Legendary The Sullivans dad dies
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.