Its been over 30 years since Crocodile Dundee hit theaters. The original film was an international success and was followed up by two less successful sequels: Crocodile Dundee II (1988) and Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles (2001). No matter the films’ success, Crocodile Dundee has become a classic, and is still watched by people everywhere. But what happened to your favorite characters from the films?
Richard Mason (Mark Blum) – Then
Richard Mason, played by Mark Blum, played Sue’s, at the time, boyfriend, who was also her editor. Richard wanted Sue to come back from the outback. However, she had another story to write about a man called the Crocodile Dundee. Luckily, she disobeyed her editor to write the story. Mark Blum played the role well and went on to land many more roles.
Richard Mason (Mark Blum) – Now
Mark Blum, now 66-years-old, has had a steady acting career. He went back to his roots of playing a journalist on Capital News and has landed multiple guest starring roles in TV shows, such as the hit Amazon series Mozart in the Jungle. He also has 2 movie producing credits to his name. He, like many other actors, stared in multiple Broadway plays, as well.
Gus (Reginald VelJohnson) – Then
Although he is a very recognizable face now, Reginald VelJohnson, received the role of Gus very early on in his career. Reginald brilliantly played the role of the chauffeur who saved Mick from being beaten by a gang. The role helped launch Reginald into a very successful TV career, and helped him land several movie roles, as well. Before Crocodile Dundee he had 5 acting credits to his name, all of which were not given a name.
Gus (Reginald VelJohnson) – Now
Reginald, as stated before, went on to have a very successful career, especially on TV. He may best be remembered for a role he played from 1989-1998, on the TV show Family Matters. He played the sometimes very agitated father on the show. He most recently, in 2016, appeared in TV shows Ray Donovan and Girl Meets World.
Jean Ferraro (Aida Turturro) – Then
Aida Turturro was a recognized face on the big screen, by the time she landed the role of Jean Ferraro in Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles, in 2001. Only a year before she began portraying on Janice Soprano in The Sopranos. She appeared on nearly 50 episodes on the show, from 2000-2007. She was also nominated for an Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her performance on the show.
Jean Ferraro (Aida Turturro) – Now
Turturro did not stop with her role on The Sopranos. Since the show wrapped in 2007, she continued to land roles on various hit TV series, such as Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Grey’s Anatomy, and most recently, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders. She also has a role in a film titled Making a Killing, which is currently in post production.
Nugget O’Cass (Gerry Skilton) – Then
Gerry Skilton played Nugget in all 3 films. He even played the role in a pilot for an outback-adventure series called Nugget Gets A Life. Skilton financed the production himself and hoped to sell it to networks. The show, unfortunately, didn’t work out. However, he still did an amazing job playing the role of the loyal companion. Between filming, he landed roles in various movies such as Outback and Rough Diamonds.
Nugget O’Cass (Gerry Skilton) – Now
Sadly, Gerry Skilton’s last role was in the 2001 installment, Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles. When commenting on his Dundee character, Skilton said “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.” However, he is thankful for his role and still wears his leather hats.
Duffy (Terry Gill) – Then
Terry Gill was a veteran actor by the time he landed the role of Duffy. He was mainly type-casted as a police officer. He had recurring roles on shows such as Homicide, Bluey, Matlock Police, The Last Outlaw and Prisoner: Cell Block H. The same year Crocodile Dundee premiered he also appeared in Jenny Kissed Me and short film Man And Boy.
Duffy (Terry Gill) – Now
Terry Gill had a quite successful career after the Dundee films. He had recurring roles on The Flying Doctors and Neighbours. He was also well known for playing Santa in Australia’s annual Carols by Candlelight. He played Santa for 27 consecutive years. He and his wife ran ‘The Tivoli Theatre Restaurant’ in Melbourne, which hosted many well-known performers. Sadly, at the age of 75, Gill lost his battle to lung cancer, in 2015.
Con (Ritchie Singer) – Then
Ritchie Singer played the role of Con in the original 1986 Crocodile Dundee. It is the only film, out of the 3 installments, in which he appears. Before Crocodile Dundee he only had 3 acting credits to his name. He appeared in TV series The Story of Johnny O’Keefe and Palace of Dreams, as well as, in the film Bliss.
