Actor Val Kilmer to speak at William Woods University commencement

Egads! GADZOOKS!!! Instead of heading to the bat cave, Val
Kilmer is headed to William Woods University.

One of the most prolific actors of his
generation, Kilmer, who starred in the 1995 film, Batman Forever, will speak at WWU s commencement May 5. He is a friend of the university president s husband.
 
Kilmer s memorable roles include Jim
Morrison in Oliver
Stone s The Doors, Doc Holliday in Tombstone
and Simon Templar in The Saint.
 
From his work in Spartan,
back through his work with Robert De Niro and Al Pacino in the Heat,
to his early work with Tom Cruise in Top Gun,
Kilmer has worked with many of film s most respected directors and actors.
 
Kilmer
entered Juilliard s drama program at 17; at the time, the youngest person to be
accepted.  His professional acting career
began on stage, and he
still participates in theater.
 
He
made his feature film debut in the comedy
Top Secret, which he
followed up with Real Genius and his breakout role as the Iceman in Top Gun.
More
recently, Kilmer starred in the horror
film, The Traveler, and the new Francis
Ford Coppola horror thriller, Twixt.  

His
latest project is a film that focuses
attention on two important people from the
19th century, Mark
Twain and Mary Baker Eddy

Starring
as Mark Twain in the movie, Kilmer
also wrote the screenplay, describing the film about the lives and relationship
of Mary Baker Eddy and Mark Twain as “a
quirky, tender, tragicomic portrait of two contrasting lives, set against the
backdrop of Gilded Age America.”

While in Missouri, Kilmer will travel with William Woods University representatives to Hannibal.
There he will speak May 2 at the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary.
 
The faculty of William Woods University voted to present
an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts degree to Kilmer during the commencement
exercises, recognizing his creative abilities and his contributions to art and theater.
 
Prior
to Kilmer s appearance at William
Woods, the university has scheduled a series of his films:
 
March 30: Top Gun (2-5 p.m., Library
Auditorium)
The top grossing film of 1986, it is one of the great pop
culture touchstones in American cinema.
 
April 6: The Doors (2-5 p.m., Library
Auditorium)
In 1991, Oliver
Stone, Academy Award-winning director released his biographic take on the controversial
and talented rock music icon, Jim
Morrison of The Doors. 
 
April 13: Tombstone (2-5 p.m., Gladys
Woods Kemper Center for the Arts, room 112)
The 1993 western explores
issues and circumstances based on the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone,
Ariz., in 1881.
 
April 20: Batman Forever (2-5 p.m., Library
Auditorium)
Kilmer headlines a star-studded cast, including such
Hollywood luminaries as Nicole
Kidman, Tommy Lee Jones and Jim Carrey.
 
April 27: The Saint (2-5 p.m., Library
Auditorium)
A $70 million
action-espionage vehicle centered on a challenging and unconventional
protagonist who is a thief,
a master of disguise, and who chooses not
to kill his adversaries.