Paul Hogan

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Paul Hogan
Born (1939-10-08) 8 October 1939 (age 74)
Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation Actor/Comedian
Years active 1971–present
Spouse(s) Noelene Edwards (1958–1981, 1982-1990)
Linda Kozlowski (1990–present)
(Kozlowski filed for divorce)[1]

Paul Hogan, AM (born 8 October 1939) is an Australian comedian and actor best known for his role as Michael "Crocodile" Dundee in "Crocodile" Dundee (1986), for which he was nominated for a Academy Award for writing the film and won a Golden Globe award for his performance, and subsequent films featuring the character.

Early life[edit]

Hogan was born in Lightning Ridge, New South Wales. He grew up in the Sydney suburb of Granville and attended Parramatta Marist High School. Hogan went on to work as a rigger working on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.[2][3][4]

Career[edit]

Hogan rose to prominence in Australia during the early 1970s after an interview on A Current Affair. Hogan followed this with his own comedy sketch program The Paul Hogan Show, which he produced, wrote, and in which he played characters with John Cornell. The series, which ran for 60 episodes between 1973 and 1984, was popular in his native country, and South Africa, and showcased his trademark lighthearted but laddish ocker humour. The early series was on Channel Seven and by 1975, it was screened on Channel Nine where it remained until 1984.

In the 1970s, he advertised Winfield cigarettes in television, print and billboard advertisements in which he wore a formal dinner suit. These ads always ended with the catchphrase "Anyhow, have a Winfield". During the early 1980s, Hogan filmed a series of television ads promoting the Australian tourism industry, which aired in the United States. An advertisement featuring the phrase "shrimp on the barbie" which aired from 1984, was particularly successful.[5]

In 1985, Hogan starred as an Australian World War 1 'digger' named Pat Cleary in the critically acclaimed mini-series Anzacs which aired on the Nine Network. Cleary was described as the quintessential Aussie larrikin and series writer John Dixon wrote the part of Cleary with Hogan in mind. The series included a "who's who" of Australian television and film actors of the day including Jon Blake, Andrew Clarke, Megan Williams, Tony Bonner, Bill Kerr, Ilona Rodgers, Vivean Gray and Robert Coleby.

Throughout the decade, he 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?', to which Hogan replies (with a puzzled look on his face): "Drink it warm, mate."

Hogan's breakout role was that of Mick "Crocodile" Dundee in the 1986 film "Crocodile" Dundee. He followed that role in 1988 with "Crocodile" Dundee II. The character made him popular in the United States, with phrases like, "That's not a knife, This is 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, commenting:

The movie scene is screaming out for the movie hero who doesn't kill 75 people... less of those commandos, terminators, ex-terminators and squashers. Mick's a good role model. There's no malice in the fellow and he's human. He's not a wimp or a sissy just because he doesn't kill people.[6]

In the early 1990s a Paramount executive pitched a concept of a Crocodile Dundee/Beverly Hills Cop cross over movie.[7]

Paul Hogan refused the starring role in the hit film Ghost, choosing instead to make Almost an Angel (1990). [8]

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, he was featured in advertisements for the Subaru Outback.

In 2001 Hogan returned to the role that made him famous with Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles.

Honours[edit]

In 1985, Hogan was named Australian of the Year[9][10]

In 1986 he received the award Member of the Order of Australia (AM) "For service to tourism and entertainment".[11]

Personal life[edit]

Hogan and his first wife, Noelene Edwards, married in 1958. They separated and divorced in 1981 and remarried less than one year later. A second divorce, initiated in 1986, was considered one of Australia's ugliest in celebrity circles.[12] Hogan married his "Crocodile" Dundee co-star Linda Kozlowski in 1990. He has five children with his first wife and one with his second wife. In October 2013, Kozlowski filed for divorce from Hogan, citing irreconcilable differences. He is an Australian Republican.[13]

Tax problems[edit]

