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When Crocodile Dundee made its screen debut in 1986, it became an instant global sensation. Over the past 30 years, it has been enjoyed by countless people, and although the film is timeless, the same can't be said for its actors. What are Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski and the other stars up to now? It's time to take a look.
Mark Blum played the three-dimensional bad guy Richard Mason, who was Sue's editor as well as her boyfriend. He asked Sue to return from writing the story about a bushman called Crocodile Dundee, but she refused. Although we didn't like Richard, his character was totally necessary to the plot, and it did wonders for his acting career.
Mark Blum, who is now 69 years old, has had a steady acting career, starring in Coin Heist, Mozart in the Jungle and many Broadway plays, such as Gus and Al. Aside from acting, he has become a fitness advocate, asking people to be happy and healthy. He himself has stayed away from unhealthy foods, alcohol, and smoking.
Partner Wally, the true outback type that John Meillon portrayed, was adored by everybody. Before Wally, John already had a lucrative acting career, starring in TV shows like My Name's McGooley, What's Yours? and Rita and Wally. He also had voice acted in multiple radio plays.
The Australian actor reprised his role of Wally in Crocodile Dundee II, which was his last film role, as he sadly died from cirrhosis in 1989. John will be remembered forever for his likable characters and the theatre work that earned him an OBE. He was posthumously awarded the Raymond Longford lifetime achievement award.
The Australian traditional dancer and actor had already found fame for numerous Aboriginal roles before playing Neville Bell in Crocodile Dundee. In 1978, he was even awarded the Member of the Order of Australia for his dedication to the arts and his portrayals of Aboriginal characters.
After Crocodile Dundee, David's acting career took off and he landed roles in several films such as Charlie's Country, Rabbit-Proof Fence, and The Tracker and Australia. Unfortunately, his personal life hasn't gone so well. In 2006, he brandished a machete during a fight. In 2007 he assaulted his wife, breaking her arm, and ended up serving a year in prison.
Actress Maggie Blinco played the role of Ida in the first two Crocodile Dundee films. However, this role was not her big debut on the screen. Before playing Ida, Blinco had starred in such shows and movies as A Country Practice, 1915, and Return to Eden.
After Crocodile Dundee II, Blinco has continued a steady acting career until today. She took roles in movies and shows including Flirting, Doctor Doctor and Cheek to Cheek. In 2017, she starred as the title character in BABA. Blinco also returned to the theater and played the lead role in The Greening of Grace and the play Biddies.
Veteran actor Terry Gill appeared on the movie as the lead kangaroo shooter Duffy. Before this role, Gill was already an established actor in Australia and was mainly type-cast as a police officer. He had recurring characters on shows like Homicide, The Last Outlaw, and Prisoner: Cell Block H.
Gill had a fairly successful career after the Dundee movies and appeared in 71 films including The Flying Doctors and Neighbours. He played Santa in Australia's annual Carols by Candlelight for 27 consecutive years. He with his wife also ran the Tivoli Theatre Restaurant for several years, hosting lots of well-known performers. Sadly, he passed away at 75 in 2015 after battling lung cancer.
Wrestling fans probably know this Australian actor and pro wrestler known as Crusher in the 80's. He played Donk in Crocodile Dundee and is best remembered for kissing Paul Hogan's character. He got the role interestingly because the casting agents phoned his manager to ask for the "ugliest, loud mouthed, mongrel looking wrestlers."
Rackman reprised his role as Donk for both the movie's sequels, but Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles was his final acting credit. Afterwards, he opened two gyms in Sydney with a partner, and he himself became a personal trainer in his own gym. Later in 2010, both he and his partner retired.
In Crocodile Dundee, Caitlin Clarke definitely made an impression in our hearts as dippy Simone, a call-girl with wild hair and an animal print dress. But she is most remembered as Valerian in Dragonslayer, which was her big acting debut, and was even nominated for two Oscars.
After Crocodile Dundee, Clarke only had a few more roles in films like Blown Away and The Big Picture. She also portrayed Charlotte Cardoza in the Broadway musical Titanic from 1998 to 1999. Unfortunately, Clarke was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2000 and finally passed away at the age of 52 in 2004. She was last credited for the film Never Again alongside Jeffrey Tambor.
Jere Burns played Arnan Rothman, the infamous villain in Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles that everyone hated. After finishing this role, Burns' acting career skyrocketed and he starred in numerous hit movies and shows.
Burns has been an A-list actor in Hollywood since Arnan Rothman. He's been great in a long list of roles from Wynn Duffy in Justified to Chet Atkins in Angie Tribeca. You might recognize him as Kirk Morris in Dear John or Anson Fullerton, the DIA psychiatrist in Burn Notice. Burns also starred on Broadway in Hairspray and After the Night.
