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Name: Paul Hogan                                                                       
Born: 8 October 1939 New South Wales, Australia                                       
Paul Hogan (born October 8, 1939 in Lightning Ridge, New South Wales) is an           
Australian Golden Globe-winning actor and comedian.                                   
Hogan was a rigger working on the Sydney Harbour Bridge before he rose to fame         
in the early 1970s after a comical interview on A Current Affair. Hogan followed       
this with his own comedy sketch programme, The Paul Hogan Show, which he               
produced, co-wrote, and in which he played a panoply of characters with John           
Cornell. The series, which ran for 60 episodes between 1973 and 1984, was             
popular both in his native country and in the UK and Ireland, and showcased his       
trademark lighthearted but laddish "Aussie Ocker" humour. In 1985, Hogan was           
awarded Australian of the Year and was also inducted into the Order of Australia.     
During the early 1980s, Hogan filmed a series of television ads promoting the         
Australian tourism industry, which aired in the United States. In particular the       
advertisement featuring the phrase Shrimp on the barbie which aired from 1984,         
was particularly successful. Later in the decade, he appeared on British               
television in a long-running series of advertisements for Foster's Lager, in           
which he played an earthy Australian abroad in London. The character's most           
notable line (spoken incredulously at a ballet performance) "Strewth, mate,           
there's a bloke down there with no strides on!" followed Hogan for years, and         
the popularity of its "fish out of water" humour was repeated with his next           
Hogan's first film, Crocodile Dundee (1986), featuring a similarly down-to-earth       
hunter travelling from the Australian Outback to New York City, was privately         
funded by Hogan and a group of private investors including much of its cast,           
entrepreneur Kerry Packer, and cricketers Greg Chappell, Dennis Lillee, and Rod       
Crocodile Dundee became the most successful Australian film ever, and launched         
Hogan's international film career. It won him a Golden Globe Award for Best           
Actor in a Comedy, as well as an Academy Award nomination for Best Original           
Screenplay, and a BAFTA Award nomination. In 1986 Hogan also starred in a series       
of television tourism commercials aimed at the US market (see Shrimp on the           
barbie). Following the success of Crocodile Dundee, Paul went on to star in the       
sequel Crocodile Dundee II in 1988 and starred in a handful of other films such       
as Almost an Angel, Flipper and Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles.                       
In the early 2000's Hogan was a spokesman for Subaru, promoting their Outback