Con (Ritchie Singer) – Now
Ritchie Singer only appeared in a few more roles after his portrayal of Con. His most notable performances include recurring roles on the TV series Water Rats and Crownies. He also portrayed the executive producer of the soap opera Dynasty, in the 2005 TV movie Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure. His last role was in 2013 in Charlie’s County. The film featured fellow Crocodile Dundee star David Gulpilil.
Pimp (John Snyder) – Then
When Crocodile Dundee trades in living down under for a life in New York City we get treated to a number of scenes which show Mick in shock. People prove to treat each other differently and with less kindness in the city. It is at this point that Mick runs into John Snyder who is portraying a pimp. Although the role is a small one, it is filled with all the character we’d typically expect from John Snyder.
Pimp (John Snyder) – Now
John Snyder made quite the impact in the 1980’s. By the end of the decade, Snyder almost completely stopped acting in front of the cameras and switched to voice acting. Any anime lover will recognize Snyder’s voice from films like Akira and Battle Royal.
Leroy Brown (Charles S. Dutton) – Then
We were introduced to Charles S. Dutton in the second installment of Crocodile Dundee. He plays Leroy Brown, a street-smart stationery salesman who gives Mick a job when he first arrives in the city. When Sue is kidnapped by cartels, Leroy uses his street connections to find her and bring her back to safety.
Leroy Brown (Charles S. Dutton) – Now
Dutton’s career took off after portraying Leroy Brown. The actor soon found himself getting cast in major roles in films like 1992’s Alien 3 and Rudy. The 1990’s and 2000’s were a great time for his career. Some of his most recent hits are Honeydripper and 2013’s The Monkey’s Paw.
The Tour Guide (Susie Essman) – Then
Despite her role being super small in the second Crocodile Dundee movie, Susie still manages to bring all her charms. Essman basically plays a good-hearted tour guide who helps Dundee when he is new to New York City. If you aren’t looking for her, you may not find her.
The tour Guide (Susie Essman) – Now
Only good things came for Susie after her small role in Crocodile Dundee 2. She continued doing her unique brand of stand up comedy throughout most of the 1990’s and then began working on Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm in 1999. She by far one of the funniest acts on the show and has managed to stick to the show throughout its many seasons.
Sue Charlton (Linda Kozlowski) – Then
After Linda Kozlowski landed the role of beautiful reporter, Sue Charlton, people believed her career would take off. She played Sue in all 3 films. Unfortunately, her career never took off. However, she did land something else, a husband. She married her co-star, Paul Hogan, in 1990. They have one son together, Chance.
Sue Charlton (Linda Kozlowski) – Now
As stated before, Kozlowski’s career never saw much success after the Crocodile Dundee films. The decade after, she landed only 8 roles, in widely unknown films. Once she said her career was becoming bleak, and she decided to quit acting to raise her and Paul’s son. Sadly, she divorced from Hogan in 2013. She won a hefty payout, and she shares custody of her son.
Miss Mathis (Kaitlin Hopkins) – Then
Her role in Crocodile Dundee In Los Angeles was pretty mild for her at that point in her career. She managed to do her thing and garner some laughs but was very underused. At that point in her career, she was getting roles on huge TV shows and tearing it up on Broadway.
Miss Mathis (Kaitlin Hopkins) – Now
After her role in Crocodile Dundee In Los Angeles, Hopkins’ career continued to sail higher and higher. She got big roles on shows like Star Trek: Deep Space 9, Star Trek: Voyager and Spin City. Along with that, she has also sustained a successful career on Broadway.
Simone (Caitlin Clarke) – Then
Caitlin Clarke is probably best known for a role she played before she was the call-girl, Simone, in Crocodile Dundee. In 1981, she played Valerian in the Disney film Dragonslayer. The film was nominated for 2 Oscar awards. Dragonslayer was Clarke’s acting debut. Between Dragonslayer and Crocodile Dundee, she only had 2 small roles. She appeared on one episode of Nurse and one episode of The Equalizer.