So here finally comes the big star Paul Hogan, who portrayed the leading role of Michael 'Crocodile' Dundee in all three movies. Before the films, Hogan was a complete unknown, but afterwards, his fame went through the roof. He even earned a Golden Globe for Best Actor and an Oscar nomination for screenwriting, as the movies co-writer.
Due to his iconic role, Hogan has become a cultural staple and appeared in plenty of commercials with the famous line, 'shrimp on the barbie.' He was also named a Member of the Order of Australia. While receiving the Longford Lyell Award, he joked that he's a one-hit wonder. But he starred in the Australian hit comedy, Bedfellows in 2004 and began doing stand-up comedy in 2013. His latest film credit was in That's Not My Dog!
The lovely Linda Kozlowski played the dazzling female lead Sue Charlton. A graduate from Juilliard, this talented actress already had some acting credits before playing Sue Charlton, but this role definitely put her on the map. She was certainly one of the most famous pin-ups of the 80s!
After the Crocodile Dundee franchise, Kozlowski's career never saw much success. In the 10 years after, she landed only 8 roles, all in unknown movies. In 2001, this amazing actress quit acting. As for her personal life, she married her co-star Paul Hogan in 1990, and they had a son, Chance, together. However, in 2013, they split up.
Before Crocodile Dundee, Reginald was very much an unknown commodity and had only played unnamed characters in five productions. Luckily, he met his breakthrough role as Gus, who helps get Mick around an unfamiliar city, and saves Mick when he's assaulted by a gang.
Nowadays, Reginald was most known for his role as the often-annoyed father on the hit TV sitcom Family Matters, which ran for ten years and was a huge success. His more recent roles are on the TV series Ray Donovan and Girl Meets World.
Aida Turturro entered the Crocodile Dundee series in 2001, playing the role of Jean Ferraro in Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles. Though this role wasn't exactly a big one, it really was a precursor to bigger things, as the film was shot right about when Turturro began her run on The Sopranos.
Aida Turturro played Tony Soprano's often-annoying, always-neurotic sister, who was a key part of the show. After the show concluded, she has landed roles on series such as Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.
Gerry Skilton played Nugget O.Cass, one of the few roles that persisted from all three films, even the 2001 sequel. Gerry also reprised the role in a pilot for the show Nugget Gets A Life. Besides, he landed roles in films like Outback and Rough Diamonds.
Unfortunately, after the Crocodile Dundee series, Gerry's luck seemed to run out, and he hasn't been able to land another acting role. "I don't know whether it's a great or a bad thing, but since completing Dundee I've never been able to drop the handle Nugget because people just won't let me," he said.
Singer played the memorable role of Con in the Crocodile Dundee, but he didn't appear in the movie's sequels. Before the show, Singer was not a very experienced actor and had only appeared in two TV shows, The Story of Johnny O'Keefe and Palace of Dreams, and a film named Bliss.
Sadly, after the Crocodile Dundee became a megahit, Singer's acting career didn't exactly take off, though he did appear on TV shows like Water Rats and Crownies. His last role was in the film Charlie's Country (2013), which also featured fellow Crocodile Dundee star David Gulpilil.
John Snyder appeared about halfway through the movie as a pimp. When Dundee first arrives in New York City, he's completely shocked by the way people behave and interact with one another. Then he has a run-in with the pimp Snyder portrayed. The role isn't big, but it does have an impact on the film.
The 1980's saw John Snyder's prime. However, he made his biggest impact on the industry by voice acting, instead of by sticking his face in front of a camera. Towards the end of the 1980's, he focused primarily on voice acting, and voice acted in anime films such as Akira and Battle Royal.
Dutton entered the Crocodile Dundee in the second installment, portraying the street-smart Leroy Brown, a stationery salesman. Dundee initially begins working for Brown, while getting used to life in New York City. When Sue is kidnapped by cartels, Leroy connected to inner city gangs and saved her back safely.
After the Crocodile Dundee 2, Dutton continued to land a number of key roles in major films, including 1992's Alien 3 and 1993's Rudy. Throughout the 1990's and the 2000's, Dutton has kept active and appeared in the 2008's hit movie Honeydripper and in 2013's The Monkey's Paw.
Susie Essman played a kind-hearted tour guide in Crocodile Dundee 2. This tour guide helps out Mick when he's at a complete loss as to where he needs to be. Although this role is fairly small in the movie and you might skip over her, Susie still brings her charms to the fullest.
After Crocodile Dundee 2, Susie went on with a very successful comedy career. She performs a unique brand of stand up comedy throughout the country. In 2000, she scored the role of a lifetime - the part of Susie in Larry David's Curb Your Enthusiasm. Throughout the whole show, she's one of the biggest reasons for laughing.
Nobody is better to be Miss Mathis in Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles than Kaitlin Hopkins. Sadly, the actress only made it onto the third installment of the series as a minor role, but she did manage to give us a few laughs.
