Jurassic Park came out in 1993. It was based on the best selling novel of the same name by Michael Crichton, who was also responsible for writing the screenplay for the movie. The book and the movie were both about an island filled with dinosaurs, brought back from extinction with advanced genetic science (from the DNA of the bellies of mosquitoes caught and preserved in amber) and let loose for the delight of tourists. The movie is set during the first test run of the island with visitors. The first viewing of the island does not go well; the power goes out, letting several of the more dangerous dinosaurs out of their pens. The crew and their visitors are running for their lives, trying to escape the island they created while the dinosaurs attack and kill most of the people around them. This sci-fi thriller was about $63 million to make, but made almost $400 million!
Jurassic Park was a huge hit, mixing animatronics and camera angle trickery to create one of the most realistic (and frightening) dinosaur movies to date. The film in 1993 especially brought a sudden surge to the study of paleontology. The success of Jurassic Park was follow up by three sequels, The Lost World (1997), Jurassic Park III (2001), and the box office hit Jurassic World in 2015. The success of the fourth installment only last year proves that our obsession with dinosaurs never quite went away. Our obsession with Jurassic Park has also remained intact, making everyone wonder: where are the stars of the 1993 classic now?
10. Sam Neill – Dr. Alan Grant
Sam Neill started his film career back in the 1970s, and has been in all manner of movies since then. Neill, who was born in Ireland, moved to Australia around 1979 and built his career from there. The long time star keeps residences in Beverly Hills, Sydney, and New Zealand. Neill played Dr. Alan Grant in Jurassic Park. That movie is the only movie he has ever been in that he has gone to a premiere for. Neill has several movies coming out in the next few years, including a drama called Tommy’s Honour. But the star spends most of his days on his vineyard with his long-time wife. And who can blame him? What a life!
9. Laura Dern – Dr. Ellie Sattler
After Jurassic Park, Laura Dern, who played Dr. Ellie Sattler, was in a host of single episodes of TV Shows, made-for-TV movies, and even had a few roles on the big screen. Dern got a regular role on Enlightened in 2011, where she starred as a self-destructive woman who has an epiphany and tries to turn her life around. She also lent her voice to F is for Family. Look for Laura in the upcoming TV series Big Little Lies and the greatly anticipated 2017 Star Wars: Episode 8, where it is rumored that the veteran actress might be one of the rebel leaders that help out Leia.
8. Jeff Goldblum – Dr. Ian Malcolm
Jeff Goldblum is iconic in his role as Dr. Ian Malcolm. But his career doesn’t stop there; Jeff has made tons of shows and movies, including a brilliant role on Law & Order: Criminal Intent as Detective Zach Nichols, being a regular on the hilarious Portlandia, and even lending his voice to a video game or two. The actor will be reprising his role as David Levinson in the upcoming sequel Independence Day: Resurgence. He’s also been seen lately in a bunch of hysterical 2016 commercials for Apartments.com. Also, look for Goldblum to appear as a guest star in the next season of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
7. Wayne Knight – Dennis Nedry
Funny guy Wayne Knight is famous for his role in Jurassic Park, Seinfeld, and Space Jam, but he’s been in a ton of movies and TV shows! He had a recent role in the TV comedy The Exes. He’s lent his voice to the Kung Fu Panda movies, including the third chapter set to come out in 2016. It seems there’s little going on in Hollywood that Knight hasn’t been a small part of or lent his voice to. A very prolific funny guy, he’s still wearing the same pair of iconic spectacles he’s worn since his days on Seinfeld.
6. Gerald R. Molen – Gerry Harding
Jerry Molen is more of a producer than an actor. He is known well for his role in Jurassic Park; he also had acting roles in Days of Thunder, Rain Man, and Catch Me if You Can. However, his list of production roles is also astounding. Before helping to produce and acting in Jurassic Park, he produced for Hook as well. Since he finished playing with dinosaurs in the park, Molen has produced Schindler’s List, Minority Report, Little Rascals, and Twister. Molen has even made a few political documentaries in recent years. He was also involved with The Lost World, the second installment of the Jurassic Park series.
5. Martin Ferrero – Donald Gennaro
Martin Ferrero played Donald in the 1993 classic Jurassic Park. The American actor was born in 1947 in New York and was known for his role in Miami Vice before hitting the big screen with the dinosaurs. Since then, the actor has appeared in the biographical Gods and Monsters, kids’ movie Air Bud III, the crime drama Heat, and Get Shorty. However, Ferrero hasn’t been in a movie since 2001. He did a College Humor short in 2011 and has lent his voice to a Jurassic Park Lego video game in 2015. However, the actor did have a long and successful career that started in the 1970s.
4. Joseph Mazzello – Tim Murphy
Tim Murphy is all grown up! Former child star Joseph Mazzello is still an actor, but is now also writing and direction pictures. He was in the TV miniseries The Pacific. He also appeared in G.I. Joe: Retaliation and The Social Network. The actor will be trying his hand at producing, writing, and starring in his own movie in 2016, called Undrafted. The movie is about an intramural team of baseball-laying misfits. The actor is hoping to switch gears in his career, trying his hand at writing and producing more films in the next years. Good luck to him!
3. Ariana Richards – Lex Murphy
Ariana Richards played the young, pretty Lex Murphy in Jurassic Park. Before that, she also appeared in Tremors and even an episode of the Golden Girls. After a few movies, Arianna threw in the towel, giving up acting almost entirely. Since 1993, she’s only appeared in a handful of things, and most are TV movies. Ariana is now an artist who travels between all three of her homes around the world with her husband and new baby. She studied art in college, and continues to create. She has a pet horse that she loves to ride and also is a sponsor for the Starlight Foundation charity.
2. Samuel L. Jackson – Ray Arnold
Samuel L. Jackson doesn’t really need an introduction. The Snakes on a Plane, Star Wars, and Pulp Fiction actor has won or been nominated for about 100 awards over his long and very successful career. The star is looking forward to eight or so new movies in 2016 and 2017, including the action comedy called The Hitman’s Bodyguard. He is also planning to reprise his role as Nick Fury for future SHEILD projects. Jackson has had quite the career and shows no signs of slowing down. The actor is also an avid golfer and is a big Atlanta Falcons fan.
1. BD Wong – Henry W
BD Wong is well known for his role as Henry in Jurassic Park; he is the only original character from the first 1993 movie to show up in Jurassic World in 2015. Since 1993, he’s played the Dr. George Huang in Law and Order: SVU, appeared in Gotham, and lent his voice to the Disney hit Mulan. The actor has even lent his voice to the hit video game franchise Kingdom Hearts, reprising his role as Shang from Mulan. The actor, who plays a lot of medical and science-smart characters, has had to develop a whole “muscle” in his brain that could memorize all of the strange jargon he was supposed to be able to say with confidence as his character. Despite that, Wong admitted in a recent interview that all those big science words still call for ruining “tons of film,” so the take will be just perfect.