(born March 27
) is an American
performer, author, and motivational speaker.
Sullivan was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts
, the son of Marie C. (née
Kelly) and Thomas J. Sullivan, who owned a saloon
. His premature birth
caused him to need oxygen treatment while in an incubator
. Though the treatment saved his life, he was given too much oxygen, which caused permanent blindness, a condition now known as retinopathy of prematurity
He enjoys golfing, skiing, skydiving and running. Sullivan has 2 children with wife, Patricia. Sullivan once saved his infant daughter, Blythe, from drowning in the family pool by listening for air bubbles.
Sullivan has worked as an author, composer, motivational speaker, and singer, as well as an actor, director, and producer. Sullivan also sang The Star-Spangled Banner
, the national anthem of the United States, at Super Bowl X
. He had a recurring role on Highway to Heaven
as Frank Riley, who ultimately marries Priscilla Barnes
's character. Among the songs Sullivan has written and performed are "All the Colors Of the Heart," which was used as the theme for his debut episode of Highway to Heaven.
A movie based on events of his college years was produced. If You Could See What I Hear starred Marc Singer as Sullivan.
- Seeing Lessons: 14 Life Secrets I've Learned Along the Way (2003) ISBN 978-0-471-26356-2
- If You Could See What I Hear (1975) ISBN 978-0-06-014167-7
- Tom Sullivan's Adventures In Darkness (1976) ISBN 978-0-78-522081-7
Selected television and movie credits