Paul Hogan is definitely best known for his role as Crocodile Dundee, the film that really put Australia on the world’s stage – whether it was entirely accurate or not is a different conversation.
Though Hogan started out as a comedian and sketch performer in Australia, Crocodile Dundee was his breakout role, both here and overseas. His writing was nominated for an Oscar, he won a Golden Globe for acting … it seemed like the world was at his feet.
But in the wake of the franchise’s success, Hogan somewhat fell off the map in Hollywood. He had a handful of projects in the ’90s and ’00s, but nothing anywhere near the scope of his previous work.
Amid a scandalous divorce and accusations of tax evasion, Hogan has lived a pretty dramatic life. Yes, even when he wasn’t on camera comparing knives and tossing shrimp on the barbie.
Why did Paul Hogan stop acting?
There’s no denying that Crocodile Dundee was the peak of Hogan’s career. And he knows that too. In fact, he avoided working on any big projects after the success of that franchise because he thought they would just flop.
“I became typecast, which didn’t bother me in the least because I never thought myself as a moving actor for hire, anyway,” he told Yahoo in 2020. “And because of the ridiculous success of Dundee, which is still the most successful independent film ever made, it’s sort of like, ‘Oh, whatever I do next will be a flop by comparison. So why bother?'”
He admitted in the same interview that he had absolutely no idea that Crocodile Dundee would take off in the way that it did, considering it just started as a small Australian project.
“I’ve always said it was like going to the Olympics and rolling up your jeans and saying, ‘Can I have a run in the 100?’ And then winning the gold medal. It was that unlikely. So mentally I sort of retired after the first one.”
What did Paul Hogan do after Crocodile Dundee?
He had a handful of roles in the 1990s, but the 2001 film Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles was the nail in the coffin of his Hollywood career. It was panned critically and by audiences, and was his last role in the US.
After that, he starred in two Aussie films: Strange Bedfellows in 2004 and Charlie and Boots in 2009.
Then after a 10-year hiatus, Hogan played the lead role in the Australian comedy The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee. He played a version of himself: an ageing, out-of-touch movie actor who is now monetised and manipulated by others.
At the end of the film, his “character” leaves Hollywood to happily live in Australia. Unfortunately, the film was a flop.
What’s Paul Hogan doing now?
Hogan has spent the last 15 years living in California, though he realised during the pandemic how much he missed home.
“You’re living in the country, alongside New Zealand, that’s the light of the world,” he said in an interview last year. “And I’m living in LA County, which is 10 million people and half of them have got COVID. So am I homesick? You bet your life.”
His 24-year-old son, Chance – who he shares with Crocodile Dundee co-star and ex-wife Linda Kozlowski – lives with him in LA.
“I’m here out of paternal duty because my kid is an American,” Hogan once said of why he was still living in the US. “My kid is a ‘Yaussie’, a yank Aussie, he went to school here, his friends are here, his band is here.”
Hogan added that if Chance was prepared to move with him to Australia, the actor would be “out of here in a flash”.
Did Paul Hogan get in trouble for tax evasion?
From 2003 to 2010, Hogan was reportedly under investigation by the Australian Tax Office for tax evasion, which claimed he owed taxes on $37.5 million of undeclared income. He was accused of paying them off to drop the charges, which he denies ever happened.
When Hogan was cleared in 2010, he sued the government and demanded an apology from the ATO, saying he was “publicly branded a criminal, a fraud, a money launderer and tax evader”.
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In 2012, the actor and the ATO reached a settlement before a former High Court judge, but the story still follows Hogan around.
“It has besmirched his reputation a bit, especially in Australia,” his son Todd – who he shares with first ex-wife Noelene Edwards – said on Australian Story. “Even mates of mine will make a crack about it.”
Hogan agreed: “It never depressed me or anything but it made me angry – made me want to thump somebody. I haven’t really got it out of me system yet.”
How much money did Paul Hogan make from Crocodile Dundee?
Though he was already a star in Australia, Crocodile Dundee launched Paul Hogan into superstardom, making him a household name around the world.
The movie made $US328 million ($451 million) at the box office, off a budget of US$5.5 million ($7.5 million). It’s likely that Hogan personally earned over $US100 million ($137 million) from the franchise.
Is Paul Hogan still married?
Paul Hogan has two ex-wives.
Hogan and his first wife, Noelene Edwards, married in 1958 when they were just teenagers, and had five kids together. They separated and divorced in 1981, but then remarried less than a year later.
In 1986, they divorced again, in a very messy situation that’s been labelled as one of Australia’s ugliest divorces.
Hogan married his Crocodile Dundee co-star Linda Kozlowski in 1990 – the pair had one son together, Chase. They divorced in 2013.
“I’m not much of a partner,” Hogan previously told News Corp. “I’m good early on, but after 20 or 30 years or so, they get sick of me.”
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