David Gulpilil

David Gulpilil

Highest Rated: 100% My Name Is Gulpilil (2021)

Lowest Rated: 55% Australia (2008)

Birthday: Jul 1, 1953

Birthplace: Maningrida, Northern Territory, Australia

Few actors of international renown were born under a tree. But that's how life began for David Gulpilil, who was raised away from extraneous influences in Australia's North East Arnhem Land in the traditions of his Mandhalpuyngu tribal group. An expert tracker and hunter, Gulpilil was also an exceptional dancer and his skills led Nicolas Roeg to cast him as the Aboriginal youth who guides stranded Jenny Agutter and her brother Luc Roeg through the outback in the 1970 rite of passage, "Walkabout." The film made Gulpilil an overnight star and he traveled the world, meeting such people as Queen Elizabeth II, Muhammad Ali, and Bruce Lee. He even stayed for a while with John Lennon before returning to become the face of indigenous Australia just as the national film industry was starting to make a global impact with historical dramas like Philippe Mora's "Mad Dog Morgan" and cross-cultural studies like Henri Safran's "Storm Boy" and Peter Weir's "The Last Wave," in which Gulpilil effortlessly stole scenes. Following an amusing cameo greeting astronaut Dennis Quaid in "The Right Stuff," he bantered drolly with Paul Hogan as Neville Bell in the 1986 comedy smash "Crocodile' Dundee." However, a drinking problem blighted his career and it was only after Rolf De Heer cast him in the 2002 and 2006 bush sagas "The Tracker" and "Ten Canoes" that he regained his momentum, most notably in Phillip Noyce's "Rabbit-Proof Fence" and Baz Luhrmann's epic, "Australia." David Gulpilil died on November 29, 2021 at the age of 68.

Highest rated movies

My Name Is Gulpilil
Satellite Boy
Charlie's Country
Crocodile Dundee Cargo
The Tracker
Rabbit-Proof Fence
Until the End of the World




100% No Score Yet My Name Is Gulpilil Unknown (Character) - 2021
68% 72% Storm Boy Father of Fingerbone Bill (Character) $67.7K 2019
88% 66% Cargo Daku (Character) - 2017
76% 71% Goldstone Jimmy (Character) $78.8K 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet MESSiAH Unknown (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Another Country Unknown (Character),
- 2015
95% 84% Charlie's Country Charlie (Character),
$13.4K 2013
100% 45% Satellite Boy Jagamarra (Character) - 2012
55% 65% Australia King George (Character) $49.6M 2008
98% 78% Ten Canoes Narrator $278.0K 2006
85% 85% The Proposition Jacko (Character) $1.9M 2005
88% 87% The Tracker The Tracker (Character) - 2002
88% 86% Rabbit-Proof Fence Moodoo (Character) $6.2M 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Serenades Rainman (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet 71% Dead Heart Second Man in Desert (Character) - 1996
88% 89% Until the End of the World David (Character) $662.2K 1991
89% 59% Crocodile Dundee Neville Bell (Character) $169.0M 1986
82% 79% The Last Wave Chris Lee (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 73% Storm Boy Fingerbone (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 41% Mad Dog Morgan Billy (Character) - 1976
84% 86% Walkabout Black Boy (Character) - 1971


No Score Yet No Score Yet Going Places with Ernie Dingo Guest 2021
91% 90% The Leftovers Christopher Sunday (Guest Star) 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet BeastMaster Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Timeless Land Benelong (Character) 1980