When Crocodile Dundee first hit cinemas in 1986, producers didn’t know if they had just released a massive flop or a hit. On one hand, the star Paul Hogan brought with him mystique and charm. On the other hand, they were working with a very low budget and a cast made completely of unknowns. Luckily for them, the masses spoke and Crocodile Dundee spent nine consecutive weeks at the top of the box office. Read on to find out where the cast of Crocodile Dundee is today.
Mark Blum As Richard Mason
Mark Blum played Richard Mason, Sue’s boyfriend at the beginning of the film. Of course, he was also her editor, as she was a writer. She was working on a story about a guy named Crocodile Dundee, and he insisted that she come back, but she refused, of course. Blum played a good three-dimensional bad guy in the film.
Mark Blum Now
Mark Blum is one of those actors that has been in many movies and shows that you may have seen but often goes unnoticed in comparison to big stars. He played a journalist on Capital News and guest starred in many TV shows, such as Mozart in the Jungle. He has also acted in Broadway productions and has two movies coming out soon.
Reginald VelJohnson As Gus
It’s hard to believe that at the time that Crocodile Dundee came out, Reginald VelJohnson was very much an unknown commodity. He had only played unnamed characters in five different productions before the breakthrough role as Gus, who not only helps get Mick around an unfamiliar city, but also saves Mick when he’s assaulted by a gang.
Reginald VelJohnson Now
Unquestionably, when you ask somebody about Reginald VelJohnson these days, they are most likely to point out that he played the often-annoyed father on the hit TV sitcom Family Matters. The show ran for ten years and was a huge success. He has more recently appeared on the TV series Ray Donovan and Girl Meets World.
Aida Turturro As Jean Ferraro
Aida Turturro wasn’t a part of the Crocodile Dundee series until 2001, when she landed the part of Jean Ferraro in Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles. The role of Jean Ferraro wasn’t exactly a big one, but it did seem to be a precursor to bigger things, as the movie was filmed right about when Aida began her run on The Sopranos.
Aida Turturro Now
Aida Turturro was a key part of The Sopranos for several years, playing the part of Tony Soprano’s often-annoying, always-neurotic sister. In the years since the show concluded, she has been seen on series such as Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Grey’s Anatomy, and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.
Gerry Skilton As Nugget O’Cass
The role of Nugget was one of the few that persisted from all three films, even the 2001 sequel. In all three movies, Gerry Skilton played Nugget O’Cass, and he also reprised the role in a pilot for a show to be known as Nugget Gets A Life. Unfortunately, no network opted to pick up the show. In addition, Skilton has been seen in the films Outback and Rough Diamonds.
Gerry Skilton Now
Although Gerry was able to land the odd role here and there between Crocodile Dundee 2 and Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles, his luck appeared to run out after the third installment, as 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.
Terry Gill As Duffy
The role of Duffy was played by veteran actor Terry Gill. He often played roles of authority figures such as police officers earlier in his career, making appearances on shows like Homicide, The Last Outlaw, and Prisoner: Cell Block H. When Crocodile Dundee was released, he had just filmed roles in Jenny Kissed Me and Man and Boy.
Terry Gill Now
Unlike some of his co-stars, Terry Gill had no problem being typecast after Crocodile Dundee. He earned roles on The Flying Doctors and Neighbours. He played Santa in Carols by Candlelight in Australia for 27 years in a row! Unfortunately, Gill passed away after a bout with lung cancer in 2015.
Ritchie Singer As Con
In Crocodile Dundee, Ritchie Singer played the memorable role of Con. Singer was not a very experienced actor before he took the role. He had appeared in a pair of TV shows, The Story of Johnny O’Keefe and Palace of Dreams, as well as a film named Bliss. Unfortunately, Con didn’t appear in the sequels to the original.
Ritchie Singer Now
Sadly for Ritchie Singer, his acting career didn’t exactly take off after Crocodile Dundee became a megahit with audiences around the world. He did appear in roles on TV shows such as Water Rats and Crownies. Finally, he filmed his last role in 2013 in the film Charlie’s County, which also featured fellow Crocodile Dundee star David Gulpilil.
John Snyder As Pimp
About halfway through the movie, we get treated to a very young John Snyder portraying a pimp. Dundee first arrives in New York City and is in complete shock with the way people behave and interact with one another. This is when he has a run-in with a John Snyder as the pimp. The role isn’t big by any means, but it does leave an impact on the film.
John Snyder Now
In terms of real-life acting, the 1980’s is where John Snyder saw his prime. That said, Snyder didn’t make his biggest impact on the industry by sticking his face in front of a camera; he did so by voice acting. Towards the end of the 1980’s, he kept his primary focus on voice acting. If you’re into anime you’ve heard Snyder in films like Akira and Battle Royal.
