded by Hollywood stars, Kilmer receives help from his parents.
Kilmer’s talent is a natural creative skill set which has shown through his coming of age. Had he not pursued his acting career, Kilmer would have been in the field of music which he kept himself busy with prior to “Palo Alto.”
“I’ve always had other creative outlets,” Kilmer said. “But I Found by doing the movie that none of those are mutually exclusive. I noticed that so many things I was into -- music, art -- had to do with characters.
A PROUD DAD
With a child as talented and successful as Kilmer, any father would be extremely proud, including Val who affectionately calls his son “my boy Jack” on social media. He also keeps magazine clippings and photos of “Palo Alto” in his home.
Val can be credited for the incredible acting skills of his son, having best been known for his role as Tom “Iceman” Kazansky in “Top Gun.” Despite the health condition he faced in the past years, Val will reprise his role in the movie’s sequel, “Top Gun: Maverick.”