LISTEN: Tributes are being paid to Kiwi entertainment icon Max Cryer, who sadly passed away this week.
Cryer was one of the first stars of New Zealand television. He spoke the first words on nationwide TV in 1969.
A man of many talents, Cryer was an entertainer, producer, broadcaster and journalist.
Entertainment correspondent Peter Ford says he is saddened to hear of his passing.
"It was very unexpected. He seemed to be in good shape.
"I had no idea he was 86 years old, I don't think a lot of his friends knew he was that old - because he was very determined that nobody was going to find out," Ford told Magic Talk.
In 1969, spotted by Hollywood, Cryer toured the United States and met stars like Lucille Ball.
Back home he made more than 300 appearances on TV, starting in the late 1960s, on Town Cryer - New Zealand's first live talk-variety show - and other shows like University Challenge and Mastermind.
His own television show was the first in New Zealand to be broadcast in colour and in 1995 he was recognised with an MBE for services to entertainment.
Cryer was also best-selling author, a RadioLIVE host and newspaper columnist.
Listen to the full interview with Peter Ford above.