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David Gulpilil Biography, Family and Movies

David Gulpilil

David Gulpilil known as David Gulpilil Ridjimiraril Dalaithngu is an Australian traditional dancer and actor born on 1st July 1953. He is known for Crocodile Dundee, Rabbit-Proof Fence and The Tracker. He has been married to Miriam Ashley since 2004. He was previously married to Robyn Djunginy and Diane Murray.

When as a young boy, David Gulpilil first arrived at the mission school at Maningrida in Australia’s North East Arnhem Land, he was already an accomplished hunter, tracker and ceremonial dancer.

Unlike many indigenous people of his generation, Gulpilil spent his childhood in the bush, outside the range of Anglo-Australian influences. There, he received a traditional upbringing in the care of his family. When he came of age, Gulpilil was initiated into the Mandipingu tribal group (Yolngu culture.) His totemic animal is the eagle and his homeland is Marwuyu. After appearing in his first film, he added English to several tribal languages in which he was already fluent.

He was awarded the A.M. (Member of the Order of Australia) in the 1987 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to the arts through the interpretation of Aboriginal culture. He was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal in the 2001 Queen’s New Years Honours List for his services to service to Australian society through dance and acting.

David Gulpilil

David Gulpilil

He is a Yolngu man of the Mandhalpuyngu speech of the Djinba language. As a young boy, Gulpilil was an accomplished hunter, tracker and ceremonial dancer. Unlike many Indigenous people of his generation, Gulpilil spent his childhood in the bush, outside the range of non-Aboriginal influences. There he received a traditional upbringing in the care of his family. He attended the school at Maningrida in Australia’s North East Arnhem Land. When he came of age, Gulpilil was initiated into the Mandhalpuyngu tribal group. His skin group totemic animal is the eagle and his homeland is Marwuyu. After appearing in his first film, he added English to several indigenous languages in which he was already fluent.

David Gulpilil Family

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.

David Gulpilil movies

  1. Crocodile Dundee
  2. Rabbit-Proof Fence
  3. The Last Wave
  4. Storm Boy
  5. The Proposition
  6. Australia
  7. Walkabout
  8. Ten Canoes
  9. Mad Dog Morgan
  10. The Tracker
  11. Serenades
  12. Dead Heart


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