David Gulpilil Death: Legendary Australian actor David Gulpilil is dead, Cause of Death

David Gulpilil Death – Cause of Death: David Gulpilil was an Aboriginal Australian actor and dancer, known for the films Walkabout, Storm Boy and Ten Canoes. He 68 years old.

He is a Yolngu man who was raised in a traditional lifestyle in Arnhem Land in northern Australia, and was a skilled dancer as a young man when British director Nicholas Roeg recognised his talent.

Gulpilil’s death was announced Monday: “It is with a heavy Heart on the 29th of Novermber 2021, I announce the Passing of another Australia Legend David Gulpilil Ridjimiraril Dalaithngu AM. David is an Aboriginal Australian actor and dancer, known for the films Walkabout, Storm Boy and Ten Canoes,” Grant McDougall shared.

“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,” South Australian Premier Steven Marshall shared in a statement. “An actor, dancer, singer and painter, he was also one of the greatest artists Australia has ever seen.”

Gulpilil was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2017. 

Gulpilil was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1987. He was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2001.


He twice received the AACTA/AFI Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, for The Tracker in 2002 and Charlie’s Country in 2014. He was also nominated for this award in 1977 for Storm Boy. Gulpilil was nominated for the AFI Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Rabbit-Proof Fence in 2002.

He was nominated for the Helpmann Award for Best Male Actor in a Play in 2004 for the stage production Gulpilil. A portrait of Gulpilil by Craig Ruddy won the 2004 Archibald Prize, Australia’s best-known art prize.

In 2019, Gulpilil was honoured with the lifetime achievement award at the 2019 NAIDOC Awards, and Premier’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in the South Australian Ruby Awards.

During The Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival at Winton, Queensland in 2021, Gulpilil was honoured with a star on Winton’s Walk of Fame.

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