TOP Gun is an iconic 80s film about fighter pilots filled with romance, drama and action.
Here’s a recap on the original characters and cast as we look forward to the long-awaited sequel…
What characters were in the original Top Gun film?
Maverick (Pete Mitchell) – Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise played cocky fighter pilot Maverick and went on to star in hits including Rain Man, Jerry Maguire and the Mission: Impossible series.
He will reprise his role in the 2019 sequel Top Gun:Maverick.
On May 31, 2018 he started filming for the new film and tweeted a photo captioned #Day 1 with the iconic quote “Feel the need.”
Goose (Nick Bradshaw) – Anthony Edwards
Anthony Edwards played Maverick’s co-pilot Goose.
He died in training after ejecting from his plane and hitting the aircraft canopy head first.
A board of enquiry cleared Maverick of responsibility for his death but the heavy burden of guilt cause him to temporarily quit Top Gun.
Charlie Blackwood – Kelly McGillis
Kelly McGillis played Charlie Blackwood – the flight instructor with a PHD who fell for Maverick.
After the film she moved to Key West, Florida with her husband and opened the restuarant Kelly’s – she has two daughters, Kelsey, 28, and Sonora, 24.
She only starred in a few films afterwards including Rob Reiner’s comedy North but said in a 2014 interview that she’d love to cameo in the Top Gun sequel.
Carole Bradshaw – Meg Ryan
Meg Ryan played Goose’s wife – and later widow.
She went on to star in the hit romcoms When Harry Met Sally (1989) and Sleepless In Seattle (1993).
Her last film role was in the 2015 drama Ithaca which she also directed.
Iceman (Tom Kazansky) – Val Kilmer
Val Kilmer played Iceman – Maverick’s nemesis turned wingman.
Val is unlikely to return for the sequel considering his recent battle with throat cancer.
However in 2017 he tweeted saying that he would be “ready” to reprise his role.
Viper (Mike Metcalf) – Tom Skerritt
Tom Skerritt played Viper – a strict instructor and old friend of Maverick’s father Duke.
He served with Duke in Vietname and tells Maverick the truth about his death – that he refused to disengage and sacrificed himself to save the lives of three pilots.
Tom most recently starred as Fred in the 2017 film Lucky alongside Twin Peaks director David Lynch.
Wolfman (Leonard Wolfe) – Barry Tubb
Barry Tubb played Wolfman – one of Maverick’s fellow pilots at Top Gun.
He played a pivotal role in the film by informing Charlie that Maverick had quit Top Gun following Goose’s death- and she persuades him to come back.
Barry most recently starred in the 2014 American Civil War western Deliverance Creek.
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Michael Ironside as Jester (Rick Heatherly)
John Stockwell as Cougar (Bill Cortell)
Rick Rossovich as Slider (Ron Kerner)
Tim Robbins as Merlin (Sam Wells)
Clarence Gilyard Jr. as Sundown (Marcus Williams)
Whip Hubley as Hollywood (Rick Neven)
Tames Tolkan as Stinger (Tom Jardian)
Adrian Pasdar as Chipper (Charles Piper)