Simone (Caitlin Clarke) – Now
After Crocodile Dundee, Clarke continued to land roles in films such as The Big Picture, Blown Away, and her last on-camera performance, in the 2001 film, Never Again. However, she also returned to roots of Broadway. From 1998-1999 she portrayed the role of Charlotte Cardoza in the musical adaptation of Titanic. In 2000, Clarke was unfortunately diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Around that time, she began to teach theater at the University of Pittsburgh. She lost her battle to cancer in 2004.
Walter “Wally” Reilly (John Meillon) – Then
Walter “Wally” Reilly, played by John Meillon, had already had a lucrative career before he performed in Crocodile Dundee. His notable performances are included in TV series such as My Name’s McGooley, What’s Yours? and Rita and Wally. He had also voice acted on multiple radio plays since he was a young boy. He was certainly one talented actor.
Walter “Wally” Reilly (John Meillon) – Now
John reprised his role of Wally Reilly in Crocodile Dundee II. He appeared in a TV movie and a short film after. Sadly, he passed, from cirrhosis, at his home, in Neutral Bay Australia, in August, 1989. His favorite pub opened the John Meillon OBE Bar in his honor. He was also posthumously awarded the Raymond Longford lifetime achievement award.
Donk (Steve Rackham) – Then
Before he was known as Donk, Steve Rackham was known as one of Australia’s most famous pro-wrestlers, Crusher. One time he even battled Andre the Giant, in a cage match, which was viewed by a live audience of 10,000 people. He was chosen for the part after his agent received a call asking for an actor who fit the profile of the “ugliest, loud mouthed, mongrel looking wrestlers.”
Donk (Steve Rackham) – Now
Rackham reprised his role of Donk in the two sequels, and was also able to land various other roles along the way. However, his last acting role was in 2001, in Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles. But, he found a way to keep himself busy. After his wrestling and acting days were behind him, he opened 2 gyms in Coogee, Sydney, with a partner, Paul Graham. They both retired in 2010.
Ida (Maggie Blinco) – Then
Maggie Blinco played Ida in both the first and second installment of the Crocodile Dundee films. However, Ida was not Blinco’s first role. She appeared on various TV shows and movies before, and in between, both films. She had roles in 1915, A Country Practice, and Return to Eden.
Ida (Maggie Blinco) – Now
After Crocodile Dundee II, Blinco continued to have a steady career. She had roles in Flirting, Cheek to Cheek, and Doctor Doctor. Her most recent on-screen role was as the title character, in the 2017 short film, BABA. In 2012, she returned to the stage, as the main character, in The Greening of Grace. The same year she performed in Biddies at Glen Street Theatre. Biddies featured 6 “senior” actresses who were stuck in their grade school classroom.
Milos Drubnik (Jonathan Banks) – Then
By the time Jonathan Banks landed the role of Milos Drubnik in the final film, Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles, he was already a well-known actor. Making his acting debut in 1974, he appeared in critically acclaimed productions such as Airplane!, Gremlins, Beverly Hills Cop, and Flipper. However, much of his fame may have come from more recent roles.
Milos Drubnik (Jonathan Banks) – Now
Jonathan Banks is still very active in Hollywood. Nowadays, many people may recognize him as Mike Ehrmantraut. A role which he first played in the hit series Breaking Bad and continued to play in the spin-off series Better Call Saul. Banks now has over 160 acting credits to his name and he doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon.
Neville Bell (David Gulpilil) – Then
David Gulpili had multiple Aborigine roles before he was casted as Neville Bell in Crocodile Dundee. In 1978, he was even awarded the A.M. (Member of the Order of Australia) for his services to the arts for his portrayal of the Aboriginal people. Therefore, he was able to portray the role, of Neville Dell, perfectly. Before his time on Crocodile Dundee, he had 12 acting credits to his name.
Neville Bell (David Gulpilil) – Now
Crocodile Dundee certainly helped Gulpili’s career, as some of his most notable roles were later on, such as in The Tracker and Rabbit-Proof Fence. Sadly, his personal life has not done so well. In 2006, he waved a machete during an argument, but he was let off. Has has also had domestic issues. In 2007, he was charged with domestic violence and after breaking his wife’s arm with a broom, in 2010, he was sentenced to a year in prison. However, his acting career is still going well.
