Today's Birthday, July 4: Ray Meagher, Australian actor, (1944 - ).
Ray Meagher has given his iconic character Alf Stewart thirty years since starting on Home and Away in 1988.
He holds the world record as the longest-serving actor on an Australian serial, he's won a Gold Logie and even got his own flamin' hot sauce.
The veteran actor was nominated for a 2018 Logie Award for Most Popular Actor for the role, eight years after he won the Gold Logie Award in 2010.
Meagher was raised on a sheep and cattle station in Dirranbandi, Queensland where he became an experienced stockman. At nine-years-old he was sent to a boarding school on the Gold Coast.
After playing rugby union representing Queensland in the 1960's, he made his theatre debut at Brisbane's La Boite Theatre in 1972.
Following this he played Fred Shrimpton in the soap Number 96, and hosted ABC folk music show Around Folk.
During the 80's he played various villains in the television series Prisoner, guest starred in A Country Practice, and a had a role in miniseries A Fortunate Life.
In 1986 he appeared in TV film Blue Lightning, Land of Hope and The Great Bookie Robbery.
Two years later (1988) he joined the cast of Home and Away where he continues to play Alf Stewart today.
In 2007 he appeared in Priscilla Queen of the Desert as Bob the mechanic. He reprised the role three years later for the West End production, and again in 2016 when the show toured internationally including New Zealand.
Returning to his farming roots and hometown of Dirranbandi, in 2016 he opened the 94th Annual Agricultural Show.
The only original cast member of Home and Away remaining, the 72-year-old was honoured with an Australia Medal in 2017 for his contribution to the arts.