Ray Meagher has contemplated retiring. (Image courtesy of Endemol Shine)
Ray Meagher of Home and Away has admitted that his mind has sometimes ‘wandered into retirement.’
The Australian soap legend, who plays Alf Stewart, has admitted that he has considered quitting his iconic role of 33 years, but has also reconsidered.
On the Nova 96.9 radio show Fitzy and Wippa, Ray said, My mind is wandering a little at the moment. ‘ It wanders into retirement every now and then, but immediately turns around and wonders, Well, what are you going to do there?
In 2019, the soap star underwent triple bypass surgery, revealing that he was just expected to have a double bypass but that the surgeon wanted to go above and above.
They opened me up, but I assumed I’d have a double bypass. A couple of nights later, the doctor came with splattered in blood, claiming he’d seen a crack in a few other people.
I asked, “How did it go?” and “Are both in tubes tied up okay?” He explained, “What do you mean both?” He added, “You had a triple.”
While he was in there, he noticed something that seemed a little out of the ordinary, so we decided to do a buy two, get one free deal.
Ray, 76, said last year that after an operation in which a stent was implanted to repair a blockage in his heart, he has never been fitter.
He said at the time, ‘It’s all over now, and I’m sure everybody played their part.’ ‘I’ve never been in better shape, and I’ve been working long days on Home and Away.’
‘We’ve been trying to make up for what we lost during the nine weeks we were closed due to Covid.’
In upcoming scenes of the Channel 5 soap, Ray’s character Alf is persuaded by Roo to meet with a journalist – who becomes more involved when they discuss John and his dealings with Susie!