8 July 1938 |
Jamestown Soldiers' Memorial Hospital, South Australia
Born the son of a farmer in South Australia, after leaving school Cronin become a farmer himself and learned to shear sheep. He later married his wife Helen, who gave birth to four daughters including twins.
After giving up farming in South Australia, Cronin eventually found his way to Melbourne where he worked at an engineering company. It was at this time that he became a bit actor on various Crawford Productions including Division 4 and Homicide.
After numerous bit parts, Cronin went on to appear as motorcycle policeman Gary Hogan in the Crawford Productions drama Matlock Police (1971–1975). After that series ended he continued the role in the spin-off Solo One (1976), a series continuing Hogan's motorcycle police officer exploits. The spin-off, which ran for just one 13-episode season, was aimed at children it eschewed much of the violence and adult stortlines. After Matlock came the role as the central character of Dave Sullivan in the popular soap opera The Sullivans. The role as Dave Sullivan won him five Silver Logies. Cronin was crowned 1980 King of Moomba.
In 1998 Cronin replaced Channel Nine Voice Over Man Pete Smith as the replacement co-host on radio 3AW's Nightline and Remember When programs. He remained in that position filling in when either of the shows regular hosts Bruce Mansfield or Philip Brady were away. Cronin formally co-hosted Nightline on Fridays during the Non Football season. On 16 October 2008, he signed off at midnight as fill in host and Friday host (Non Football season) of 3AW's Nightline and Remember When, comedian Marty Fields replaced him.
In 2005, the retirement investment company that he and Dawn Fraser had been advertising on television for some years, collapsed and the directors fled, owing their investors millions of dollars. He and Fraser made a public apology for their unwitting contribution to the financial plight of many people.
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