"Nick Bradshaw", whom everyone just calls "Goose", is "Maverick's" partner in crime and co-pilot throughout the plot providing moral support for the leading character. He plays a key role in the turning point in the story.
Anthony Edwards moved on to star in several smaller movie roles during the years after his role as "Goose" in Top Gun. Anthony's most memorable role was in the TV series E.R. where he played "Dr. Mark Greene" for 8 seasons. He was nominated for several awards over the course of his career and even received a Golden Globe for Best Performance in a TV Drama in 1998.
Her role as "Charlie" alongside Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer in the movie Top Gun in 1986 was her second high profile role since her Hollywood debut in Witness for which she received a Golden Globe. Afterwards, she appeared in a number of secondary roles spanning across Television, Film and on stage. Her latest leading role was in the 2017 movie Mother of All Secrets playing the role of "Rose Lewis".
"Charlie" is first introduced as a intelligent and spunky woman who "Maverick" attempts to flirt with at the beginning of the movie. In true Hollywood fashion, she happens to be a teacher at "Top Gun". "Maverick's" relationship with "Charlie" grows stronger throughout the movie to the point where she criticizes his dangerous behavior.
"Tom Kasanzky", also known as "Iceman", is one of the leading pilots in Top Gun according to "Viper", the chief instructor at the academy. He is "Maverick's" rival pilot throughout the movie, although their relationship changes towards the end.
Val Kilmer played "Iceman" in the hit 80's movie Top Gun. This role served as a benchmark for some of his later roles in the film industry. Kilmer moved on to star in The Doors (1991), Tombstone (1993), Heat (1995), and Batman Forever (1995). His most recent role was in the thriller The Snowman (2010) alongside Michael Fassbender.
"Mike 'Viper' Metcalf" is the head instructor at the "Top Gun" academy and an old friend of "Maverick's" father, "Duke Mitchell". He plays a key role in "Maverick's" past and is the only one who really knows what happened to his father...
Before his role in Top Gun, Thomas Roy "Tom" Skerritt had already stars in productions such as M.A.S.H. (1970), Fuzz (1972), and Alien (1979). Skerritt moved on to star in the hit TV series Picket Fences for which he won an Emmy for Most Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 1994. Tom has been married three times and has a total of 3 children. He has been married to Julie Tokahashi since 1998.
"Carol Bradshaw", played by Meg Ryan, is "Goose's" wife in the movie Top Gun. She has become a memorable icon over the years with quotes like, "Goose, you big stud! Take me to bed or lose me forever!"
With her role in Top Gun, as well as numerous other smaller roles, Meg Ryan was able to catapult herself into Hollywood's acting business. She moved on to star in When Harry Meets Sally (1989) which is still considered her breakthrough. Afterwards, she starred in two other movies, The Doors (with "Iceman" Val Kilmer) and Sleepless In Seattle with Tom Hanks. She also had other notable roles in movies like When a Man Loves a Woman (1994), French Kiss (1995), You've Got Mail (1998) and many more.
LCDR" Rick 'Jester' Heatherly" works as an instructor at the "TopGun" academy alongside "Viper". With the help of the rest of the instructors, he was able to train a whole platoon of fighter pilots including "Maverick", "Goose" and "Iceman".
Frederick Reginald Ironside's (Michael Ironside) role in Top Gun was considered part of his breakthrough in the Hollywood acting industry. He moved on to star in popular movies such as Extreme Prejudice (1987), Watchers (1988), Total Recall (1990). His personal life has been relatively stable, being married to Karen Marls Dinwiddie and having two daughters. Ironside was diagnosed with cancer twice both thyroid and prostate cancer which he both survived. He now stars in the TV show The Alienist.
"Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell" is a United States Navy Fighter Pilot who gets sent to to the Fighter Weapons School ("Top Gun") after coaching a pilot back to their aircraft carrier after being ordered not to. It's there where his story begins.
Tom Cruise's role in Top Gun only cemented his value on the acting market. He moved on to star in dozens of hit movies with his most notable role being his "Ethan Hunt" in the Mission: Impossible franchise. He was nominated for a grand total of three Oscars but never won. He has won three Golden Globes and was nominated for seven for his performances over the years. Apart from scandals due to his religious beliefs, Cruise has stayed very relevant over the years.