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04 July - Ray Meagher, a Guinness World Record Holder

Unread postPosted: Thu Jul 04, 2013 10:48 pm
by Max ADU
Australian Birthdays Today.
4th July

** See video of Ray in Prisioner.

Ray Meagher
is a veteran Australian character actor.

He has appeared regularly in Australian film and television since the mid-1970s, and is notable as the longest continuing performer in an Australian television role, as Alf Stewart on Home and Away,

Meagher was born 4 July 1944at Roma, Queensland. Ray was raised on a sheep and cattle station in Queensland, before attending a boarding school on the Gold Coast from the age of nine.

The start of a long TV career
He first appeared on television as host of the folk music programme Around Folk.

His first regular acting work on television was in the soap opera Number 96, briefly appearing as the character Fred Shrimpton in 1977

Meagher surprisingly appeared in the Channel 10 TV series “Prisoner.” What was surprising was that he played 3 different roles as various villains, including Geoff Butler between 1979 and 1980, Kurt Renner in 1984, and Ernest Craven in 1986.

His early film career roles included appearances Breaker Morant,[The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Newsfront, My Brilliant Career and The Shiralee.

Home and Away and to the end
In 1988, Meagher joined the cast of soap opera Home and Away in 1988 and as of 2012, he remains in the role of Alf Stewart from the first episode in 1988.

Meagher holds a Guinness World Record as the longest-serving actor in an Australian serial for his role of Alf.

Ray is the only original actor still with the series as of 2012 and who won the Gold Logie Award for his role in Home and Away in 2010.

Meagher had also won the Gold Logie Award for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television at the 2010 Logie Awards. He was also nominated for "Most Popular Actor".

In September 2009, Meagher was the third-highest paid personality on Australian television, behind Eddie McGuire and Rove McManus.
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Re: 04 July - Ray Meagher, a Guinness World Record Holder

Unread postPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2015 9:57 am
by Max ADU