After her role in Crocodile Dundee In Los Angeles, Hopkins continued to land roles in numerous episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space 9, Star Trek: Voyager, and Spin City. Hopkins is more of a stage actor, but she managed to really give us a show while on screen.
Jonathan Banks was a well-traveled actor when he played Milos Drubnik, one of the bad guys in Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles. Before the show, Banks had starred in big films like Airplane!, Gremlins, and the huge megahit comedy Beverly Hills Cop. He actually had been acting since 1974.
Long after he finished the role of Milos Drubnik, Jonathan Banks has went on to be successful in the world of acting. His biggest role after Milos Drubnik in the show has unquestionably been the plain-speaking hitman Mike in Breaking Bad and the subsequent spin-off Better Call Saul.
Many people first saw Ernie Dingo as Charlie in Crocodile Dundee 2. Actually, before the role, Dingo had already made appearances in such films as The Fringe Dwellers and Tudawali. In the late 1980s, Ernie's career seemed to be building momentum.
Although Ernie Dingo didn't necessarily seem to rise into stardom after Crocodile Dundee 2, he does have carved out a very nice career in the following years. Apart from appearances in The Great Outdoors, Heartland, and Family Confidential, Dingo has also landed a role as a Vietnam veteran in Dogs of War.
Luis Guzman is a well-known Puerto Rican actor who has a number of big roles to his name over the years. However, when he appeared in Crocodile Dundee 2 as Jose, one of his first high-profile roles, Luis wasn't as well-known. He had also appeared in Short Eyes and Heartbeat.
Luis Guzman is now not primarily known for his role of Jose in Crocodile Dundee 2. Movies like Boogie Nights solidified his ability to play dramatic roles, and he has since landed roles in dozens of films, TV shows, and other productions. Recently, he's seen in Narcos, Code Black, and How To Make It In America.
Hechter Ubarry was chosen by the producers and casting director to play the important role of Rico in Crocodile Dundee 2. However, this skilled actor's career began not in movies, but on Broadway, where he learned to sing, dance, and act. Crocodile Dundee 2 was actually only his second film.
After the show, Hechter went back into the world of Broadway musicals, rather than catapult his film career with the publicity from Crocodile Dundee 2. He made appearances in Chu Chem, West Side Story, and Gone With The Wind.
The actor landed his first film role in Salome and played rather minor roles in the movies Salvador and Wildfire. Crocodile Dundee 2 was certainly the highest profile production he had been in. He's skilled at playing the "bad guy" in films.
In addition to a successful actor, Juan was also a model working for designers such as Yves Saint-Laurent and Ossie Clark in his younger days. After Crocodile Dundee 2, Juan continued to appear in movies, including Liquid Dreams and the Vin Diesel vehicle A Man Apart. Most notably, he starred in The Collector and El Gallo.
Michael Lombard had been an established actor long before he took on the role of Sam Charlton in the Crocodile Dundee movies. Thanks to immense acting talent and versatility, Lombard's career began to take off in 1977. He was even nominated for a Drama Desk Award for his performance in the play "Otherwise Engaged" by Simon Gray.
After the movie, Lombard's acting career continued with several high-grossing movies, including Pet Sematary, The Devil's Advocate, and The Thomas Crown Affair, and TV shows such as Law and Order and Guiding Light. His last appearance was on play References to Salvador Dali Makes Me Hot as Moon in 2001. Now 85, Lombard is enjoying his retirement.
Born and raised in New York, Rik Colitti was the ideal person to play Danny, the cab driver in Crocodile Dundee. One of his funniest scenes in the film is when he tells Dundee, referring to Gwendoline, "That girl, she's a guy, a man dressed up as a girl," Dundee replies, "That girl is… a guy dressed up like a Sheila!" Although Colitti only had a small part in the movie, it remains one of his most notable roles.
Following Crocodile Dundee, Rik Colitti continued to hone his acting skills, appearing in movies such as Almost Partners, The George Carlin Show, and Dead Presidents. Well known for his commercial roles, Colitti was cast in more than 100 comedies. His last appearance on TV was in 1997 on Law & Order. Sadly, Colitti died in 2010, just days before his 76th birthday.
You probably won't recognize Anne Carlisle in Crocodile Dundee because she played such a small role. But you'll probably kick yourselves after we tell you who she was in the movie. Anne portrayed the transvestite Gwendoline, whom the Crocodile Dundee took a shine to.
After Crocodile Dundee, Anne Carlisle ventured into several careers as an actor, model, acting teacher, performance artist, and author. Her final acting credit was in the movie High Score, which resulted in her high credit score. Anne is now better known as the author of the novel Liquid Sky, which was even adapted into a movie by herself!
