Indigenous Australian actor David Gulpilil has died aged 68.
Gulpilil enjoyed a 50-year acting career, appearing in iconic films such as Walkabout, The Last Wave, Crocodile Dundee, The Tracker and Rabbit Proof Fence, before being diagnosed with lung cancer in 2017.
South Australian Prime Minister Steven Marshall paid tribute to the actor in a statement Monday evening.
“It is with deep sadness that I share with the people of South Australia the passing of an iconic artist from a generation who shaped the history of Australian cinema and Aboriginal portrayal on screen – David Gulpilil Ridjimiraril Dalaithngu (AM), “said the statement from Mr. Marshall.
David Gulpilil was from the Mandhalpingu clan of the YolNGu people and was raised in the traditional way in Arnhem Land. In his later years he resided at Murray Bridge. He was a brother, son, friend, father, grandfather and a husband.
“Actor, dancer, singer and painter, he was also one of the greatest artists Australia had ever seen.”
Gulpilil was recognized in the 1987 Queen’s Birthday Honors List, awarded the Member of the Order of Australia.
Mr Marshall said his thoughts were with Gulpilil’s family and friend and caregiver, Mary Hood.
Associated Australian Press