Readers, we want you to use your imagination a little. It is 1986 and Whitney Houston is playing on all the radios. When it comes to the big screen, Paul Hogan is dominating the scene in the role of Crocodile Dundee, Australian crocodile hunter. From out of nowhere, Crocodile Dundee shot to box office success before it went on to become the cult classic that it is! The film delivered a rather odd premise, though that did not stop it from snagging an Oscar nomination before the story was expanded into a trilogy! Fans are now wondering what the cast members have been up to. There’s no need to fear as we are here to show you what the stars of Crocodile Dundee have been up to!
The first movie came out in Australia on April 30, 1986. Meanwhile, it hit theaters in America on September 26, 1986. That same year, it ended up becoming the second highest grossing film both in the United States and worldwide! Overall, they were able to sell 46 million tickets across the nation. Apparently, two versions of the film exist : there’s the Australian version and then the international version. In the latter, they decided to cut out some of the Aussie slang, and replace them with more commonly used terms. The first film was followed by two installments: Crocodile Dundee II in 1988 and then Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles in 2001. However, the latter installments failed to come close to the success attained by the original film, though this is the case for most sequels in the industry.
It is interesting to learn how the movie came to be. Paul Hogan, the lead actor and story writer, explained that he received inspiration for the story when he was traveling around New York. He started to wonder what life would be like in the City That Never Sleeps for a bushman hailing from the Northern Territory. Hogan thought to himself, “There’s a lot about Dundee that we all think we’re like; but we’re not, because we live in Sydney. He’s a mythical outback Australian who does exist in part—the frontiersman who walks through the bush, picking up snakes and throwing them aside, living off the land who can ride horses and chop down trees and has that simple, friendly, laid-back philosophy. It’s like the image the Americans have of us, so why not give them one?… We’ve always been desperately short of folk heroes in this country. Ned Kelly is pathetic. So are the bushrangers.”
Let us now go and take a look at what the stars have been doing to keep busy ever since the movie first came out!
John Meillon stole the spotlight when he portrayed Wally, Dundee’s partner. Meillon actually reprised the character in the next film of the trilogy, Crocodile Dundee II. However, it ended up becoming his final acting credit. The actor passed away in 1989 after suffering cirrhosis of the liver. Before this, however, he managed to attain a considerable amount of success as a theater actor.
Although he did not really go on to earn household name status in the entertainment industry, Ritchie Singer enjoyed a long time in show business. After he portrayed Con in the first Crocodile Dundee film, he managed to snag roles in nearly 30 other projects! The list, of course, includes a recurring part on the Australian TV show, Crownies. He later appeared in the successful drama film Charlie’s Country alongside his Dundee co-actor David Gulpilil.
Mark Blum must have been ready to be the most hated character in the series when he took on the role of Richard, the obnoxious editor standing in the way of canon couple Dundee and Sue. After appearing in Crocodile Dundee, he was able to participate in some impressive projects. His 70th role was for the hit thriller series, The Blacklist.
Reginald VelJohnson only had a small part in the first Dundee film, though this did not stop him from shooting into stardom! He has since become one of the most popular Hollywood character actors after appearing on the big screen in Die Hard and Die Hard 2 and the small screen in Family Matters. He actually has 99 different roles under his belt!
Although he appeared in the film Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles, David Franklin is best remembered for playing Meeklo Braca in the beloved sci-fi TV series Farscape and then Brutus in the fantasy TV show Xena: Warrior Princess.
Well, there has been a lot of debate about separating the art and the artist, though fans of David Gulpilil will likely be in the ‘pro’ camp. He played Neville Bell in Crocodile Dundee and it was clear to all of the viewers that he was one talented actor. He actually enjoyed plenty of success later on, appearing in movies such as Charlie’s Country and The Proposition. However, we should not disregard the fact that he has run into some problems with the authorities and he was once arrested for domestic abuse. Yikes.
Ernie Dingo portrayed Charlie in Crocodile Dundee II before he went on to enjoy a successful career as a character actor. Although he did not become wildly popular, his schedule was filled with various acting gigs. He actually worked on 34 projects over the years and his most recent one is the TV series, Redfern Now. If you wish to look up his other works, your best bet is to look it up online since his acting jobs are considered to be under the radar in the US.
