(FiveNation.com)- South Australian Premier Steven Marshall revealed on Monday in an official statement that David Gulpill, the well-known aboriginal Australian actor who became famous for his role in the movie “Crocodile Dundee,” tragically passed away after battling with lung cancer for four years.
The 68-year-old actor was raised in the Australian bush and never received a formal education. He claimed that he only learned the English language by listening to other people – an incredible feat.
In an interview in 2015, he revealed that all he knows in life is spear-throwing, hunting animals, dancing, and singing. He said that his father gave him a spear and said, “make sure you come back, the spear is life.”
He was then discovered at the age of 16 by an amateur British filmmaker by the name of Nicholas Roeg. He was cast in the movie “Walkabout” in 1971 after Roeg saw him performing a ceremonial dance. His role in the movie was essential, having played a main character in a tale of two siblings, born in the city, who found themselves stranded in the bush. They learned to survive with the help of Gulpill’s character.
He was then cast in a number of other movies, but his best-known role was in Crocodile Dundee in 1986. It was the biggest-grossing movie to ever come from Australia and was even a hit in the United States.
Premier Steven Marshall said that it was with “deep sadness” that he shares the news of the passing of an “iconic, once-in-a-generation artist who shaped the history of Australian film and Aboriginal representation on screen.”
Rest in peace, David Gulpill.