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ERNIE DINGO

Ernie_Dingo

BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS
Full Name: Ernest Ashley Dingo

Description: Actor, Australian
Known For: Crocodile Dundee II in 1988.
Location: Australia

Date Born: 31st July 1956
Location Born: Ernest Ashley Dingo, Australia

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BIOGRAPHICAL PROFILE

Ernie Dingo AM

An Indigenous Australian actor and television presenter originating from the Yamatji people of the Murchison region of Western Australia.

Born Ernest Ashley Dingo on 31 July 1956, at Bullardoo Station, he was the second child of nine. He grew up in Mullewa with his family. He went to Prospect Primary and then Geraldton High School.

He came to acting after moving to Perth and meeting Richard Walley, with whom he played basketball in a local team. Ernie went on to play state league first division for the East Perth Eagles.

Dingo has had a distinguished career as an actor and presenter in film and television. has also promoted the Generation One “Hand Across Australia” which was a promotion for Indigenous equality.

With Richard Walley created a controversial “welcome to country” ceremony after dancers from the Pacific would not perform without one in Perth in 1976.

Dingo’s film career commenced in the 1980s and he appeared regularly on screen through the 1990s.

He appeared in Bruce Beresford’s 1987 drama The Fringe Dwellers and worked on the 1988 docu-drama biopic Tudawali. He had a major supporting role in the international comedy blockbuster Crocodile Dundee II in 1988.

He appeared as himself in the 1989 comedy Capuccino had a major role in the 1991 Wim Wenders film Until the End of the World. In 1993 he starred in Blackfellas and he had a lead role in 1996’s Dead Heart.

In 1998 he starred in Somewhere in the Darkness. In 2010 he returned to the silver screen with a role in the Aboriginal musical Bran Nue Dae along with Jessica Mauboy and Geoffrey Rush.

Dingo has hosted the television program The Great Outdoors since 1993. He has also appeared in many Australian television series such as The Flying Doctors, Heartbreak High and Rafferty’s Rules.

He appeared in the TV mini-series’ The Cowra Breakout (1984), A Waltz Through The Hills (1987), (for which he won an AFI Award for Best Actor in a Television Drama) and Kings In Grass Castles (1997), as well as co-starring with Cate Blanchett in the Australian television drama series Heartland (Heartland is known as Burned Bridges in the United States).

Ernie Dingo narrated the Indigenous segment of the 2000 Olympic Games opening ceremony in Sydney, New South Wales.

In May 2007, Dingo appeared as one of the celebrity performers on the celebrity reality singing competition It Takes Two. Dingo also hosted the first series of No Leave, No Life, also on Channel Seven.

Ernie Dingo married Sally Butler, then a sales representative for 2Day FM, in 1989.

Dingo discovered in 2004 that he had a daughter, named Zoe, from a brief relationship before his marriage. He also has a daughter called Alyssa Dingo and his wife also raised another grandchild Jurra, as well as their 16-year-old adopted daughter Wilara.

Sally Dingo has authored two books about her husband and family, 2000’s Ernie Dingo: King of the Kids and Dingo, The Story of our Mob in 1997. They live in the suburb of Warrandyte, 24 kilometres northeast of Melbourne.

Ernie Dingo was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1990, in recognition of his service to the performing arts.

Dingo is a prominent supporter of Australian rules football, and in particular the Australian Football League’s West Coast Eagles. He was on the selection committee for the Indigenous Team of the Century.

In 2010, two women from New South Wales and Victoria claimed to have engaged in affairs with Dingo. It was reported that they are living in an open marriage for the sake of their children. The claim of an open marriage was found to be false and was retracted.

In December 2009, Ernie made controversial comments hitting out at “hypocritical white people who lecture Aborrigines about alcohol consumption”. “What you should be worrying about is who is giving them access … who sells alcohol? Not black people,” Dingo said. “We Indigenous people don’t have a problem.

Our problem is to say ‘no’ to you blokes, to white people ‘no’ is not really part of our cultural background.” “There are more white alcoholics than there are black people in this country, so don’t come at us with restrictions and Aboriginal laws about alcohol.” “It upsets me a lot.

I’m passionate about the fact that people talk – journalists talk – about Aboriginal people with our drinking problem. We don’t have a drinking problem at all.” “[The] Aboriginal drinking problem is white people selling to them.”

In August 2010, the WA Police Force announced they had opened an investigation into reports of child abuse by Ernie Dingo.

It is alleged that Dingo slapped and verbally abused an 11-year boy at Carnarvon Primary School, and then made abusive comments singling out that particular boy while speaking at a school assembly shortly afterward. Dingo denied the claims, saying: “I deny it, but until there is an outcome I can’t really talk about it.”

He entered a plea of not guilty by endorsement in a letter to the court and a date of 3 February 2011 was set for trial in Carnarvon. However, on 18 April 2011, following a mediation session, the assault charge was dropped and the matter formally withdrawn.

Films:

Somewhere in the Darkness (1998) Actor
Dead Heart (1997) Starred as David
Blackfellas (1993) Starred as Percy
Bran Nue Dae (1991) Actor
Until the End of the World (1991) Starred as Burt
Cappuccino (1989) Starred as Himself
Crocodile Dundee 2 (1988) Starred as Charlie
Tudawali (1988) Actor
The Fringe Dwellers (1987) Starred as Phil

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