One of Australia's genuine entertainers and a true Gentleman. http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,25486770-661,00.html Code: UPDATE 2.04pm: THE PM and legends of Australia's stage and screen lead tributes to Charles Bud Tingwell, who died today aged 86. Tingwell, one of Australia's most enduring film favourites with a career lasting more than 60 years, passed away in a Melbourne hospital at 8.30am. His son, Christopher, and daughter, Virginia, who is also an actor, were by his side. Tingwell died from complications with prostate cancer, a spokesperson said. Michael Caton, who worked alongside Tingwell on The Castle, described his admiration for a sweet, gentle man with a sturdy core. He told heraldsun.com.au: "When we first met on the Sullies (The Sullivans) when he was director we clashed, but years later I got to know and love him as he was. "It hits me most the way he went about life with such grace. "A week after his beloved Audrey died, he was on set of The Castle giving a speech to the High Court about family and home and the look in Bud's eyes as he did that was unforgettable.'' Actor Matthew Newton described the loss of his good friend as a "very, very sad day''. Victorian Premier John Brumby described Tingwell as giant of the screen and a brillant actor. "He was a gentleman in every sense of the word," he said. "An entertainer, a great MC at a function and one of the people that helped put the Australian television and film industry on the map. "He will be sorely missed by those that loved to see him on the big screen." Prime Minister Kevin Rudd described Tingwell as a "great Australian". "Bud Tingwell is in every sense an Australian legend,'' Mr Rudd said. "From old generations knowing him through (TV series) Homicide and newer generations knowing him as the battlers' friend from (the film) The Castle. "He is so much a part of the Australian character as it's been shaped and as it will evolve in the future. "A great Australian and all Australians are sad to see his passing.'' While Victorian MP Bernie Finn is calling on the Premier for a state funeral. "He was an icon of Australia," he said. Photos: Charles Bud Tingwell's screen career Tingwell had been diagnosed with cancer several years ago. The star of The Castle and television's Homicide, Tingwell was a highly respected and much-loved star. Opposition leader Ted Baillieu said: "Bud Tingwell was a film, television, theatre and radio legend in Australia and was loved and respected worldwide. "But he was also a great Australian in every respect, from war veteran to community icon."