Inspiring children to become paleontologists for the past three decades, Jurassic Park originally premiered in 1993. A mix of action, adventure and science fiction, this film is a very entertaining combination. The premise, now familiar to everyone, is that dinosaurs were recreated from DNA found in a fossilized mosquito that sucked blood from a dinosaur. Scientists used this DNA mixed with frog DNA to create dinosaurs including veggisauruses and meatasauruses. Problems first arise when a velociraptor kills someone in the opening scene. And from this opening scene, the audience knew they were in for a wild ride.
Jurassic Park directed by one of the most famous directors of all time, Steven Spielbergwith a larger than life score by one of the most famous composers, John Williams. When it was released, it was the biggest money maker Hollywood had ever seen. No wonder there have been five sequels (and counting) to the film including The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park III, Jurassic World, Jurassic World: Fallen KingdomAND Jurassic World Dominion. With a run of nearly five hundred days in theaters and a total gross of $912 million worldwide, Jurassic Park is one of the most successful and popular films ever made. It launched the careers of most of the actors on this list, some who would go on to become big names in the business and others who chose to focus on other endeavors. After careful consideration, we have decided to approve Jurassic Park as the best dinosaur movie ever. So let’s take a look at the actors who made this story the huge success it was and where they are today.
Sam Neill as Dr. Alan Grant
The main star of Jurassic Park is Sam Neill, who plays the character of Dr. Alan Grant. Grant is a paleontologist who is recruited by the creator of Jurassic Park to give his approval for the park. This part launched Neill’s career as a major player in Hollywood. He reprized his role as Dr. Grant in Jurassic Park III AND Jurassic World: Dominiontwo sequels to the film.
After the original Jurassic Park, Neill went on to act in hugely popular films and television shows over the past thirty years. Some of them include performances Peaky Blinders AND The Tudors and movies Thor: Ragnarok AND Thor: Love and Thunder. of Thor the films were directed by the popular director Taika Waititiwith whom Neill also worked on the film The Hunt for the Wilderpeople. Neill will next appear in films Scary girl AND Bring Him to Me AND Liane Moriarty series adaptation, Apples never fall.
Laura Dern as Dr. Ellie Sattler
Laura Dern appears as Dr. Ellie Sattler, a paleobotanist, who is a scientist who studies fossilized plants. Together with Dr. Grant, Dr. Sattler is promised funding for her archaeological dig if she visits Jurassic Park. Although the pair are resistant at first, once they arrive, they are amazed by the dinosaurs and ancient plants that come to life before their eyes. Dern returned as Dr. Sattler in progress Jurassic Park III AND Jurassic World: Dominion. It was a special moment when, after a 20-year break, Dr. Grant and Dr. Sattler reappeared on screen, adding a nice dose of nostalgia.
after Jurassic Park, Dern went on to carve out an amazing career for herself. She was even nominated for an Oscar for her role in the film Rambling Rose like the title character. Some of her most popular movies include The fault in our stars, Little WomenAND Star Wars: Episode VIII- The Last Jedi. She also appeared on television in series such as Big Little Lies, Twin PeaksAND Spiritually exalted. Dern’s most recent film credit was in the 2022 film The boyand she will appear next in the upcoming miniseries Palm Royale.
Jeff Goldblum as Dr. Ian Malcolm
Dr. Ian Malcolm is a mathematician specializing in chaos theory Jurassic Park. He is played by Jeff Goldblum, which brings some much-needed comedy to the film. Dr. Ian Malcolm has appeared in all of them Jurassic Park continuations except for Jurassic Park III. Goldblum was already known for his role in flybut playing dr. Ian Malcolm skyrocketed his career.
after Jurassic Parkworked in films such as independence Day, The Life Aquatic with Steve ZissouAND The Grand Budapest Hotel. He is also part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, having played the character of Grandmaster in Thor: Ragnarok. His popularity even earned him his own Disney+ show of the same name The World According to Jeff Goldblum. We’re looking forward to Goldblum’s many upcoming projects, including his portrayal of the wonderful Wizard of Oz in Wicked musical films and his role in Wes Anderson movie Asteroid City.