Hogan has been named as one of a group in connection to a A$300 million Australian tax fraud investigation called Operation Wickenby, investigating 23 companies for allegedly using overseas companies to hide income.[14] In July 2008, Hogan commented to Network Ten that he had "paid plenty of tax" in Australia and that he had nothing to fear from the Australian Taxation Office investigation.[15]

In October 2008, Hogan scored a major victory in his tax fight with the Australian Crime Commission, who were forced to pay up to an estimated A$5 million for legal bills dating back to 2006 and were required to return seized personal financial documents that they had admitted were irrelevant.[16] Hogan has not been charged in connection with the investigation, which began in 2003.[16]

On 18 June 2010 in the Australian High Court, Hogan lost a long-running legal battle to keep the contents of his tax documents secret, paving the way for details of his offshore accounts to be published. Earlier the same year, Australian media reported that the Australian Crime Commission was in the final stages of preparing to lay criminal charges of tax evasion against him, film producer John Cornell and their accountant Anthony Stewart, whom it suspects of channeling millions of dollars from the proceeds of the film "Crocodile" Dundee and other films into offshore tax havens. The release of the documents is expected to help finalize their case.[17]

On 20 August 2010, Hogan flew to Sydney for his mother's funeral. Upon arrival he was issued a Departure Prohibition Order by the Australian Taxation Office, which prevented him leaving the country until his alleged tax debt was paid or settled. The nation's tax office claims he owes taxes on A$37.5 million of undeclared income.[18] On 3 September, Hogan was granted permission to return to the US through an agreement between his lawyers and Australian tax officials, though the terms of the agreement have not been disclosed. Hogan continues to deny any wrongdoing in the case.[19]

In November 2010, the Australian Tax Office dropped its criminal investigation of him and his business manager for tax evasion.[20]

In January 2011, it was announced that Hogan is suing the Australian government, his lawyer stating that Hogan's "earning potential and reputation has been decimated."[21] Hogan has since likened the Australian Tax Office to the Taliban[22] and referred to staff as 'a-holes'.[23]

In May 2012, it was announced that following mediation before ex-High Court Judge the entities settled with the Commissioner of Taxation in an agreement "without admission". The parties have agreed that the terms of the settlement are to be confidential, but as part of the settlement, the Departure Prohibition Order has been revoked by the Commissioner.[24][25][26] As of April 2013, Hogan's financial advisor Stewart remained in a dispute with the Australian Tax Office.[27]

Hogan then reappeared in the media in April 2013 due to an AU$32.3 million issue with a Swiss bank run by the Geneva firm Strachans. Following the placement of the monetary sum in an offshore account for the purpose of tax avoidance, Hogan is unable to access the funds as of April 2013 and a United States court action that sought AU$80 million in damages proved unsuccessful for Hogan.[28] Hogan publicly stated that he believes that Philip Egglishaw, the principal of Strachans and a former tax advisor to Hogan, has absconded with the money and Hogan's American legal representative Schuyler "Sky" Moore filed corresponding documents in a Californian Court based on this claim.[27] On 18 April 2013, it was reported that Egglishaw denied the allegations of his former client.[29]

Filmography[edit]

Acting[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1973 - 1984 The Paul Hogan Show Playing Different Characters TV Series
1980 Fatty Finn Third Delivery Man
1985 Anzacs Lance Corporal Pat Cleary Mini-series, also known as Anzacs: The War Down Under
1986 "Crocodile" Dundee Michael J. 'Crocodile' Dundee Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
1988 "Crocodile" Dundee II Michael J. 'Crocodile' Dundee
1990 Almost an Angel Terry Dean/Bonzo Burger Man
1994 Lightning Jack Lightning Jack Kane
1996 Flipper Porter
1998 Floating Away Shane
2001 Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles Michael J. 'Crocodile' Dundee
2004 Strange Bedfellows Vince Hopgood
2009 Charlie & Boots Charlie

Writing[edit]

Year Title Notes
1973 The Paul Hogan Show TV Series
1975 Hogan In London (TV)
1986 "Crocodile" Dundee Screenplay and story
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Writing
1988 "Crocodile" Dundee II
1990 Almost an Angel
1994 Lightning Jack
2001 Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles "Character by" credit
Nominated – Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Remake or Sequel

