RAYMOND FRANCIS "RAY" MEAGHER OAM (born 4 July 1944) 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 _, having played the role since the first episode in 1988. He is the only original actor still with the series. Meagher won the Gold Logie Award for his role in _Home and Away_ in 2010. Meagher has currently played the role of Alf for over 29 years.
* 1 Early life
* 2 Career
* 2.1 Film * 2.2 Television * 2.3 Stage
* 3 Filmography
* 3.1 Film * 3.2 Television
* 4 References * 5 External links
Meagher was born and raised on a sheep and cattle station in Queensland, before attending a boarding school on the Gold Coast from the age of nine. He became a keen sportsman at high school, Marist College Ashgrove in Brisbane , representing the school at a number of sports including rugby union , a sport which he ultimately played at state level.
Meagher played at first five eighth for Queensland at senior level in the late 1960s, including playing against France .
His early film roles included appearances _Breaker Morant _, _The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith _, _ Newsfront _, _My Brilliant Career _ and _The Shiralee _ He also had a cameo in the 1979 war comedy _The Odd Angry Shot _.
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. Subsequent television acting roles included three different roles as various villains in _Prisoner _, including Geoff Butler between 1979 and 1980, Kurt Renner in 1984, and Ernest Craven in 1986. He also had two different guest starring roles in _A Country Practice _. He also had substantial roles in several 1980s miniseries , including _ A Fortunate Life _.
Meagher joined the cast of soap opera _ Home and Away _ in 1988 and as of 2017, he remains in the role of Alf Stewart. Meagher holds a Guinness World Record as the longest-serving actor in an Australian serial for his role of Alf.
In 2007, Meagher took over the role of Bob the mechanic in _Priscilla Queen of the Desert _, taking over from Bill Hunter . From 30 September 2010, he took over the role of Bob in the West End production of _Priscilla_ until March 2011. In June 2011, it was announced that Meagher would be returning to the West End production from October.
Meagher regularly travels to the United Kingdom to take part in the traditional Christmas pantomimes . In December 2008, he played Abanazar in a production of _ Aladdin _ at the Anvil Theatre in Basingstoke and in 2009 he performed as Captain Hook in _ Peter Pan _ at the Assembly Hall Theatre in Tunbridge Wells .
TITLE YEAR ROLE NOTES
_THE CHANT OF JIMMIE BLACKSMITH _ 1978 Dud Edmonds
_NEWSFRONT _ Len's Second Brother
_THE ODD ANGRY SHOT _ 1979 Range Corporal
_MY BRILLIANT CAREER _ Mailman
_THE JOURNALIST _ Senior Investigator
_BREAKER MORANT _ 1980 Sgt. Maj. Drummond
_MYSTERY ISLAND_ Policeman
_HOODWINK _ 1981 Shaw
_MYSTERY AT CASTLE HOUSE _ 1982 Stakovich
_ON THE RUN _ 1983 Joe Thompson
_ON THE LOOSE_ 1984 Russell Leech
_THE FIRE IN THE STONE_ Dosh
_RELATIVES _ 1985 Herb Taylor
_BOOTLEG _ Lawker
_SHORT CHANGED _ 1986 Marshall
_DARK AGE _ 1987 Rex Garret
_THE PLACE AT THE COAST _ Uncle Doug
_VIETNAM_ 1988 Army Sergeant Small role
_LUIGI\\'S LADIES _ 1989 Lance
TITLE YEAR ROLE NOTES
_MATLOCK POLICE _ 1973 Kurt Fisher Season 3, episode 43 "By Hook or by Crook"
_NUMBER 96 _ 1977 Fred Shrimpton Season 6
_GLENVIEW HIGH _ 1978 Policeman Season 1, episode 15 "Accident"
_BECAUSE HE\\'S MY FRIEND _ Kevin TV film
_RUN FROM THE MORNING_
_SKYWAYS _ 1979 Sergeant Murphy Episode: "The Crated Crim"
_TOP MATES _
_PRISONER _ 1979–1980 Geoff Butler Recurring role (1); 14 episodes; season 1 / season 2
_A PIECE OF CAKE_ 1980 Duty Sarglant TV short
_SPORTING CHANCE_ 1981
_HOLIDAY ISLAND _
_A COUNTRY PRACTICE _ 1982 Tom Skilton - Trev Bennett - Guest role (1) - Season 2, episode 9 "Agoraphobic Sons and Lovers - Part 1" & Season 2, episode 10 "Agoraphobic Sons and Lovers - Part 2" Guest role (2) - Season 2, episode 67 "Coming Ready or Not: Part 1 6 episodes of season 6
_MAIL ORDER BRIDE _ Kevin TV film
_A FORTUNATE LIFE _ 1985 Bad Bob Mini-series; episode 1 "Starting Out (1897-1905)"
_MOTHER AND SON _ Geoff Season 2, episode 6 "The Card Game"
_COLOUR IN THE CREEK _ Clarrie 8 episodes
_PRISONER_ 1986 Ernest Craven Recurring role (3); 8 episodes of season 8
_A COUNTRY PRACTICE_ Wally Stanley Guest role (3) Season 6, episode 15 "Fighting Back - Part 1" Leading role Gold Logie Award for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television (2010) Nominated - Logie Award for Most Popular Actor (2010) Nominated - Logie Award for Most Popular Actor (2012) Also appeared in: _Hom