CROCODILE Dundee was the charming rom-com that saw a crass Australian bushman and a luxury-loving journalist fall in love.
The 1986 film had more drama than an episode of Neighbors — and it seems scandal followed many of the cast off-camera as well.
Recently, Paul Hogan – who played Mick “Crocodile” Dundee – was pictured in a rare public appearance after leaving an angry note to homeless people camped outside his Venice, Los Angeles mansion.
The letter, which the actor denied writing, was pinned to the gates of the £2.86 million block and read: “THIS IS MY HOUSE NOT YOURS.”
It came as a surprise to fans who thought the Aussie, 82, was just his laid-back Crocodile Dundee character, but it’s not the only shocking story to emerge about the cast.
We uncover the scandals behind the Down Under drama, from a tumultuous co-star affair to stars accused of a range of offenses, including charges of tax evasion and assault.
Linda Kozlowski – Affair for career flop rage
In the film, she played reporter Sue Charlton, who was tasked with profiling Mick Dundee before falling unexpectedly in love with him.
And it was a case of art imitating life, as Linda Kozlowski fell for co-star Paul while they were filming together — an affair that turned his marriage upside down.
The couple, who was 19 years old, later tied the knot in 1990 and had one son Chance, now 24, together before divorcing in 2014.
Linda’s performance in Crocodile Dundee earned her a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress, but after that she struggled to win major roles and quit acting to become a mother.
In 2001, she told the Herald Journal, “These direct-to-video, schlocky movies I got gave me an ulcer, basically because I was the only one on set who cared.”
Since then, Linda, 64, has been with Moroccan guide Moulay Hafid Baba, dividing her time between Marrakesh and Los Angeles.
Paul Hogan – ‘Tax Evasion’ Fight
Before his turn as Crocodile Dundee, Paul rose to fame on the Australian talent show New Faces, where he performed as a tap-dancing knife thrower.
The 82-year-old has been married three times – twice to Nolene Edwards, mother of five of his children, and when they broke up, it was described as the ugliest celebrity divorce in Australia.
It followed his affair with co-star Linda, whom he was married to until 2014 when they called “irreconcilable differences” and had nothing in common while divorcing.
Paul’s career led to him appearing in an advertisement for Fosters beer, Porter starring in Flipper and continuing the Crocodile Dundee franchise.
Beginning in 2003, he was under investigation for tax evasion and fraud in Australia and America for seven years before he was eventually acquitted.
The cases were dropped and Paul, who received an undisclosed payout from the government, later joked, “I did them as dinner.”
Paul tends to keep a low profile – aside from his recent outing this week – but two years ago he appeared in The Very Excellent Mr Dundee.
Steve Rackman – Became Gym Teacher
Before playing “Donk”, Steve Rackman was a wrestler who used the name “Crusher”, and he famously fought Andre the Giant in front of an audience of 10,000 people.
After starring in three Crocodile Dundee movies, the actor stepped out of the limelight and opened several gyms, which he sold to retire in 2010.
Caitlin Clarke – Premature Death
A year after her breakthrough role as Valerian in the fantasy film Dragonslayer, Caitlin Clarke played Simone, a friendly sex worker, in Crocodile Dundee.
She continued to play supporting roles in films, but returned to her first love, the theater, and starred in Titanic: The Musical.
After being diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2000, Caitlin returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, where she taught and performed until her sad death four years later at age 52.
David Gulpilil – Machete ‘attack’
David Gulpilil was a surprising star of TV and film as he broke away from Western influence among the Yolngu people, in Arnhem Land, northern Australia.
He was a talented ceremonial dancer and fighter before landing film roles including Neville Bell in Crocodile Dundee.
The actor won dozens of Australian acting awards, but his personal life was in turmoil – he struggled with alcoholism and had several police incidents.
In 2006, David was charged with carrying an offensive weapon after pulling a machete during an altercation, but was later acquitted because the knife was deemed useful for cultural purposes.
After serving 12 months in prison for breaking his wife’s arm by throwing a broom at her, he sobered up. Before that, alcohol was mentioned as a problem that led to several allegations of domestic violence.
David was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in 2017 and died four years later, aged 68. He leaves behind three wives and seven children.
Reginald VelJohnson – Death Hoax
Reginald VelJohnson played the limo driver in Crocodile Dundee and previously made a brief appearance in Ghostbusters.
But after the film, the actor got his big break as a police officer in Turner & Hooch, which led to him playing more roles as a cop.
Since then, the 69-year-old has starred in two Die Hard films, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, That’s So Raven and Will & Grace.
In 2017, Reginald was the victim of an internet hoax when a website falsely claimed that he had died of a heart attack.
John Meillon – Angry Battle
John Meillon starred in numerous films before playing one of his most memorable roles, Walter Reilly in Crocodile Dundee.
The actor received an OBE in 1979 for his services to the theater and later his favorite pub, The Oaks, in Neutral Bay, opened the John Meillon OBE Bar in his honour.
John regularly drank, including the week he was found dead at home from cirrhosis of the liver in 1989 at the age of 55.
Mark Blum – TV hit
In Crocodile Dundee, Mark Blum played Sue’s boyfriend Richard Mason, whose selfish ways and cruel tongue led to the couple breaking up.
After the film, he was embraced by Hollywood and starred in films such as Lovesick and Blind Date and in TV shows such as Frasier, The West Wing and Succession.
Mark died in 2020 at the age of 69 from complications related to the coronavirus.