It has now been 30 years since the hit movie Crocodile Dundee hit theaters, way back in 1986. It is almost unbelievable how much of an impact this had on how Austrailian Culture is viewed around the world. It transformed Paul Hogan into a cultural icon and made hundreds of millions at the box office, making it one of the most successful Australian films of all time. So with its anniversary taking place, we thought we would take a closer look at what the stars of the movie look like now and what they’ve been up to since appearing in Crocodile Dundee.
#18 Paul Hogan -Then
The life of Paul Hogan changed in the blink of an eye thanks to his role as the main character in Crocodile Dundee. He will forever be remembered as the knife-wielding man, no matter what else he does. However, being typecast can be both a blessing and a curse.
#17 Paul Hogan – Now
As a result of being typecast, movie roles were few and far between for Hogan other than the Crocodile Dundee sequels. He was then charged with tax fraud, but the charges were eventually dropped. He is now in his mid-70s and spends his time semi-retired and cares for his 17-year-old son.
#16 John Meillon – Then
In the film, Meillon played the role of Crocodile Dundee’s business partner to perfection. And while many people know him for this role, it wasn’t his first in acting. He had a lengthy resume before this performance and also received an OBE for his involvement in theatre in the Queen’s honours list in 1979.
#15 John Meillon – Now
After this movie debuted, he got more attention than he had throughout his career. However, his final role in a movie would be in Crocodile Dundee II in 1988. This is because he passed away in his home the year after and thus, wasn’t around to take place in the third film in the franchise.
#14 Mark Blum – Then
In this film, Mark Blum had a role that would basically lead to everyone hating him. Blum played the role of Sue’s editor turned lover, who was a real scumbag. This led to fans everywhere hating his character’s guts, but despite this, he still went on to have a fairly successful career in film.
#13 Mark Blum – Now
While Crocodile Dundee is still arguably his most famous and polarizing film, he has worked in a number of other films and shows in the past few decades. Blum has shows like “Frasier,” “The Sopranos” and “The West Wing” on his resume. He also appears as Uncle Bob on the award-winning music show on Amazon called “Mozart in the Jungle”.
#12 Reginald VelJohnson – Then
This is a great example of a character with a small role going on to have a majorly successful career. Reginald Veljohnson played the role of Gus the cab driver in Crocodile Dundee. This was a small role and one that likely escapes the mind of most people, but VelJohnson got the last laugh as he went on to have lots of success.
#11 Reginald Veljohnson – Now
After this role in Crocodile Dundee, VelJohnson went on to appear in both a big time TV series and a big time movie franchise. He played Carl Winslow on the hit show “Family Matters” and played a police officer in the Die Hard series. Since then, he has appeared in a variety of TV shows, mainly as police officers.
#10 Linda Kozlowski – Then
Next to the character of Crocodile Dundee himself, this is probably the most recognizable and loved character. Kozlowski played Sue Charlton, who was the love interest of Dundee. Their chemistry was actually so good on TV that they actually had a relationship in real life and got married in 1990.
#9 Linda Kozlowski – Now
But unfortunately, their marriage didn’t last. The two had a child together, named Chance, but they decided to get divorced in 2003. She cited the fact that they didn’t have anything in common. She now spends her time either at home in LA or her tourist business Marrakesh.
#8 David Gulpilil – Then
While this was a fairly small role and was by no means the biggest role of his career. But even with this being the case, the movie wouldn’t have been the same without him. So what has this actor been up to since the show? Well, the answer is quite a bit, and it’s not really good.
#7 David Gulpilil – Now
Since Crocodile Dundee, Gulpilil has been making headlines, but for all the wrong reasons. He produced a machete during an argument in 2006 and in 2010, he was sentenced to a year in prison after breaking his wife’s arm with a broom. But despite all of these problems, he has still acted throughout the last few decades.
#6 Steve Rackman – Then
Steve Rackman is without a doubt best known in the movie for being the character that got to kiss Paul Hogan right on the lips. The character he played was named Donk and he was pretty amazing. He also was a professional wrestler at the time who went by the name “Crusher.”
#5 Steve Rackman – Now
Rackman was able to get the same role in both sequels for the movie. And after appearing in the three Crocodile Dundee films, he believed that was a fitting end to his film career. After the release of the third film, he semi-retired and runs a gym back in his home country of Austrailia.
#4 Gerry Skilton – Then
While this character was by no means the main character in Crocodile Dundee, the show wouldn’t have been the same without him. His character was named Nugget and it is hard to imagine the show without him. He was also notable for a few other roles in Austrailian films.
#3 Gerry Skilton – Now
As you can see, it still seems that Skilton loves to still rock the leather hats. Other than acting in the two sequels for Crocodile Dundee, his acting roles have kind of dried up. In 2010, he reprised the character and hoped to sell an outback-reality series, that never came to fruition.
#2 Terry Gill – Then
Gill’s role was incredibly important to the film, despite not being a giant one. His character was unique on-screen and there were a number of instances of producers saying he was a pleasure to work with. He was a niche actor who appeared in dozens of different Austrailian films.
#1 Terry Gill – Now
While he is definitely showing his age, he still has had a pretty good career since Crocodile Dundee and it’s sequels. He retired in 2013 after a role in “It’s a Date” after a career that spanned numerous different decades. Unfortunately, Gill died in 2015 after a battle with lung cancer.
As you can see, their inclusion in one of the biggest and most culturally important movies in history had a huge impact on their careers. Millions of different people from all over the world saw these people in the movie and that made them stars. It can be life-changing to appear in a giant movie like this, even if you aren’t a star. And most people today don’t even know how massive of a deal this was. If you have never seen the film, we recommend you go check it out and you will be shocked at how much of how Americans view about Austrailia comes from this movie.