TV exec Kevin O’Sullivan died Jan. 9 in Manhattan. He was 77.
Born in New York, O’Sullivan entered the TV biz in 1940 while at Queens College, starting as a news commentator and then as an actor and singer. He appeared on “Your Hit Parade” and “This is Show Business.” In 1952, appeared in the Broadway musical “Seventeen.”
He joined ABC in 1967, eventually becoming president of ABC Films and ABC Intl. Television. In 1973, he acquired the assets of ABC Films to create Worldvision Enterprises, a worldwide TV distribution company. In 1979 Worldvision merged with Taft Broadcasting, and when Taft was acquired by Great American Communications, he became president and CEO of its entertainment group. He later served as chairman of the board of trustees of the foundation of the international council of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
After his retirement, he worked with the O’Sullivan Children Foundation, which supports educational television.
He is survived by his wife Carole and a daughter.
Donations may be made to the O’ Sullivan Children Foundation, 4 Bridle Path Dr., Old Westbury, NY 11568.