It was 1986, and we were all enthralled by an Australian man taking on the wilds of Australia that we were all too happy not to have in our own backyards. Crocodile Dundee featured Paul Hogan and his Australian charm that had us all wondering where the heck he had come from. But we can’t forget the incredible cast that supported the Dundee on his adventures, so where are they now?
John Meillon played Wally, Dundee’s partner on the screen. Meillon appeared on the set for the second Crocodile Dundee film, but that would be his last time on the set. Meillon passed away shortly thereafter from complications due to liver cirrhosis. Movie fans fondly remember Meillon and the special attitude and personality he brought to the films.
Ritchie Singer did more than make a splash in Crocodile Dundee; he continued his work in the acting world for a number of years after featuring in the film. You might remember him as ‘Con’ in the films, but he went on to work on over thirty projects following Crocodile Dundee. One of his major roles following the movie was on the TV show Crownies, and he reunited with Crocodile Dundee co-star David Gulpilil in Charlie’s Country.
Mark Blum, who played Richard, had some major setbacks in Crocodile Dundee. They were mostly due to one editor’s decision to stop Dundee and Sue from chasing romance together. After finishing working on Crocodile Dundee, Blum did a plethora of acting gigs and recently finished his 70th role in the major TV show, The Blacklist.
Reginald VelJohnson had a small role in Crocodile Dundee, but that didn’t stop him from honing his acting skills and making a name for himself. He went on to play in the movies Die Hard and Die Hard 2, and even scored a role in the hit TV show Family Matters. All in all, he’s appeared in 99 different projects.
David Franklin is a name you might know because he has appeared in the science fiction television series Farscape, where he played Meeklo Braca. If that didn’t ring a bell, perhaps you remember him from Xena: Warrior Princess? Overall, fans remember him best for playing Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles. He is certainly a well-known name!
It’s hard to deny that David Gulpilil is an actor with some serious talents. He played Neville Bell in Crocodile Dundee and after his fame from that role, went on to play in some blockbuster movies like The Proposition and Charlie’s Country. However, the man isn’t exactly a saint. His home life has been riddled with police after they arrived at his doorstep following a violent altercation with his wife.
Ernie Dingo’s character in Crocodile Dundee II was Charlie, a seemingly jovial man, but a character that didn’t appear in the first movie. In spite of his acting prowess on the screen, he never made it to the top of Hollywood actors. The good news is that he has been an acting hit abroad.
Rick Gonzalez has the acting skills to shine in almost any type of role. He has had a successful acting career from his many roles, but we remember him as the gang banger in Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles. He later played Timo Cruz in Coach Carter. Wondering what he’s up to now? You might be impressed when you find out that he most recently scored a gig as a superhero vigilante named Rene Ramirez “Wild Dog” on the superhero television drama series Arrow for six seasons starting in 2012.
Steve Rackman is known for a number of outrageous roles, but did you know that he’s also a wrestler? And his name is “the Brawler Crusher”. But, back to Crocodile Dundee; he is most known for his character kissing Paul Logan in the original film. Rackman has since taken a step away from acting and invests his time now running a gym where he works as a personal trainer.
Terry Gill may have only appeared in one Crocodile Dundee film, but he gained a huge fan base from his work on the film. Gill was a prolific actor, appearing in 71 films before passing away at the game of 75 back in February 2015.
Gerry Skilton played the attractive and interesting character, Nugget O’Cass in each of the Crocodile Dundee movies. Despite his good looks and great acting skills, he wasn’t able to secure many more Hollywood roles, so he retired in 2001. People talk, and they talked about Skilton’s departure from Hollywood a lot. Most people believe that Silton had no choice other than to leave because he stopped receiving casting calls from producers.
While some actors from Crocodile Dundee weren’t called to act in many other films or television series, Jonathan Banks gets to tell a different story. After his claim to fame from Crocodile Dundee, Banks went on to work on the hit series Breaking Bad, and Better Call Saul. His work in television series has propelled his name to one of the most highly sought after actors in Hollywood today.
Paul Rodriguez was born in Mexico but moved to Los Angeles to start his career on stage. This multifaceted actor works as a comedian and entertainer in addition to his day job as an actor. He’s taken roles in Ali and Blood Work, but to us, he’ll always be Diego from the three Crocodile Dundee movies.
Jere Burns has that villainous face that we all know spells something bad. He played Arnan Rothman in Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles. After leaving the trio of Crocodile Dundee films, he starred in some starkly different roles in movies like The Muppets, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, and the television show Justified as Wynn Duffy
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Leroy Brown played in a number of major films and movies, and Crocodile Dundee was only a small piece of his career. His appearances in other movies and television shows include Rudy, Alien 3, and Bessie.
