He also appeared in Baz Luhrmann Australia alongside Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman, Nicolas Roeg’s Strolling, et Netflix Cargo with Martin Freeman.
Gulpilil received rave reviews and an AACTA Best Actor award for his performance in Charlie’s country.
Steven Marshall, Prime Minister of South Australia, said in a statement: “It is with deep sadness that I share with the people of South Australia the death of an iconic artist of a generation who shaped the history of Australian cinema and Indigenous representation on screen.
Gulpilil was also an accomplished didgeridoo player who mingled with Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley.
Gulpilil’s birthday is estimated to be July 1, 1953, as there is no actual record of his birth.
After being spotted by Roeg at the age of 16, Gulpilil continued to perform alongside Dennis Hopper, William Hurt and Sam Neill.
Gulpilil has also been arrested for domestic violence on several occasions and served a prison sentence after breaking his partner’s arm in 2010.
His last performance was in Storm boy alongside Geoffrey Rush. The film was released in 2019. Around the same time, the actor was diagnosed with lung cancer and subsequently retired from acting.
Gulpilil is survived by his wife and two children.