Cruise, who's now an action star, is reprising his aviator role for a sequel called "Top Gun: Maverick."
Meg Ryan had a minor role in the film, but is now known for starring in "When Harry Met Sally."
Tom Cruise starred as a skilled naval aviator named Pete "Maverick" Mitchell.
Maverick was confident that he was the best in class. He also said the iconic line, "I feel the need ... the need for speed."
Cruise reprises his "Top Gun" role for a sequel, "Top Gun: Maverick," now in theaters.
In July 2019, the actor surprised fans at San Diego Comic-Con by stopping by and unveiling the first trailer for the upcoming "Top Gun: Maverick" movie.
The movie's theatrical release was been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, but finally hit theaters in May 2022 to rave reviews.
Following the success of the first "Top Gun," Cruise starred in the Oscar-winning 1988 movie "Rain Man."
He was also in "Born on the Fourth of July" (which earned the actor his first Oscar nomination), "Days of Thunder" (the film that introduced him to Nicole Kidman, who he was married to from 1990 to 2001), and "A Few Good Men."
Cruise's other notable roles in the '90s include the titular part in "Jerry Maguire" and Frank T.J. Mackey in "Magnolia." Both parts earned Cruise Academy Award nominations.
The actor is a bona fide action star, thanks to his role as Ethan Hunt in the "Mission: Impossible" franchise.
The first installment was released in 1996 and Cruise pushed his limits in 2018's "Mission: Impossible — Fallout." The actor, who's known for doing his own stunts, ended up breaking his ankle while filming an action sequence for the movie.
He'll reprise his "M:I" role for two more films that are in the works, "Mission: Impossible 7" and "Mission: Impossible 8."
Aside from roles in blockbuster movies like the "Mission: Impossible" films and "Jack Reacher," Cruise showed off his musicality in "Rock Ages" and delighted fans with a memorable role as Les Grossman in "Tropic Thunder."
Cruise was previously married to Katie Holmes from 2006 to 2012. The two stars have a daughter named Suri, and Cruise made headlines after publicly proclaiming his love for Holmes during a 2005 appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show."
Kelly McGillis starred as Charlotte Blackwood (also known as Charlie), an instructor at Topgun.
She had a romantic relationship with Maverick.
In recent years, McGillis has appeared in TV movies, plus several theater credits.
McGillis starred in the 2018 movie "Maternal Secrets" and 2017's "An Uncommon Grace."
She starred in productions of "Twelfth Night," "Much Ado About Nothing," "Macbeth," and "The Little Foxes" between 1989 and 2009.
McGillis has two children from her previous marriage to Fred Tillman. In 2009, she publicly came out as a lesbian and later told People that "it was a difficult journey for me to come to terms and be whole and happy with who I am."
In a 2013 interview with Movie Talk, the actress revealed that she was teaching a studio that was connected to a school in Asheville, North Carolina.
"I feel it is my time to give back and that's something that I know how to do," she said. "And yeah, I live a quiet, little life. I live in a log cabin on top of the hill in North Carolina and it is lovely."
In July 2019, McGillis told "Entertainment Tonight" that she wasn't asked to return for the upcoming "Top Gun" sequel and hasn't kept in touch with the original movie cast.
In an interview with Insider's Jason Guerrasio in May 2022, "Top Gun: Maverick" director Joseph Kosinski said that McGillis' character was never considered for the sequel.
Val Kilmer's Iceman had a rivalry with Maverick at Topgun.
Iceman, whose real name was Tom Kazansky, was just as competitive as Maverick. By the end of the movie, the two became friends.
Kilmer reprises his role as Iceman in "Top Gun: Maverick."
Following "Top Gun," the actor starred in numerous movies, like "The Doors" and "Heat." Most notably, he portrayed Bruce Wayne/Batman in the 1995 film "Batman Forever."
More recently, he starred in "The Snowman" with Michael Fassbender, "Song to Song" with Ryan Gosling, and "Jay and Silent Bob Reboot."