Her small role in the third and final Crocodile Dundee film wasn’t the finale to her career, but instead the start of something great for Aida Turturro. Some of her most well-known roles include the sister of Tony Soprano on the amazing hit show, The Sopranos. You might also know her as the judge named Judge Felicia Catano on Law & Order.
Crocodile Dundee had a lot of interesting characters, and Stephen Root was among them. To jog your memory, he played the DEA Agent named Toilet in Crocodile Dundee II. After the movie’s debut, he worked as an actor, comedian, and even as a voice actor on NewsRadio, Office Space, King of the Hill, and DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story. There are a ton more than that, too!
Do you remember who played Simone in Crocodile Dundee? It was the young and beautiful Caitlin Clarke, who has already swept us off our feet with her performance as the strong and gorgeous Valerian in Dragonslayer in 1981. Clarke’s life was taken early, as she was diagnosed and passed away from cancer at the age of 52.
Living in New York as a young boy has a few advantages, or at least it did for Hechter Ubarry. He was discovered for his acting and singing abilities and grew to take on the role of the drug king named Rico in Crocodile Dundee II. While Ubarry had a knack for film, his true passion was for doing live performances. Today he has his own cabaret show, and it has been running since 2000!
Peter Faiman was the director of the original Crocodile Dundee film and the master behind all the genius of the film. His film was given many awards in Australia, and he was later inducted into the Member of the Order of Australia. Despite all of the awards he was given in Australia, he would never find another major directing job again. Instead, he has sustained his career working as a creative consultant for a few television shows.
This famous Puerto Rican and American actor started filming on the second Crocodile Dundee film but has since starred in other highly-successful television series. One of his biggest roles was his roles was in CBS’s medical drama, Code Black. If you’re trying to remember him from the second Dundee film, don’t fret — we can’t remember him, either.
What happened to Clare Carey after her small role in Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles? She played a few episodes in some television shows like Coach and So Little Time. We wish we could see more of her!
Michael Lombard was born in Brooklyn and his New York background seems to be reflected in his performances in Guiding Light, Pet Sematary, and The Thomas Crown Affair. For those of you who are real fans of Crocodile Dundee, you might remember that Michael Lombard played Sam Charlton in the movie.
We can all agree that John Snyder played nothing more than a glorified pimp in Crocodile Dundee. Aside from this major role in the 1986 film, he also appeared in many television series and films from 1974 to 2004. If that wasn’t impressive enough for you, he also played Aaron Conor in Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Christine Totos maintains her privacy to a high extent, and for that reason, we can’t tell you all that much about her. What we do know is that she earned fame for her roles in Crocodile Dundee, The Young Wife, and The Custodian back in the ’80s.
Anne Francine was an American actress and cabaret singer, most celebrated for her role as the villain Flora Simpson Reilly in the 1978 film inspired by the song, Harper Valley PTA. She was a bit older when she played Fran in Crocodile Dundee, and that, unfortunately, became her final role. She passed away in 1999.
Which Crocodile Dundee actress is also an acting teacher, performance artist, published author, and model? None other than Anne Carlisle, who played a progressive role for the 1986 Crocodile Dundee film. She was the transvestite named Gwendoline. We wish there were more multi-talented actresses like Carlisle willing to try other fields!
Irving Metzman has many secrets and among the top of them start with his very own name! He was born Douglas Kahn but must have thought that changing his name served him better in Hollywood. One of Metzman’s best-known roles was in The Purple Rose of Cairo, but that’s not all. He also played in Crocodile Dundee and War Games.
Paul Hogan had the prowess, style, skills, and mind of a top Hollywood actor, so then why did he never ascend to the top ranks of fame? The Crocodile Dundee trilogy set him up for success, but a series of personal scandals slumped his reputation substantially among fans. For starters, the man used an offshore bank account to commit tax evasion! There were some other private factors that set the Australian start for an early retirement. His final recognizable appearance was as a guest on the television show, Open Slather.
The beautiful and talented Linda Kozlowski is someone who is hard to forget. When she matched on the screen with co-star Paul Hogan all eyes were on them – their chemistry was unmatched! The screen was evidence for their chemistry off the set, too. They got married in 1990 and spent a loving twenty years together… but all was not perfect in House Hogan! They stayed together until 2013 when Linda filed for divorce due to “irreconcilable differences.” That didn’t stop Linda from playing her final role in Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles.