David Gulpilil, one of the most prominent actors of aboriginal ancestry and star of the iconic film ‘Crocodile Dundee’ has now died at the age of 68.
As The New York Post reports:
David Gulpilil, the legendary indigenous Australian actor who earned international acclaim in Paul Hogan’s “Crocodile Dundee” and Rolf de Heer’s “Charlie’s Country,” has died after a four-year battle with lung cancer. He was 68.
The award-winning thespian’s passing was announced Monday via a statement by South Australian Premier Steven Marshall: “It is with deep sadness that I share with the people of South Australia the passing of an iconic, once-in-a-generation artist who shaped the history of Australian film and Aboriginal representation on screen – David Gulpilil Ridjimiraril Dalaithngu (AM).”
Born on July 1, 1953, Gulpilil was raised in the bush and never went to school. He often said he learned English by listening.
“That’s all I know, dancing, singing, spear-throwing and hunting,” he recalled in a 2015 interview, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “My father gave me a spear and said make sure you come back, the spear is life.”