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 haul in close to $1 billion worldwide and setting the stage for a few sequels, with the fourth installment due to come out next June.
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 short-lived Fox drama ‘Alcatraz.’ The 67-year-old has kept busy since, working on a variety of film and TV projects.
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, who was once nominated for an Oscar for her work in 1992’s ‘Rambling Rose’ starred on the HBO series ‘Enlightened,’ which also featured mom Diane Ladd. Her rocky 12-year relationship with musician Ben Harper ended in 2013 when their divorce was finalized.
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 62-year-old popped up as Hiram Berry on ‘Glee’ and played a character called Chief Goldblum in ‘Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie.’ He’s also appeared in ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel” and had guest stints on ‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,’ ‘The League’ and ‘Portlandia.’
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: Attenborough passed away in 2014 at the age of 90.
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: Richards studied art in college and stopped acting to focus on her graphic art career. However, the 335-year-old has continued to dabble in acting, appearing in obscure projects, such as ‘Tremors 3,’ ‘Battledogs’ and ‘5-25-77.’
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 9-year-old had another high profile role in the Anthony Hopkins film ‘Shadowlands.’
Now: Mazzello has worked pretty consistently throughout his teens and 20s, with his most well-known recent role as Dustin Moskovitz in ‘The Social Network.’ He was also in ‘GI: Retaliation’ and had recurring roles on ‘Person of Interest’ and ‘Justified.’
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: The 67-year-old’s last film was 2001’s ‘Air Bud 3′ and his last credit was when he 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 59-year-old has worked consistently and stars on the TV Land sitcom ‘The Exes.’ He also starred 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: There may be no harder working man in show business. Jackson, 65, added to his record-breaking box office total with turns in ‘The Avengers,’ ‘Django Unchained’ and the ‘Captain America’ series, as well a string of other high-profile flicks in the works, including ‘Nick Fury’ and ‘Tarzan.’
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.’ He’s expected to appear in ‘Jurassic Park 4.’