American actress Linda Kozlowski is best remembered for playing Sue Charleton on the box office hit movie “Crocodile Dundee” (1986), where she nabbed a Golden Globe nomination for he performance. She also reprised the role in two sequels, “Crocodile Dundee II” (1988) and “Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles” (2001). Kozlowski's other film credits include “Pass the Ammo” (1988), “Almost an Angel” (1990) and “Village of the Damned” (1995).
Kozlowski is married to “Crocodile Dundee” co-star Paul Hogan. They currently live in California.
Childhood and Family:
Linda Kozlowski was January 7, 1958, in Fairfield, Connecticut, to a Polish family. She graduated from Andrew Warde High School in Fairfield and then went on to train as an opera singer at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York. She graduated from Juilliard in 1981.
On May 5, 1990, Linda was married to Australian actor/comedian Paul Hogan (born October 8, 1939). The couple have one son named Chance Hogan.
Death of a Salesman
Linda Kozlowski made her off-Broadway debut in “How It All Began” (1981) shortly after graduating from The Juilliard School. She quickly branched out to television with a guest spot in the CBS short lived series “Nurse” (1982) before hitting Broadway on the revival of “Death of a Salesman” (1984), where she was cast as Miss Forsythe. Kozlowski went on to reprise her stage role on the TV movie adaptation of “Death of a Salesman” in 1985, which was directed by Volker Schlöndorff, and starred Dustin Hoffman, Kate Reid, John Malkovich, Stephen Lang and Charles Durning.
Kozlowski's hugest break arrived when the actress was cast as the starring role of Sue Charlton on the Australian comedy film “'Crocodile' Dundee” (1986), opposite future husband Paul Hogan as the weathered Mick Dundee. Directed by Peter Faiman and co-scripted by Hogan, the film was a worldwide box office hit. It grossed $47,707,045 at the box office in Australia, and $174,803,506 at the American box office, making it the second highest grossing film that year in the US. For her bright acting, Kozlowski was nominated for a 1987 Golden Globe in the category of Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture.
In 1988, Kozlowski reprised the role of Sue Charlton on the sequel “Crocodile Dundee II.” Despite receiving negative reviews from critics, the film was another commercial success by collecting over $239 million worldwide against a budget of $15.8 million. The film was ranked No. 5 at the highest grossing film of the year in the United States with over $109 million. The same year, Kozlowski was cast as Claire on the comedy film “Pass the Ammo,” opposite Bill Paxton, Annie Potts and Tim Curry, and starred with Harry Hamlin in the NBC three part miniseries “Favorite Son,” which was based on the 1987 novel of the same written by Steve Sohmer, who also penned the teleplay.
In 1990, Kozlowski reunited with Mr. Hogan on the comedy film “Almost an Angel,” which was a critical and commercial failure. There she played the role of Rose Garner. In 1993, she starred with Rod Steiger and Ron Lea in the thriller/horror film “The Neighbor.” Kozlowski next starred with Paul Sorvino and Hector Elizondo in the crime/drama film “Backstreet Justice” (1994), by director/writer Chris McIntyre, and with Gunnar Hellström and Liv Ullmann in the Swedish film “Zorn” (1994). In 1995, she was cast a local school principal named Jill McGowan on the science fiction/horror film “Village of the Damned,” directed by John Carpenter. The film was nominated for a Razzie for Worst Remake or Sequel in 1996. Co-stars in the film included Christopher Reeve, Kirstie Alley, Mark Hamill, Michael Paré and Meredith Salenger. In 1996, Kozlowski made a busted CBS pilot, “Shaughnessy,” which marked her last acting gig for five years.
Kozlowski resumed her acting career in 2001 when she once again played Sue Charleton on the third installment “Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles.” Helmed by Simon Wincer, the film was nominated for a 2002 Razzie Award for Worst Remake or Sequel. It grossed over $39 million worldwide against a budget of $21.15 million.
Kozlowski has mostly departed the acting industry because of dissatisfaction with the roles she was receiving.