This is what the pilots from 'Top Gun' are doing today

The 1980s brought us some fantastic action movies like “Lethal Weapon” and “Die Hard,” which made movie-goers consider joining the police force.

When Tony Scott’s “Top Gun” landed in cinemas across the nation, it was an instant blockbuster, earning over $350 million worldwide according to box office mojo.

With all the adrenaline-packed scenes the film offers, “Top Gun” audience members of all ages wanted to be the next Maverick.

While it made a massive impact at the time, did you ever wonder what happened to the cool pilots from “Top Gun?”

Well, we looked into it, and here’s what we found.

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FYI. This is strictly fan fiction.

Iceman

Top Gun - Iceman - Val Kilmer

(Source: Paramount)

Soon after Iceman made amends with Maverick, his naval career took a downward turn, and he ended up leaving the military. Like most veterans, he didn’t have a plan about what he wanted to do post service — so he dyed his hair brown and became a Jim Morrison impersonator.

Jim Morrison - Val Kilmer - The Doors

(Source: Screenshot for “The Doors” TriStar)

He played a few music gigs and smoked a lot of drugs. But after the market for music impersonators dried up, Iceman reset his hair blonde and turned to a life of crime.

You may have even seen him on the news after being involved in a major shootout with police in downtown Los Angeles back the mid-90s.

The “Heat” was totally on.

Val Kilmer - Heat

(Source: Screenshot from “Heat” WB)

Since then, Iceman has gone off the grid, but he resurfaces every once in a while.

Jester

Jester - Top Gun

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Jester loved being a Top Gun instructor, but because he lost a dogfight to a student — his peers started to look down at his piloting skills. Jester put in for retirement and left the Navy. After months of being a civilian, Jester missed the action so much, he moved to Mars becoming a bounty hunter.

Total recall - Michael Ironside

(Source: Screenshot from “Total Recall” Sony)

While on assignment, Jester lost his arms during a fight on an elevator. The Mars government patched him up and gave him a bionic arm.

Then wouldn’t you know it, a war broke out against some big ass bugs, and he joined the mobile infantry. He flew to a planet named “Klendathu” to eliminate the threat. Unfortunately, Jester met his doom there, and his body was ripped apart.

 

klendathu - starship troopers

Jester could have just walked this off.

Slider

Slider- Top Gun - Rick Rossovich

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After being Iceman’s sidekick for so many years, Slider’s BUD/s package was approved, and he went on to become a Navy SEAL. He didn’t talk too much, but he learned to play a mean round of go-kart golf.

Rick Rossovich

(Source: Screenshot “Navy SEALs” Orion)

Life after the teams, Slider finished getting his medical degree and went to work for a ghetto hospital in Chicago. He began dating a hot nurse until an upcoming pediatrician stole her away.

Then, he kind of just vanished. Oh, wait! We just received reports that he spotted as a bicycle officer patrolling the Santa Monica Pier.

rick rossovich - pacific blue - top gun

(Source: Screenshot “Pacific Blue” USA Network)

No one saw that career change coming.

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Maverick

Maverick, Top Gun, Tom Cruise

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As much crap as he raised as a fighter pilot, Maverick ended up getting recruited by a spy agency named “Mission Impossible Force.”  The organization made him change his name from Pete Mitchell to Ethan Hunt — which is far better.

He went on several successful missions and took down some of the world’s most dangerous and well-connected terrorists.

Tom Cruise - Maverick - MIF

(Source: Screenshot “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” Paramount)

In recent news, the all-star pilot may return to “Top Gun” but this time as an instructor. But we’ll just have to wait and see.