Val Kilmer Making Career Comeback: Other 80s Stars Who Did the Same!

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Val Kilmer is alive and well despite biting the dust in the new "To Be the Best" video released today by Tenacious D.

He's been around for years, but Kilmer is making a high profile leap back into the spotlight in the new video released to promote the upcoming album, "Rize of the Fenix" which hits stores in May. The former superstar actor, who is best known for his role as the title character in "Batman Forever" and as Iceman in "Top Gun," has been keeping a low profile in recent years. With his cameo in the video, he seems to poising himself for a potential career comeback.

After a decade of mostly low budget / low profile projects that featured the likes of the horror film "Txixt" and the SNL inspired film "MacGruber," it appears that the star may have lowered his sights from the big screen to see the benefits of smaller scale projects for the time being. In addition to the Tenacious D video, Kilmer has headed to the stage with a one man play about his personal hero, Mark Twain. The project, which was a decade in the making, may someday be turned into a film project with Val garnering credits as actor, writer, director and producer.

Here are a few of the stars of the 80s have relaunched their careers:

Molly Ringwald: She was the star of the decade with a string of hits including "Sixteen Candles," "Pretty in Pink" and "The Breakfast Club." For a while it seemed that her career had ended with the end of the John Hughes teenage angst genre. All it took was another teenager facing a whole new world of angst to restart her career on ABC Family's hit show "The Secret Life of the American Teenager."

Rob Lowe: He was the pretty boy of the decade with star making stints in "The Outsiders" and "St. Elmos' Fire". A wild lifestyle and a tabloid worthy sex scandal nearly ruined it all. Lowe ultimately found his perfect home on weekly television series with a string of successful roles on "The West Wing", "Brothers & Sisters", and "Parks and Recreation."

Patrick Dempsey: He wasn't always Dr. McDreamy. Long before he became the doctor with the perfect hair on "Grey's Anatomy", he was part of the 80s teen movie scene with the films "Can't Buy Me Love" and "Loverboy". Unfortunately it was his marriage to his best friend's mother in 1987 that brought his status as a teen star to an early end. Thankfully, he's moved on to one of the most successful medical dramas on tv in years.

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