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What Is Paul Hogan Doing Now? 'Crocodile Dundee' Star Candid At 78

Updated on June 26, 2018
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Stephen Sinclair is a freelance Canadian writer who has been publishing professionally for several years.

A wax figure of Paul Hogan as Mick Dundee at Madame Tussauds in Sydney, Australia.
A wax figure of Paul Hogan as Mick Dundee at Madame Tussauds in Sydney, Australia. | Source

'No malice' in 'raunchy' 'Paul Hogan Show' comedy

Thirty years after its release, Crocodile Dundee still stands as the "most successful" Australian film, ever. Few actors have been so devastatingly typecast as Paul Hogan for his portrayal of Mick Dundee. However, for Hogan, the rewards appear to outweigh the drawbacks. A recent Kerri-Anne Kennerley-Paul Hogan interview showed a 78-year-old showing no obvious signs of slowing down. "I'm an icon," the actor beamed and laughed, as the interview began.

Kennerley described Hoges', as he is known to his adoring fans, 1973 television series, The Paul Hogan Show, as appealing to men who, from time to time, engaged in "having a perv," and as "raunchy humor from an era that's long gone."

"I was very sexist," the comic admitted, warmly.

When asked if the humor of The Paul Hogan Show could find a new audience, today, Hoges explained that there was no "viciousness" or "malice" in it. He then admitted, "No, a lot of it you couldn't do, now."

"I've had a ridiculously lucky life, extraordinarily," Hogan explained of his career. "Luck and timing."

The bona fide icon described his late start in show business, he didn't star in his first movie until he was 47, and working class background as strengths that he has relied upon.

What is Paul Hogan doing now?

The Lightening Ridge-born, one-time Australian government tourism spokesperson was quoted by the Daily Mail with regard to the #MeToo movement and sexual harassment in the workplace.

"I was staggered at the creepiness of people in Hollywood," Paul Hogan stated. "I knew Harvey Weinstein was a grub… no one was shocked about Harvey."

Hoges has told of how he would "go out and kick their a**e" if anyone were to perpetrate any form of harassment against his "four attractive granddaughters."

Hogan was the recipient of the 2016 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Longford Lyell Lifetime Achievement Award, as reported by The Australian. He has also come out against smart phones, as reported by the Daily Mail, stating that "They've changed the world too much. You never see people talking to each other anymore."

"Nobody since Captain Cook has done as much for tourism," Kerri-Anne Kennerley stated during the Hogan interview.

The sharp-looking Ozzie senior offered up the fact that after he began appearing in commercials, the nation rocketed to the world's No. 1 tourism destination, all the way from a sleepy 28, in just a "few months."

Mr. Hogan is not shy to point out that two phrases entered common usage in the English language as a result of his portrayals. "Slip another shrimp on the barbie," from the tourism commercial, and, "That's not a knife. That's a knife," from the original Crocodile Dundee.

"I remember seeing Crocodile Dundee at the drive in," actor Josh Lawson, who played Hogan in a biopic television series, said of the enigma. He speculated that younger viewers might not know what drive ins are, it being so long ago.

Who is Crocodile Dundee?

Is Paul Hogan Married?

Paul Hogan has been married to two women, actress Linda Kozlowski and Noelene Edwards, who he first married in 1958, divorced in 1981, remarried a year later, and then divorced again, in 1986, when he became involved with the Crocodile Dundee co-star. The second divorce was described as a "national scandal." The star has five children with his first wife and one with Ms. Edwards.

The actor said of his third divorce, in 2014, from Noelene, "I'm the villain. I did it... It's like, 'So, what?' It's not hurting you."

The creator of the Mick Dundee persona explained how opposites attract and how, over years of drifting apart, people who are opposites wake up to the fact.

Paul Hogan is now a single father to an 18-year-old son, Chance. The actor said that he enjoys parenting and that "you have them and you love them." When asked what the hardest part of raising a teenage boy is, Hogan was quick to respond, "They know everything."

Noting that his mother lived to 101 and his father to 52, Kerri-Anne Kennerley pointed out that the Australian phenom has had a few "close calls" with his health, perhaps most notably a brain hemorrhage. Hogan professed that during the ordeal he was convinced that he was going to die and that he "didn't care," because living through a cerebral hemorrhage is "not fun."

"Enjoy your life every day, you lucky bastard," was the lesson Paul Hogan took away from the experience.

Kennerley held up the fact that Hogan, for the first time in his life, is single.

"Are you looking for love, again?" Kennerley queried the septuagenarian.

"No..." he responded, "but, you know, I'm not rejecting it, either."

© 2017 Stephen Sinclair

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