See the Cast of ‘Jurassic Park’ Then and Now
‘Jurassic Park’ was certainly a dinosaur-sized hit when it came out in 1993.
The Steven Spielberg-directed thriller became the highest grossing film up to that time, going on to gross close to a billion dollars world-wide.
While the movie’s selling points were more its spectacular special effects and exciting plot, ‘Jurassic Park’ did feature a pretty strong cast. See what the stars of ‘Jurassic Park’ are up to these days below.
Sam Neill, Dr. Alan Grant
Then: Neill scored arguably his most famous role as Dr. Alan Grant, a paleontologist and the protagonist of ‘Jurassic Park.’ 1993 was a big year for the United Kingdom-born, New Zealand-raised actor, as he also stared in the critically-acclaimed hit ‘The Piano.’
Now: In 2012, Neill played supporting roles in ‘The Vow’ and the recently cancelled network drama ‘Alcatraz.’ 2013 will see a return to New Zealand for the 65-year-old, who will star in the six-part crime miniseries ‘Harry’ for the island nation’s TV3.
Laura Dern, Dr. Ellie Sattler
Then: Dern played Dr. Ellie Sattler, a graduate student who becomes Grant’s love interest. The daughter of actors Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd, Dern had been known for her starring roles in the David Lynch films ‘Blue Velvet’ and ‘Wild at Heart.’
Now: Dern stars on the HBO series ‘Enlightened,’ which also features mom Diane Ladd. Her rocky 12-year relationship with musician Ben Harper seems to have ended earlier this year, with Dern filing for divorce.
Jeff Goldblum, Dr. Ian Malcolm
Then: Goldblum provided ‘Jurassic Park’ with some comic relief as witty chaos theorist Dr. Ian Malcolm. The unusually tall actor got his start in the ’70s on shows such as ‘Columbo’ and ‘Starsky & Hutch’ and became a star in the mid-’80s thanks to movies like ‘The Big Chill’ and ‘The Fly.’
Now: The 60-year-old recently popped up as Hiram Berry on ‘Glee’ and played a character called Chief Goldblum in ‘Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie.’ He is set to appear in ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ from director Wes Anderson.
Richard Attenborough, John Hammond
Then: Sir Richard Attenborough brought gravity to the film as John Hammond, billionaire curator of ‘Jurassic Park.’ Although he is better known as a director, Attenborough had a few other memorable acting roles, including as Santa Claus in ‘Prancer.’
Now: The 89-year-old is the president of the Royal Academy of the Arts in England. His younger brother is famed naturalist David Attenborough.
Ariana Richards, Lex Murphy
Then: You may remember Ariana Richards as Lex Murphy, Hammond’s computer-savvy granddaughter who explores the park along with the scientists. Richards had her first big film role in 1989’s ‘Prancer,’ alongside her ‘Jurassic Park’ grandfather Richard Attenborough.
Now: Ariana studied art in college and stopped acting to focus on her graphic art career. However, the 33-year-old will be back on the big screen in 2013 as one of the stars of the thriller ‘Wards Island.’
Joseph Mazzello, Tim Murphy
Then: Mazzello played Tim Murphy, Lex’s little brother who was also along for the dangerous dinosaur ride. That same year the nine-year-old had another high profile role in the Anthony Hopkin’s film ‘Shadowlands.’
Now: Mazzello has worked pretty consistently throughout his teens and 20s, with his most high well-known recent role as Dustin Moskovitz in ‘The Social Network.’ He will also be a part of the cast of ‘GI: Retaliation.’
Martin Ferrero, Donald Gennaro
Then: Ferrero played lawyer Donald Gennaro, who meets a tragic end in ‘Jurassic Park.’
A longtime “that guy” actor, he was known for his roles in ‘Miami Vice’ and ‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles.’
Now: Although the 65-year-old’s last film was 2001’s ‘Air Bud 3,’ he recently reprised his doomed Gennaro character in a College Humor internet short.
Wayne Knight, Dennis Nedry
Then: Knight portrayed Dennis Nedry, a shady computer programmer who kicks off the dino rampage. During that time period, Knight was also making us laugh as Newman, ‘Seinfeld’s’ “fifth” cast member. He was also famous for perspiring during ‘Basic Instinct’s’ notorious interrogation scene.
Now: The 57-year-old stars on the TV Land sitcom ‘The Exes.’ In 2012 he also popped up in the romantic comedies ‘Excuse My For Living’ and ‘She Wants Me.’ He is also currently starring as Santa in the Broadway version of ‘Elf.’
Samuel L. Jackson, Ray Arnold
Then: You probably remember Samuel L. Jackson as Ray Arnold, the park’s chief engineer. ‘Jurassic Park’ is a big reason Jackson is the highest grossing actor of all-time, with his films totaling almost 10 billion in box office revenue.
Now: In 2012 Jackson added to his record-breaking box office total with turns in ‘The Avengers’ and ‘Django Unchained.’ With movies such as ‘Robocop,’ ‘Tarzan’ and ‘The Avengers 2′ on the horizon, Jackson may well one day be a 20 billion dollar man.
B.D. Wong, Dr. Henry Wu
Then: B.D. Wong played geneticist Dr. Henry Wu. He had previously been in movies such as ‘The Freshman’ and ‘Father of The Bride.’
Now: Wong has long played Dr. George Huang on ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.’ In 2012, he also portrayed Dr. John Lee on the network drama ‘Awake.’ Hmm, looks like somebody is getting typecast.