The original movie is a landmark blockbuster but what are the Jurassic Park cast up to now? Jurassic Park is based on the bestselling novel by Michael Crichton (Westworld). The story revolves around a billionaire who creates a theme park filled with cloned dinosaurs, but he and a group of survivors are left stranded when the dinosaurs escape and start eating the guests.
Jurassic Park combined a great cast, smart writing, and groundbreaking CGI effects to become one of Steven Spielberg's best movies. The director originally considered using stop-motion effects to bring the dinosaurs to life but opted for CG instead, which soon became a movie staple. Jurassic Park kicked off a major franchise that runs to this day with Colin Trevorrow's Jurassic World 3 set for release in 2021.
Jurassic Park remains the best of the series, however, and keeps finding new fans. Here's what the Jurassic Park cast is up to now.
Sam Neill as Dr. Alan Grant
After William Hurt passed on the role, Sam Neill made Alan Grant his own and later returned to the part for Jurassic Park III. The veteran star has been keeping busy in recent years, including roles in Peter Rabbit, The Commuter and a cameo in Thor: Ragnarok.
Laura Dern as Dr. Ellie Sattler
Laura Dern played fan favorite Ellie Sattler in the film, Grant's partner who proves to be a resourceful survivor. Dern's recent work includes playing Vice Admiral Holdo in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Diane in TV series Twin Peaks: The Return and Renata Klein in Big Little Lies.
Jeff Goldblum as Dr. Ian Malcolm
Jeff Goldblum stole the show from the rest of the Jurassic Park cast as Ian Malcolm, the cool, quirky mathematician. Goldblum returned to the character for 1997's The Lost World: Jurassic Park and for a cameo in 2018's Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Goldblum also appeared in major roles in Thor: Ragnarok and Hotel Artemis.
Joseph Mazzello as Tim Murphy
Joseph Mazzello's Tim was the young grandson of John Hammond (played by the late, great Richard Attenborough) who is placed in danger when the dinosaurs escape. Mazzello was most recently seen playing John Deacon in biopic Bohemian Rhapsody and also starred in and directed baseball comedy Undrafted in 2016.
Ariana Richards as Lex Murphy
Ariana Richards' Lex is Tim's big sister and the siblings accompany Alan Grant to safety following the T-Rex escape. Ariana Richards and Joseph Mazzello briefly reprised Lex and Tim in The Lost World, but Richards' has since stepped away from acting, with her last credit being 2013 horror movie Battledogs. She now works as a professional artist.
BD Wong as Dr. Henry Wu
BD Wong plays Henry Wu in Jurassic Park, the chief genetic engineer at InGen. Wu is a relatively small part in the original, but the character would become more significant in both Jurassic World and Fallen Kingdom, where Wong reprised the part. The actor has also appeared in Bird Box and as Hugo Strange on TV series Gotham.
Martin Ferrero as Donald Gennaro
Martin Ferrero played Hammond's "blood-sucking" lawyer who meets a memorably awkward death. Ferrero appears to have retired from filmmaking, with his last role being 2001's The Tailor Of Panama, but he reprised Donald Gennaro for a 2011 CollegeHumor video and for a voice-over role in 2015 vide0 game Lego Jurassic World.
Wayne Knight as Dennis Nedry
Knight's Dennis Nedry deserves most of the blame for the mess at the park and meets a literally sticky end at the jaws of the Dilophosaurus. Outside of the Jurassic Park cast Knight is probably best known as Newman from Seinfeld, with recent work including miniseries The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair and movie drama Blindspotting.
Samuel L. Jackson as Ray Arnold
Samuel L. Jackson's Arnold was the memorably sardonic engineer of Jurassic Park. Jackson's career has really flourished in the years since, and in 2019 alone he has appeared in Glass, Captain Marvel, in addition to upcoming blockbusters Spider-Man: Far From Home and Shaft.
- Jurassic World 3 (2021) release date: Jun 11, 2021