What To Remember About The Jurassic Park Characters

February 24th, 2022What To Remember About The Jurassic Park Characters

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With the release of the highly-anticipated JURASSIC WORLD: DOMINION not all that far off, you are probably seeing trailers on the internet, on TV, and before all your favorite movies at AMC Theatres. And while there are some of us who have an annual tradition of watching Steven Spielberg’s 1993 summer blockbuster — and reading Michael Crichton’s landmark novel on which it is based — there’s a good chance some have forgotten a lot of the specifics concerning the JURASSIC PARK characters, what they did on Isla Nublar, and what they went through in subsequent films.

Below is a quick rundown of some of the major JURASSIC PARK characters who will be showing up in JURASSIC WORLD: DOMINION so that you can go into the movie with a refreshed memory.

Alan Grant Was A Respected Paleontologist

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Dr. Alan Grant, played by Sam Neill, was front and center in JURASSIC PARK, and a character who went through perhaps the biggest change by the time the survivors escaped Isla Nublar and the credits rolled. When we first met the passionate yet no-nonsense paleontologist, he was in the middle of one of his biggest discoveries yet: the fully-intact velociraptor fossil in the badlands of Montana. But then adventure came calling.

One of three experts summoned by Dr John Hammond, played by the late Richard Attenborough, Dr. Grant was called upon to offer his support for the park and sign off on what InGen had achieved there. With an understanding and love of dinosaurs unmatched by his peers, there was no better person to support Jurassic Park than the respected paleontologist.

Ellie Sattler Specialized In Paleobotany

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Dr. Ellie Sattler, portrayed by Laura Dern, was another expert brought to Isla Nublar for an early tour of the soon-to-open Jurassic Park, but instead of specializing in the dinosaurs, her expertise was paleobotany, essentially the study of fossilized plants. Though transfixed by the sight of the massive dinosaurs in the park, Sattler wasn’t one to let the wonder — or her emotions — get the best of her, as seen multiple times when pointing out InGen’s lack of understanding when it came to decisions, specifically the plant choices, made at the park.

On top of that, Sattler rose to the occasion multiple times throughout JURASSIC PARK in that she helped restore power — and outrun a pack of raptors — and was the voice of reason in John Hammond’s ear when the delusional park founder believed the issues at the park were only temporary.

Ian Malcolm Specialized In Chaos Theory

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If there was one person in JURASSIC PARK who was convinced the whole operation was doomed to fail, it was Dr. Ian Malcolm. The chaos-theorist played by Jeff Goldblum hated being right even though his assumptions and predictions came true most of the time.

A constant thorn in the side of John Hammond, Malcolm was a grating, egotistical, and self-righteous mathematician at the start of the tour, but after a near-death experience with a Tyrannosaurus Rex, his demeanor changed.

Ian Malcolm Went To Isla Sorna In The Lost World: Jurassic Park

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Several years after cheating death in JURASSIC PARK, Ian Malcolm, much more mature and less cocky, was summoned by John Hammond once more. But instead of seeking a glowing endorsement this time, Hammond asked that old thorn-in-his-side to travel to Isla Sorna, the “Site B” of Jurassic Park to document the animals to prevent the new powers that be at InGen from making the same mistake he made in the past.

With a small team, including his girlfriend Dr. Sarah Harding, played by Julianne Moore, Malcolm explored the island and discovered that not only was InGen creating a new park, they were planning to take the dinosaurs off the island and open a new park in San Diego. As was the case with its predecessor, THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK showed what can happen when man shows no respect for science or nature.

Alan Grant Was Tricked Into Landing On Isla Sorna In Jurassic Park III

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Dr. Alan Grant got to see Isla Sorna for himself in JURASSIC PARK III, but he was sent there under false pretenses. Following the events of the Jurassic Park disaster, Grant’s fascination with velociraptors became an obsession as he began to better understand their intellect and social awareness, even though no one really believed him. But then Grant got the chance of a lifetime: give a wealthy couple an aerial tour of Isla Sorna and receive a sizable donation to fund his research.

When it was far too late, Grant discovered that not only were the couple not as rich as they put on, but they planned on landing on the island to find their missing son who was last seen off the coast weeks earlier. Together, the family, their hired hands, Grant, and his assistant explored the mysterious island, where the respected paleontologist’s theories on the raptors were proven right, but he would have to make it off Isla Sorna before he could prove his case.

Ellie Sattler Called In Support For Alan Grant In Jurassic Park III

Some point after the events of JURASSIC PARK, Dr. Ellie Sattler and Dr. Alan Grant broke up and went their separate ways and the former became a children’s writer. Despite this, it is evident when the pair met again in JURASSIC PARK III that she still cared very deeply about Grant both personally and professionally.

And even though Sattler didn’t go with Grant to Isla Sorna later in the movie, she came through big when she used her husband’s connections at the United States State Department to call in support for Grant and the other survivors when things went south on the island.

Henry Wu Was The Lead Geneticist Behind Cloning Program

Dr. Henry Wu, played by B.D. Wong, was the lead InGen geneticist behind the cloning program that would give birth to Jurassic Park. Although he’s only in one scene in the JURASSIC PARK movie, Wu is a major player in Michael Crichton’s novel of the same name. An instrumental figure behind the scenes of Hammond’s ambitious plan, Wu didn’t have the same level of respect for his creations as some of the other scientists and specialists.

Wu would later return to the franchise in 2015’s JURASSIC WORLD, this time being portrayed as a man drunk on his own success, power, and ego, who has chosen not to learn from his past mistakes but instead create larger and more dangerous dinosaurs.



Each of these characters will return to where it all began when JURASSIC WORLD: DOMINION arrives in theaters.

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