Val Kilmer Makes Rare Public Appearance

All eyes were on Val Kilmer as he took center stage Sunday night at a benefit for his TwainMania Foundation, created to impart the iconic writer Mark Twain’s legacy to children.

The 59-year-old posed on the carpet with a pair of binoculars around his neck. His son Jack, 23, was also in attendance.

The appearance previews a comeback of sorts for the star, who is set to hit the big screen again in Top Gun: Maverick, a sequel to the 1986 classic costarring Tom Cruise. Last summer, Cruise said of Kilmer that he was "doing really well."

While it is unclear what prompted Kilmer’s hiatus from Hollywood, it became apparent that he was struggling with health issues during the hiatus. In 2015, a spokesperson told People that he was rushed to the hospital for a "possible tumor."

In 2017, he admitted that he had throat cancer and had recovered after a two-year fight. He told The Hollywood Reporter that the procedure on his trachea made his voice raspy and left him short of breath.

Top Gun: Maverick opens June 26, 2020.