WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS OF BOTH JURASSIC PARK AND JURASSIC WORLD. IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THEM YET (WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?), TURN AWAY NOW.
It's hard to believe that Jurassic Park is over 23 years old. It's true; although the film holds up so well today that you could be forgiven for not believing it is over two-decades old. It also spawned two successful direct sequels and the record-smashing reboot-sequel Jurassic World. If you're a huge fan and would like to revisit the classic that spawned it all, well then here's some good news: Netflix has just added Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III to their collection. So time to get stuck into those classics!
First off, allow me to take this moment to spare a special thought for Sir Richard Attenborough and Bob Peck who are no longer with us. Their contributions will never be forgotten. RIP.
To mark this momentous occasion for Netflix, let's take a look back at the rest of the beloved cast of Jurassic Park to see what they're up to these days.
Sam Neill (Dr. Alan Grant)
Sam Neill is perhaps best known for his role as the stern but kind-hearted Dr. Alan Grant in Jurassic Park. We all loved Dr. Grant and particularly his love-hate relationship with kids. Neill — a veteran Hollywood legend — has built up a stunning résumé over the years, starring in The Jungle Book, Wimbledon, The Hunter, The Vow, Escape Plan and in 2001 he reprised his beloved role in Jurassic Park III.
He has also made a major impact on the small screen, starring in Merlin, Doctor Zhivago, The Tudors, the short-lived but incredible Alcatraz and the critically-acclaimed Peaky Blinders. He recently starred in BBC's 2015 adaptation of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None and the critically acclaimed 2016 film Hunt for the Wilderpeople. Sam Neill is, without a doubt, one of the all-time greats. Hopefully we'll see him return as Dr. Alan Grant in a future Jurassic World sequel — that would be amazing!
Laura Dern (Dr. Ellie Sattler)
A veteran of film, Laura Dern played the clever and beautiful Dr. Ellie Sattler. When she wasn't convincing Dr. Grant how awesome kids were or checking on the sick Triceratops, she was busy running from a Velociraptor (with a flashlight tied to her leg). Dern's character became an action hero over the course of the film, much like Jurassic World's Claire.
Dern has built up a long and prosperous career for herself in film and TV. Since Jurassic Park, she has starred in A Perfect World, October Sky, I Am Sam, Daddy and Them, The Fault In Our Stars and Wild. She also reprised her role of the newly-married Ellie Degler in Jurassic Park III (why not Ellie Grant? Huh JP3?). She has received three Golden Globe Awards and been nominated for two Oscars. You can see her next on the big screen in 2017's Star Wars: Episode VIII and on TV in 2017's revival of Twin Peaks. Ms. Dern has been keeping busy!
Jeff Goldblum (Dr. Ian Malcolm)
Quirky and inadvertently hilarious, Jeff Goldblum's character, Dr. Ian Malcolm was adored by fans. In fact, he was so popular that he starred in the leading role in the 1997 sequel The Lost World: Jurassic Park. Goldblum is an icon of cinema, known also for his role in the horror film The Fly, and has appeared on our screens non-stop since 1993, appearing in Hideaway, Powder, Independence Day, Cats & Dogs and The Grand Budapest Hotel.
In his more recent years he has turned to television, including a guest stint on Glee. He will return to the big screen this month when he reprises one of his most famous roles in Independence Day: Resurgence.
Ariana Richards (Lex Murphy)
We may have been screaming "Turn the light off!" at Lex Murphy in Jurassic Park but Ariana Richards certainly took the film's platform and used it wisely. Post-Jurassic Park, she made a name for herself as a child actress, starring in Angus and Born Free. She also reprised her most famous roles, playing Lex in a cameo appearance in 1997's The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Mindy Sterngood in 2001's Tremors 3.
She has since moved away from acting and carved out an incredibly successful career as an artist, winning first place in the National Professional Oil Painting Competition for the painting Lady of the Dahlias. Richards returned to acting in 2013's Battledogs and has alluded to another future comeback — so don't be surprised if she appears on our screens again soon.
