Val Kilmer opens up in memoir after throat cancer

(CNN)Val Kilmer is back on both the big and small screen.

Kilmer’s speaking voice is now much different because of a bout with throat cancer.

“I feel a lot better than I sound, but I feel wonderful,” the 60-year-old 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.”

His new memoir, titled “I’m Your Huckleberry” — a famous line of his from the 1993 film “Tombstone” — traces his career, including memorable roles playing legendary singer Jim Morrison in the big screen biopic about The Doors frontman.

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Dear reader. I have a crush on you. And now, more than ever want to escape with you. It’s dangerous, though based on the last 48 hours, it would seem everything is. They say when one of your five senses is compromised, you can feel the others become heightened. My speech was compromised, a few years back, but I now see and feel things I had never seen or felt before. So please indulge me, as we travel with lightning speed because I’ve led a lightning-speed life. Welcome to my book, I’m Your Huckleberry, it will be available everywhere on April 21, but you can order copies now from your favorite bookstore. Stay safe out there, reader, I’d love you along for the ride. – the man behind the book

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Kilmer also shares in his book about his past romances, including with Cher, Michelle Pfeiffer and Cindy Crawford.

“You have to be committed with a woman that’s as dynamic and as committed to their work as someone like Cindy Crawford, who was the number one model on the planet at the time,” he said.