Can you believe that Timo Cruz of Coach Carter started his career in Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles in the role of a gangbanger? If you ask us, the actor has definitely come a long way since then. He also played Ben Gonzalez on the comedy show Reaper and then Naps in the coming-of-age film Rolls Bounce. Nowadays, he is better known as Rene “Wild Dog” Ramirez on the popular CW superhero TV series Arrow.
Wrestling fans who were around during the 80’s likely remember Steve Rackman under a different name. He was none other than Crusher! When it comes to the trilogy, he is most famous for playing the character Donk and kissing Paul Hogan! He came back to reprise the role in both the follow-up movies. He eventually retired from acting and went back to Australia to open up a gym and work as a personal trainer.
Terry Gill is yet another talented character actor, although he only starred in one Dundee film. Nonetheless, his appearance will definitely be remembered. After he appeared on Crocodile Dundee, the actor went on to work on 71 other films! Sadly, he passed away in February 2015 at the advanced age of 75.
Gerry Skilton played the fan favorite Nugget O’Cass in all of the Crocodile Dundee films. Unfortunately, those are pretty much the only movies that you will find on Gerry Skilton’s acting resume. Skilton decided to quit acting in 2001 when he stopped receiving information about auditions. His last acting credit was actually for Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles like a number of other actors you will find on the list.
Jonathan Banks is one of the actors who enjoyed great success after working on the Crocodile Dundee films. Banks recently received praises for his role as a hitman on the hit AMC television shows Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. His performance earned him nominations for the prestigious Primetime Emmy Awards. The gruff actor is now considered to be one of the most in-demand actors on the small screen!
When it comes to comedy, you simply cannot deny that Paul Rodriguez has enjoyed a lengthy and diverse career. The Mexican-American actor received schooling thanks to the GI Bill and he has since become a talented and versatile performer we all love to watch. You can see his work in films like Ali and Blood Work. However, he will forever be synonymous to Diego from the final installment of the trilogy for Crocodile Dundee fans.
Jere Burns has a face that looks fitting for the ‘bad guy’ and this might be why everyone remembers him as Arnan Rothman from Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles. Anyway, Burns enjoyed a great career after the trilogy wrapped up. The actor successfully snagged a number of big parts for the small screen including productions like From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, The Muppets and Justified. We don’t think we need to further expound on the fact that Jere appears to be in no danger of running out of acting jobs!
Charles S. Dutton
In Crocodile Dundee II, Charles S. Dutton was cast in the role of Leroy Brown. However, you should know this is only one of the numerous acting jobs that he has taken on over the years! Maybe you even remember him from Alien 3, Bessie, and Rudy.
True enough, Aida Turturro only had a minor role in the final installment of the Dundee trilogy, though she later enjoyed a lot of screen time in a different project. Of course, we are talking about her performance as Tony Soprano’s sister on the HBO hit show, The Sopranos! She was also cast in the role of Judge Felicia Catano on the legal drama Law & Order.
Many kids from all over the world fell in love with Caitlin Clarke when she portrayed the beautiful and fierce Valerian in the 1981 film, Dragonslayer. She later went on to land a small part in Crocodile Dundee as Simone. She experienced more success after appearing in the movie, but her life was cut short by cancer at the age of 52. She is sorely missed, though we are glad to have witnessed her acting skills!
When the movie first came out, many people were convinced that Paul Hogan was set to become the next big actor in Hollywood. The Crocodile Dundee trilogy had been the first of several gigs for him but things did not go as planned. He got involved in a scandal about tax evasion and offshore bank accounts, ultimately damaging his reputation before he was set to enjoy the fruits of his labor. His last acting credit was a guest role in the show Open Slather.
There is no way we could finish the list without talking about Linda Kozlowski! She played the lovely Sue Charlton, of course. Apparently, the chemistry between Paul Hogan and her translated to real life as well. As a matter of fact, Hogan left his wife to pursue a relationship with his costar! These two were married for more than a decade, welcomed a child together, and ultimately went their own ways. It has been a while since the retired Kozlowski appeared in any onscreen project. In fact, her last acting credit was for the poorly-received Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles.
