The Untold Truth of Paul Hogan and His Wife – Linda Kozlowski, Is He Dead?

In our world today, many people find themselves in show business through many conventional means. Such means include being groomed from childhood in acting schools or taking up roles in stage productions and eventually finding their way to the big screen. Others who already know they have an innate ability to act take a bold step into acting despite having spent a considerable amount of time pursuing a different career. For Paul Hogan, none of these aptly describes how he rose to become an actor and a good one at that. The paragraphs below will lead you through his life as we unveil the events thereof.

Who is Paul Hogan?

Paul Hogan is an Australian actor who was born on the 8th day of October 1939 in Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, Australia. His full name is Paul Nolan Hogan and in the course of his life, he has come to be recognized as an Australian comedian, television presenter, and actor.

There are no concrete records of who Logan’s parents and siblings are, in addition, his childhood life has not been revealed, however, the earliest records we have about his pre-acting career has it that he moved to Granville in Western Sydney to work on the Sydney Harbour Bridge as a rigger and painter at a young age.

While in Sydney in 1971, on a certain day after work hours, Paul Hogan was relaxing with his workmates watching Nine Network’s amateur talent program ‘New Faces’. The judges on the show were often the center of attention as they criticized and ridiculed performers who came on the talent hunt show. Paul suggested to his friends that the judges deserved similar treatment. For this reason, he wrote to the show’s producers to give him a chance to perform on the show as a knife thrower. His request was granted and once on the show, Hogan made fun of the judges which turned out to be a thing of delight to viewers. The producers invited him for a second appearance to which he didn’t disappoint. New Faces steadily grew to become a popular show in Australia and even in South Africa where it also had a huge following.

In the course of time, Paul Hogan met Mike Willesee, an Australian television journalist and presenter who offered him a spot to regularly appear on his Nine’s news magazine program ‘A Current Affair’. Not long after, his comedic skills earned him his own show ‘The Paul Hogan Show’ in 1977 which was a huge success in the continent down under and around the world. Hogan then ventured into acting with credits in Crocodile Dundee (1986) which he wrote, Crocodile Dundee II (1988) which he also wrote and served as the executive producer, Flipper (1996), Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles (2001) also as producer and writer, Charlie & Boots (2009) and many others.

Paul as a Brand Spokesman

Hogan’s charisma and charm made him one of Australia’s most influential spokespersons. He was associated with several brands during the late 1980s-90s including Suburu Outback Automobiles which gifted him with their automobile for appearing in their commercials. Paul Hogan also served as a spokesman for Australian tourism and equally appeared in the shrimp on the Barbie tourism advert. Similarly, he made appearances in the commercials for other brands such as Winfield; a cigarette brand and a beer brand called Fosters.

His TV Show Appearances

The accomplished TV presenter has not only graced the movies with his acting and comedic skills but has appeared in numerous TV shows as himself. They include Parkinson in Australia, Nightlife, Cinema 3, Wigan, Champs-Elysées, Think Ya, Think Ya Kindly, Biker-Jens Down Under, Enough Rope with Andrew Denton, to mention a few.

He has further been a guest on the Today Show, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and others. Additionally, Paul Hogan co-hosted the 59th Annual Academy Awards in 1987 alongside Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn and then served as a presenter in the 46th Annual TV Week Logie Awards in 2004.

Paul Hogan’s Awards and Nominations

Paul Hogan has been a recipient of many awards and nominations mostly for his acting brilliance in the 1986 movie, Crocodile Dundee. His award wins include Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Longford Lyell Award from the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA), Logie Awards for Best Comedy Performer and Best TV Comedian and ShoWest Award for Male Star of the Year.

He was also nominated for the Oscar Award, BAFTA Film Award, Saturn Award, and DVDX Award. In addition, Hogan was bestowed with the Australian of the Year Award in 1986. And due to his service to tourism and entertainment in his home country, he was awarded Member of the Order of Australia in 1987.

How Much is He Worth?

