Paul Hogan Biography
Paul Hogan is an Australian actor, comedian and television presenter born on 8th October 1939 in Lightning Ridge, Australia.He won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for his performance as outback adventurer Michael “Crocodile” Dundee in Crocodile Dundee (1986).
In 1985 he was named as Australian of the Year and in 1986 he was designated as a Member of Order of Australia (abbreviated as AM) due to service to entertainment and tourism.
In 2016 he was bestowed with Longford Lyell Award, identified as supreme honour of Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (abbreviated as AACTA), for exceptional services done to Australian
Paul Hogan Age
He was born on 8th October 1939 in Lightning Ridge, Australia.
Paul Hogan Career
At a young age Paul Hogan moved to Granville in Western Sydney and worked as a rigger on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.In 1971 he appeared on the Nine’s Network’s amateur talent program New Faces. Hogan had observed to his Harbour Bridge workmates that the program’s entertainment value relied significantly on the judges ridiculing and belittling the performers, and suggested the judges deserved similar treatment.
Paul Hogan inveigled his way onto the program by claiming to be a “tap-dancing knife-thrower”. Hogan appeared on stage in his work boots, holding elaborate prop ‘knives’ and proceeded to make a series of jokes at the judges’ expense; he finished by performing a rudimentary shuffle and throwing the knives onto the floor. Strong positive response from the viewing public saw Hogan invited back for repeated performances on New Faces; in another of these, he proposed to “play the shovels”, which consisted of making a series of jokes before banging two shovels together a few times.
Paul Hogan natural ability as a comedic performer attracted the attention of Mike Willesee, host of Nine’s news magazine program A Current Affair. Willesee offered Hogan regular appearances on the show, during which Paul Hogan would make humorous comment on some issue of the day. During this time Hogan befriended Current Affair producer John Cornell, who became Hogan’s manager and business partner.
In 1973 Paul Hogan produced and wrote his own comedy sketch program ‘The Paul Hogan Show’ in which he played characters with Cornell and Delvene Delaney. The show was aired on Channel Seven and was popular in Australia and South Africa. The show earned him TV Week Logie Award for ‘Best New Talent’ in 1973. In 1975 the show was screened on Channel Nine until the end of 1984.
In 1985 he starred as an Australian World War I ‘digger’ named Pat Cleary in the critically acclaimed mini-series Anzacs which aired on the Nine Network.
Throughout the decade, Paul Hogan appeared on British TV in advertisements for Foster’s Lager, in which he played an earthy Australian abroad in London. The character’s most notable line (spoken incredulously at a ballet performance) “Struth, there’s a bloke down there with no strides on!”, followed Hogan for years, and the popularity of its “fish out of water” humour was repeated with his next endeavour.
In another advertisement from the same Foster’s series, Hogan’s character is approached in a London Tube station by a Japanese tourist who asks, ‘Do you know the way to Cockfosters?’ (referring to an area in North London), to which Hogan replies (with a puzzled look on his face): “Drink it warm, mate.”
In 1986 Paul Hogan made his film breakthrough with the film Crocodile Dundee as Mick “Crocodile” Dundee. He co wrote the movie and earned him the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy in 1987 and a nomination for Best Actor at the BAFTAs.
Paul Hogan again portrayed Mick Dundee in the sequel Crocodile Dundee II, released in 1988. Hogan was also executive producer and co-writer with his son, Brett. Although less popular than the first Crocodile Dundee film with critics, it was also a commercial success. The character made him popular in the United States, with phrases like, “That’s not a knife…that’s a knife!” entering the lexicon, though Hogan was troubled that the character was perceived as a cross between Chuck Norris and John Rambo, and turned down roles similar to those due to their violent nature.
In the early 1990s, a Paramount executive pitched a concept of a Crocodile Dundee / Beverly Hills Cop crossover movie. Paul Hogan refused the starring role in the hit film Ghost, choosing instead to make Almost an Angel (1990). In 1994 Paul Hogan co-produced, wrote and starred in the Western comedy film Lightning Jack. In 1996 Hogan starred in a remake of the 1963 film Flipper, a family-friendly movie about a dolphin. In 1998 he co-starred in the made-for-TV drama Floating Away, an adaptation of the Tim Sandlin book Sorrow Floats. Paul Hogan played ‘Shane’, a recovering alcoholic.
In 2004, Paul Hogan starred in the Australian-produced comedy film Strange Bedfellows, about two firemen pretending to be in a homosexual relationship for financial benefit.
In 2005 Paul Hogan released a DVD compilation of all his favourite live performances throughout his career. In 2009 he starred in Charlie & Boots, a road-movie concerning the relationship between a father (Hogan) and son (Shane Jacobson).
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In 2013, 2014 and 2015 Paul Hogan embarked on live stand-up performances throughout Australia. The 2013 An Evening with Hoges tour featured capital cities only but the 2014 tour Hoges: One Night Only featured 25 locations including regional Australia. 2015’s Hoges: Live saw shows in Hobart, Melbourne and Sydney only. Some of this material was shown in the 2014 documentary Hanging with Hoges, in which Hogan was interviewed about his life and career by Shane Jacobson.
In 2016 Paul Hogan received the Longford Lyell Award for an outstanding contribution to the Australian screen. Hogan joked he’d only ever been a “one-hit wonder”.
Paul Hogan Movies
- 1973 – 1984: The Paul Hogan Show
- 1980: Fatty Finn as Third Delivery Man
- 1985: Anzacs as Lance Corporal Pat Cleary
- 1986: Crocodile Dundee as Michael J. ‘Crocodile’ Dundee
- 1988: Crocodile Dundee II
- 1990: Almost an Angel as Terry Dean/Bonzo Burger Man
- 1994: Lightning Jack aa Lightning Jack Kane
- 1996: Flipper as Porter
- 1998: Floating Away as Shane
- 2001: Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles as Michael J. ‘Crocodile’ Dundee
- 2004: Strange Bedfellows as Vince Hopgood
- 2009: Charlie & Boots as Charlie
Paul Hogan Wife
In 1958 Paul Hogan married Noelene Edwards but they separated and divorced in 1981 and remarried less than one year later. They divorced for the second time in 1986. In 1990 Paul Hogan married divorced in 1981 and remarried less than one year later, his co star in Crocodile Dundee, Kozlowski filed for divorce from Hogan in 2013 citing irreconcilable differences.
Paul Hogan Net Worth
He has an estimated net worth of US$28 million as of 2015.
Paul Hogan Children
Paul Hogan has five children from his first marriage to Noelene and one from his second marriage to Kozlowski; Brett Hogan, Chance Hogan, Lauren Hogan, Todd Hogan, Scott Hogan and Clay Hogan.