When Ray Meagher was honoured on Tuesday’s edition of This Is Your Life, he was so touched that he started crying.
While hearing accolades from his former Home and Away co-stars, the 78-year-old was unable to contain his emotions.
First up was Chris Hemsworth, 39, who left the soap opera to go on to become a superstar.
Chris paid Ray a touching and humorous homage through video link, saying that Ray was always a good friend and mentor to him.
Chris referred to Ray Meagher as “the patriarch of Australian television, a living icon, and my hero.”
What can I say, Mate? When I first met you, you were surrounded by a lovely glow. White birds are circling your head. Eagles might have been among them.
We drew nearer as our eyes met. I inhaled deeply, [thinking] that guy probably doesn’t give hugs. Chris stated, “I raised my hand… and sprinted off towards the costume department.
“Because, mate, I had lost my nerve. But as it turned out, you approached me and told me, “You’re going to do great here.” Throughout my entire career, you have been a supporter. I really appreciate it, friend. I cherish you. You and I are good friends.
When Kate Ritchie, 43, who became famous for her role as Sally Fletcher on Home and Away, revealed her own recollections, Ray was left sniffling and visibly moved. Throughout and after the homage, Ray slapped away tears.
Kate clung to Ray’s hand and remarked, “Ray is truly so much of what I learned as a person, but as a performer.”
We have both played those roles for such a long time that they contain a great deal of us.
So, as I looked at the video, I noticed two pals. He has seen me change from a young girl to a woman, and he is quite proud of me. So I’m happy I made you happy. I’m grateful,” she continued.
Once more, the two linked hands, Ray feeling deeply moved by the dedication.
Ray gained notoriety for portraying the adored Alf Stewart on the enduring soap opera; he has been a part of the show since its inception in 1988.
Hemsworth co-starred with Ray on the TV show Home and Away from 2004 to 2007, where he worked before moving to Hollywood.
Between 1988 to 2013, Kate was best known for her role as Sally Fletcher on the sitcom. After that, she started a radio career.