Actor Paul Cronin, best known as TV’s Dave Sullivan, has died, aged 81.
He died surrounded by his four daughters and grandchildren on Friday night, according to the Herald Sun.
“He was the most wonderful father, he was protective, he would have done everything for his girls. We loved him so much, he adored mum so much,” daughter Susanne said.
Cronin played patriarch Dave Sullivan on The Sullivans across the entire run of the Nine series, from 1976 – 1983.
But he had previously enjoyed a lengthy run in Matlock Police as Sen. Const. Gary Hogan from 1971 – 1976 which led to a starring role in spin-off series Solo One.
Other TV credits included Homicide, Division 4, The Flying Doctors, A Place to Call Home, and State Coroner.
Cronin won Silver Logie five times, and was crowned King of Moomba in 1980.
He also enjoyed a radio broadcasting role on 3AW and ran a family retailing business.
3AW Operations Manager Stephen Beers today said “Paul was a great presenter in the 3AW family and will be sadly missed, but fondly remembered as our first host of Remember When”.
In the early 1980s and he left Remember When but he returned to 3AW in 1999 to again co-host Remember When and also Nightline as a fill in host whenever Bruce Mansfield or Philip Brady were away.
Cronin got his start with Crawford Productions.
“The story goes he was watching TV one night with mum and he said ‘I reckon I could do that’, and she said, ‘why don’t you?’. He got a walk on role in one of the Crawford Productions and then he got Matlock and the rest is history,” Susanne said.