Actor David Gulpilil Ridjimiraril Dalaithngu dies at age 68 | Tribute, reaction

Tribute is flowing to legendary Australian actor David Gulpilil Ridjimiraril Dalaithngu following the confirmation of his death Monday night.

Tribute is flowing to legendary Australian actor David Gulpilil Ridjimiraril Dalaithngu following the confirmation of his death Monday night.

South Australian Prime Minister Steven Marshall announced the news after screen legend, who went around the world making dozens of films and TV shows over five decades, succumbed to stage four lung cancer and emphysema.

Permission has been granted that his name and picture may be used after his death, in accordance with his wishes.

“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),” said Premier Marshall in a statement.

“David Gulpilil was from the Mandhalpingu clan of the Yolŋu people and was raised in traditional ways in Arnhem Land. In his later years he was a resident of Murray Bridge. He was a brother, son, friend, father, grandfather and husband.

“An actor, dancer, singer and painter, he was also one of the greatest artists Australia has ever seen.”

The Hollywood Reporter described Gulpilil as “the beloved original Australian actor who introduced the world to his culture in Nicolas Roegs Walk and continued to make its mark in the blockbuster Crocodile Dundee”.

“No one has ever looked so fascinating in a close-up on a movie screen,” wrote author Rhett Bartlett.

Gulpilil, who became international fame as a child star with his fascinating first film Walk in 1971, has committed the red carpet with the likes of Clint Eastwood, Bruce Lee and Marlon Brando.

“His breakout role … was the first time that many in Australia and internationally had seen an Aboriginal character portrayed on screen,” said Prime Minister Marshall.

“His joking, moving performance was equally devastating as it was electric.”

He has partyed with Dennis Hopper and Muhammad Ali and had dinner with the Queen, for whom he also performed one of the ceremonial dances in his Yolgnu culture that first made him a star.

He has made “a lot of films”, including Storm boy, Australia, that Crocodile Dundee movie, The last wave, Sporeren,Rabbit-proof fence, Charlies land and The proposal.

To pay tribute, The Hollywood Reporter described his performance in Crazy dog ​​Morgan as “emotional and humanistic”.

In May, he told the landmark documentary about his life My name is Gulpilil, he has stage four lung cancer and emphysema, and “we have to prepare for my funeral”.

“I have stopped using chemo and it does not work. I have smoked all my life… cigarettes, ganja, too much tobacco I have smoked,” he said.

“I will weep for my father, I will return to my land, I will lie down in his land.

“My spirit will return to my land.

“I was born a Mandjalpingu man … Gulpilil, my name means kingfisher, it’s my totem.”

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