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Indigenous icon David Gulpilil leaves indelible cinematic legacy

Actor remembered as one of the greatest Australia has produced

MELBOURNE -- Indigenous actor David Gulpilil was a seminal force in Australian cinema.

In a career that began 50 years ago with his memorable debut as a teenager in English director Nicolas Roeg's 1971 film "Walkabout," set in the harsh desert outback, Gulpilil starred in a succession of iconic Australian films, from slow-burning cult classics to big-name blockbusters and poignant documentaries. His rise to cinematic stardom began at a time when few -- if any -- Aboriginal faces were seen on domestic screens.

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