The Crocodile Dundee film may have been an Australian commercial one made with the intention of appealing to a mainstream American audience, but the movie winded up being a worldwide phenomenon. The 80’s wouldn’t have been the same without Paul Hogan as Mick Dundee, foraging around New York and putting his Aussie survival skills to good use. The movie was groundbreaking in many ways and brought to cinematic screens everywhere astounding quality screenplay alongside talented actors and actresses. The comic scenes in the film were ahead of their time, and movie critics from around the globe raved about the film that seemed, to put it simply, have it all!
John Meillon – Walter “Wally” Reilly
John Meillon took upon himself the part of Dundee’s business partner, Wally Reilly. However, he was already establishing himself as a successful actor before the film came out.
When he landed a role in Crocodile Dundee, it really helped to boost his star appeal and worth as an actor. His life was never the same after Crocodile Dundee.
John Meillon – Now
Meillon went on to play in Crocodile Dundee II, and his character as Wally was his most memorable to this day. He also did some voiceover work for adverts, including the Victoria Bitter beer.
He went on to marry Australian actress June Salter, and the two had a son, but that marriage, unfortunately, ended in divorce. Meillon ended up remarrying in 1972 and having another boy, but come 1989, he was found dead in his home at Neutral Bay due to cirrhosis.
Mark Blum – Richard Mason
Blum was the actor who played Richard Mason, the man who was Sue’s boyfriend and editor. He played the villain well. After all, it could not have been easy having to be the guy demanding Sue would leave the outback and the man she was writing a story about.
Being the bad guy might have been upsetting to some actors, but Blum took his role very professionally and set his mind on building the best character possible for the man you love to hate.
Mark Blum – Now
Thanks to Crocodile Dundee, Blum paved the path for his entire career. After landing the role that changed his life, Blum went on to have appearances on several TV shows, including Frasier, The West Wing and even the notable The Sopranos.
His acting skills were acknowledged when he received an Obie Award for his Gus and Al performance and had since decided to try something else. These days, Blum is on the faculty of HB Studio, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to aiding struggling performance artists.
Reginald VelJohnson – Gus
VelJohnson played Gus – the lovable chauffeur who rescued Dundee just as he was about to be beaten by a street gang. It was easy to fall for the kind man who saved the hero of the film, which is probably why the movie affected Reginald’s career the way it did.
Before Crocodile Dundee, Reginald had 5 acting credits to go on his name, but it was definitely this particular role as Gus that turned him into what he is today.
Reginald VelJohnson – Now
The man and his wide smile were an immediate hit in the City of Angels. After Dundee, he landed a role in great blockbuster hits such as Die Hard and Turner and Hooch, but his most memorable role to this day has been Carl Winslow on the TV series Family Matters.
Reginald also acted as Officer James on the Disney Channel’s television spinoff, Girl Meets World. To this very day, he can be seen in various shows, his latest being a voiceover for Mr. Flannigan on Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero.
David Gulpilil – Neville Bell
Gulpilil played the role of Neville Bell, but this was not the first time he took upon himself the role of an aborigine in a film. Crocodile Dundee was definitely the most distinguished one, but there was no denying his portrayal was impeccable.
Gulpilil was even granted the Member of the Order of Australia award for his services to the arts and his flawless performance of the Aboriginal people. Gulpilil’s future seemed very promising – but then major issues in his life shifted everything.
David Gulpilil – Now
Gulpili went on to win a handful of awards thanks to his performance, which left the audience in complete awe. One of his more significant accomplishments included starring in the film Charlie’s Country and winning Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival.
However, his personal life was rocky, to say the least. In 2006, he was charged with carrying an offensive weapon after he pulled a machete out during a heated argument. Come 2007, Gulpilil was found guilty of throwing a broom at his wife and consequently fracturing her arm.
Steve Rackman – Donk
Actor Steve Rackham also went by a different name back in the day, one that was used more around the ring as he was known for his pro-wrestling gigs: Crusher.
His cage match against Andre the Giant was viewed by a live audience of approximately 10,000 people, so it is no surprise that prior to landing the role of Donk on Dundee, the man was one of Australia’s most prominent wrestlers. Rackham fit the description of Donk perfectly, which read “the ugliest, loud-mouthed, mongrel looking wrestlers.”
