David Gulpilil suffered financial hardship in the years before his death, after giving away most of his money to members of his family and the community.
The Indigenous actor and artist died at his home in Murray Bridge, South Australia, on Monday at the age of 68, following a battle with lung cancer.
Despite starring in iconic Australian films such as Storm Boy, Charlie's Country, Ten Canoes, Rabbit-Proof Fence, Crocodile Dundee and The Tracker, Gulpilil was never a wealthy man because he would often donate his earnings to others.
Indigenous actor and artist David Gulpilil suffered financial hardship in the years before his death, after giving away most of his money to members of his family and the community. (Gulpilil's family has given permission for his name and image to continue to be used after his death, in accordance with his wishes)
In an extract from Derek Rielly's new book, titled Gulpilil, he explained how the actor was always 'crying poor'.
'He'll come in and he'll give away all the money he made on a film, sometimes pretty good money. He'll give it all away. And everyone expected him to,' Mr Rielly wrote.
He also revealed how drinking took a toll on Gulpilil in the last