Paul Hogan, the former Sydney Harbour Bridge rigger and painter who blossomed in television presenting and acting all thanks to his improvisational skills has a net worth reportedly at a whopping $28 million. He earned this from his career as an actor, comedian, television presenter, writer and producer.

Tax Controversy

In 2007, Paul Hogan was in the middle of a tax fraud investigation as he was alleged of using overseas companies to hide his income. Later in November 2010, the criminal investigation was dropped by the Australian Tax Office (ATO). But prior to that, the actor was handed a Departure Prohibition Order by the ATO as he allegedly owed undeclared income taxes of about AU$37.5 million.

After reaching an agreement with the Australian Tax officials through his attorney in August 2010, he was permitted to move back to the United States. Hogan finally settled the case with the commissioner of Taxation, Chris Jordan two years later and the terms of the settlement were to be kept secret. However, Jordan broke the confidentiality clause in the year 2017, when he revealed that the actor settled his ATO case with tens of millions of dollars of which Paul Hogan has spoken in denial.

Is Paul Hogan Still Married or Divorced?

He was first married in 1958 to Noelene Edwards, however, after 23 years of their togetherness, the couple signed the divorce papers in 1981 but soon got back in the same year. Sadly by 1986, a divorce ensued between them again which ultimately ended their marriage.

Then on the 5th of May 1990, Hogan exchanged vows for the second time with Linda Kozlowski, his Crocodile Dundee co-star with whom he shares one son.

In all, Hogan has six children: five from his first wife and one from Linda. His kids are Lauren (daughter) and sons; Bret, Todd, Scott, Chance (with Linda Kozlowski) and Clay.

Linda Kozlowski is a former American actress who was born on the 7th of January 1958 in Fairfield, Connecticut to parents: Helen E. and Stanley M. Kozlowski. She completed her basic education at Andrew Warde High School (1976) after which she enrolled and graduated from the Juilliard School’s drama division in 1981.

She had her first acting role in a 1981–1982 off-Broadway production called How It All Began while her big break came in Crocodile Dundee (1986) when she was cast alongside Paul Hogan. Their on-screen romance spilled into a relationship that led up to their marriage. Other film credits she has include Crocodile Dundee II, Pass the Ammo, Favorite Son (all in 1988), Almost an Angel (1990), Backstreet Justice (1994), Village of the Damned (1995) and her last being Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles in 2001.

Linda Kozlowski filed for divorce from Paul Hogan in October 2013 citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for opting out of the union. In the following year, the divorce was completed and she was settled with alimony of $6.25 million. She was allowed to stay in their Los Angeles home for four years or until she remarries – whichever comes first.

Linda Kozlowski (his ex-wife) has Remarried

In 2017, Paul Hogan’s ex-wife, Linda Kozlowski got married to Moulay Hafid Babaa, her Moroccan business partner. The pair reportedly dated for four years before becoming man and wife. Although she filed for divorce from Hogan, Linda has revealed that she is still in good terms with the actor as they talk on the phone all the time. She also cited how happy she is to be able to spread her wings independently with new business ventures with Moulay after being in the shadow of her ex-husband for long. Linda’s now-husband co-founded a company called Dream My Destiny with the former actress and there, he works as a tour guide.

Fact Check: Is Paul Hogan Dead?

Paul Hogan was a victim of an online death hoax, as ‘R.I.P. Paul Hogan Facebook page surfaced in January 2019. The page claimed that the actor died by 11 a.m. ET on Sunday (January 20, 2019) and at the same time his fans were asked to express their condolences by commenting and liking the page.

However, on Monday, January 21, 2019, the rumors were debunked by Hogan’s representative who stated categorically that the actor is still alive. As it stands, Paul Hogan is not dead and he is still very much alive.

In a recent , he had published on abc.net.au, Paul revealed that he still lives in Los Angeles because of his son Chance. He admitted that once Chance is ready for him to leave, he will return to Australia which has always been home for him.

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