It is hard to believe that three decades have passed since we were first introduced to Australia’s legendary Mike Dundee, however as time goes by we only love this cinematic hit even more.
To mark Crocodile Dundee’s 30th anniversary we thought it was only fitting to catch up with this classic film’s infamous cast.
Here’s how much the Dundee crew have changed since the summer of ’86.
John Meillon – Walter “Wally” Reilly
Meillon perfectly played Dundee’s business partner, Wally. But this wasn’t his first major acting role. He had already built up quite the professional portfolio before his croc-catching days – most importantly he received an OBE for services to theatre in the Queen’s honours list in 1979.
John Meillon Now
His last movie was ‘Crocodile Dundee II’ in 1988 – the following year, Meillon died at his home in New South Wales. Sadly, he wasn’t around to take part in the franchise’s third and final film. Luckily for Meillon, this was the worst of the three movies.
Mark Blum – Richard Mason
Playing the part of Sue’s scumbag editor come lover, Richard, meant that Blum was never going to be the most-loved character. Nevertheless, since appearing in the film he has gone on to have a successful acting career.
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He secured roles in ‘Frasier’, ‘The West Wing’ and ‘The Sopranos’ on his CV. The odd movie role surfaced in the 21st century too, with the actor starring in films such as ‘Step Up 3D’. Blum has since settled into a recurring role as Uncle Bob on the award-nominated Amazon music show ‘Mozart In The Jungle’.
Reginald VelJohnson – Gus
If you had forgotten about Gus the limo driver then shame on you. However, after his most recent blockbuster hits there is no way he will be forgotten again. ‘Die Hard 2’ was next on his agenda as was ‘Turner & Hooch’, in which he was promoted to Captain.
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Movie obscurity turned into TV opportunity, and Reginald VelJohnson appeared in a variety of US TV shows over the following decades, usually playing cops and/or authority figures – his last credited role was as ‘Officer James’ on Disney Channel TV spinoff ‘Girl Meets World’. Tragically, he has not yet been asked back for another ‘Die Hard’ movie.
Linda Kozlowski – Sue Charlton
Who could forget the apple of Mick Dundee’s eye? The pair’s on-set relationship was so intense that Hogan left his wife to start a relationship with Kozlowski in real life. The lovebirds later got married in 1990. But did it last?
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Sadly not. Hogan and Kozlowski had a son, Chance, but the pair divorced in 2003, with Kozlowski citing “irreconcilable differences” and the fact that they just “didn’t have anything in common”. She now spends her time travelling between her home in LA and her tourist business in Marrakesh.
David Gulpilil – Neville Bell
Crocodile Dundee was by no means this legendary actors career highlight, nevertheless the films wouldn’t be the same without him. What has he been up to since?
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Gulipilil has made headlines for the wrong reasons since his Dundee days. In an argument in 2006 he produced a machete, while in 2010 he was sentenced to a year in prison after breaking his wife’s arm with a broom. However, despite these discretions Gulpilil still acts, and recently won Best Actor in the Un Certain Regard category at the Cannes Film Festival for the film ‘Charlie’s Country’.
Paul Hogan – Mick ‘Crocodile’ Dundee
Crocodile Dundee changed Hogan’s life in an instant, meaning he will forever be remembered as the knife-wielding bushman. After turning down the lead role in ‘Ghost’, he went on to star in the second and third Dundee film – it is safe to say neither lived up to the originality of the first.
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Movie roles were few and far between after that, plus he then went on to get accused for tax fraud. Thankfully, the criminal investigation against him was eventually dropped, but not before it was revealed he had money in offshore accounts. Now 76 and semi-retired, Hogan helps care for his 17-year-old son, Chance.
Steve Rackman – Donk
Rackman aka Donk was the lucky man who got to kiss Paul Hogan. He was also a professional wrestler at the time who went by the name “Crusher” ,so it was a brave move by Hogan puckering up to such a fierce figure.
Steve Rackman Now
Donk reprised his role in both sequels and felt like completing the Crocodile Dundee trilogy was a fitting way to retire from Hollywood. After the third movie was released he took a back seat and now runs a gym back home in Australia.