Who is Jack Kilmer?
Born on June 6, 1995 in Los Angeles, California, USA, John Wallace Kilmer is an actor, but probably better known as the son of actor Val Kilmer. His father is known for his work on several popular films in the 1980s and 1990s, including “Top Gun,” “Batman Forever,” and “The Prince of Egypt.” Jack, on the other hand, is known for his work in “Palo Alto” and “Lords of Chaos”.
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Jack Kilmer’s Wealth
As of mid-2020, Jack Kilmer’s net worth is estimated to be over $1 million, earned through a successful career in the trade since 2013 and likely from his father’s success. Val Kilmer’s net worth is estimated at over $25 million, with decades of experience in the business.
Early life, family and education
Jack is the son of Val Kilmer from his marriage to actress Joanne Whalley, who is known for her film work in the 1980s, some of which she collaborated with Val. Growing up in Los Angeles, Jack became quite familiar with the acting scene, mostly thanks to his parents.
He made many contacts over the years and was inspired by his father’s success. He was a student at The Center for Early Education, a private school in West Hollywood known for teaching celebrity children.
During his time there, he would become close friends with Gia Coppola, the granddaughter of director Francis Ford Coppola. She was a little older than him, but their background in the entertainment industry kept them in touch. The two remained friends and kept in touch, even as they moved on with their lives.
Palo Alto – Start Acting
In the early 2010s, Gia approached Jack with a script for “Palo Alto”, an intended film adaptation of the book of the same name written by James Franco, which tells the story of teenagers living in Palo Alto, inspired by Franco’s own teenage experiences.
Gia planned to direct the film and while he was working on it together, Jack was encouraged to audition for one of the lead roles. He was accepted and cast as Teddy, which also got his father involved in the cast – the film starred James Franco, Emma Roberts and Zoe Levin. He was 16 years old at the time and did not plan to start a career as an actor, but had a natural talent and received a lot of positive reviews for his performance, many calling it natural and sincere.
He had just finished high school at the time and was planning to attend college. However, he got the acting bug after the project and decided to do it full time.
Two years later, he was cast in the movie “The Stanford Prison Experiment”, which is based on real life experiment of the same name performed at Stanford University in the 1970s.
Acting Continued – Lords of Chaos
Jack was then cast in the independent film “Len and Company” in which he teamed up with Juno Temple, Kathryn Hahn and Rhys Ifans. The following year, he worked on “The Nice Guys,” in which he appeared as the character Chet in the movie starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, telling the story of two men who team up in the late 1970s to search for a missing girl. The film received positive reviews throughout its run.
After a few more projects, he gained much more attention when he was cast in the movie “Lords of Chaos”, in which he played Swedish black metal musician Pelle Ohlin, better known by his stage name Dead. The title of the film is based on the book of the same name by Michael Moynihan and Didrik Søderlind, which discusses the career of black metal band Mayhem. The film received many positive reviews, but was controversial for the metal community that didn’t like it the inaccuracy of many of the band’s (alleged) historical events. Jack received near-universal praise for his performance, as he was able to accurately portray the late musician.
In 2018, Kilmer had a string of films, including “Josie” starring Sophie Turner as the titular character, in the story of a mysterious high school student who moves to a small town, leading to the attention of a local hermit. He also worked on “Summer ’03”, in which he co-starred with Joey King and Andrea Savage. After that, he was in “The Pretenders”, another James Franco film starring Kilmer alongside Jane Levy and Shameik Moore. The film premiered at the Torino Film Festival.
One of his latest projects is the film “hala”, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
The titular character is played by Geraldine Viswanathan and tells the story of a woman’s journey of self-discovery; it received positive reviews and many of the performances were praised. Jack also appeared in a music video for Ozzy Osbourne’s “Under the Graveyard”, and is currently working on a movie called “Body Brokers”, starring Jessica Rothe and Frank Grillo. Production on the film started in 2019, although it is not known how far along the film is as most productions have been halted due to the coronavirus.
Jack is single and a private person, who does not reveal much information other than his acting projects. In his spare time, he enjoys sports and is an avid skateboarder. He also goes surfing and plays music, just like some of his characters in his movies. He is the brother of Mercedes Kilmer, who also pursued an acting career. Because his mother is of British descent, he holds both American and British nationality.