Val Kilmer: Doc Holliday vs. Jim Morrison

Val Kilmer Movie roles

One actor. Two film roles. You tell us which portrayal was the best. The most memorable. Or iconic. Or simply your favorite.

But before you pass judgment, a few words defending the “character” of each…

The case for Jim Morrison

Say what you want about the historical accuracy of director Oliver Stone’s The Doors one thing is for certain: it is spooky how realistically Val Kilmer nailed his part as the Lizard King. From his looks and mannerisms to actual singing ability Kilmer pretty much embodied the Doors’ enigmatic lead singer/songwriter. It was a role Kilmer was born to play.

The case for Doc Holliday

It should have been Kurt Russell’s film. After all, Russell (as Wyatt Earp) was its lead star—and, as revealed only just recently, de facto director of Tombstone as well. But it is Kilmer whom you just can’t take your eyes off. His Doc Holliday may be sweaty and pasty faced due to tuberculosis but as he says “I’m in my prime.” Indeed, Kilmer as well.


Now that you’ve heard the arguments for both it’s time to render your verdict!