Tom Sullivan (singer)

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Tom Sullivan
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Sullivan (left) in a 1976 episode of M*A*S*H
Born (1947-03-27) March 27, 1947 (age 74)
OccupationSinger, actor, writer, motivational speaker
Years active1969–present

Tom Sullivan (born March 27, 1947) is an American singer, actor, writer, and motivational speaker. Blind since infancy, he has been a public advocate for assistive services for the blind, and research into treatments for blindness. [1]


Personal life

Sullivan was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Marie C. (née Kelly) and Thomas J. Sullivan, who owned a saloon. [2] 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 sang "The Star-Spangled Banner", the national anthem of the United States, at Super Bowl X, and the 1976 Indianapolis 500.

He played a recently blinded soldier in a 1976 episode of M*A*S*H, which led to additional acting roles. He also starred as a blind business owner in the WKRP in Cincinnati episode "To Err is Human". 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.

If You Could See What I Hear , a 1982 movie based on his time in college, was directed by Eric Till and starred Marc Singer as Sullivan.



Studio albums

List of albums, with Australian chart positions
TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart
If You Could See What I Hear-
Yes I'm Ready / Tom Sullivan
  • Released: 1976
  • Format: LP
  • Label: ABC Music (ABCD-967)


List of singles, with Australianchart positions
YearTitlePeak chart
1975"Beauty Is in the Eyes of the Beholder"-
1976"Yes I'm Ready"74
"Fools Rush in"-
1982"If You Could See What I Hear "-

Selected television and movie credits

Acting filmography

Miscellaneous filmography


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  1. "Discovery Eye Foundation - Ambassador of Vision, Tom Sullivan". Discovery Eye Foundation. Retrieved 2021-11-13.
  2. "Tom Sullivan Biography (1947-)". Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  3. "The American Foundation for the Blind Helen Keller Achievement Award Recipients - American Foundation for the Blind". Retrieved 1 October 2018.
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