David Gulpilil (1953–2021)


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David Gulpilil is a legendary Yolngu actor, a First Nations person of Northern Australia, born around 1953. The local missionaries gave him his birthdate of July 1, 1953, just as they gave him his Christian name David, although he admits he liked that name from the start. His last name, Gulpilil, was a totem, the kingfisher. He'd never seen a ... See full bio »

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Known For

(2002)
Crocodile Dundee Neville Bell
(1986)
Australia King George
(2008)
Walkabout Black Boy
(1971)

Filmography

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 2019 Storm Boy
Fingerbone Bill's Dad
 2018 Pine Gap (TV Mini Series)
Tommy Walker
- Episode #1.2 (2018) ... Tommy Walker (uncredited)
 2017/I Cargo
Cleverman
 2017 The Leftovers (TV Series)
Christopher Sunday
- Crazy Whitefella Thinking (2017) ... Christopher Sunday
 2016/III Messiah (Short)
 2016 Goldstone
Jimmy
 2016 Catching Dragonflies (Short)
Elder
 2013 Charlie's Country
Charlie
 2012 Satellite Boy
Jagamarra
 2008 Australia
King George
 2007 Crocodile Dreaming (Short)
Burrimmilla
 2006 Ten Canoes
The Storyteller (as David Gulpilil Ridjimiraril Dalaithngu)
 2005 The Proposition
Jacko
 2002 Mimi (Short)
Jonathan's granddad
 2002 The Tracker
The Tracker
 2002 Rabbit-Proof Fence
Moodoo
 2001 Serenades
Rainman
 2000 Der Paradiesvogel (TV Movie)
 2000 BeastMaster (TV Series)
Shaman
- Valhalla (2000) ... Shaman
 1996 Dead Heart
Second Man in Desert
 1995 Snowy River: The McGregor Saga (TV Series)
Manulpuy
- The Savage Land (1995) ... Manulpuy
 1989 Naked Under Capricorn (TV Mini Series)
Activity
 1987 Dark Age
Adjaral
 1986 Crocodile Dundee
Neville Bell
 1983 The Right Stuff
Aborigine
 1980 Young Ramsay (TV Series)
Aborigine
- Dreamtime (1980) ... Aborigine
 1980 The Timeless Land (TV Mini Series)
Benelong
- Unsuitable Company (1980) ... Benelong
- A Ship with White Wings (1980) ... Benelong
 1979 Skyways (TV Series)
Koiranah
- Koiranah (1979) ... Koiranah
 1977 The Last Wave
Chris Lee (as Gulpilil)
 1977 The Outsiders (TV Series)
Billy Potter
- Sophie's Mob (1977) ... Billy Potter
 1976 Storm Boy
Fingerbone (as Gulpilil)
 1976 Mad Dog Morgan
Billy
 1976 Luke's Kingdom (TV Mini Series)
Aborigine Boy
- The Dam and the Damned (1976) ... Aborigine Boy
 1976 Rush (TV Series)
Satchel
- The Kadaitcha Man (1976) ... Satchel
 1974 Homicide (TV Series)
Gary Willis
- Slow Fuse (1974) ... Gary Willis
 1973 Solomon (TV Movie)
Allan
 1972-1973 Boney (TV Series)
Balinga / Dancer / Tonto / ...
- Boney and the Burial Tree (1973) ... Balinga
- Boney Buys a Woman (1972) ... Dancer (uncredited)
- Boney and the Black Virgin (1972) ... Tonto
- Boney and the Payback Killer (1972) ... David Ooldea
 1971 Walkabout
Black Boy (as David Gumpilil)
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Alternate Names:

David Gulpilil Ridjimiraril Dalaithngu | Gulpilil | David Gumpilil

Height:

5' 8" (1.73 m)

Spouse:

Miriam Ashley  (his death) | See more »

Children:

Jida Gulpilil | See more »

Relatives:

Peter Minygululu (sibling) | See more »
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Gulpilil was raised in the bush and never went to school. He learned the English language solely by listening. See more »

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