Top Gun: Maverick is one of the best Hollywood movies, released in 1986 and made great history. It is also one of the success stories in the Hollywood industry.
Such a movie was a big hit and even collected a theatrical gross of around $700 million. When you consider the movie, there are a lot of interesting facts about Maverick, making it worth watching out.
In this article, let us discuss the Top Gun cast and the present status of those personalities.
Tom Cruise gained huge popularity among people after acting in this movie as “Lieutenant Pete Maverick Mitchell.” The actor won so many awards for this movie in addition to his other movies, such as
- The Outsiders
- Risky Business
After this great success in Top Gun, he remained a leading man. It was possible for him due to his best selection of movies and characters. Another success he got through “Rain Man” where he acted alongside Dustin Hoffman.
He also acted in the last movie of Stanley Kubrick’s “Eyes Wide Shut”. Furthermore, Tom plays a negative role in Michael Mann’s “Collateral.” Additionally, the actor did stunning roles in the movies such as
- Born on the Fourth of July
- Jerry Maguire
He even got Oscar nominations thrice for his acting skills in the above-mentioned first two movies. Although he did many roles, his most interesting and unforgettable role is in “Top Gun: Maverick.” People always remember him as Maverick rather than as Tom Cruise.
In the early 1980s, Anthony Edwards was popular for appearing in several small films and TV shows. But he got a stunning role as Gilbert in “Revenge of the Nerds.”
Another successful role is the Goose in Top Gun, where he appeared as a radar intercept officer. He was the hero Maverick’s constant companion, but his story took a tragic turn midway through the film.
Edward was popular for doing 80s and 90s TV movie roles before appearing in the hospital drama “ER”. He got nominations for the category “Outstanding lead actor in a drama series.” His role as Mark Greene in ER ended with Emmy nominations four times.
The actor was working in the TV industry continuously, as he got recurring roles such as
- Law & Order
- Netflix’s Inventing Anna
Kelly McGills has played alongside Harrison Ford in “Witness” as an Amish woman. After doing this role, the producer of Top Gun “Jerry Bruckheimer” asked her to be cast in his movie.
She played the role of Charlie Blackwood in Top Gun Maverick. After appearing in this hit movie, she got to act in a few movies like “The Accused” in 1988.
Kelly was one of the major actresses in the late 1980s period, but still couldn’t get a chance to appear in big movies. Thus, she did a few small independent movies, TV shows, and theater roles. But even after appearing in the hit movie, she got stuck with the theater roles.
The Top Gun helped many actors to grow well in the Hollywood industry, and Kilmer is one such actor. The actor did a teenage sci-fi comedy movie, “Real Genius,” that succeeded greatly.
He played the role of the cool-headed and methodical antagonist “Iceman”. In Top Gun Maverick, he acted in the interesting role of constant tormentor of the hero, Maverick.
After acting in Top Gun, he eventually got attached to the rebellious nature of heroes. Then, he got a chance to appear in several movies, such as
- The Doors
- True Stone
- Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
In recent days, Kilmer is suffering from health issues and, thus, couldn’t concentrate much on movies. However, he played a small role in the recent Kevin Smith movie “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot.”
Michael is a Canadian-born actor who began acting in the late 1970s. He gained people’s attention after his psychic role as Darry Revok in the sci-fi horror “Scanners.” Then, he continues to act in several low-budget movies before getting a chance in “Top Gun”. He did the Viper instructor “Jester” role in Top Gun.
Changing the genre in Top Gun didn’t affect his career much. So, he got chances to fill several sci-fi roles in movies such as
- Highlander II: The Quickening
- Starship Troopers
- Total Recall
Furthermore, the actor got a chance to appear in TV series such as
- Desperate Housewives
- Tales From The Crypt
- Walker, Texas Ranger
Recently, he did a role in Hulu’s “The Dropout.”
Tom Skerritt has been in the acting industry since the 1960s. In 1962, he appeared in a movie named “Hunt.” The actor spent much of his 1960s in several TV roles as a cowboy or soldier. Some of them include,
- The Virginian
Then, he did the role of a soldier in the 1970s movie “MASH” alongside
- Donald Sutherland
- Elliot Gould
Furthermore, the actor played the stunning role of Captain Dallas in the 1979 sci-fi movie “Alien.” After his appearance in Top Gun, he did several other movies and TV shows like
- Steel Magnolias
- Picket Fences
The actor is staying active these days in the acting industry. So, his recent movie is a drama film, “East of the Mountains” in 2001.
Meg started her career in the movie “Rich and Famous” in 1981. After two years, she made her appearance in “Amityville 3-D.” However, after these two movies, she got no chance, so she started doing TV series.
Then, Top Gun helped to improve her career, and she starred in many movies afterward. In 2015, she went behind the camera to do direction, and her debut direction is “Ithaca.”
The Bottom Line
This is all about the present status and the history of the cast crew “Top Gun Maverick.” Read the article to learn more about the actors and actresses who appeared in Top Gun.
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