Veteran actor Val Kilmer was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2015 and for that, he had to undergo a treatment that reduced his voice to a rasp. He talked about his battle during an interview with Good Morning America while promoting his memoir ‘I’m Your Huckleberry’.
Speaking about the same, the actor recently shared how throat cancer has significantly changed his voice. The 60-year-old actor, who is best known for featuring in some of the most critically-acclaimed films of the ’80s and ’90s, such as Top Gun, Tombstone and The Doors shared, “I feel a lot better than I sound, but I feel wonderful. I was diagnosed with throat cancer, which healed very quickly. This is a tracheotomy to help me breathe because the glands in my throat swelled up as well.”
He also spoke about it on his Instagram account, where he wrote: “I just wanted to wish everyone a wonderful day. It’s an extraordinary time for all of us. Little by little we will rebuild our confidence. We know the strength of America. And that strength comes from each of us, united to do good and reinforce the importance of values and decency.
I’d like to share this bit of wisdom from one of the greatest Americans, Mark Twain – ‘The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.’ With that, I hope I’ve helped make your day and little brighter and that you’ll take that feeling and pass it along to another. Stay safe and stay strong. Your Huckleberry.”
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When asked what he missed most about his old voice, the actor said, “That I had one! And that I didn’t laugh like a pirate.” The title of Kilmer’s memoir is inspired by dialogue from his 1993 hit Tombstone. During the interview, the actor discussed the book, in which he also covers his romances with famous celebrities like Angelina Jolie, Darly Hannah, Michelle Pfeiffer and Cindy Crawford.
On the work front, Kilmer will be making an appearance in Top Gun sequel- Top Gun: Maverick.