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David Gulpilil – Australian Traditional Dancer

Published Thu Jul 18 2019 By Akki
David Gulpilil – Australian Traditional Dancer

David Gulpilil is an Australian actor and traditional dancer, well-known for his role in movies like; Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002), The Tracker (2002), and Crocodile Dundee (1986). He is also the writer of Charlie's Country (2013) and Another Country (2015). 

Gulpilil was born on 1st July 1953 as David Gulparil Gulpilil in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia. He had an official announced about his retirement from the entertainment industry in 2019 at the age of 66. 

Here are 10 facts about David Gulpilil.

Net Worth 

David Gulpilil has accumulated an impressive net worth of $650,000 throughout his career as an actor, and writer. The film 'Crocodile Dundee' (1986) had a massive hit with the box office of $174 million, where he played the role of Neville Bell. 

Furthermore, he also collected a good amount of cash through his dance skill, which has been made a great contribution to his fortune.

David Gulpilil got caught on camera.
David Gulpilil out of his car.
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House in Darwin 

The 'Rabbit-Proof Fence' actor lives in a luxurious house in Nightcliff, Darwin with his family, which cost nor less than $320,000 as stated in the All About Real estate.

Lovely Wife - Miriam Ashley  

The quote "There is a woman behind every successful man.” has been a great example in David Gulpilil life, where Miriam Ashley didn't quit in him, in every struggling step of his life. The love bird married in 2004 and has been living together till present.

Imprisoned for Domestic Abuse 

In 2011,  David Gulpilil got jailed for assaulting his wife Miriam Ashley and breaking her arms, where he was found a guilty with and charged for a 12-month sentence but suspended after five months. After that, he went to alcohol rehab and rebuild his film career, where he had a drinking problem.  

Past Relationship - Marriage and Divorce

David Gulpilil was married three-time, where he was first married to Diane Murray, and share a child together. After that, he tied the knot with his second wife Robyn Djunginy, where they got divorced in 2003. At the time, he was deep into alcohol, whereas a result his two married didn't succeed.

Three Children

David Gulpilil has three kids from his three marriage; a son Jamie Gulpilil and two daughters Phoebe Marson and MaKia McLaughlin. Jamie is a son of David Gulpilil with his former spouse Diana Murray, where he is an Australian actor, who was born as Jamie Dayindi Gulpilil Dalaithngu.   

Early Life

Grew up in Australia’s Northern Territory, David Gulpilil spent his childhood in the Australian bush and attended the school in Maningrida, Arnhem Land. He is a native speaker of the Mandhalpuyngu language and a member of the Yolngu indigenous ethnic group. 

2019 Naidoc awards

David Gulpilil was honored with the lifetime achievement award at the 2019 Naidoc awards in Canberra on Saturday night 6th of July, where his daughter received awards on his behalf, where he couldn't attend due to lung cancer.

David Gulpilil take a picture with his AACTA Award.
David Gulpilil attendin AACTA Awards.
Image Source: AACTA Awards

David has won awards for multiple times including 2001 Queen's New Years Honours List the Australian Centenary Medal for his contribution to Australian society through dance and acting.

Official website

David Gulpilil has an official website, where his fan and well-wishers can get connect and learn more about with his life. He updates about day to day activities about himself on his website including film, writing, photos, and recordings.

Gulpilil's Stories of the Dreamtime - Book

The 'Gulpilil's Stories of the Dreamtime' is a book written by David Gulpilil and Illustrated by Allan Hondow. The book consists of Aboriginal Australians culture, perspective, ancestral stories of creation and morals. The book was published in 1979 and it's available online, where it cost around $73.19 for hardcover in

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