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Dr. Alan Grant is a fictional character and the primary protagonist of Michael Crichton's 1990 science fiction novel Jurassic Park. In both the novel and film adaptation, Alan Grant is said to be one of the world's foremost paleontologists, specializing in Hadrosaurs and other duck-billed dinosaurs, such as Maiasaura. The partial inspiration for Dr. Alan Grant is famous paleontologist Jack Horner. In the films, the character was portrayed by Sam Neill and he appears in the first and third films of the Jurassic Park franchise. His film persona has elements similar to adventure hero Indiana Jones, such as the fact that he is commonly shown wearing a hat.
In Jurassic Park, Dr. Grant is first approached by John Hammond, the eccentric billionaire and Jurassic Park creator, to take a tour of the park and endorse it so his investors would be more confident. Finding it hard to turn down a request from a major financial donor, Grant agrees, unaware that Hammond has managed to clone real dinosaurs. When the creatures escape, Grant becomes stranded in the park with Hammond's grandchildren. Throughout the novel, Alan and the two kids explore the park trying to find their way back to the rest of the group. In the film, much of this time is omitted, with only a few key events occurring on screen.
In The Lost World, he makes only one appearance, proposing a theory that the Tyrannosaurus couldn't function in rainy climates and writing off fellow paleontologist Richard Levine's questions about rumors surrounding InGen cloning dinosaurs as "absurd". However, in the film, he's neither seen nor mentioned.
In Jurassic Park III, in the years since Jurassic Park, Dr. Grant has continued his research on raptors and has proposed theories regarding Velociraptor intelligence. Grant reluctantly agrees to join a wealthy couple for an aerial tour of Isla Sorna, Jurassic Park 'Site B,' in exchange for funding for his dig site. Due to a plane crash, however, Grant and the others become stranded on the island. While navigating the island, much to his dismay, he realizes that his theories about Velociraptors were correct. He discovers that the raptors have advanced intelligence and communication abilities. He manages to escape the island via a rescue operation headed by Ellie Sattler.
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