Crocodile Dundee is still one of the most iconic movies to ever come from Down Under. It made millions at the box office and spawned its own franchise, while leading man Paul Hogan declared it “Australia’s first proper movie.” But where are the cast 30 years on? Well, sadly some of them – like John Meillon, who played Walter – are no longer with us, but here’s a look at how the key players in the first two movies fared.
12. Gerry Skelton – Nugget
Like many of his fellow cast members, Gerry Skelton never relived the commercial success he’d found in Crocodile Dundee. And that’s a pity, because Nugget was one of the best characters in the movies, and it looked like Skelton could easily have taken his talents elsewhere.
In fact, Skelton is still well known for playing the popular character all these years later. “Since completing Dundee I’ve never been able to drop the handle on Nugget because people just won’t let me,” he told Australian newspaper The Morning Bulletin. And in 2010 he attempted to turn that notoriety into a TV show called Nugget’s Get A Life. Unfortunately, however, the series never materialized.
11. Steve Rackman – Donk
If there’s one thing we learned from Crocodile Dundee, it’s that you don’t need a gun when you’ve got a Donk. English-Australian professional wrestler Steve Rackman – known in the ring as Steve “Crusher” Rackman – played the big guy in all three Dundee films, and it helped cement his place as a true wrestling icon.
And today Rackman is still a popular figure in the Australian sporting community. He hasn’t acted since his 2001 performance in Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles, however, but he has other things to keep him busy. For one, he now runs a gym in the Sydney suburb of Coogee with his bodybuilder pal Paul Graham.
10. David Gulpilil – Neville Bell
David Gulpilil was already an accomplished Aboriginal actor and dancer when he appeared in Crocodile Dundee as Mick’s telepathically gifted friend Neville Bell. But despite the popularity of the role, it’s been claimed that Gulpilil only received a small fraction of what the film raked in at the box office.
Unfortunately, in 2011 Gulpilil – probably the most famous Aboriginal actor in the world at that point – was jailed for domestic assault. And while delivering the verdict, the judge said that it was “sad to have to sentence a person who had made such a valuable contribution.” The conviction didn’t, however, seem to hurt Gulpilil’s career all that much: before long, he was back on the silver screen in 2012 movie Satellite Boy.
9. Reginald VelJohnson – Gus
Limo driver Gus was one of the first movie roles that actor Reginald VelJohnson had secured. What’s more, it was the first one where his character actually had a name. And Crocodile Dundee helped propel VelJohnson much further in his acting career. Two years later he would appear in Die Hard, and after that he would go on to star in Family Matters.
And while the ’80s and ’90s were really VelJohnson’s heyday, he’s still very much active on screen today. He had a regular role on Hart of Dixie and recently appeared on Girl Meets World as a cop – yes, he’s often typecast as cops now. The actor has also said that he’d be up for a return to Die Hard if they made another movie, too – and perhaps the same is true for Crocodile Dundee.
8. Mark Blum – Richard Mason
Mark Blum played Richard Mason, the not-so-charming boyfriend waiting for Sue back in America. Mason had been working in theater during the ’70s but moved into film at the start of the ’80s, appearing in several big hits before bagging his biggest one yet in Crocodile Dundee. And so he’s one of those people you’ve almost certainly seen in something.
And Blum’s filmography has just become longer and longer since Crocodile Dundee. He’s been in Law and Order, The Good Wife, Mozart in the Jungle and The Blacklist, to name just a few screen roles. Oh, and he also teaches acting at Brooklyn College.
7. Ernie Dingo – Charlie
Ernest “Ernie” Dingo is not only a famous Indigenous Australian actor, presenter and teacher, he’s also an Australian National Living Treasure. And while he’s certainly done plenty in his life, many Americans still know him best as Charlie from Crocodile Dundee II.