Whoa, can you believe that Stephen Root started his career by portraying the DEA Agent AKA Toilet in Crocodile Dundee II? The actor, comedian, and voice actor has since gone on to play numerous impressive roles in projects like Office Space, NewsRadio, DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story, and King of the Hill.
Interestingly, Hechter Ubarry’s singing and acting skills were developed when he was a young boy in New York City. He got the opportunity to show off his abilities when he was cast as Rico the drug king in Crocodile Dundee II. After the movie, he received many job offers and eventually went back to the Broadway stage. He continues to perform on stage and even has a cabaret show that has been running since 2000.
Now, Peter Faiman was none other than the director of the first Crocodile Dundee film. Faiman later received all sorts of accolades and he was even made a Member of the Order of Australia! However, he never landed another huge gig as a director again. The last time he worked in the entertainment industry was as a creative consultant for a variety of TV shows.
If you ever watched Crocodile Dundee II, there is no need to worry if you cannot recall his appearance! Although he went on to star in other productions later on, he barely featured in the movie. The Puerto Rican-American actor recently starred in the CBS show Code Black.
Clare Carey appeared in numerous films and the list, of course, includes Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles. However, she is most recognized for playing recurring characters in So Little Time and Coach.
The Brooklyn native is probably best known for his performances in Pet Sematary, Guiding Light, and The Thomas Crown Affair. However, he will forever be remembered as Sam Charlton to all Crocodile Dundee fans.
John Snyder only portrayed a pimp in Crocodile Dundee, though the minor role was only a smidge in his acting career. He acted in various big screen and small screen projects from 1979 until 2004. Maybe you even remember him as Aaron Conor from Star Trek: The Next Generation! Apart from his onscreen and stage works, he also lent his voice to anime and video game characters.
Khristina Totos is definitely not the biggest star on the list. In fact, there is hardly any information on the actress! However, we do know that she has appeared in The Custodian, The Young Wife, and Crocodile Dundee.
Aside from acting, Anne Francine also worked as a cabaret singer. However, we daresay she is best known for playing antagonist Flora Simpson Reilly on Harper Valley PTA. Her final acting credit was in Crocodile Dundee as Fran.
Anne Carlisle is an acting teacher, actress, author, model and performance artist who appeared in a couple of films. She played the transvestite character Gwendoline in Crocodile Dundee.
You probably remember Douglas Kahn better as Irving Metzmann! He is well known for his appearance in Crocodile Dundee, WarGames, and The Purple Rose of Cairo. Fascinatingly, he is a published playwright. Cool!
Nancy Mette is one of the younger members of the cast and there is not a lot of information out there about her. She played a prostitute in New York when she appeared in Crocodile Dundee and she has since starred in a couple of films.
Juan Fernández de Alarcon
The actor Juan Fernández de Alarcon made his onscreen debut when he appeared in a film called Salome. He has since starred in more than 30 films.
Crocodile Dundee II definitely helped launch some actor’s careers! Some of them didn’t go into traditional acting gigs, however. Dennis Boutsikaris has since worked as an audiobook narrator and he is a recipient of an Audie Award and a two-time winner of the Obie Award. Recently, he appeared in Better Call Saul.
Paul Greco is most recognized for playing Sully, the leader of the Orphans, in The Warriors. He would then go on to star in a number of films from the 80’s to the 90’s. The actor even appeared in one episode of Miami Vice! Tragically, he succumbed to lung cancer in 2008 at the age of 53.
Serge Cockburn is most recognized for taking on the role of Mikey Dundee in Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles. As you probably already know, he played the son of Paul Hogan’s Crocodile Dundee! His only other role was for Danny Deckchair three years later.
Director and actor Alec Wilson is best known for his performance in Return to Snowy River, Crocodile Dundee II, and Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles. While he appeared in the two latter installments of the movie, he played different characters. He was a bad guy in Crocodile Dundee II and then Jacko in Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles.
Film, television and stage actress Kaitlin Hopkins played Miss Mathis in Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles. Aside from her work on the small screen and the big screen, she has also appeared on the stage numerous times. At the moment, she works at Texas State University as the Head of Musical Theatre.