Charles S. Dutton As Leroy Brown
It isn’t until the second installment of Crocodile Dundee that Charles S. Dutton starts portraying the street-smart Leroy Brown. Dundee initially begins working for Brown, a stationery salesman, while getting used to life in the big city. When Sue is kidnapped by cartels, it is Leroy’s connection to inner city gangs that eventually sees her back safely.
Charles S. Dutton Now
After acting in Crocodile Dundee 2, Dutton found himself a number of key roles in major films. He had a great part in 1992’s Alien 3 and played a major role in the movie Rudy. Like the 1990’s, the 2000’s were also a very active time for him. He appeared in the hit film Honeydripper and in 2013’s The Monkey’s Paw.
Sussie Essman As The Tour Guide
Although her role is fairly small in Crocodile Dundee 2, she still brings those Susie charms. She basically plays a good-hearted tour guide who helps out Mick when he is at a complete loss as to where he needs to be. If you aren’t looking directly for her in the movie, chances are you might skip right over her.
Susie Essman Now
After her 1988 role in Crocodile Dundee 2, Susie Essman continued on with a very successful comedy career. She performs a unique brand of stand up comedy all over the country. In 2000, she scored the role of a lifetime when she garnered the part of Susie in Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm. She is one of the biggest reasons for laughing throughout the whole show.
Linda Kozlowski As Sue Charlton
Linda Kozlowski was a talented performer long before she starred in Crocodile Dundee, having graduated from Juilliard and appearing in Broadway productions. She only had a couple of acting credits on her resume before she played Sue Charlton, but the role definitely put her on the map. She followed it up by starring alongside Bill Paxton in Pass the Ammo.
Linda Kozlowski Now
By the time Linda reprised her role as Sue for the final time in Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles, her acting career was on the downswing. She hadn’t appeared in anything for five years before the film and never acted in another film or TV movie after. She divorced longtime husband Paul Hogan in 2013 and shares custody of their son, Chance.
Kaitlin Hopkins As Miss Mathis
Who better to be in Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles than Kaitlin Hopkins as Miss Mathis. Sadly, the actress didn’t make it onto the earlier movies in the series but did manage to give us a few laughs on the third installment. Although she is more of a stage actor, she managed to really give us a show while on screen.
Kaitlin Hopkins Now
Her appearance in Crocodile Dundee In Los Angeles was minor when compared to everything she was doing at the time and everything she has done after. Hopkins went on to appear in numerous episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space 9, Star Trek: Voyager, Spin City, and Wings. Her career has remained more theater-based.
Caitlin Clarke As Simone
In Crocodile Dundee, Caitlin Clarke played Simone, a simple call girl who nonetheless was someone that Crocodile Dundee could relate to. She had success before Crocodile Dundee, playing Valerian in Dragonslayer, which was nominated for a pair of Academy Awards. After that, her career slowed down a bit before she played Simone.
Caitlin Clarke Now
When Crocodile Dundee hit theaters, Caitlin Clarke didn’t slow down, taking roles in movies including The Big Picture, Blown Away, and more. She played Charlotte Cardoza in the musical adaptation of Titanic for two years, then appeared in the 2001 film Never Again. Sadly, while teaching theater at the University of Pittsburgh, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and died in 2004.
John Meillon As Wally Reilly
Wally Reilly was a true outback type in the film Crocodile Dundee and helped lend it a little extra credibility. Before he made his appearance as Wally, John Meillon was seen in TV shows like My Name’s McGooley, What’s Yours? and Rita and Wally. He acted in a number of voice acting roles on the radio when he was young, too.
John Meillon Now
Fans were excited to see that John Meillon reprised his role as Wally in Crocodile Dundee 2. Afterward, he continued to act, taking roles in a TV movie and a short film, too. Unfortunately, he fell ill and died from cirrhosis at his home in 1989. However, he continued to be honored after his death, earning the Raymond Longford lifetime achievement award.
Steve Rackham As Donk
Steve Rackham’s roots in acting come from the rather unconventional industry of professional wrestling. Rackham wrestled as Crusher before taking the role of Donk in Crocodile Dundee, even facing Andre the Giant in a cage match once! The casting call that led to his getting the part of Donk asked for the “ugliest, most loud-mouthed, mongrel-looking wrestlers.”
Steve Rackham Now
After the success of the original Crocodile Dundee, Donk returned in its sequel as well as the 2001 film Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles. As a matter of fact, the last Crocodile Dundee film would end up being Steve’s last acting role. He opened a pair of gyms with friend Paul Graham later on before ultimately retiring in 2010.
Maggie Blinco As Ida
In both of the original Crocodile Dundee films, the role of Ida was played by veteran actress Maggie Blinco. Audiences saw Maggie before Crocodile Dundee in such films and TV shows as 1915, A Country Practice, and Return to Eden. Her ability as a character actress helped make Crocodile Dundee such a success.