In the mean time, I'd definitely recommend checking out her incredible artwork!
Joseph Mazzello (Tim Murphy)
A young Tim Murphy may have been busy getting trapped in a car (in a tree), but following Jurassic Park, Joseph Mazzello has carved out quite the impressive career for himself acting, directing and screenwriting. Though you might not recognize him nowadays as Tim, you just might recognize him as Dustin Moksovitz from 2010's The Social Network or as Eugene Sledge from The Pacific. He also starred in Shadowlands, The Cure, Three Wishes, Star Kid, and appeared in The Sensation of Sight and Raising Helen.
He returned to the role of Tim in a cameo in 1997's The Lost World: Jurassic Park. He will make his directorial debut this year, as Undrafted (which he directed, wrote and starred in) will be released on July 15, 2016! Go see it!
Samuel L. Jackson (John/Ray Arnold)
A cinematic icon, Samuel L. Jackson is widely considered as one of the all-time greats. He is ranked as the second highest all-time box office star with over $4 billion total box office gross. That speaks volumes! Since 1993, he has dominated the film world, starring in Pulp Fiction, Deep Blue Sea, A Time To Kill, Django Unchained.
He is well-renowned for his roles as Mace Windu in the Star Wars franchise and as Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. You can see him next in The Legend of Tarzan and Kong: Skull Island. His filmography and achievements say more than words ever could. The man is a legend.
B.D. Wong (Dr. Henry Wu)
The only Jurassic Park cast member to appear in 2015's Jurassic World, B.D. Wong is perhaps best known for his role as Dr. Wu. After Jurassic Park, Wong appeared in many films and TV series, including: Father of The Bride Part II, Seven Years in Tibet, Slappy and the Stinkers, Oz, Awake, The Normal Heart, Mr. Robot and of course, Jurassic World.
He currently stars as Professor Hugo Strange in Gotham. Wong also won a Tony Award for his performance in M. Butterfly. Mr. Wong may have played a rather minor role in Jurassic Park but it was seriously expanded upon in Jurassic World. I think we should definitely expect to see him in Jurassic World 2!
Wayne Knight (Dennis Nedry)
"Ah Ah Ah, you didn't say the magic word!" How many times have you used that line huh? It can't be as much as Jurassic Park's Dennis Nedry's annoying GIF that immortalized him in infamy. Outside of Jurassic Park, Wayne Knight is still going strong, having appeared in countless film and TV roles, including: Seinfeld, Space Jam, 3rd Rock From the Sun and Hot In Cleveland. One of the best comedic actors of our generation, expect to see him pop up a whole lot more!
While Rexy technically isn't a cast member, she's more than special enough to be featured. After all, she's perhaps the most beloved Jurassic Park character of all. Audiences in 1993 were amazed by the spectacle that unfolded onscreen before them as the Tyrannosaurus Rex stepped out of its cage for the first time. That moment has been etched into our hearts and minds for over two decades. However, the two sequels were set on another island (Isla Sorna), thus the films featured three different T-Rexes — asserting the dinosaur's dominance in the franchise.
However, many fans wondered: What about Rexy? Fast forward 22 years from 1993 and we were once again taken to Isla Nublar. Despite focusing on the Indominous Rex, the final act of the film reminded us why we fell in love with the franchise in the first place, as Rexy re-emerged to take back her throne as the Queen of Jurassic World. I must admit, seeing the beloved T-Rex roaring over her kingdom as the sun rose, it made me tear up. What a moment!
So there you have it, the cast of Jurassic Park have all gone on to have really successful careers. Though some of them returned to the franchise and others did not, their characters will live on in immortality as their own careers continue to flourish! Hopefully some day, we'll see some of them return to the franchise!
Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III are all streaming on Netflix. Go watch them NOW!