Certainly, Dingo is still fairly well known in Australia today. That may be in part due to the scandals with which he has been dogged over the past few years – not least a charge that he had once hit a child, although that was later dropped. He is, however, still working and still optimistic about his future on the big screen.
6. Charles S. Dutton – Leroy Brown
Charles S. Dutton didn’t get off to a great start in life. At 17, for example, he killed a man in a street fight and ended up behind bars for the best part of a decade. Luckily, though, he managed to turn his life around and make a success of himself as an actor in the ’80s. Dutton started off on Broadway before making his name in Crocodile Dundee II as salesman Leroy.
And Dutton continues to have a lot of success in the acting world to this day. Indeed, he’s appeared in supporting roles in multiple TV series, including Criminal Minds and American Horror Story. And he’s so respected as an actor now that people are often shocked to learn of his criminal past.
5. Hechter Ubarry – Rico
In Crocodile Dundee II Puerto Rican actor Hechter Ubarry played Rico, one of the Colombian mobsters who captures Sue. But Ubarry has claimed that he’s really a nice guy at heart. “I do tend to play some nasty characters. Don’t know why I’m always cast that way – I’m really a very sweet guy,” he wrote on his website.
And while Ubarry’s hair has since turned a definite shade of silver, he’s still very much acting – and doing particularly well on the stage. In 2007, for example, he appeared in The King and I in Maine, and in 2008 he dressed up in drag to play Lolita in the musical Castronauts or, How I Killed Fidel. Plus, he also made an appearance on screen in the 2015 film El cielo es azul.
4. Juan Fernandez – Miguel
Juan Fernandez – full name Juan de Jesús Fernández de Alarcón – played Miguel in Crocodile Dundee II. And his chilling performance as the drug dealer was just the start of a series of bad guys that the actor, who hails from the Dominican Republic, would embody throughout his career.
But despite being thoroughly typecast, Fernandez continued to have a successful career playing unsavoury types. You might recognize him as Mateo Santos in the 2003 film A Man Apart, from CSI Miami or from his parts in numerous Latin productions.
3. Stephen Root – DEA Agent
Stephen Root only had a small role in Crocodile Dundee II as the DEA agent who encounters Mick in a lavatory. And while his character in the film didn’t even have a name, Root would actually go on to make quite the name for himself.
In fact, Root now has hundreds of TV and movie credits. He’s been in everything from The West Wing to Buffy the Vampire Slayer as well as a slew of Coen Brothers films. He’s possibly most famous, though, for playing Milton Waddams in Office Space.
2. Paul Hogan – Mick “Crocodile” Dundee
Paul Hogan was already famous in Oz by 1986; indeed, before Crocodile Dundee had even hit theaters, Hogan had already been named “Australian of the Year” by the country’s National Australia Day Council. But it was his turn as iconic bushman Mick Dundee that turned him into an international superstar. Plus, Hogan also met his future wife on the set of the movie, too. Yep, he ended up marrying his on-screen love interest, Linda Kozlowski.
Sadly, the Hogan-Kozlowski relationship wasn’t to last – and neither was Hogan’s run at stardom. Kozlowski called time on their marriage in 2013 after 23 years together, which isn’t bad by Hollywood standards at all. These days, however, Hogan has been embroiled in a complicated tangle of tax evasion charges that have unfortunately overshadowed his acting career.
1. Linda Kozlowski – Sue Charlton
American actress Linda Kozlowski will forever be remembered for playing reporter Sue in Crocodile Dundee: partly because she never had a hit on the same level ever again. And, of course, she’s also famed for marrying her co-star Hogan in 1990 and later giving birth to their son, Chance.
By the early ’00s, however, Kozlowski had more or less quit acting. And in 2001 she explained why to the Spartanburg Herald-Journal, saying, “These straight-to-video, schlocky films I was getting were giving me an ulcer.” Now, the former actress is amicably divorced from Hogan and keeps herself apparently ulcer-free by operating a Moroccan tour guide company.