Actor and former Actors’ Fund prexy Tom Dillon died March 14 of natural causes in Englewood, N.J. He was 86.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 18 at 10:30 a.m. at the Actors’ Chapel, St. Malachy’s, 239 West 49th Street, New York City.
As president of the Actors’ Fund from 1989 until 2004, he was closely involved many of the Fund’s activities, including Manhattan affordable housing complex the Aurora, The Actors’ Fund Homes in Englewood, N.J., and the Palm View, an apartment complex in West Hollywood, Calif., for entertainment professionals with AIDS. At the time of his death, he was involved in preparations for a fundraising campaign celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Fund.
Born in Brooklyn, Dillon was recognized as an Irish tenor from his first performance at the age of 18 on WNYC radio. He served in WWII and appeared alongside Mario Lanza, Karl Malden, John Forsythe and Red Buttons in the Moss Hart show “Winged Victory” on Broadway.
In 1996, he co-hosted the 50th anniversary reunion of the cast in New York City along with Kitty Carlisle Hart, the composer’s widow.
Over a nearly 70-year showbiz career, he appeared on Broadway in “Ziegfeld Follies” and “The Wonderful World of Burlesque” and in TV, was a featured performer on the Milton Berle, Victor Borge, Perry Como, Imogene Coca, Kate Smith and Martha Raye shows.
He appeared in films including “Winged Victory,” “Slaughterhouse Five,” “The Two Mrs. Grenvilles,” “Anastasia” and “Family Business.”
Dillon was active in the Lambs Club org and charity, was a member of the Nominating Committee of the Tony Awards and was a recipient of the Founder’s Award of the Theater Hall of Fame.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Alice.
Donations are suggested to The Actors’ Fund of America, 729 Seventh Ave., 10th Fl., N.Y., N.Y. 10019.