Val Edward Kilmer is an American actor. He is well known for starting as LT Tom "Iceman" Kazanski in Top Gun.
Val Kilmer played the role of LT Tom "Iceman" Kazansky, one of Top Gun's students and Maverick's rival turned wingman.
The two ace pilots, Pete "Maverick" Mitchell (Tom Cruise) and Tom "Iceman" Kazansky (Val Kilmer) were against each other in the film.
In the release of the documentary "Val," the actor discussed the real-life health challenges he faced.
In an emotional scene, as Iceman imparts some much-needed wisdom, his words mostly being translated through text on a computer screen, since speaking is extremely painful.
Kilmer has long struggled with throat cancer so he has to make efforts to actually speak out loud to Maverick.
Kilmer with a damaged ability to speak, a trait that was carried over into "Top Gun: Maverick." and now he is open about his health condition.