Tom Sullivan Biography (1947-)

Born March 27, 1947, in Boston, MA; son of Thomas J. (a saloon owner) and Marie C. (Kelly) Sullivan; married Patricia M. Steffen, May 17, 1969; children:Blythe, Thomas J. III. Addresses: Agent--Silver Massetti and Associates, 8730 Sunset Blvd., Suite 480, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

Sullivan earlier told CTFT that "handicaps are inconveniences, and everyone has one. I believe that disadvantages can be turned into advantages. Because of my blindness since birth, I am frequently asked to speak motivationally andhave been doing so extensively."

Birth Details
March 27, 1947
Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Famous Works

  • Credits; Film Appearances
  • Performer of the national anthem, Black Sunday, Paramount, 1976.
  • Steve and performer of the song "Beauty Is in the Eyes of the Beholder,"Airport 77 (also known as Airport '77), Universal, 1977.
  • Performer of the songs "If You Could See What I Hear," "You're the One,"and "I Hear Love," If You Could See What I Hear, Jensen Farley, 1982.
  • Credits; Film Work
  • Production consultant for Nova Scotia shoot, If You Could See What I Hear, Jensen Farley, 1982.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Series
  • Special correspondent, Good Morning America (also known as GMA), ABC, 1979-81.
  • Also appeared as Mike Kendall in Search for Tomorrow, CBS and NBC.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Movies
  • Dr. Brad Smith, Love's Dark Ride, 1978.
  • Credits; Television Work; Movies
  • Producer (with others) and consultant, Blind Witness, ABC, 1989.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Specials
  • Circus of the Stars, 1977.
  • Chris and the Magical Drip, 1981.
  • Himself and performer of songs "If You Could See What I Hear" and "A Little Closer," Sea World Mother Earth Celebration, ABC, 1991.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Episodic
  • M*A*S*H, CBS, 1978.
  • Tom Bickley, Mork & Mindy, ABC, 1981.
  • Hester Sherman, "To Err Is Human," WKRP in Cincinnati, CBS, 1982.
  • Also appeared in Aaron's Way, NBC; Designing Women, CBS; The Dinah ShoreShow, NBC; Fame, NBC and syndicated; Knight Rider, NBC; The Merv Griffin Show, NBC, syndicated, and CBS; The Mike Douglas Show, syndicated; and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (also known as The Tonight Show), NBC.
  • Credits; Spoken Word
  • If You Could See What I Hear, Perception Records (New York City), 1972.
  • Writings;Teleplays; Stories; Movies
  • Blind Witness, ABC, 1989.
  • Writings;Songs for Films
  • "If You Could See What I Hear" and "Let Me Begin to Love You," If You Could See What I Hear, Jensen Farley, 1982.
  • Writings;Memoirs
  • (With Derek Gill) If You Could See What I Hear, Harper & Row (New York City), 1975.
  • Adventures in Darkness (also known as Tom Sullivan's Adventures in Darkness; young adult version of If You Could See What I Hear), Ideals Publishing,1976.
  • Writings;Nonfiction for Children
  • You Are Special, Ideals Publishing, 1981.
  • Common Senses, Ideals Publishing, 1982.
  • Writings;Nonfiction for Adults
  • The Leading Lady: Dinah's Story, Bantam Books (New York City), 1991.
  • (With Ken Erdman) Network Your Way to Success, Marketers Bookshelf (Philadelphia, PA), 1992.
  • Special Parent, Special Child: Parents of Children with Disabilities Share Their Trials, Triumphs, and Hard-Won Wisdom, Putnam (New York City), 1995.

Further Reference


  • Runner's World, July, 1990, pp. 34-36.

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