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David Gulpilil

David Gulpilil was born in 1953, in Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia. He grew up in a tribal environment called Marwuyu in an area northeast of the world famous Kakadu National Park. He learned the traditional ways of a warrior as part of the Mandalpingu Tribe of northeastern Arnhem Land, where his ancestors lived for thousands of years.

In 1969, director Nicholas Roeg chose Gulpilil to play the lead role in his feature Walkabout, which was filmed on location in Northern Australia. He has also worked with directors Peter Weir, Rolf de Heer and Phillip Noyce.

His other feature film credits include Crocodile Dundee, Rabbit Proof Fence, The Right Stuff, Until the End of the World, Mad Dog Morgan, The Last Wave, Storm Boy, Dark Age, Dead Heart, Serenades, The Tracker, The Proposition and Crocodile Dreaming.

Most recently, he starred with his son in Ten Canoes, serving as the film's narrator.

Gulpilil is one of Australia's most accomplished exponents of traditional Aboriginal dance and the native wind instrument the didgeridoo. He has made many tours of Australia performing with his troupe of dancers and has also traveled to San Francisco and Los Angeles in the United States, Great Britain and France. Gulpilil and a group of his native dancers performed at the Australian Pavilion at the 1985 World Expo in Osaka and Tokyo, Japan.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2008.
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David Gulpilil Facts

BirthdayJuly 1, 1953 (68)
BirthplaceArnhem Land, Australia

Selected Filmography

Crocodile Dundee
Rabbit Proof Fence
Charlie's Country
Mad Dog Morgan
Crocodile Dundee Triple Feature
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