January 18, 2022

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Crocodile Dundee star David Gulpilil dies aged 68 as fans pay tribute to groundbreaking actor

CROCODILE Dundee star David Gulpilil has died at the age of 68 as fans pay tribute to the groundbreaking actor.

The pioneering indigenous Australian actor, who was was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2017, was from the Mandhalpingu clan of the Yolŋu people and was raised in Arnhem land.

The indigenous Australian actor was was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2017

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The indigenous Australian actor was was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2017Credit: Getty

His death was announced by South Australian Premier Steven Marshall in a statement on Monday.

He said: “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.”

Gulpilil’s breakout role was in Nicolas Roeg’s Walkabout and he made his mark the blockbuster Crocodile Dundee.

He was recognised for his services to the arts in the 1987 Queen’s Birthday Honours List – being awarded the Member of the Order of Australia.

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