Australian Indigenous actor David Gulpilil has died aged 68.
Gulpilil enjoyed an acting career spanning 50 years, appearing in iconic films such as Walkabout, The Last Wave, Crocodile Dundee, The Tracker and Rabbit Proof Fence, before he was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2017.
South Australian Premier Steven Marshall paid tribute to the actor in a statement late on Monday.
“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),” Mr Marshall’s statement said.
“David Gulpilil was from the Mandhalpingu clan of the YolNGu people, and was raised in the 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.”
Gulpilil was recognised in the 1987 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, awarded the Member of the Order of Australia.
Mr Marshall said his thoughts were with Gulpilil’s family and friend and carer Mary Hood.