Steve Rackman – Now
Rackham maintained his role of Donk in Crocodile Dundee and its sequel, Crocodile Dundee II and Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles. His last role was in the latter, and after that, he parted ways from acting and the glam life.
Instead, Rackham went on to open two gyms in Sydney, Australia, along with his lifelong friend and business partner, Paul Graham. The gyms did well and Rackham seemed to find a place he felt comfortable in, which is why he stayed in that position until his retirement in 2010.
Gerry Skilton – Nugget O’Cass
All three Crocodile Dundee films featured actor Gerry Skilton, who played the character of Nugget O’Cass. There were talks about making a spinoff series that is outback-adventure themed and based solely on his character, but the pilot flunked, and the show never aired.
This was despite his best intentions to get the wheels rolling on Nugget Gets A Life – he even went as far as to finance the production of the pilot himself. His Nugget character was easy to relate to but was not worthy of its own show.
Gerry Skilton – Now
Sadly, some claim Gerry is still stuck in the past. Although he was offered other roles due to his success in the Australian-American blockbuster film and its sequels, Skilton was not much heard of ever since.
He did manage to land roles such as Wayne Churchill on Cyclone Tracy and Corporal Andy Crilley in The Heroes, but all these Australian TV appearances stayed within their time zone and never entirely made headlines in other countries or big waves in the industry.
Terry Gill – Duffy
Terry appeared in more the 26 Australian TV productions, including both guest appearances and regular roles. When he landed the role of Duffy on Dundee, Terry was practically retired, having had such a long run.
A veteran in his field, Terry was indeed no stranger to the camera or spotlight, but that is not to say he slacked off playing this character. If anything, the producers of the show could not stop raving about how easy and fun it was to work with a professional like Gill.
Terry Gill – Now
Gill might have been a fiery leader of a group of kangaroo shooters in Crocodile Dundee, but his age betrayed him in real life and took a toll on his health. At the age of 75, Gill passed away after a long, painful battle against lung cancer.
He left actress and wife Carole Ann Gill behind after 52 years of marriage along with their two children. This was after he suffered a mild stroke in 2014. Gill died in his Richmond, Melbourne home.
Maggie Blinco – Ida
Maggie was Ida in the first two installments of Crocodile Dundee, but this was not her first role nor was it the one that winded her up in the limelight. Blinco had her fair share of film and TV appearances before Dundee, but they were what probably landed her the role of Ida in the first place.
In addition to roles in A Country Practice, Return to Eden and 1915, Ida attempted to prove herself a worthy actress who can play a wide range of different parts.
Maggie Blinco – Now
Blinco was a star on the rise and lead a very thriving acting career after she had to let get of her Ida alter ego. She landed roles in movies such as Cheek to Cheek, Doctor Doctor and Flirting, but her most recent gig was playing the titular role in the 2017 short film, Baba.
Blinco has since decided it was time to enjoy life to the fullest and retired from the industry. She does make an appearance now and then but mostly savors her time off.
Caitlin Clarke – Simone
Caitlin Clarke might have made her mark in Crocodile Dundee, but her most prominent role to this day was playing the character of Valerian in the fantasy film Dragonslayer. The 1981 film put her on the map, which is how she got offered the role of Simone in Dundee.
Clarke was also no stranger when it came to Broadway, and was seen on stage for productions of shows like Titanic: A New Musical, Arms And The Man and The Marriage of Figaro.
Caitlin Clarke – Now
In 2000, Clarke was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. In an attempt to take things slow, Clarke dedicated the rest of her life to doing what she loves and surrounding herself with the people she keeps close to her heart.
That is why she moved back to Pittsburgh and started teaching theater at the University of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Musical Theater’s Rauh Conservatory. Clarke performed in Pittsburgh’s theatre right until her untimely death in 2004.
John Snyder – ‘Female Escort Manager’
John Snyder played the role of a ‘female escort manager’ in Crocodile Dundee, and his on-point and true to self Bostonian accent complimented the overall character, and his past experience of being a Boston University School of Fine and Applied Arts graduate certainly assisted in acing the rather specific role.
Despite the fact he was not a permanent character, Snyder still made big impact on the plot and the movie would not have been the same without him.
