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Then and Now: The Cast of "Top Gun"

'Top Gun' is a classic 80s movie starring a lot of recognizable people. See what they're up to now.

Tom Cruise Then

Tom Cruise Then

Tom Cruise was a young dude in his mid-twenties when 'Top Gun' came out in 1986. He'd already been in several successful films, but this one helped set him on the path to being a major star.

Tom Cruise Now

Tom Cruise Now

Since 'Top Gun' came out, Tom Cruise has had a major career takeoff and a subsequent crash. He was once one of the most bankable stars in the world, but public opinion seems to have turned against him, and his movies aren't nearly as successful as they once were.

Kelly McGillis Then

Kelly McGillis Then

'Top Gun' was McGillis' first major film hit, and it helped make her a sex symbol in the 80s. She was a Julliard-trained actress who played Charlie, the love interest of Tom Cruise's character, Maverick.

Kelly McGillis Now

Kelly McGillis Now

McGillis' career is still active, but she's gotten more attention for her personal life. She came out as a lesbian in 2009 and still speaks fondly of her experience filming 'Top Gun,' which arguably remains her biggest mainstream success.

Val Kilmer Then

Val Kilmer Then

As the cocky villain Iceman, Kilmer brought a lot of charm and bravado to the film. His career took off in a big way after 'Top Gun,' which was one of his very first forays into screen acting.

Val Kilmer Now

Val Kilmer Now

Within 10 years of making 'Top Gun,' Kilmer was starring as Batman and enjoying major success. Like Cruise, his career has cooled off a bit in the 21st century, but he is still working in both film and TV.

Anthony Edwards Then

Anthony Edwards Then

Anthony Edwards played Goose, the sidekick to Tom Cruise's Maverick. Edwards died in the film, an event that provided most of the emotional content.

Anthony Edwards Now

Anthony Edwards Now

After 'Top Gun,' Edwards best-known role came when he played Dr. Mark Greene on 'ER' from 1994-2008. He left that show to spend more time with his kids, and he hasn't worked much since.

Meg Ryan Then

Meg Ryan Then

Other than McGillis, Ryan was one of the only female performers in 'Top Gun.' She played Goose's wife, and she was also in a relationship with Anthony Edwards at the time.

Meg Ryan Now

Meg Ryan Now

Meg Ryan went on to become one of the biggest romantic comedy actresses of her day, and is probably the second most successful actor from the film after Tom Cruise. She seems to be slowly getting back into acting after taking a rather long break.

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