Producing[edit]

Year Title Notes
1988 "Crocodile" Dundee II Executive producer
1990 Almost an Angel Executive producer
1994 Lightning Jack Producer
2001 Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles Producer

Himself[edit]

Year Title Notes
1971 A Current Affair TV Series
1973 The Paul Hogan Show TV Series
1975 Hogan In London TV
1984 Olympic Gala TV
1987 59th Academy Awards Co-host
1991 Thank Ya, Thank Ya Kindly TV
2013 Adam Hills Tonight Guest

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oldenburg, Ann (18 October 2013). "'Croc Dundee' stars Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski split". USA Today. 
  2. ^ http://australia.gov.au/about-australia/australian-story/sydney-harbour-bridge
  3. ^ http://www.sydneyharbourbridge.info/
  4. ^ http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/blogs/ag-blog/2010/10/painting-the-sydney-harbour-bridge/
  5. ^ Baker, Bill; Peggy Bendel. "Come and Say G’Day!". Travel Marketing Decisions (The Association of Travel Marketing Executives) (Summer 2005). Retrieved 21 December 2007. 
  6. ^ TV Week magazine, 4 June 1988, page 11. "Box office war" by Ivor Davies.
  7. ^ <http://splitsider.com/2012/11/a-crocodile-dundee-crossover-and-two-other-rejected-ideas-for-beverly-hills-cop-iii/>
  8. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099653/trivia
  9. ^ Lewis, Wendy (2010). Australians of the Year. Pier 9 Press. ISBN 978-1-74196-809-5. 
  10. ^ Australian of the Year website | Retrieved 25 March 2013
  11. ^ Australian Honours List 1986 | Retrieved 25 March 2013
  12. ^ "Paul Hogan and Noelene marry Chance off". The Sunday Mail (Qld). 16 December 2007. [dead link]
  13. ^ "Dundee and son: on the comeback trail". 27 August 2000. 
  14. ^ Susannah Moran (13 February 2007). "Paul Hogan linked to $300m tax fraud case". The Australian. 
  15. ^ "Paul Hogan taunts taxman; Come and get me you bastards". The Daily Telegraph (Australia). 4 July 2008. 
  16. ^ a b Janet Fife-Yeomans and Vicky Roach (29 October 2008). "Defiant Paul Hogan humbles tax case clowns". The Daily Telegraph (Australia). 
  17. ^ Malkin, Bonnie (16 June 2010). "Crocodile Dundee Paul Hogan's off-shore tax accounts to be published". The Daily Telegraph (London). 
  18. ^ "Crocodile Dundee star Paul Hogan banned from leaving Australia by taxman over unpaid bill on £21.4m of undeclared income". Daily Mail (UK). 25 August 2010. 
  19. ^ "'Crocodile Dundee' to return to US amid tax fray". MSNBC (US). 3 September 2010. 
  20. ^ "Crocodile Dundee's Paul Hogan gets early Christmas present". Reuters (Sidney,AU). 24 Nov 2010. 
  21. ^ "Crocodile Dundee star to sue Australian government". Uk.movies.yahoo.com. 6 January 2011. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  22. ^ Black, Simon (9 March 2011). "Paul Hogan likens the ATO to the Taliban". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  23. ^ "Hogan lashes out at tax office 'A-holes'". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 17 August 2011. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  24. ^ Paul Hogan Settles Tax Dispute, Sydney Morning Herald
  25. ^ Crocodile Tears for Paul Hogan Tax Travails, Forbes
  26. ^ Actor Paul Hogan's Australia tax battle over, BBC
  27. ^ a b Kate McClymont; Francois Pilet (15 April 2013). "Hogan chases his financial adviser and stolen millions". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  28. ^ Susannah Moran (15 April 2013). "Paul Hogan's battle with Swiss firm for 'stolen' $32m". The Australian. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  29. ^ Susannah Moran (18 April 2013). "Philip Egglishaw denies Paul Hogan theft". The Australian. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 

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