John Snyder – Now
After Dundee, Snyder went on to act in movies that made big waves, like Tough Guys Don’t Dance, Sid and Nancy, True Believer and K-9. Snyder also did some voiceover work for movies like Ghost in the Shell and the TV shows, among them Fist of the North Star.
His more recent work includes acting in the film Love Sick Diaries, which was released in 2010, as well as voicing Joe Dimucci on the English version of the video game Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen and the Street Fighter series.
Rik Colitti – Danny the Cab Driver
Rik Colitti, born and raised in New York, was best known for his notable role as Danny the Cab Driver in Crocodile Dundee. Rik was born to a distinguished dress designer from Italy, so he was no foreigner creative types.
He met Patricia, his future wife, during a record-breaking 1.5 year run of the Neil Simon comedy, which took place in Chicago. The actor was highly praised for his appearance in the 1986 film, and as a consequence landed roles in movies like Barfly (1987) and Dead Presidents (1995).
Rik Colitti – Now
If Colitti’s face rings a bell, it is probably because he was featured in over 125 commercials. He made his debut film appearance in the 60’s film Murder, Inc., but has also added many others to his highly impressive resume, including the well-known TV series Car 54, Where Are You?
Colitti is also remembered for playing a principal role in a single episode of Law and Order. Sadly, just days after his 76th birthday, Colitti died in Southampton Hospital.
Ritchie Singer – Con
Singer played the role of a con in Dundee, but this is not one of his strongest performances…perhaps this is why he was in the first and only of the Dundee installments.
Before taking the role in the film, he had three credits to his name, including the television series The Story Johnny O’Keefe and Palace of Dreams. Singer graduated the National Institute of Dramatic Art in 1983, which is an Australian national education institute situated in Kensington, New South Wales.
Ritchie Singer – Now
Singer did not have many more appearances after his performance on Crocodile Dundee. His most distinguished work consists of recurring roles on the television series Water Rats and Crownies, but Ritchie also portrayed the executive producer of the well-known soap opera Dynasty in the 2005 television movie production of Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure.
His last role was in the film Charlie’s County. The film mentioned featured former Crocodile Dundee star David Gulpilil, so the onscreen reunion had many beaming by the end of it.
Linda Kozlowski – Sue Charlton
No one could have ever guessed Crocodile Dundee would unravel into a true-life love story, but the best things in life come when you least expect them. After Linda landed the role of Sue Charlton, the mesmerizing reporter, it was only a matter of time until her on-screen beau would fall for her off-set.
It seemed luck was on Linda’s side as both her professional and personal lives were thriving – Paul Hogan left his wife to marry Linda, and she signed to play Sue in all Dundee sequences.
Linda Kozlowski – Now
Sue and Paul seemed like a match made in heaven. The two had a son which they named Chance, but ironically, they ran out of second chances when it came to their marriage. The two divorced in 2003 due to, as Linda referred to it, “irreconcilable differences.”
Professionally, it seemed Dundee was her big break, but a decade after it aired did she land more roles – all of which were in unknown films. Sue was also quoted once saying that her career was becoming bleak.
Paul Hogan – Mick ‘Crocodile’ Dundee
There is no Crocodile Dundee without Paul Hogan, just as there is no Paul Hogan without Crocodile Dundee. The man who rocked an Aussie accent, leather vest and cowboy hat before it was cool changed the face of film with his unforgettable portrayal of the lovely jungle native who tries to migrate to the Big Apple.
After his blockbuster film and sequels made headlines worldwide, he was forever known as “the knife-wielding bushman.” However, successful blinded Hogan and caused him to make some questionable decisions.
Paul Hogan – Now
Hogan decided to turn down major offers for films that were a little outside his comfort zone, such as Ghost, and instead went ahead with the sequels of the Dundee film.
His career declined drastically, and his promising future filled with fortune and endless offers soon turned out to be 15 minutes of fame that would never see daylight again. His name was mentioned in print for less positive reasons, however, when he allegedly had legal battles with the Australian Tax Office by not declaring $37.5 million in income.
Paul, Linda and Chance
This photo of Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski, and their son Chance, was taken while they were all on set, back in the day when Paul was filming one of the Crocodile Dundee sequels.
The picture by its side is a more recent on of Paul, Linda, and Chance, which was taken in 2012. The two announced their separation in September 2013, and by doing so, shattered the hearts of many, mostly being Crocodile Dundee fans.