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Steven Spielberg changed the game in 1993 when he released the dinosaur epic Jurassic Park, which remains one of the most successful and popular movies Hollywood has ever seen. Among those featured in the movie were child nike sneakers actors Joseph Mazzello and Ariana Richards, who played the forever-traumatized grandchildren of Richard Attenborough. In the two decades since becoming famous for running from velociraptors, where are the Jurassic Park kids now? We dug up some pretty interesting facts to catch you up to (carbon) date.

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According to a 2011 interview with the Wall Street Journal, Ariana Richards sent Steven Spielberg a watercolor self-portrait of herself that was inspired by one of the scenes in Jurassic Park, which now hangs in Spielberg’s office. For his part, Spielberg is a pretty good gift-giver, too. “He never fails to send me something around Christmas,” Richards said. “When he finds people he likes, he’s really good at keeping in touch.” And here we thought we couldn’t love Spielberg more than we do already.

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Talk about friends in high places. In a 2013 interview with People, Mazzello revealed that Spielberg helped him get into the University ecco shoes of Southern California. “Steven wrote me a recommendation for USC to go to film school. Believe it or not, I got in,” he said, surprising exactly no one. “He’s been there for me throughout my life whenever I really needed him.” Mazzello graduated from USC with a degree in cinema and television.

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Though he didn’t show up at the premiere of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Mazzello has acted steadily since becoming famous as a Jurassic Park kid. His biggest post-Jurassic roles include The Social Network, in which he played the Harvard student who inspired Mark Zuckerberg to add relationship statuses to people’s Facebook profiles, and a stint in the HBO Emmy-winning miniseries, The Pacific. More recently, he played John Deacon, the bass guitarist of Queen, in the wildly popular biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. When filming wrapped in January 2018, he tweeted: “I’m sad. Every moment was a pleasure. Every day was a blessing. One of the all time great experiences of my life.” And all that hard work and passion definitely came through in the finished product.

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Although she was relatively young in Jurassic Park, Ariana Richards already had several credits to her name by the time she got her big break in the kickoff of the dino franchise. Richards had 16 acting credits prior to Jurassic Park, including a supporting role as Carol Wetherby in steve madden shoes the 1989 Christmas feel-good flick Prancer. (Also appearing in that film alongside stars Sam Elliott, Cloris Leachman, and Rebecca Harrell Tickell? Johnny Galecki, who would one day star on The Big Bang Theory.) Her other pre-Jurassic Park credits include appearances on The Golden Girls and Switched at Birth, as well as a role in 1990’s Spaced Invaders.

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Ariana Richards’ movie career pretty much ended with the Jurassic Park franchise. She last appeared in a feature film in the 1997 sequel, The Lost World. Subsequent acting gigs were on an incredibly smaller scale; TV movies like Broken Silence: A Moment of Truth Movie (1998) and Tremors 3: Back to Perfection (2001) are among the titles. No, we’ve never heard of them either. And she hasn’t even bothered with those types since 2013, when she played in the TV movie Battledogs.

Gabby Petito autopsy: Coroner says death caused by strangulation

The Wyoming medical examiner who performed the autopsy on Gabby Petito said Tuesday that the 22-year-old’s death was caused by strangulation.

Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue made the announcement during a virtual news conference.

“After a detailed investigation by our forensic pathologist, our anthropologist and local law enforcement, hey dude shoes with assistance from the FBI, the Teton County Coroner Office is filing the following verdict in the death of Gabrielle Venora Petito. We hereby find the cause and manner of death to be: the cause, death by strangulation, and manner is homicide,” he said.

Blue initially ruled Petito’s manner of death a homicide pending final autopsy results.

He said that law enforcement took DNA samples from Petito’s body and that she was not pregnant.

The time of death was estimated to be three to four weeks before Petito’s body was found, Blue said.

He added that under Wyoming state law, only cause and manner of death are released after an autopsy is conducted, and said that no other information about her death would be released.

A park ranger's vehicle sits at a road block near the entrance of Spread Creek Campground in Moran, Wyo., on Sept. 19. (Photo by Natalie Behring/Getty Images)
A park ranger’s vehicle sits at a roadblock near the entrance of Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area in Moran, Wyo., on Sept. 19. 

Petito’s body was discovered in the Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area of Bridger-Teton National Forest, near Grand Teton National Park, on Sept. 19 — eight days after her family reported her missing and nearly three weeks after her 23-year-old fiancé, Brian Laundrie, returned home from a cross-country road trip without her.

