For many, Paul Hogan is identified with his signature role of Michael J. ‘Crocodile’ Dundee, who appeared on screen for the first time in 1986. His character garnered him a Golden Globe Award, as well as an Oscar and two BAFTA nominations. Hogan is also a film producer whose films include the 1990 Almost an Angel and the 1994 Lightning Jack. Previously, he collected a Logie Award and a ShoWest Award, thanks to his one-of-a-kind performances.
Off camera, the 1985 Australian of the Year was handed an Australian Honours by the Member of the Order of Australia. He was also named one of twelve actors in John Willis’ Screen World “Promising New Actors of 1986” list. Hogan, who appeared in Subaru commercials, was once given a Subaru Outback as a sign of appreciation. Interestingly, in 1994, Hogan had to sell his stocks on the Australian Stock Exchange to raise $23.8 million (U.S.) for his 1994 Western movie.
Romantically speaking, Hogan is the former husband of Noelene Hogan and is now married to actress Linda Kozlowski. He is the father of five sons and one daughter.
Father of 6
Childhood and Family:
On October 8, 1939, Paul Hogan was born in Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, Australia. Originally working on the Sydney Harbour Bridge, unpredictable Paul entered show business at the age of 31.
As for his private life, 5’ 10” tall Paul was first married to Noelene Hogan, who gave birth to four sons: Todd Hogan, Scott Hogan, Clay Hogan and Bret Hogan, as well as a daughter named Lauren Hogan. However, their long-term marriage (30 years) ended in 1981. In 1990, Paul tied the knot with actress Linda Kozlowski (born on January 7, 1958). Paul and Linda share a son named Chance Hogan. Currently, Paul lives near Santa Barbara, California.
The Paul Hogan Show
Paul Hogan had his first encounter with show business when he was 31 years old, by appearing in the Australian TV talent show “New Faces” (1971). Unexpectedly, his appearance led to a gig in an episode of “A Current Affair” (1971).
Hogan co-founded JP Productions in 1972, and a year later, his co-written TV program “The Paul Hogan Show” (1973-1984) aired. He was handed a George Wallace Memorial Logie for Best New Talent. In 1981, the popular variety series was syndicated to the US. Following the success, Hogan wrote a made-for-TV comedy titled Hogan in London (1975), in which he also starred as himself.
In 1980, Hogan took the small role of a goat racer in Maurice Murphy’s family movie Fatty Finn. He followed it up with the leading role of Pvt. Pat Cleary in the historical miniseries “Anzacs” (1985), where he costarred opposite Andrew Clarke.
Again, Hogan displayed his talents when he co-wrote the screenplay of Crocodile Dundee (1986), in which he also had his breakthrough starring role of Michael J. ‘Crocodile’ Dundee. Impressively playing the role, he took home a Golden Globe for Best Actor and received a BAFTA nomination for Best Actor. Additionally, he also earned an Oscar and BAFTA nomination for Best Screenplay. Following the success, Hogan reprised his role in the sequel ‘Crocodile’ Dundee II (1988), where he also served as the executive producer and storywriter.
The 1987 ShoWest Male Star of the Year had leading roles in his self-produced Almost an Angel (1990) and Lightning Jack (1994, costarring Cuba Gooding Jr.). He also starred as Porter in the family adventure movie Flipper (1996), before starring as Shane in the dramatic movie Floating Away (1998, book and screenplay written by Tim Sandlin).
After a three year break, Hogan reprised his famous role ‘Crocodile’ Dundee in the third sequel Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles (2001). Three years later, he had the supporting role of Vince Hopgood in the Dean Murphy-directed comedy Strange Bedfellows (2004).
- Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical, Crocodile Dundee, 1987
- ShoWest: Male Star of the Year, 1987
- Logie: George Wallace Memorial Logie, Best New Talent, 1973