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Home and Away legend Ray Meagher breaks down in tears over moving tributes

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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.

Via video link, Chris shared a sweet and comical tribute to Ray, who he says has always been 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.

The 78-year-old couldn’t hold back his emotions while receiving tributes from his former Home and Away co-stars. First up was Chris Hemsworth (pictured), who has gone on to become a superstar after his time on the soap

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.

Ray swatted away tears during and after the tribute, but when Kate Ritchie (pictured), who rose to fame playing Sally Fletcher on Home and Away, shared her own memories, he was left sniffing and visibly emotional

‘Ray is really so much of what I learned as a person, but also a performer,’ Kate said, clinging onto Ray’s hand

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.

Kate starred as Sally Fletcher on Home and Away alongside the late Heath Ledger (right). She was on the show between 1988 and 2013

Hemsworth also starred on Home and Away from 2004-2007, where he worked alongside Ray before heading off to Hollywood

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.

Rising to fame playing the beloved Alf Stewart on the long-running soap, Ray has been on the series since its debut in 1988 

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