David Gulpilil, the indigenous Australian actor whose career spanned six decades, has died at 68.
According to Variety, Gulpilil was diagnosed with lung cancer four years ago.
Gulpilil first caught the attention of filmmakers worldwide after a breakthrough performance in Nicolas Roeg’s 1971 classic “Walkabout,” in which he played a boy in the Outback who encounters and protects a pair of city kids who have been left for dead in the harsh terrain.
He went on to appear in a number of international film and TV productions including “The Last Wave,” “Crocodile Dundee,” “The Right
Stuff,” “The Leftovers,” “The Proposition” and “Rabbit-Proof Fence.”
“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),” South Australia’s Premier Steven Marshall said in a statement.