Tom Sullivan (singer)

Tom Sullivan (born March 27, 1947) is an American entertainer, singer, actor, author, motivational speaker and writer.

Tom Sullivan
Born (1947-03-27) March 27, 1947
OccupationActor, singer, author, entertainer, motivational speaker
Years active1969–present


Personal life

Sullivan was born and raised in West Roxbury Neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Marie C. (née Kelly) and Thomas J. Sullivan, who owned a saloon.[1] 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 left him permanently blind. (This condition is now known as retinopathy of prematurity.)


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, and the 1976 Indianapolis 500. 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. The movie, If You Could See What I Hear, was directed by Eric Till and starred Marc Singer, who impersonated Sullivan and did his own singing in character.



  • If You Could See What I Hear (1972, Perception)
  • Yes I'm Ready (1976, ABC)

Selected television and movie credits

Acting filmography

Miscellaneous filmography


  • If You Could See What I Hear (1975) ISBN 978-0-06-014167-7
  • Tom Sullivan's Adventures In Darkness (1976) ISBN 978-0-7852-2081-7
  • The Leading Lady. Dinah's Story (1991, with Betty White) ISBN 978-0-553-07395-9
  • Seeing Lessons: 14 Life Secrets I've Learned Along the Way (2003) ISBN 978-0-471-26356-2
  • Together: A novel of shared vision (2008, with Betty White) ISBN 978-1-59554-456-8
  • Alive Day: A Story of Love and Loyalty (2009), with Betty White ISBN 978-1-59554-457-5


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