Paul Hogan

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Paul "Hoges" Hogan AM (born October 8, 1939 in Sydney , Australia ) is an Australian actor and comedian . He gained worldwide popularity with the role of Michael J. "Crocodile" Dundee in the Crocodile Dundee film comedies.


Paul Hogan grew up in Sydney and left school when he was 15. Hogan earned his living in more than 25 different jobs: among other things as a chauffeur, boxer and as a fitter on the Sydney Harbor Bridge . In 1972, Hogan was discovered on the Australian television talent show New Faces by producer John Cornell . In the early 1970s he was best known for the comedy series A Current Affair ; he later followed the concept of the series in his own show, The Paul Hogan Showwhich he produced, co-wrote and in which he embodied a large number of different characters. The 60-episode series ran from 1973 to 1984 and was very popular in Australia and Great Britain . She was distinguished by her dry Australian humor, a trademark of Hogan.

In the United States, Hogan became known through commercials for the Australian Tourism Association that aired from 1984 to 1990. These commercials are considered to be the most successful tourism advertisement ever to be broadcast in the USA and led to Australia becoming one of the favorite travel destinations for Americans and triggering a tourism boom. During the 1980s, Hogan appeared on British television in an advertising campaign for the Australian beer brand Foster's Lager , in which he played a farmer-savvy and always thirsty Australian abroad (mostly London ).

In 1986, Hogan's first film, Crocodile Dundee , played an Aboriginal- raised hunter who travels to New York City from the Australian outback . The film was funded by Hogan himself and a group of investors that included longtime friend and partner John Cornell, entrepreneur Kerry Packer, and cricketers Greg Chappell , Dennis Lillee and Rodney Marsh . The adventure comedy was the most successful Australian film to date and established Hogan's international film career.

1985 Paul Hogan for "Australian of the Year" ( Engl. Australian of the Year ) selected. On January 26, 1986, he was appointed " Member of the Order of Australia " because of his services to the tourism and entertainment industry . For Crocodile Dundee he received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor and was nominated for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award. He received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences along with Ken Shadie and John Cornell . In 1987, Hogan hosted the Academy Awards himself, along with Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn .

Two more sequels of Crocodile Dundee were shot. While the first sequel from 1988 was also very successful, the second, released in 2001, did not match the success of the first two films. Hogan's 1994 comedy Lightning Jack wasn't a huge box office hit either.

In 1990 he married his film partner Linda Kozlowski after divorcing his first wife Noeline. He has five children from his first marriage and one son from his second marriage. In 2013, Kozlowski filed for divorce. His German dubbing voice comes from Frank Glaubrecht .

Hogan has lived in California since 2006 . In his native Australia, Hogan was accused of millions in tax evasion. The money is said to come from profits from the Crocodile Dundee movie comedies. In 2010 the investigation against Hogan was closed.

In 2020 he can be seen in the comedy The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee , in which he embodies himself.



Web links

Commons : Paul Hogan  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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  2. ^ Member of the Order of Australia. Australian Government, accessed February 2, 2014 .
  3. ^ "Crocodile Dundee" star Paul Hogan: Divorce. Focus , October 18, 2013, accessed February 2, 2014 .
  4. Paul Hogan., accessed on February 2, 2014 .
  5. ^ "Crocodile Dundee" defrauded the Treasury. Focus , August 23, 2006, accessed February 2, 2014 .
  6. Paul Hogan: Crocodile Dundee wins dispute over tax debt., November 24, 2010, accessed February 2, 2014 .
  7. THE VERY EXCELLENT MR DUNDEE , accessed on July 26, 2020
  8. ^ Paul Hogan's remarkable path to Hollywood: A Fortunate Life - Part 1 | Australian story. Accessed November 7, 2019 (German).