Tom Burlinson has enjoyed more than 25 years as a show business professional.
After graduating from NIDA in 1976, his early work in various productions for the Queensland Theatre Company, the Old Tote Theatre Company, and the State Theatre Company of South Australia included roles in 'The Merchant of Venice', 'Da' and 'The One Day of the Year'. He co-starred in 'Tribute' for Peter Williams Productions in Sydney and Brisbane and played continuing roles in the TV series 'Kirbys' Company' (ABC) and 'The Restless Years' (Grundy Organisation).
In 1981 Tom was cast in the title role in the feature film 'The Man from Snowy River'. It was an enormous box office success, and led to Tom being offered a succession of leading roles in Australian and international films and mini-series over the next several years. These included 'Phar Lap', 'Eureka Stockade', 'Flesh and Blood', 'Windrider', 'Piece of Cake', and 'The Legend of Kootenai Brown' as well as 'The Man from Snowy River I I '.
In 1991 Tom sang the voice of the young Frank Sinatra in the Warner Brothers mini-series 'Sinatra'. This was his first professional singing engagement! Soon thereafter he returned to Australia and to the stage to star in the Gordon Frost production of 'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying'. He was soon working on the international scene again in the mini-series 'The Way to Dusty Death', filmed in Europe .
In 1995 renowned theatre director Gayle Edwards cast Tom in a leading role in the acclaimed workshop production of the Australian musical 'Miracle City' for the Sydney Theatre Company. The following year he was given another chance to further develop his musical abilities in Stephen Sondheim's 'Merrily We Roll Along', again for the STC.
In 1997 Tom hosted the TV series 'Animal Hospital' for the Nine Network. He then appeared in concert at Taronga Zoo in 'A Tribute to Frank Sinatra'. This prompted Tom to create 'Frank – A Life in Song', under its original title of 'Frank - The Sinatra Story in Song'. The initial two week booking at the Seymour Centre in June 1998 was extended to five weeks, and successful seasons in Melbourne, Adelaide, Newcastle, Brisbane and Perth were followed by sell-out returns at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney and the Comedy Theatre in Melbourne.
The success of 'Frank' led to Tom being kept busy performing in concert at a variety of venues for charities, corporations and other organisations around the country throughout 1999 and 2000. In May 2001, he was asked to remount 'Frank' for the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, playing to sell-out houses once again. The following August Tom returned to the Capitol Theatre, Sydney for yet another very successful season of the show.