Eagle-eyed viewers will recognize Barry Kivel as a drug user in Crocodile Dundee. It was a bit part, but Barry certainly made an impact. Before the film, he played a player in the baseball film The Natural, which was about Roy Hobbs. Barry then continued to land a role alongside Robert Urich and Kim Cattrall in the 1985 drama Turk 182!.
Barry Kivel's career hit new heights after the movie, revealing himself as a talented and versatile actor. He landed roles in various TV shows and movies, such as Memoirs of an Invisible Man, One Fine Day, and Scrubs. Barry is now an established actor, director, producer, and editor. In 2001, he produced, directed, and filmed a short drama named Three Sides.
Cannot remember Sullivan Walker in Crocodile Dundee? At the end of the movie, when Sue chases after Dundee frantically to stop him leaving, a tall guy on the subway platform says to her, "What's up lady?" That tall guy was none other than Sullivan Walker. It was a bit part in the film, but the final scene cannot be incredibly memorable without him.
Post Crocodile Dundee, Sullivan Walker appeared in multiple TV shows and movies, such as The Cosby Show, The Pretender, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. His final role was in the 2015 film Get Rich or Die Tryin, alongside rapper 50 Cent. Unfortunately, the Trinidadian actor died from a heart attack at 65 in 2012.
Tony Holmes was remembered for his portrayal of the teenage mugger in Crocodile Dundee. When he pulled a knife on Sue and Michael, Sue was more than a little scared. But when Dundee pulled out an even bigger knife, he quickly ran away. Though Tony only appeared in the movie for a few minutes, he helped create one of the most memorable scenes in movie history.
Surprisingly, after Holmes' brilliant performance in the movie, he didn't land more roles. He only had a few acting credits to his name beforehand, such as the 1977 sitcom "Baby… I'm Back!" and the 1978 television miniseries King. After Crocodile Dundee, Holmes was in the media for all the wrong reasons that he was arrested and charged with possessing drugs.
Anne Francine was largely a stage actress and appeared in many Broadway productions. She also enjoyed a very successful acting career in film and TV. Francine appeared in Crocodile Dundee as a memorable cameo named Fran, who was a Manhattan socialite. With her distinctive black turban and long cigarette holder, this character certainly made a big impact.
Regretfully, her role as Fran in the show was her last appearance on screen. In 1992, Anne suffered a stroke. Thanks to her talent for pantomime and the plastic pad, she was able to write and communicate. Sadly, Francine passed away in 1999. Paul Phillips, her former stage manager, said of her: "She was glamour, she was chic, she was fabulous."
Nancy Mette played one of the prostitutes in Crocodile Dundee. She had the dubious distinction of delivering the memorable line, "He's cute. Maybe we should give him a free one." Sadly, Mette's acting career did not skyrocket after the film, but she did secure several roles in movies like Meet the Hollowheads, Passion Fish, and Terms of Endearment.
Since the early 90s, Nancy's acting career has fizzled out, and she has been rarely seen on screen. With a knack for nailing difficult characters and delivering great lines, the actress seemed to have little fortune in securing big parts. But regarding the roles she had played, Mette asserted that "they're noticeable parts."
Tony LaFortezza played a bar patron in Crocodile Dundee. Though it's a small role in the movie, Tony is actually a very professional actor and has a degree in theater and cinema from Hunter College. Around the 80s, LaFortezza conducted acting classes for teens and even set up a special acting class for opera singers.
After the classic movie, Tony LaFortezza continued pursuing an acting career, but only ended up with small film roles. After 1993, no more credits for him in films have ever been seen. In 2016, Tony seemed to face some medical issues. His family is still trying to raise money for his medical bills via an online fundraiser. Hope he is doing better today.
Graham 'Grace' Walker played a substantial role of Angelo in the classic Crocodile Dundee. Prior to the movie, Graham worked in the props department for the Australian TV series, Skippy the Bush Kangaroo. Post the movie, Walker decided to quit acting to pursue a career in production design.
Graham has since become a famous production designer. In 1982, He won the Best Achievement Award in Production Design for his work on Mad Max 2. Walker was also nominated for multiple awards for works such as the 1989 psychological thriller Dead Calm and the 2010 horror series The Walking Dead.
Metzman was discovered by the playwright, Robert Patrick, for his performance in The Sleeping Bag, an off-off-Broadway play in 1965. Before his role as the doorman in Crocodile Dundee, Metzman also landed roles in the musical Annie and the science fiction film War Games. Metzman is now probably most remembered for his performance in the award-winning comedy, Arthur, starring Dudley Moore.
Between 1991 and 2001, Metzman had a few small parts in four episodes of the TV series, Law and Order. Since his role as a shoe salesman in the 1997 comedy Deconstructing Harry by Woody Allen, Metzman has been rarely seen. Out of the screen, Metzman ventured into writing. In 1979, his play, Partners, was published in Dramatics magazine.
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