Paul Hogan Autobiography: The Tap Dancing Knife Thrower
After years of refusing offers to tell his life story, Australia's favourite comic Paul Hogan will finally reveal all in a noholds barred autobiography.
Hogan said last night the book - called The Tap Dancing Knife Thrower - is a candid , humorous account of the Sydney Harbour Bridge rigger from working-class Granville who went on to become an international superstar.
Of his decision to put pen to paper, 80-year-old "Hoges" said "now that I've moved firmly into the fourth quarter, it's about time I shared the stories behind the headlines and movie posters" .
"Because, more often than not in my life, fact has been funnier, and certainly stranger, than fiction., " he said.
Working with publishers HarperCollins Australia, the father of six promises to tell the whole story from his successes
- including 1986's Crocodile Dundee, which earned him an Oscar nomination - to some of his troubles: a stoush over taxes with the ATO, his failed marriage to first wife Noelene, and the breakdown of his relationship with Dundee co-star and second wife Linda Kozlowski.
Indeed, Hogan's classic Crocodile Dundee, the movie he conceived, co-wrote and starred in, is credited with introducing Australia to the world. It made $508 million globally and spawned a lucrative sequel, which raked in $371 million worldwide.
Hogan also appeared in hugely successful tourism ads selling Australia to the world, making him a beloved figure in the US with the promise of another "shrimp on the barbie" .
But with all the success, the "one lucky bastard" often felt he didn't deserve it - despite the accolades and wealth, he always expected someone to grab him by the arm and say, ‘What are you doing here? You're just a bloody rigger.' "
Hogan has been on Australian TV screens for close to 50 years, since he first appeared on Channel 9's talent show New Faces as a "tap dancing knife thrower" in 1971.
But it was his own vehicle, The Paul Hogan Show and subsequent TV specials with business partner and best friend John Cornell (who played his sidekick, the surf lifesavingcapped Strop), that endeared him to Australians, making him one of our favourite personalities.
Post-Dundee , despite his claims he was "retired" , Hogan appeared in movies such as Lightning Jack, Almost An Angel and Charlie And Boots.
With his long-time collaborator Dean Murphy, Hogan has been working on a new movie, The Very Excellent Mr Dundee, which co-stars another Aussie legend, Olivia Newton-John , plus funnymen Chevy Chase and John Cleese.
The Tap Dancing Knife Thrower is due for release in November 2020.
This article by TIFFANY BAKKER is from the May 8, 2020 issue of The Herald Sun Digital Edition.
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