Leg­endary The Sul­li­vans dad dies

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - AMY HAR­RIS

AUS­TRALIA has lost a le­gend of the small screen in Paul Cronin, best known as the beloved fa­ther Dave Sullivan in The Sul­li­vans.

Cronin died at the age of 81 sur­rounded by his four daugh­ters and grand­chil­dren late on Fri­day evening. The five-time sil­ver Lo­gie win­ner be­gan his ca­reer in Mat­lock Po­lice, a ri­val to Chan­nel Sev­ens hit show Homi­cide, in 1971.

But it was his role as Dave Sullivan that would truly el­e­vate him to house­hold name sta­tus — a role he played from 1976 to 1983.

Out­side of act­ing, Cronin was an avid AFL fan and, with the back­ing of the late busi­ness­man Christo­pher Skase, founded the Bris­bane Bears (now Li­ons) in the Victorian Foot­ball League in 1986.

He also con­tin­ued to pop up in some of Aus­tralia’s most pop­u­lar TV shows, with roles in The Fly­ing Doc­tors, A Place To Call Home and Mother and Son.

His fi­nal TV ap­pear­ance was a small role in the ABC com­edy The Hol­low­men in 2008.

Paul Cronin.

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