Performance icon Burt Newton will last appear on Australian screens as millions of people across the country prepare to tune in to the live stream of the 83-year-old’s state funeral service on Friday.
The showbiz king will be laid to rest at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne. The vaccination will be attended by fully vaccinated family, friends and colleagues.
While Covid-19 restrictions have limited the attendance to 500 people, there will be a lot more tuning to the live stream.
Newton died on October 30 after a leg amputation.
It was the last chapter of a long health war involving several severe bouts of pneumonia, and then four life-saving bypass surgeries in November 2012 after being hospitalized twice the previous year.
There were fresh fears for the health of TV, radio and stage icons after Mrs Patti posted a picture of her in a hospital bed on her Instagram account in November last year.
Then came the shocking update in May that Newton’s toe infection had worsened before Christmas 2020 when doctors gave him a “life or death” ultimatum: lose your leg, or you could die within a month.
Newton experienced some major changes in his life when he returned home to his wife Patti after the divorce.
Her brilliant performing career spans generations from the late 1950s, and the joy she brought to Australia’s meeting room will be remembered by millions on Friday.
Newton began his career in the industry at the age of 15, rejecting previous plans to join the clergy.
In 1952, Burt was hired as a junior announcer on Melbourne Radio Station 3XY. Two years later, he was the presenter of a program recorded on a street called Melbourne Speaks.
He then entered television, hosting The Late Show, before making his debut in Melbourne Today in 1959. She soon joined the television show’s King Graham Kennedy on a regular Melbourne Tonight sister show.
In the early 1960’s, they hosted the Burt Newton show, and the couple appeared weekly on Channel 9 on the Graham Kennedy show.
A short time back on the radio, and he returned to TV when he was on Don Lane’s sidekick “Barrel Boy” on the 1975 show The Don Lane Show that earned him the nickname “Moonface”.
Hosted the game shows Ford Supervisor, Talent Show New Face and Tonight with Burt Newton in 1992 before being asked to host Good Morning Australia on Network Ten. He hosted the show for 14 years before the show was canceled. 2005.
When he left the network in 2005, Burt Newton signed a three-year deal with Nine in 2006, to host Burt’s family feud, 20 to 1, and What a Year.
She regained her role as Logies host in 2006 when she co-hosted with former Gold Logie winners Lisa McConnell, Georgie Parker, Ray Martin and Daryl Somers. She hosted a solo show in 2010.
In fact he went to host the show more than 20 times.
In 2006, Bert was named the number one Australian television star of the last 50 years in a 50-year 50 star special on Channel 9.
But she added several acting roles to the musical theater in her resume, including Beauty and the Beast (1995), The Sound of Music (1999), The Producers (2012), Greece (2013) and Wicked (2009). Where he played the role of a magician.
Bert Newton married Patti Newton in 1974, and they have been on each other’s side ever since.
He is survived by a son, Matthew, 43, and a daughter, Lauren, 40. He is also the grandfather of the daughter’s six children, along with her husband, former swimmer Matt Welsh.