David Gulpilil

David Gulpilil

Highest Rated: 100% Satellite Boy (2012)

Lowest Rated: 55% Australia (2008)

Birthday: Jul 01, 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." In 2011, however, Gulpilil was jailed for assaulting his wife.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
68% 73% Storm Boy Father of Fingerbone Bill (Character) $67.7K 2019
88% 65% Cargo Unknown (Character) - 2018
No Score Yet 62% Cargo Daku (Character) - 2017
76% 70% 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% 85% Charlie's Country Charlie (Character),
Screenwriter
$13.4K 2013
100% 45% Satellite Boy Jagamarra (Character) - 2012
55% 65% Australia King George (Character) $49.6M 2008
98% 78% Ten Canoes Narrator $278K 2006
85% 85% The Proposition Jacko (Character) $1.9M 2005
87% 86% Rabbit-Proof Fence Moodoo (Character) $6.2M 2002
88% 87% The Tracker The Tracker (Character) - 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
88% 59% Crocodile Dundee Neville Bell (Character) $169M 1986
81% 79% The Last Wave Chris Lee (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 75% Storm Boy Fingerbone (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 41% Mad Dog Morgan Billy (Character) - 1976
84% 86% Walkabout Black Boy (Character) - 1971

TV

Credit
91% 89% 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

QUOTES FROM David Gulpilil CHARACTERS

Fingerbone Bill says: Birds like him, never die.

Neville Bell says: Oh no, you can't take my photograph.

Sue Charlton says: Oh, I'm sorry, you believe it will take your spirit away.

Neville Bell says: No, you got lens-cap on it.

Tracker says: "The only innocent black, is a dead black."