Ian Malcolm (Film Universe)

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Ian Malcolm

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Occupation Mathematician
Title Dr.
Significant other Sarah Harding (Girlfriend)
Children Kelly Curtis
Nationality American
Status Alive
Production Notes
Created by Michael Crichton
Portrayed by Jeff Goldblum

Ian Malcolm is a Mathematician from Austin, Texas. He was contracted by InGen to do some preliminary analysis on their theme park, Jurassic Park before it opened. Later, following the Isla Nublar Incident, he along with Alan Grant and Ellie Sattler were brought to Isla Nublar to inspect the island in person. An act of Industrial Sabotage whilst he was present on the island let to the Jurassic Park Incident in which he was injured in a scuffle with a Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Over the next four years, Malcolm sought to out InGen for their failings at Jurassic Park, as well as the deaths of Jophery, Donald Gennaro, Ray Arnold and Robert Muldoon. Due to the Non Disclosure Agreement Malcolm had signed prior to visiting the island, his career and credibitly was effectively ruined in a series of lawsuits and media coverups. His tenure was also revoked amidst rumours of Malcolm selling his stories for profit.

In 1997, Malcolm was approached by John Hammond to be part of his expedition to Isla Sorna, Isla Nublar's sister island where the animals were bred and matured before being moved into the Park. Having lost control of InGen, Hammond proposed an expedition to document the animals in the wild, surviving without human intervention. It was his hope that this would rally a cause to protect the animals, not to showcase them. Malcolm was resistant to the idea, but was quickly swayed after learning that his girlfriend, Behavioural Paleontologist Sarah Harding was already on the island. Upon arriving at the island, the team discovered that Malcolm's daughter, Kelly Curtis had stowed away then quickly fell into a feud with the InGen Harvesters, InGen's team who had been sent to collect animals for a new theme park in San Diego. This led to the Isla Sorna Incident and the San Diego Incident following their escape from the island.


At sometime prior to the Isla Nublar Incident, Malcolm was contracted by InGen to provide theoretical mathematics on their new theme park, Jurassic Park. His results were overtly pessimistic and initially ignored by InGen who pushed forward with the project.

Later, following the death of Jophery in the park, Malcolm was again sought out by Donald Gennaro who was putting together a team to inspect the park. Unsatisfied with Gennaro's pick, the investors also demanded that InGen-backed Paleontologist Alan Grant be added to the roster as well.

The Jurassic Park Incident

The Isla Sorna Incident

The San Diego Incident


Sarah Harding

Kelly Curtis

John Hammond

Ellie Sattler

Production Notes

Jurassic Park

The Lost World: Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park III

Jurassic World

Though the character of Ian Malcolm does not appear in Jurassic World, a prop book, God Creates Dinosaurs is present in the film and features an edited promotional picture of Jeff Goldblum taken from The Lost World: Jurassic Park.

A cardboard cutout of Ian Malcolm from Jurassic Park was also kept in the Production Offices of the film.[1]

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

On April 25th, 2017, Variety confirmed that Jeff Goldblum would be returning as Ian Malcolm in the as-yet-untitled Jurassic World Sequel.[2] On May 10th, Executive Producer Colin Trevorrow tweeted a picture of Jeff Goldblum's Cast Chair on set.[3]

  1. https://twitter.com/colintrevorrow/status/430553881647386624
  2. http://variety.com/2017/film/news/jeff-goldblum-jurassic-world-sequel-1202395895/
  3. https://twitter.com/colintrevorrow/status/862210555884568580