Ernie Dingo has earned enormous respect as a performer capable of extraordinary versatility. His talents as an actor, television host, reporter and comedian have made him one of Australia's best known and most loved performers. In 2018 he filmed, ‘Going Places with Ernie Dingo’ for SBS/NITV. Ernie also recently filmed a roll for ‘Squinters’ and earlier in the year appeared in the award winning ABC series ‘Mystery Road’.
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Ernie Dingo's Biography
Ernie Dingo has earned enormous respect as a performer capable of extraordinary versatility. His talents as an actor, television host, reporter and comedian have made him one of Australia's best known and most loved performers, he stared in the successful feature film BRAN NUE DAE.
In 2018 filmed, ‘Going Places with Ernie Dingo’ for SBS/NITV. Ernie also recently filmed a roll for ‘Squinters’ and earlier in the year appeared in the award winning ABC series ‘Mystery Road’. Other roles have been for ‘Redfern Now – Dogs of War’, and the feature film ‘Bran Nue Dae’. In 2015, he also was part of the SBS series ‘DNA’, in which he travelled the world discovering his ancestry and was part of the 2018 series of ‘Who Do You Think You Are’.
He has many industry nominations and awards to his name, is a Living National Treasure and in 1990 was awarded the General Division of the Order of Australia.
Ernie grew up around the small Western Australian town of Mullewa, where the local Aboriginal people still speak the traditional Wudjadi language. He first moved into acting in Perth when a basketball team to which he belonged formed a dance and cultural performance group Middar.
One of Dingo's main skills as an actor is an ability to engage audiences with an open, easy screen presence and use of humour, while also capturing serious moods dramatically and convincingly. It is perhaps this versatility, above all, which has made him highly effective as a cross-cultural communicator.
Ernie began his career as the lead role in the play Kullark in Perth. His subsequent theatre work included a national tour of Jack Davis' The Dreamers, a US tour of State of Shock (which also played in Sydney and at the National Playwrights' Conference in Canberra), Bran Nue Dae, Tourmaline, a visit to Poland with the Gardzienile Zubrycka Theatre Association as part of a Foreign Affairs cultural relations program and working as a stand-up comic at Sydney's Trade Union Club.
Ernie's first major television role was in Tudawali for which he received an Australian Film Institute Award nomination for Best Actor in a Television Drama. He accepted on behalf of the production a Special Jury Prize at the Banff Television Festival in Canada.
His numerous other television credits include The Cowra Breakout, Dirtwater Dynasty, Clowning Around, A Waltz Through the Hills, for which he won an AFI Award for Best Actor in a Television Drama, the comedy series Fast Forward, The Flying Doctors, Heartland and the lavish Barron Entertainment production of Kings in Grass Castles based on the novel by Dame Mary Durack. Ernie's film credits include Dead Heart, The Fringe Dwellers, Crocodile Dundee II, Tommy Tricker and the Stamp Traveller, Capuccino, Wim Winder's Until the End of the World and Mr Electric.
He was with the top rating Seven Network program THE GREAT OUTDOORS since it began. Ernie also was the host of THE WORLD AROUND US on the Seven Network, and has fronted numerous other Seven productions, including two Olympic specials and Melbourne's Comedy Gala. His most recent television productions are OUTBACK WILDLIFE RESCUE and NO LEAVE NO LIFE.
Ernie is a passionate advocate for his people and is vigilant about the portrayal of Aboriginals in film and television. He has won numerous awards and accolades and was declared one of Australia's Top 100 'national living treasures'.
Ernie was awarded the General Division of the Order of Australia by Her Majesty the Queen. He was voted 'Aboriginal of the Year' by the NAIDOC Committee and 'Personality of the Year' by the Australian Caption Centre. He was again recognised for his work when he was awarded the Deadly Award for 'Outstanding Contribution to Film and Television'.