Charlie (Ernie Dingo) – Then
Ernie Dingo started out his acting career in the early 1980s. If you’re a fan of films from the 80s, you may recognize the Australian actor from the 1987 drama The Fringe Dwellers or the 1987 docu-drama Tudawali. Dingo had a major supporting role on Crocodile Dundee II; his character’s name was Charlie. The role helped him rise to fame.
Charlie (Ernie Dingo) – Now
As it turns out, Crocodile Dundee II helped launch his career. Nowadays he is best known for his roles in shows such as The Great Outdoors and Heartland. He also had appearances in various other shows including Family Confidential, Serangoon Road, and “Redfern Now”, Dogs of War. In “Redfern Now”, Dogs of War he faces his demons as a retired Vietnam veteran.
Jose (Luis Guzmán) – Then
While Crocodile Dundee II wasn’t as big as its predecessor, it was still a huge hit. One star from the film is Luis Guzmán. The Puerto Rican actor played Jose in the film. The star tends to play sidekicks, thugs or policemen in films. Before Crocodile Dundee II, he had a few small roles in films such as Short Eyes, Variety, and Heartbeat.
Jose (Luis Guzmán) – Now
Since the Crocodile Dundee II days, Guzmán has come a long way. Nowadays he has starred in a large number of films, television shows, music videos, and even video games. Recently he appeared in the show How To Make It In America and in the original Netflix show Narcos. Nowadays he appears in the drama Code Black as senior nurse Jesse “Mama” Salander.
Luis Rico (Hechter Ubarry) – Then
Hechter Urbarry played Rico in Crocodile Dundee II. To this day, this is his most memorable role. Hechter started out his acting career by performing on Broadway. At first, he wasn’t even able to pay for his singing lessons but as time progressed he ended up paying back every penny he owned. Crocodile Dundee II was the second film he ever did. The first was the 1970 movie The Cross and the Switchblade where he played a tough gang kid.
Luis Rico (Hechter Ubarry) – Now
After appearing in Crocodile Dundee II, Hechter returned to the Broadway world. He performed in various musicals including Chu Chem, West Side Story, and Gone With The Wind. He also appeared in the film The Ardent Heart. Fun fact: Hechter’s birth name is actually Hector Mercado but after performing for a while he found out that there was another performer with the exact same name so he decided to change it to Hechter Ubarry.
Miguel (Juan Fernández de Alarcon) – Then
Juan is a Dominican actor who played Miguel in Crocodile Dundee II. He is typically known for playing the evil character in films. The first film he ever did was Salome. To this day he has starred in over 30 films. Before Crocodile Dundee II, he had small roles in films such as Salvador and Wildfire.
Miguel (Juan Fernández de Alarcon)- Now
After appearing on Crocodile Dundee II, Juan went on to appear in several other films such as Liquid Dreams, Fugitive Nights, and A Man Apart. However, he is most known for starring in the 2009 film The Collector and the 2013 action film El Gallo. The star has also modeled for various designers including Yves Saint-Laurent and Ossie Clark.
Michael J. ‘Crocodile’ Dundee (Paul Hogan) – Then
Paul Hogan is still very much known for his role as the Crocodile Dundee. After playing the Dundee, he landed multiple roles including the commercial with the famous line of “shrimp on the barbie.” He was soon after named a Member of the Order of Australia. Between the second and third installments, he appeared in 3 feature films and 1 TV movie.
Michael J. ‘Crocodile’ Dundee (Paul Hogan) – Now
Unfortunately, Paul Hogan’s career declined, and he never saw the same success as he did in Crocodile Dundee. After the 2001 installment, Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles, Hogan was only able to land 3 more roles. However, he has stayed notoriously prevalent in the headlines. He was recently reported to have legal battles with the Australian Tax Office. Hogan, allegedly, did not declare $37.5 million of income. Also, he and co-star Linda, divorced in 2013, after 23 years of marriage.