NEW YORK – Joe Millionaire butler Paul Hogan is trying to parlay his reality-show fame into a new career.
And there seems to be no end to the possibilities that are open to him.
Hogan, the suave, debonair manservant whose (often dry) observations on Joe Millionaire landed him a cult following, is reportedly in talks for several deals encompassing TV, movie and even publishing projects.
"We've had multiple inquiries about books, inquiries about national commercials and additional work in TV and movies," said Hogan's L.A.-based agent, Mickey Freiberg.
"Paul is a very refreshing, superb man who spent 26 years in the Australian diplomatic corps -- he's bright, articulate and a good family man," Freiberg said.
Freiberg wouldn't comment on a report in Advertising Age magazine that Hogan is close to inking deals to star in two TV ads -- one for a car company, the other for tennis footwear - but he did say that the phone has been ringing off the hook since the Joe Millionaire finale pulled in 40 million viewers two weeks ago. A follow-up "reunion" special pulled in 20 million more viewers.
"He's been approached about writing all kinds of books -- everything from his life story to how to handle a domestic staff," Freiberg said of Hogan, a professional butler.
Hogan has already branched out from his Joe Millionaire roots, hosting last Sunday's live, "supersized" Anna Nicole Show second-season premiere on E!