1985 Australian of the Year Award Winning Actor
DOB: 1 / Jan / 1939
From: New South Wales
Paul Hogan was working on the Sydney Harbour Bridge before rising to fame in the early 1970s with his own comedy sketch programme, The Paul Hogan Show, which he produced, co-wrote, and in which he played a panoply of characters. The series, which ran for 60 episodes between 1973 and 1984, was popular both in his native country and around the world. In 1985, Hogan was awarded Australian of the Year and was also inducted into the Order of Australia. Hogan's first film, Crocodile Dundee (1986), featured a similarly down-to-earth hunter travelling from the Australian Outback to New York City. The film became the most successful Australian film ever and launched Hogan's international film career. It won him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Comedy, as well as an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay, and a BAFTA Award nomination. Following the success of Crocodile Dundee Hogan starred in the sequel in 1988 and these two films have taken over half a billion dollars at the worldwide Box Office. Most recently Hogan starred in the highest grossing Australian film of 2004, Strange Bedfellows and the 2009 Australian film with Shane Jacobson Charlie & Boots directed by Dean Murphy.