Richard Attenborough as John Hammond
The man who started the whole adventure is John Hammond. He is played by Richard Attenborough who manages to make the character likable despite his crazy idea leading to all the chaos. Attenborough was born in England but went on to wear many hats in Hollywood, including actor, producer and director. He turned as Hammond inside The Lost World: Jurassic Park.
Attenborough took part in notable films before and after jurassic park, including acting in The Great Escape, Doctor DoolittleAND Miracle on 34th Street. Movies A chorus line, Cry LiriAND Gandhi were directed by Attenborough. He also produced the last two films and won two Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Picture Gandhi. Attenborough was honored with multiple Golden Globe and British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) nominations and wins. Impressively, he also served as president of BAFTA and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). Unfortunately, Attenborough passed away in 2014 at the age of 90, leaving a lasting mark on cinema history.
Samuel L. Jackson as Ray Arnold
Ray Arnold is the chief engineer of the Jurassic Parkplayed by the superstar Samuel L. Jackson. Arnold was unfortunately killed (off-screen) by a pack of velociraptors. At the time of this portrayal, Jackson had not yet risen to the level of fame he enjoys today. What helped him rise to the top was his role in Quentin TarantinoS ‘ Pulp Fiction as Jules Winnfield, for which he was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
Throughout the years he has enjoyed continued success and is an A-list Hollywood actor. He went on to work with Tarantino on some of his biggest films including Django Unchained, The Hateful EightAND Kill Bill: Volume 2. He is part of some of the most popular franchises of all time, playing Nick Fury in numerous Marvel TV series and movies and playing Mace Windu in Star Wars prequel trilogy. Jackson received an Academy Honorary Award in 2022 for being “A cultural icon whose dynamic work has resonated across genres, generations and audiences around the world.” He has also received nominations and won numerous awards such as Golden Globes, BAFTA and NAACP Image Awards. In June 2023, Jackson will return to his role as Nick Fury in the Marvel Disney+ series Secret Invasion. His other upcoming projects include a live-action adaptation of Afro Samuraithe MCU movie Marvelsa voice role in the animated film Garfieldand film appearances The Killing Room, For Argy, DamagedAND Piano lesson.
Joseph Mazzello as Tim Murphy
Playing John Hammond’s dinosaur-obsessed grandson is Joseph Mazzello. When Jurassic Park premiere, Mazello was only nine years old. Imagine getting your big break as an actor before your tenth birthday! Working with directorial giant Steven Spielberg has been great for Murphy’s career. Mazzello reappeared as Tim in The Lost World: Jurassic Park.
He has continued to act over the past thirty years, appearing in a number of notable projects including the films Bohemian Rhapsody AND Social Network and television shows Justified, American Crime HistoryAND Pacificwhich was produced by Spielberg himself.
Ariana Richards as Alexis “Lex” Murphy
Tim’s older sister Lex Murphy was portrayed by Ariana Richards. Richards was thirteen when the film premiered. Lex is a “computer nerd” whose skills come in handy when things start to go wrong. Returning to her role as Lex in The Lost World: Jurassic Park was one of Richards’ last projects. Some other films she did after that were Angus, Vibrations 3: Return to PerfectionAND Fighting dogs. After that, she decided to move to Oregon and is focusing on life as a painter and artist. Richards told People that she was inspired to paint her first watercolor by her film work, saying, “I wanted to encapsulate the whole experience of Jurassic in my art. I painted an image of myself from the Jell-O scene.” It’s clear that despite her distance from Hollywood, she still holds her experience and her casts close to her heart. She was present at the premieres of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom AND Jurassic World: Dominion.
In addition to these actors, Jurassic Park also played Bob Peck as Robert Muldoon, Martin Ferrero as Donald Gennaro, BD Wong as Dr. Henry Wu (a character who takes a much larger role in Jurassic World movies), Wayne Knight as Dennis Nedry, Jerry Mill as Dr. Harding, Michael Sandoval as Juanito Rostagno, Cameron Thor as Dr. Lewis Dodgson, and many others.