Tom was born in Bootle, Merseyside. Whilst working as a maths teacher and assistant headmaster at St Joan of Arc School in Bootle he developed his unique comedy routines thanks to his headmaster’s philosophy. When his pupils showed little interest in the academic side of mathematics, the headmaster told him, ‘Never mind the algebra and logarithms, just remember you are saving souls’. They were wise words and Tom found a distinctive way of communicating with his charges by telling jokes.
He became a professional entertainer in 1972 winning ‘Opportunity Knocks’. Within a year of his TV debut, he was hosting the Thames TV series ‘Wednesday At Eight’ followed by his own series ‘The Tom O’Connor Show’. This was followed by an appearance on the Royal Variety Show at the London Palladium and in 1977 Tom became the subject of ‘This Is Your Life’.
Today Tom remains very much in demand for cabaret and after dinner engagements as well as entertaining on cruise liners. He continues to make guest TV appearances.