Welsh had already established himself in the industry even before he appeared in Crocodile Dundee II. You will find him in productions like The Aviator and Twin Peaks!
Matt Winston is likely best known for his work on the small screen. He has appeared in TV shows like John from Cincinnati, Star Trek: Enterprise and Six Feet Under. Yeah, his appearance in Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles as a taxi driver wasn’t a big gig.
We bet you remember John Billingsley best as Doctor Phlox in the TV show Star Trek: Enterprise! However, we would like to remind you that he was also Barry in Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles. He has since gone on to work on other film and TV productions.
You probably remember Nicholas Hammond before he even played a curator in Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles. After all, he did play Friedrich von Trapp in the musical classic The Sound of Music and then Peter “Spider-Man” Parker in the hit TV show The Amazing Spider-Man. The Hollywood legend quit acting in 2016.
Keli Daniels might have played a minor character in Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles but you probably could not have forgotten her work in The Fosters, American Crime Story, and Masters of Sex.
Actor Lenny Citrano appeared in Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles, though he is more recognizable for his work on Swedish Dicks, Suicide Kings, and Batman: Arkham Knight.
Aussie actor Grant Piro is most recognizable for hosting an Australian Broadcasting Corporation children’s television program called Couch Potato. After appearing in Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles, he was able to snag a few other roles.
Maggie Blinco portrayed Ida in the first and second movies of the Crocodile Dundee films. To say the least, her acting career did not end when filming for Crocodile Dundee II wrapped up. It actually flourished instead! Perhaps you even saw her in Cheek to Cheek, Doctor Doctor, and Flirting. She recently appeared in the short film BABA as well.
Paul, Linda, & Chance
Man, time really does change everyone. If a lot of things can happen in a single day, what more over a span of years? This was the reality for the Hogan family. Back in the day, you would be hard-pressed to find a more picture perfect family. Sadly, the divorce between Paul and Linda proved to be a difficult time for everyone involved. It was particularly tough on Chance, though that goes without saying. Can you believe these are the exact same people? They look so different.
Rik Colitti was none other than Danny the Cab Driver in the series. This was actually his most notable appearance onscreen. Unfortunately, the actor died in 2010.
Graham ‘Grace’ Walker
Graham Walker is yet another actor who had to multitask in the Crocodile Dundee trilogy. First, he was a production designer. Next, he also portrayed the character called Angelo! It seems like he mostly stuck to doing the first one. He last worked on the popular television show, The Walking Dead. We hope to see more of him and his talents in the future!
Tatyana Ali did not have such a huge role in the second Crocodile Dundee film, though she later snagged bigger parts in other productions. In the credits for Crocodile Dundee II, she was credited for playing the “park girl” character. However, the Trinidadian actress played the adorable little girl from the hit show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. It’s difficult to believe that the cute young girl from the series has gone on to become a Hollywood actress. Aside from appearing in various big screen projects, she is also working on a new album. Way to go, Tatyana!
On the topic of Crocodile Dundee II, let us not forget that Gregory Jbara appeared as “Young Cop” in it! The actor has also appeared in big TV shows such as Friends, Frasier, Nurse Jackie, and Law & Order. However, we are sure everyone would agree with us when we say that he is most popular for playing Garrett Moore in the CBS show, Blue Bloods.
Remember the “tour guide” character from Crocodile Dundee II? It was a pretty important role when you consider the fact that the film was set in South Africa. We’re glad the role went to Susie Essman! The actress-writer has since come a long way and she has appeared in productions like Curb Your Enthusiasm, Keeping the Faith, and Bolt. We’re excited to see what the actress has in store for us in the future!
The popular American former boxer and character actor Gus Mercurio portrayed Frank in Crocodile Dundee II. His famous raspy voice, natural talents, and vibrant personality have all played a part in his success as an actor. Australian TV production houses have recognized that he is the whole package and he was definitely no stranger to the camera! He has appeared on the big screen as well. Unfortunately, Gus passed away back in December 2010.
