David Gulpilil

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Birthday
1, 1953
Birthplace
Australia
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
1, 1953 (age 65)
Birthplace
Australia

About

Known best for his starring role in the 1971 film Walkabout, this Australian aboriginal actor also played major roles in the films The Last Wave and Storm Boy, as well as in the 2008 Baz Luhrmann movie Australia.

Before Fame

His childhood years were spent in the Australian bush, where he attended a village school in Maningrida, Arnhem Land.

Trivia

Also a traditional Indigenous Australian dancer, he won the prestigious Darwin Australia Day Eisteddfod dance competition on numerous occasions.

Family Life

A native speaker of the Mandhalpuyngu language, he grew up in Australia's Northern Territory as a member of the Yolngu indigenous ethnic group. In 2011, he was sentenced to a year in prison for domestic abuse against his wife Miriam Ashley.

Associated With

English-born director Nicolas Roeg cast Gulpilil in Walkabout after encountering the young tribal dancer during a location scouting tour.