Val Kilmer makes very rare public appearance after cancer battle: Photos

Val Kilmer is stepping back into the spotlight.

The "Top Gun" actor made a very rare public appearance on Monday at a charity basketball game, where he wore a button-down shirt painted with the words, "Don't Hate Debate," on it and scarves around his neck, which he has done during most of his public appearances in recent years.

Though the 59-year-old took another outing earlier this month in support of his TwainMania Foundation, he's been absent from the public eye over the past five or so years as he quietly battled throat cancer.

See photos from Val Kilmer's most recent outings below:

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Val Kilmer through the years
WESTWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JULY 08: Val Kilmer (C) and guests attend the Monster Energy $50K Charity Challenge Celebrity Basketball Game at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on July 08, 2019 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Idol Roc )
WESTWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JULY 08: Val Kilmer attends the Monster Energy $50K Charity Challenge Celebrity Basketball Game at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on July 08, 2019 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 26: Actor Val Kilmer attends Day One of The Los Angeles Comic Con held at Los Angeles Convention Center on October 26, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jody Cortes/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 26: Val Kilmer attends Los Angeles Comic Con at Los Angeles Convention Center on October 26, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Butterfield/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 14: Director Eva Dolealová and actors Jack Kilmer and Val Kilmer attend an event where Flaunt Presents a private screening of Eva Dolezalova's "Carte Blanche" at Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on June 14, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Flaunt)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - DECEMBER 08: Val Kilmer, Tracey Emin, Jorge Perez, Jason Piszctatowski and Brett Sawyer attend 'The Last Ten Years: Tracey Emin in Conversation with Alastair Gordon' during Art Basel hosted by Soho Beach House in Miami Beach 2017 on December 8, 2017 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for Soho House)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - DECEMBER 08: Val Kilmer and Tracey Emin attend 'The Last Ten Years: Tracey Emin in Conversation with Alastair Gordon' during Art Basel hosted by Soho Beach House in Miami Beach 2017 on December 8, 2017 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for Soho House)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: (L-R) Tobey Maguire, Owen Wilson and Val Kilmer attend The Broad Museum Black Tie Inaugural Dinner at The Broad on September 17, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 25: Val Kilmer (L) and his son Jack Kilmer attend a basketball game on Christmas between the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on December 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 16: Val Kilmer (R) and his son Jack Kilmer attend a basketball game between the Cleveland Cavaliers the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on January 16, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/GC Images)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - DECEMBER 03: Peter Brant and Val Kilmer attend the Best Buddies Art + Friendship Auction at a private residence on December 3, 2013 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Best Buddies)
SANTA MONICA, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: Actor Val Kilmer attends the 23rd annual Simply Shakespeare benefit reading of 'The Two Gentlemen of Verona' at The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage on September 25, 2013 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 852 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Val Kilmer with host Jimmy Fallon during an interview on June 13, 2013 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 02: Actor Val Kilmer acts on stage while filming the new Terrence Malick movie during day one of Fun Fun Fun Fest at Auditorium Shores on November 2, 2012 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 16: Val Kilmer (R) and his son Jack Kilmer attend a basketball game between the Cleveland Cavaliers the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on January 16, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 25: Val Kilmer (L) and his son Jack Kilmer attend a basketball game on Christmas between the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on December 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/GC Images)
Val Kilmer arriving at the 'Red Dragon' world premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City. September 30, 2002 . Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images
Matt Dillon and Val Kilmer at the Lewis-Tyson Pre-Fight Party hosted by Showtime Networks at The Pyramid in Memphis, Tn. Saturday, June 8, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/ImageDirect.
404324 14: Actor Val Kilmer (L) and director D.J. Caruso attend the premiere of the film 'The Salton Sea' April 23, 2002 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
Val Kilmer and Nicole Kidman during 1995 ShoWest in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 22: Actor Val Kilmer attends the 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 22, 1994 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
UNITED STATES - circa 1990: Actor Val Kilmer. (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 2: Actor Val Kilmer attends the Liberty Hill Foundation's Eighth Annual Upton Sinclair Awards on May 2, 1990 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
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SEE ALSO: Tom Cruise gives rare update on co-star Val Kilmer, says he's 'doing really well'

For years, there has been speculation around the actor and his rumored health problems. In January 2015, his publicist revealed that he'd been hospitalized for a "possible tumor," which Kilmer himself said on Facebook was not the case.

Varied reports surrounded the actor for two more years until he finally confirmed his health problems in a 2017 interview with The Hollywood Reporter in which he revealed that his two-year cancer battle had "taken its toll" on his family. Kilmer also said that a procedure on his trachea had left him short of breath.

He's set to star in "Top Gun: Maverick" alongside Tom Cruise in 2020.

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