David Ngoombujarra

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David Ngiombujarra
David Bernard Starr

(1967-06-27)27 June 1967
Died17 July 2011(2011-07-17) (aged 44)
RelativesErnie 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.[1] On 17 July 2011 he was found in a park in Fremantle, and taken to Fremantle Hospital where he was pronounced dead.[1][2][3]

Personal life[edit]

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.[4]

It was revealed that Ngoombujara fathered a daughter who was later adopted by his cousin, actor Ernie Dingo.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
1988 Breaking Loose Davie
1988 Young Einstein Aboriginal dancer
1993 Day of the Dog Floyd 'Pretty Boy' Davies
1994 Heartland Majadi Burunga 4 episodes
1994 Dallas Doll Storyteller
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 The Missing Willie
1999 Harry's War Harry Saunders TV Short
2001 Serenades Joseph
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
2003 Yamajti Man Narrator
2003 Ned Kelly Tribesman
2004 Parallax Otto 6 episodes
2005 The Adventures of Roman Pilgrim Albert Short
2007-2010 The Circuit Harry Pope 6 episodes, (final appearance)
2008 Australia Magarri



  1. ^ a b Prior, Flip (19 July 2011). "Actor with the winning smile found dead at 44". Retrieved 19 July 2011.
  2. ^ "Aboriginal actor David Ngoombujarra found dead in park". The Daily Telegraph (Sydney). 19 July 2011.
  3. ^ "Aborigine actor David Ngoombujarra dies". BBC News. 19 July 2011.
  4. ^ TAYLOR, PAIGE (23 July 2011). "The pain and joy of lost star David Ngoombujarra". The Australian. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Ernie Dingo's family adoption twist". The West Australian. 3 February 2012. Retrieved 14 February 2022.

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