Maggie Blinco Now
When Crocodile Dundee 2 wrapped, Maggie Blinco kept on taking roles, appearing in Flirting, Cheek to Cheek, and Doctor
Doctor, among other movies and TV series. She also started appearing on stage, acting in the 2012 production of The Greening of Grace. In 2017, she filmed her most recent role in the short film BABA.
Jonathan Banks As Milos Drubnik
Jonathan Banks was a well-traveled actor by the time he landed a part in Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles as Milos Drubnik, one of the bad guys in the movie. Banks had been acting since 1974 and went on to star in such big films as Airplane!, Gremlins, and the huge megahit comedy Beverly Hills Cop before he played Milos.
Jonathan Banks Now
Long after his time as Milos Drubnik was over, Jonathan Banks has continued to find success in the world of acting. Unquestionably, his biggest role since Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles has been that of plain-speaking hitman Mike in Breaking Bad and the subsequent spin-off Better Call Saul.
David Gulpilil As Neville Bell
One of the things that made Crocodile Dundee so special was that it had a cast made of not only experienced professional actors, but also untrained Australians and Aborigines, such as David Gulpilil. By the time he took the role of Neville Dell, David had earned honors for services to the arts for his portrayals of Aborigine characters.
David Gulpilil Now
David’s acting career continued to be pretty healthy after Crocodile Dundee, as he took roles in The Tracker and Rabbit-Proof Fence. Unfortunately, his personal life has been marked with aggressive incidences, such as when he angrily waved a weapon during a 2006 argument. He also assaulted his wife in 2007 and ended up serving a year in prison in 2010.
Ernie Dingo As Charlie
Although many people first saw Ernie Dingo when he played Charlie in the film Crocodile Dundee 2, he had already made appearances in such films as The Fringe Dwellers and Tudawali by then. By the time that the late 1980s were over, it appeared that Ernie’s career was building momentum.
Ernie Dingo Now
While it didn’t necessarily seem like Ernie Dingo was going to be a big star after Crocodile Dundee 2, he has carved out a very nice career for himself in the ensuing years. He has appeared in The Great Outdoors, Heartland, and Family Confidential. He has also appeared as a Vietnam veteran in Dogs of War.
Luis Guzman As Jose
Everyone knows Luis Guzman, a successful Puerto Rican actor with a number of big roles to his name from over the years. However, he wasn’t as well-known back when he appeared as Jose in Crocodile Dundee 2. It was one of his first high-profile roles, as he had also been in Short Eyes and Heartbeat.
Luis Guzman Now
Of course, Luis Guzman is not primarily known for his role in Crocodile Dundee 2. Films such as Boogie Nights solidified his ability to act in dramatic roles, and he has since been in dozens of films, TV shows, and other productions. He was recently seen in Narcos, Code Black, and How To Make It In America.
Hechter Ubarry As Luis Rico
The role of Rico was an important one in Crocodile Dundee 2, and the producers and casting director chose a skilled actor in Hechter Ubarry to play the role. However, Ubarry’s career began not in films, but on Broadway, where he learned to sing and dance as well as act. Crocodile Dundee 2 was only his second film, as a matter of fact!
Hechter Ubarry Now
Hechter did not use the publicity from Crocodile Dundee 2 to catapult his film career, and instead was more than happy to get right back into the world of Broadway musicals. He appeared in Chu Chem, West Side Story, and Gone With The Wind. In fact, Hechter was born Hector Mercado, but changed his name upon hearing there was another performer with that name.
Juan Fernandez de Alarcon As Miguel
The actor Juan Fernandez de Alarcon played rather minor roles in the films Salvador and Wildfire. He also appeared in Salome, which was his first film role. When he was cast in Crocodile Dundee 2, it was certainly the highest profile production he had been a part of. He had a knack for playing the “bad guy” in films.
Juan Fernandez de Alarcon Now
Juan Fernandez de Alarcon was not only a successful actor in his younger days, but he also worked as a model for such designers as Yves Saint-Laurent and Ossie Clark. After Crocodile Dundee 2, Juan also appeared in movies that included Liquid Dreams and the Vin Diesel vehicle A Man Apart. Most notably, he starred in The Collector and El Gallo.
Paul Hogan As Crocodile Dundee
Paul Hogan was a completely unknown when he co-wrote and starred in Crocodile Dundee, for which he earned a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy and an Oscar nomination for screenwriting. The Crocodile Dundee franchise was not only lucrative for Hogan, but also successful for him in a personal way, as it was the first film where he first met future wife Linda Kozlowski, who co-starred as Sue Charlton.
Paul Hogan Now
Crocodile Dundee really put Paul Hogan on the map. However, he was unable to really transition into similar success in other roles. Lightning Jack and Almost an Angel failed to find the success that Crocodile Dundee did, and Paul has acted very sparingly since the third film in the franchise. Paul has also had some legal entanglements with the Australian Tax Office over undeclared income.