Brad Sullivan

Actor
Like many character actors, Sullivan had to hustle for small roles in features and TV and find some artistic satisfaction on stage before aging into a viable, in-demand player--in his case, often as a gruff, authority ... Read more »
Born: 11/18/1931 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (46)

The Fantasticks 2000 (Movie)

Hucklebee (Actor)

Law & Order 1990 - 1993, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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NYPD Blue 1991 - 1993, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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Bushwhacked 1995 (Movie)

Jack Erickson (Actor)

Canadian Bacon 1995 (Movie)

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The Jerky Boys 1995 (Movie)

Worzic (Actor)

Big Wave Dave's 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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I'll Fly Away 1991 - 1993 (Tv Show)

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Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit 1993 (Movie)

Father Thomas (Actor)

South Beach 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The Luck of the Draw: The Gambler Returns 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Guilty By Suspicion 1991 (Movie)

Congressman Velde (Actor)

In the Line of Duty: Manhunt in the Dakotas 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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The Prince of Tides 1991 (Movie)

Henry Wingo (Actor)

True Colors 1991 (Movie)

Abernathy (Actor)

Dead Bang 1989 (Movie)

Chief Hillard (Actor)

Signs of Life 1989 (Movie)

Lobsterman (Actor)

The Abyss 1989 (Movie)

Executive (Actor)

The Dream Team 1989 (Movie)

Sergeant Vincente (Actor)

Funny Farm 1988 (Movie)

Brock (Actor)

The Red Spider 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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The Untouchables 1987 (Movie)

George (Actor)

Tin Men 1987 (Movie)

Masters (Actor)

George Washington 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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Best of the West 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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The Neighborhood 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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Ghost Story 1981 (Movie)

Sheriff Hardesty (Actor)

Cold River 1980 (Movie)

Reuben Knat (Actor)

The Island 1980 (Movie)

Stark--Pilot (Actor)

The Line 1979 (Movie)

Sergeant Hook (Actor)

Walk Proud 1979 (Movie)

Kelsey (Actor)

Slap Shot 1977 (Movie)

Wanchuk (Actor)

The Sting 1973 (Movie)

Cole (Actor)

Parades 1971 (Movie)

Sergeant Hook (Actor)

A Winner Never Quits (TV Show)

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Clinton and Nadine (TV Show)

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Double Deception (TV Show)

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Home Fires Burning (TV Show)

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Judgment (TV Show)

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Nothing Sacred (TV Show)

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Orpheus Descending (TV Show)

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The Law (TV Show)

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The Migrants (TV Show)

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The Neighborhood (Movie)

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Biography

Like many character actors, Sullivan had to hustle for small roles in features and TV and find some artistic satisfaction on stage before aging into a viable, in-demand player--in his case, often as a gruff, authority figure who sometimes exhibits a heart of gold. Born in Chicago, IL, and raised on Cape Cod, MA, Sullivan clearly exhibits his New England roots in his accent. He attended the University of Maine and toured with a stage company before heading to New York. Sullivan landed work with the New York Shakespeare Festival and appeared on Broadway in the ensemble musical "Working" (1978), for which he received a Drama Desk Award nomination. He also played Vanessa Redgrave's husband in the Peter Hall production of Tennessee Williams' "Orpheus Descending" (1989). Other stage credits include "South Pacific", Beth Henley's "The Wake of Jamie Foster" and "The Caine Mutiny Court Martial".

Success in films was slow in coming. Sullivan could be seen in "The Sting" (1973), "Slap Shot" (1977) and "The Untouchables" (1987), but his status as a character player was confirmed when Barbra Streisand cast him as Henry Wingo, the sometimes brutal husband and father, in "The Prince of Tides" (1991). Sullivan subsequently played a variety of supporting roles, including a tough priest who comes through for Whoopi Goldberg and the nuns in "Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit" (1993).

On TV, Sullivan is best remembered as Mr. Zollicofer, the ex-Marine turned wrestling coach on "I'll Fly Away" (NBC, 1991-93). In addition, he was General Artemus Ward in the miniseries "George Washington" (CBS, 1989), and added local flavor as Fog Martin in "Home Fires Burning" (CBS, 1989), a "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation. Sullivan recreated his stage role opposite Vanessa Redgrave in the TNT adaptation of "Orpheus Descending" (1990) and portrayed Judge Roy Bean in "Luck of the Draw: The Gambler Returns" (CBS, 1991). More recently, he was Father Leo, the avuncular older priest who offers guidance to his younger colleagues, in the ABC drama series "Nothing Sacred" (1997-98).

EDUCATION

University of Maine

Orino , Maine

Milestones

1991

Breakthrough feature role as Henry Wingo, "The Prince of Tides"

1991

Played Judge Roy Bean in "Luck of the Draw: The Gambler Returns" miniseries

1989

Featured on Broadway in "Orpheus Descending" opposite Vanessa Redgrave; reprised role in 1990 TV version

1978

Was a member of the ensemble cast of the Broadway musical "Working"

1974

Early TV work, a small role in the acclaimed NBC TV-movie "The Law"

1973

Early film work, bit, "The Sting"

Began acting professionally with Arnold Moss' Touring Company

Served in US Army during Korean War

Cast in the ABC drama series "Nothing Sacred"

Played Coach Zollicofer on NBC series "I'll Fly Away"

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