Carlos Carrasco is recognized for playing Garcia in the second film of the Dundee trilogy. He has enjoyed a great Hollywood career and he was even cast in some popular box-office hits such as Jurassic Park and Star Wars. Aside from this, he is also active in the New York and Los Angeles Latino-Hispanic community.
The English actor Jim Holt has appeared in projects like The Monkey’s Mask, The Prince & Me II: The Royal Wedding, and Crocodile Dundee II. He is happily married and the father to one child.
The talented Marilyn Sokol is an American comedian, actress, singer, teacher, director, and writer. Aside from these, she is also the recipient of an Emmy Award, an Obie Award, and a Bistro Award. She is most notable for her work on the 2013 production of Old Jews Telling Jokes.
Doug Yasuda played Cato the Kun Fu Tourist in Crocodile Dundee II but it was such a small role that it is hard to recall him in the movie. Luckily, Hollywood took note of his acting chops and he has since appeared in a variety of films and shows. Among these productions, he played Aide in RoboCop 3. He also appeared in Blue Bloods and Odd Mom Out.
Well, Anthony Ruiz has definitely come a long way from playing the apartment hitman in the second Dundee film! After Crocodile Dundee II, he appeared in other big screen and small screen projects. Maybe you saw him on the legal drama and police procedural show, Law & Order. He also had a minor role in the film Custody. Ruiz took part in various 2018 projects and we hope this luck carries over to the following year!
Wow, it is pretty unbelievable to think that Colin Quinn once played a random onlooker during the mansion scene in Crocodile Dundee II. The famous comedian is best known for appearing in SNL and the more recent Amy Schumer comedy flick, Trainwreck. Let us not forget that he appeared in Grown Ups as well!
Morgan O’Neill was cast as Matt in Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles. The actor-writer, like many of the cast members, is an Australia native. He has also appeared in Drift, Solo, and The Factory. He is presently married to Sarah Sonneville.
In Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles, Brian Turk was cast in the minor role of the driver. He continued acting after the final installment in the trilogy. For example, you can watch him in Carnivàle as Gabriel or in A.I. Artificial Intelligence as Backstage Bull!
Shanyn Asmar appeared in Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles in the role of Claire. After shooting was done, she would go on to portray Saffron in Neighbours and Helena in The Sleepover Club. When it comes to more recent projects, she played Eshaal in the TV series called Romper Stomper.
Just about everyone on the planet has heard of this professional boxer! However, let us not forget that he has gone into acting as well, often cast as himself. Folks, that is how you know you have made it. He made a special appearance in Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles and guest starred on various shows! Aside from playing himself onscreen, he has also voiced himself in the animated TV show, Mike Tyson Mysteries.
Mark Adair-Rios was yet another gangbanger in Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles. However, fans of Grey’s Anatomy probably remember him for his portrayal of David Morris! Meanwhile, Extant fans will recognize him as GSC Tech. His resume also includes shows such as Big Little Lies and How To Get Away With Murder.
Buddy Daniels Friedman
Just in case you forget, we would like to remind you that Buddy Daniels Friedman was the pickpocket in Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles. Recently, he appeared in Tales of Frankenstein as Dr. Gregore Frankenstein. Adult Swim fans likely remember him as the father of Tyler the Creator in The Eric Andre Show.
Matthew Kimbrough was actually the producer for Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles. Aside from this, he has acted in critically-acclaimed hits like American Beauty and Catch Me If You Can. He guest starred on Comedy Bang! Bang!, Mad Men, and Brothers & Sisters as well! If you ask us, that is a pretty impressive resume.
Jay Acovone became a huge Hollywood star after his portrayal of Eric in Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles. In particular, the industry has typecasted him for authoritative roles such as military officers, policemen, lawyers, villains, and mafia bosses. There is a good chance that you recognize him if you watched 24, CSI, and General Hospital. One of his more recent acting roles is Ray Bruno in the 2017 film titled Gun.
Steven Grives played none other than Evil Barron in Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles. After working on the final movie in the series, he continued to take on other acting gigs. Perhaps you remember him as N’Goo Tuana in Scooby-Doo, Dennis Dreeble in Fat Cow Motel, and Al-Jibar in Sinbad and the Minotaur!