The Truth About Val Kilmer’s Journey From Next Big Thing To Hollywood Afterthought

He Was The Youngest Student Ever Accepted To Juilliard

1988 Young Artists Unite picture of val kilmer
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After Val Kilmer graduated from high school. he was awarded a spot at Juilliard, one of the most prestigious performing arts schools in the world. At the time, he was the youngest performer ever accepted there.

At that young age, Kilmer struggled with what he believed was a curriculum based on scaring the students. Despite his struggles, he graduated in four years, even co-writing How It All Began, a play that found its way from the school to Broadway.