Newton, Bert

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Name
Newton, Bert Gender: M
Albert Watson Newton
born on 23 July 1938 at 09:00 (= 09:00 AM )
Place Fitzroy, Australia, 37s48, 144e59
Timezone AEST h10e (is standard time)
Data source
Bio/autobiography
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 29°27' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 00°46 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 28°19'



Bert Newton
photo: Eva Rinaldi from Sydney Australia, license cc-by-sa-2.0

Biography

Australian media personality and entertainer, comedian, radio star, television host and stage actor. Talented as both a natural comedian and a sophisticated MC-host, Newton has long been a favourite with the viewing public, his colleagues and the critics. His career has reaped a remarkable 15 Logies (four of them Gold). For his radio work, he has received the Inaugural Grand Pater (1982), the Pater for the Year's Best Radio Special (1988), and a citation at the 1988 New York Radio Festival. An MBE was awarded from Queen Elizabeth II in 1979 for services to the performing arts. On 12 June 2006 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia "for service to the entertainment industry as a presenter, actor, comedian, and through support for a range of medical research and charitable organisations". His affable charm and sincerity shines through his nickname "Moonface."

The product of a traditional Catholic family, Newton was one of six kids from a working class suburb. He was very close to his mother, Gladys, who died in 1981. His father, Joseph, who served in World War II, returned when Bert was seven, and died when the boy was eleven.

In 1950, at age 11, Bert went along to a Melbourne radio studio to watch a broadcast of a Boy Scouts program and was instantly captivated by the magic of entertainment. He made his radio debut in June of that year on a children's program. After school, he secured a full-time job as a turntable operator. Impressed by his talent and enthusiasm, the management put him on air as an announcer. He was 15 years of age!

In July 1957, Newton signed with TV Seven Network to host The Late Show and two years later, teamed with former Rival Graham Kennedy on the Nine Network. It was the start of an historic partnership that viewers were to love when the inimitable team formed In Melbourne Tonight. Newton became Australia's favourite son with his impeccable sense of timing and his natural warm humour.

Newton and Don Lane combined in the highest rating national tonight show in Australia's history, The Don Lane Show. Their unique and award-winning partnership entertained a massive audience for almost 10 years, 1975-1983. Newton’s own New Faces programme was on the air for 22 years.

From 1986-1988, Newton was General Manager of a Melbourne radio station and its major on-air personality. In 1989 Bert returned to Seven where he began his television career. He was the host of the national daily programme The Bert Newton Show. In 1992, the Ten TV network signed Newton for the weekday show, Good Morning Australia, with Bert Newton, a mix of guests, music, fashion, cooking and infomercials -- which continued eight years.

In theatre, Newton played the title role in a 1991 production of Wizard of Oz, and in 1999, he played Uncle Max in the lavish stage production of The Sound Of Music. From 2008-2011 he played The Wizard in the Australian production of the musical Wicked. Newton played the narrator in the 2015 Australian production of The Rocky Horror Show.

In November 2012, Newton underwent quadruple heart bypass surgery having been admitted to hospital twice in the twelve months prior. Having suffered a bout of pneumonia, Newton was admitted to Epworth Hospital several times in March and April 2017. Newton suffered from a toe infection he acquired in late 2020. Newton's leg was amputated below the knee in May 2021.

Newton was reputed to have lived at home with his mother until the age of 36, prompting widespread gossip that he was gay. He married singer-dancer Patti McGrath in November 1974. They have two children, actor Matthew Newton and TV personality Lauren Newton.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Relationships

  • associate relationship with Burlinson, Tom (born 14 February 1956). Notes: Co-stars in musical "The Producers"
  • associate relationship with James, Ken (born 16 November 1948)
  • associate relationship with Kirkpatrick, Maggie (born 29 January 1941). Notes: Co-stars in musical "Wicked"
  • business associate/partner relationship with Zemiro, Julia (born 14 April 1967). Notes: Cohosts of "What a Year" TV show, 2007
  • has other family relationship with Welsh, Matt (born 18 November 1976). Notes: Father-in-law/ son-in-law, 2006-

Events

  • Misc. : Great Insight 1950 (Trip to radio station, captivated by radio and entertainment)
  • Work : Contracts, agreements July 1957 (Signed with TV-7 for "The Late Show")
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  • Relationship : Marriage November 1974 (Patti McGrath)
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  • Work : Begin Major Project 1975 (Teamed up to do the "Don Lane Show")
  • Work : Prize 1979 (MBE Award)
  • Death of Mother 1981
  • Work : Prize 1982 (Inaugural Grand Pater)
  • Work : New Career 1986 (Radio station General Manager)
  • Work : Prize 1988 (Pater for the Year's Best Radio Special)
  • Work : Begin Major Project 1989 (Own TV show begins)
  • Work : New Career 1991 (Stage appearance in "Wizard of Oz")
  • Work : New Job 1992 ("Good Morning Australia with Bert Newton")
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1999 (Stage appearance)
  • Health : Medical procedure May 2021 (Lower leg amputated)
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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes the autobiography, "Bert! Bert Newton’s Own Story," Toorak, V: Garry Sparkes & Associates, 1977.

Dennis Sutton quotes Lois Ohlsen for the same from Newton, given in Sutton's 50 Australian charts, published 1996.

Categories

  • Traits : Personality : Charismatic
  • Traits : Personality : Loved by all
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Pneumonia
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Surgery (Lower leg amputated)
  • Family : Childhood : Family large (One of six kids)
  • Family : Childhood : Family traumatic event (Age 11 when dad died)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (With Patti since 1974)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Two, one boy and one girl)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids - Noted
  • Lifestyle : Work : Start young less than 16 (DJ at age 15)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Work in team/ Tandem (Partnership with Don Lane)
  • Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Western (Raised Catholic)
  • Vocation : Business : Middle Management (General Manager)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (Daytime TV)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Comedy
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Live Stage
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Radio/ D.J./ Announcer (Noted radio show)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : TV host/ Personality (Own show, "The Late Show", M.C.)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Voice-Over (Narrator)
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer ("Bert! Bert Newton's Own Story")
  • Notable : Awards : Public Service (AM, MBE)
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award (Numerous noted awards)