Laundrie was called a person hoka shoes of interest by police in North Port, Fla., where he and Petito lived with Laundrie’s parents before embarking on their trip. Laundrie’s parents reported him missing on Sept. 17, four days after they told police he told them he was going for a hike in a nearby nature reserve.

Authorities have been scouring the 24,565-acre Carlton Reserve for Laundrie ever since. There have also been unconfirmed sightings of Laundrie along the Appalachian Trail, in Canada and in Mexico. TV personalities, including Duane Chapman — known as Dog the Bounty Hunter — and longtime “America’s Most Wanted” host John Walsh, have joined in the search.

Petito’s family has issued public pleas for Laundrie’s parents to cooperate with authorities. Police say the Laundries initially did not share “any helpful details” in the search for Petito.

The FBI executed a search warrant at their home a day after the discovery of Petito’s body.

FBI agents take away evidence from the family home of Brian Laundrie in North Port, Fla., on Sept. 20. (Photo by Octavio Jones/Getty Images)
FBI agents take away evidence from the family home of Brian Laundrie in North Port, Fla., on Sept. 20.

On Sept. 22, a federal arrest warrant was issued for Laundrie for alleged unauthorized use of a Capital One debit card belonging to Petito.

“While this warrant allows law enforcement to arrest Mr. Laundrie, the FBI and our partners across the country continue to investigate the facts and circumstances of Ms. Petito’s homicide,” Michael Schneider, FBI special agent in charge, said in a statement announcing the warrant. “We urge individuals with knowledge of Mr. hey dude Laundrie’s role in this matter or his current whereabouts to contact the FBI.”

In a statement released after the coroner’s findings Tuesday, Steven Bertolino, the Laundrie family’s lawyer, said, “Gabby Petito’s death at such a young age is a tragedy.”

“While Brian Laundrie is currently charged with the unauthorized use of a debit card belonging to Gabby, Brian is only considered a person of interest in relation to Gabby Petito’s demise,” the statement read. “At this time Brian is still missing and when he is located we will address the fraud charge pending against him.”

The case has garnered widespread national media attention — as well as criticism of news outlets for not covering similar cases involving people of color. It has also drawn intense interest on social media, with online sleuths scouring the couple’s posts on Instagram for potential clues.

Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie. (via Facebook)
Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie. 

Petito and Laundrie had spent months visiting national parks in their converted 2012 Ford Transit van, documenting the trip on social media.

Petito’s family, who live on Long Island, said they lost contact with her in late August and reported her missing on Sept. 11 — 10 days after Laundrie returned home to Florida in the van without her.

As media coverage of her disappearance intensified, police in Moab, Utah, released body camera footage of officers pulling the young couple’s van over dr martens boots near Arches National Park on Aug. 12 following a report of a “domestic problem” between the pair outside a natural food store.

The footage showed Laundrie with scratches on his face and a visibly distraught Petito wiping away tears while telling one officer that the couple had been fighting and were struggling with “personal issues.”

Gabby Petito as seen on Aug. 12 this bodycam video provided by the Moab Police Department. (Moab Police via YouTube)
Gabby Petito as seen on Aug. 12 in bodycam video provided by the Moab Police Department.
This police camera video provided by the Moab Police Department shows Brian Laundrie talking to a police officer after police pulled over the van he was traveling in with Gabby Petito near the entrance to Arches National Park on Aug. 12. (The Moab Police Department via AP)
Police camera video shows Brian Laundrie talking to an officer after police pulled over the van he was traveling in with Gabby Petito near the entrance to Arches National Park on Aug. 12. 

“I’m sorry,” Petito told the officer. “We’ve just been fighting this morning. Some personal issues.”

After questioning the couple separately for more than an hour, officers concluded that Petito had been the aggressor in the incident, but neither Laundrie nor Petito wanted to press charges.

“I do not believe the situation escalated to the level of a domestic assault as much as that of a mental health crisis,” the officers concluded in their report.

They instead decided to separate the couple for the night. Laundrie was taken to a motel and Petito was allowed to stay in the van. The pair reunited soon after and continued on their trip.

But according to audio from a 911 call, a witness told police that he saw Laundrie slap Petito multiple times in the parking lot of the natural food store. The city of Moab has launched an independent investigation into the police department’s handling of the incident, and Moab Police Chief Bret Edge has taken a leave of absence pending results of the probe.

Tara and Joe Petito listen to a police news conference in North Port, Fla., about their missing daughter on Sept. 16. (Photo by Octavio Jones/Getty Images)
Tara and Joe Petito listen to a police news conference in North Port, Fla., about their missing daughter on Sept. 16.