Paul Hogan

Paul Hogan

  • Highest Rated: 100% T-Men (1947)
  • Lowest Rated: 6% Lightning Jack (1994)
  • Birthday: Oct 8, 1939
  • Birthplace: Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, Australia
  • Australian actor Paul Hogan was mellow-voiced and rugged enough to succeed as an action hero, but he loved making people laugh, something he'd been doing on a professional basis since his debut as a blindfolded, tap dancing knife thrower on the Aussie TV amateur contest New Faces. With his late-1970s weekly half hour TV show The Paul Hogan Show, he became the most popular comedian in Australia. His material was limited to a handful of subjects -- breasts, bums, beer, and soccer -- but the series' selling card was Hogan's ability to play a wide variety of distinct characterizations, sometimes making the transition from one character to another so quickly that he literally seemed to be two different people. Hogan was able to expand his popularity to England with a series of commercials for Australian Lager Beer; but though The Paul Hogan Show had been shown on a smattering of American independent and PBS stations, he was largely unknown in the U.S. While visiting New York in 1985, Hogan was struck by the wide cultural gaps between the Big Apple and the Outback. With his manager John Cornell as director, Hogan took a big chunk of his TV earnings and produced an amiable culture-clash comedy, Crocodile Dundee (Hogan and Cornell owned 65 percent of the picture, the rest going to the circle of friends who'd invested in the project). To make sure that American audiences would be primed for this film, Hogan agreed to film a series of "visit Australia" ads for no salary. The strategy worked: Crocodile Dundee opened big in the U.S. in the fall of 1986, ultimately posting a worldwide gross of $375,000,000. While filming Dundee, the long-married Hogan fell in love with leading lady Linda Kozlowski; after divesting himself of wife number one (he claimed that the marriage was on the rocks anyway), Hogan made Kozlowski his bride -- and his most frequent costar in subsequent productions. Those later Paul Hogan vehicles failed to match the popularity of Crocodile Dundee, but included Crocodile Dundee II, Lightning Jack, and Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles. Hogan and Kozlowski divorced in 2014.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

33% That's Not My Dog! Actor 2018
58% Charlie & Boots Charlie 2009
80% Strange Bedfellows Vince Hopgood 2004
11% Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles Michael J. `Crocodile' Dundee Producer Screenwriter $25.3M 2001
32% Flipper Porter 1996
6% Lightning Jack Executive Producer 1994
29% Almost an Angel Terry Dean Producer 1990
11% Crocodile Dundee II Screenwriter Producer Mick `Crocodile' Dundee Executive Producer 1988
87% Crocodile Dundee Crocodile Dundee Screenwriter 1986
No Score Yet Anzacs - The War Down Under Pat Cleary 1985
83% Kansas City Confidential (The Secret Four) Bouncer 1952
100% T-Men Man 1947

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet MADtv
1995-2009
Guest
  • 2003
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2001

QUOTES FROM Paul Hogan CHARACTERS

Sue Charlton
Is it dead?
Michael J. "Crocodile" Dundee
[looks at the crocodile with his knife in its skull] Well, if it isn't, it'll be a helluva job skinning the bastard.
Michael J. "Crocodile" Dundee
Call that a knife? Thats a knife.
Michael J. "Crocodile" Dundee
Call that a knife? This is a knife.