David Bernard Starr
27 June 1967
Meekatharra, Western Australia, Australia
|Died||17 July 2011 (aged 44)|
|Relatives||Ernie Dingo - Cousin|
David Ngoombujarra (27 June 1967 – 17 July 2011) was an Indigenous Australian actor of the Yamatji people. Born David Bernard Starr in Meekatharra, Western Australia, his acting career spanned over two decades from the 1980s to 2010; he won three Australian Film Institute Awards. On 17 July 2011 he was found in a park in Fremantle, and taken to Fremantle Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Ngoombujarra was adopted by Amy and Derek Sloan, and met his birth mother when he was 14. He moved to Sydney with plans for stardom and picked up some minor film roles in Young Einstein and others after being spotted busking in Circular Quay. His wide smile and booming laugh were very marketable. Ngoombujarra fell into petty crime and battled alcohol addiction which may have contributed to his death.
|1988||Young Einstein||Aboriginal dancer|
|1993||Day of the Dog||Floyd 'Pretty Boy' Davies|
|1994||Heartland||Majadi Burunga||4 episodes|
|1995||Janus||Ray||Episode: "Fit to Plead"|
|1995||Correlli||Warren 'Budgie' Keating||Episode: "Spoons"|
|1995||Snowy River: The McGregor Saga||Ninawunda||Episode: "Man and Boy"|
|1996||No Way to Forget||Short|
|1998||Kings in Grass Castles||Burrakin||2 episodes|
|1999||Harry's War||Harry Saunders||TV Short|
|2001||Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles||Arthur|
|2002||Rabbit-Proof Fence||Rabbit hunter|
|2002||Black and White||Young Max Stuart|
|2003||Kangaroo Jack||Sr. Sgt. 'Mr Jimmy' Inkamala|
|2005||The Adventures of Roman Pilgrim||Albert||Short|
|2007-2010||The Circuit||Harry Pope||6 episodes, (final appearance)|
- AFI Best Supporting Actor in Television Drama for The Circuit (2007)
- AFI Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Black and White (2002)
- AFI Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Day of the Dog (1993)
- Prior, Flip (19 July 2011). "Actor with the winning smile found dead at 44". Retrieved 19 July 2011.
- "Aboriginal actor David Ngoombujarra found dead in park". The Daily Telegraph (Sydney). 19 July 2011.
- "Aborigine actor David Ngoombujarra dies". BBC News. 19 July 2011.
- TAYLOR, PAIGE (23 July 2011). "The pain and joy of lost star David Ngoombujarra". The Australian. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
- "Ernie Dingo's family adoption twist". The West Australian. 3 February 2012. Retrieved 14 February 2022.