Val Kilmer Says He Feels 'a Lot Better Than I Sound' After Tracheotomy Due to Throat Cancer

Back in April, Kilmer appeared on GMA to promote his memoir I’m Your Huckleberry. The actor gave a similar update on his voice in that appearance as well.

“I feel a lot better than I sound, but I feel wonderful,” Kilmer said. “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.”

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When asked what he missed most about his old voice, Kilmer’s quick answer showed his wit is still intact.

“That I had one! That I didn’t laugh like a pirate,” he said.

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