Hugh Jackman and his wife Deb share moving tribute to Bert Newton

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Hugh Jackman remembers Bert Newton’s ‘grace, dignity and quiet generosity’ and says the TV legend was ‘one of a kind’ following his death at age 83


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Hugh Jackman has paid tribute to his former co-star Bert Newtown after the TV legend died at the age of 83 on Saturday. 

The Australian stars had starred alongside one another in a stage production of Beauty and the Beast in 1995. 

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And on Sunday, Hugh, 53, shared some moving memories of his old pal in an Instagram Stories post from him and his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, 65.

Loss: Hugh Jackman (left) has paid tribute to his former co-star Bert Newtown after the TV legend died at the age of 83 on Saturday. Pictured with wife Deborra-Lee Furness (right)

Loss: Hugh Jackman (left) has paid tribute to his former co-star Bert Newtown after the TV legend died at the age of 83 on Saturday. Pictured with wife Deborra-Lee Furness (right) 

‘Deb and I are so sad to have heard of the passing of an Australian icon. Bert Newton. I was privileged to have worked with Bert on Beauty and the Beast for a year. 

‘Just by watching him, I learned how to handle the spotlight with grace, dignity, humour and class.’ 

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Hugh added that Bert was also ‘quietly’ generous and never broadcast his acts of charity. 

Co-stars: The Wolverine also shared a photo of himself and Bert (right) on the set of the musical Beauty and the Beast in 1995 (pictured)

Co-stars: The Wolverine also shared a photo of himself and Bert (right) on the set of the musical Beauty and the Beast in 1995 (pictured) 

'Deb and I are so sad to have heard of the passing of an Australian icon. Bert Newton. I was privileged to have worked with Bert on Beauty and the Beast for a year,' Hugh wrote

‘Deb and I are so sad to have heard of the passing of an Australian icon. Bert Newton. I was privileged to have worked with Bert on Beauty and the Beast for a year,’ Hugh wrote 

'What I will remember more than anything was his incredible humanity. His countless acts of quiet generosity when no one was looking,' he added

‘What I will remember more than anything was his incredible humanity. His countless acts of quiet generosity when no one was looking,’ he added

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‘But, what I will remember more than anything was his incredible humanity. His countless acts of quiet generosity when no one was looking,’ Hugh wrote. 

‘You were on of a kind Bert. You will be deeply missed. Much love to Patti and the entire family.’

The Wolverine actor also shared a photo of himself and Bert on the set of Beauty and the Beast in the 1990s. 

Final photo: TV legend Bert died on Saturday night. On October 24, Patti posted a photo of a beaming Newton recovering in his hospital bed while surrounded by five of his grandchildren

Final photo: TV legend Bert died on Saturday night. On October 24, Patti posted a photo of a beaming Newton recovering in his hospital bed while surrounded by five of his grandchildren

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TV legend Bert died on Saturday night, after a stunning career that beamed him into the living rooms of Australians for more than 70 years. 

He had been receiving palliative care at a clinic in Melbourne at the time of his death, following a long health battle that led to one of his legs being amputated in May. 

The TV personality is survived by his wife Patti, 76, daughter Lauren, 40, son Matthew, 40, and six grandchildren. 

His life will be celebrated in am upcoming state funeral in Melbourne

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Family: The TV personality is survived by his wife Patti, his two kids, and six grandchildren. Bert's daughter Lauren Newton has six children: Sam, 11, Eva, nine, Lola, six, Monty, two, Perla, 19 months, and newborn son, Alby. All pictured but for son Matthew

Family: The TV personality is survived by his wife Patti, his two kids, and six grandchildren. Bert’s daughter Lauren Newton has six children: Sam, 11, Eva, nine, Lola, six, Monty, two, Perla, 19 months, and newborn son, Alby. All pictured but for son Matthew 

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