In 2017, Kilmer confirmed that he battled throat cancer. Later that year, he opened up about the health concern with The Hollywood Reporter. Kilmer, who's a Christian Scientist, told the publication that he went through chemotherapy and relied on his faith during that period of his life.
In April 2020, Kilmer released an autobiography titled "I'm Your Huckleberry."
Kilmer has two children from his past marriage to Joanne Whalley: a daughter named Mercedes and a son named Jack, who also acts.
Anthony Edwards played Nick "Goose" Bradshaw.
He was sent to Topgun with Maverick, his best friend. Goose was killed during an engagement.
Edwards recently played venture capitalist Bruce Dunlevie in Hulu's miniseries "WeCrashed."
He also appeared on the "Law & Order True Crime" miniseries, Showtime's "Billions," "Drunk History," "Designated Survivor," and "Girls."
Prior to those roles, he starred as Mark Greene on the long-running drama "ER." Edwards earned four total Golden Globe nominations for the role and took home the award for best performance by an actor in a drama TV series in 1998.
In 2017, Edwards wrote an essay that was published on Medium and said that he was sexually assaulted by producer Gary Goddard. He has since become a board of directors at 1in6, "a national nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting men who have experienced sexual abuse or assault."
In May 2022, the actor made his Broadway musical debut in "Girl From the North Country" as a last-minute understudy.
Tom Skerritt portrayed a chief Topgun instructor named Viper.
Viper, whose real name was Mike Metcalf, was previously in an air battle alongside Maverick's father. He told Maverick that his dad died a hero. In revealing that, Viper helped Maverick regain his confidence.
Skerritt starred alongside Mia Sorvino in a movie called "East of the Mountains," based on a novel written by David Guterson.
Skerritt, who has been acting since the '60s, starred as Evan Drake on "Cheers" and Sheriff Jimmy Brock on "Picket Fences." The latter role earned the actor a Primetime Emmy in 1993.
He also guest-starred on shows like "Will & Grace," "The Good Wife," and "Madam Secretary."
Michael Ironside played a Topgun instructor named Rick Heatherly, also known as Jester.
Because of Maverick's reckless behavior, Jester threatened to kick him out of Topgun.
Ironside played Don Lucas in the 2022 miniseries "The Dropout."
He also starred as J.P. Morgan on TNT's "The Alienist," portrayed Captain Cold's father on The CW's "The Flash," and played a captain in "X-Men: First Class."
In addition, he guest-starred on "Hawaii Five-O" and "This Is Us," and voiced Darkseid on the animated "Harley Quinn" series.
Tim Robbins starred as Merlin.
He became Maverick's RIO (Radio Intercept Officer) following Goose's death.
Robbins starred as Reginald "Pop" Merrill on season two of Hulu's "Castle Rock."
He also played Greg Boatwright on the HBO show "Here and Now." After "Top Gun," the actor starred in the 1990 movie "Jacob's Ladder" and 1994's "The Shawshank Redemption."
For his supporting role as Dave Boyle in "Mystic River," Robbins won an Oscar and a Golden Globe.
James Tolkan portrayed Tom "Stinger" Jordan.
He was the captain of the Enterprise who reprimanded Maverick for disobeying orders. He reluctantly sent Maverick and Goose to Topgun for five weeks.
Aside from his part in "Top Gun," Tolkan's other notable role was in the "Back to the Future" movies.
He played Stanford S. Strickland the assistant principal at Valley High School in the first "Back to the Future" movie and returned in the sequels.
Meg Ryan played Carole Bradshaw, Goose's wife.
While Goose was playing the piano and singing at a bar, she called him a "big stud" and said, "Take me to bed or lose me forever!"
Ryan still acts, but she's a producer, too.
Ryan's breakout role came in 1989, when she starred as Sally Albright in the romantic comedy "When Harry Met Sally." She also starred in movies like "Sleepless in Seattle," "You've Got Mail," and "French Kiss" (which she produced).
Ryan directed the 2015 drama "Ithaca," which she starred in with Jack Quaid and Tom Hanks. Quaid is Ryan's son from her previous marriage to Dennis Quaid.
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