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Tom Burlinson
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Actor and singer born in Toronto, Canada in 1956, from English parents who had migrated to Canada after Word War 11. The family transferred to New Jersey in 1958 and Tom was the typical all-American youngster with the Little League baseball cap, striped T-shirt and turned-up jeans.

In 1962 the family transferred to England with the father's job and young Tom went to school with a North American accent.

In 1965, just before Tom turned 10, the family transferred again, this time to Australia. After six months his parents divorced and his mother and two younger sisters went back to England, leaving him with dad and his older sister, Susan.

His first public appearance was as Colonel Pickering in Mosman Primary School's production of My Fair Lady. A star was born!

Moving to Bayview, Tom went to Pittwater High School. becoming school captain in his final year.

His father wanted him to be a lawyer but he had other ideas. A friend had been accepted for NIDA so he auditioned and to his great surprise was accepted into the class of '74.

In 1981 his career break came when he was cast as Jim Craig in The Man From Snowy River , alongside Kirk Douglas, Jack Thompson and Sigrid Thornton. The star had arrived!

In 1992 he did Phar Lap , playing the young Tom Woodcock, alongside Martin Vaughan.

Being a great Frank Sinatra fan since he was about seven, asking his mother to play 'the man in the hat', he heard of the mini series Sinatra being produced in America by Sinatra's daughter, Tina. He put himself forward for the main role but was selected for singing the voice of the young Sinatra.

Now he was a singer and soon sang in his first musical - How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. Here he met the young singer and dancer Mandy Carnie. They married in December 1996 and are expecting their first child in April '99.

In 1998 he created Frank, The Sinatra Story In Song which opened at the Seymour Centre in Sydney then on to other major cities. Incredibly, Old Blue Eyes, The Chairman of the Board, Sinatra died around the opening time of the show.


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