David Cassidy Biography

Actor, Television Actor, Singer(1950–)
David Cassidy is a singer and actor, most notably appearing as one of the stars of the musical television series The Partridge Family in the 1970s.

Synopsis

David Cassidy was one of the stars of the musical TV series The Partridge Family in the 1970s. In addition to being popular on television, the fictional family scored several hits, such as "I Think I Love You," which featured Cassidy on lead vocals. By the mid-1970s, however, Cassidy's teen fan base had moved on, and he also moved on to other series and a successful run entertaining in Las Vegas.

David Cassidy, star of The Partridge Family.

David Cassidy, star of The Partridge Family.

Early Life

Singer, actor, and TV star David Cassidy was born on April 12, 1950, in New York City. Son of actor and singer Jack Cassidy and actress Evelyn Ward, Cassidy has built his own career as an entertainer, most notably as one of the stars of the musical television series, The Partridge Family, in the 1970s. Growing up, he was surrounded by show business. His parents divorced when he was a child, and his father married actress and singer Shirley Jones in 1956.

The Partridge Family

Jones and Cassidy went on to play mother and son on The Partridge Family, which debuted in the fall of 1970. Danny Bonaduce and Susan Dey were also key members of the cast. In addition to being popular on television, the fictional family scored several hits, such as "I Think I Love You," which featured Cassidy on lead vocals. He played the family group's young heartthrob in the series, and he became one of the decade's biggest teen idols in real life as well. Releasing several hit albums, Cassidy had a successful career as a solo artist for several years.

By the mid-1970s, however, Cassidy's teen fan base had moved on. He then got his own television drama David Cassidy Man Undercover in 1978, but it only lasted for one season. After the series ended, Cassidy worked a lot in the theater, performing in regional and touring productions. He then had a successful run in Las Vegas, beginning with the show EFX in 1996. With his 1999 Vegas production, The Rat Pack Is Back!, Cassidy served as co-writer and co-producer. The following year, he starred in At the Copa, which he composed with his third wife Sue Shifrin-Cassidy.

Later Career

In his later career, Cassidy shared his life experiences with readers in his 2007 autobiography, Could It Be Forever? My Story. He continued to tour, performing live for audiences in the United States and abroad. He also returned to television in the comedy series entitled Ruby and the Rockits, developed and produced by his brother Shaun and co-starring his brother Patrick, in 2009. In 2013, he made a guest appearance on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Personal Life

In his personal life, Cassidy made his struggle with alcohol and substance abuse public in 2008. He was charged with a series of DUI offenses and entered rehab in 2014. In 2015, Cassidy filed for bankruptcy and in 2017 he revealed to People magazine that he is suffering from dementia, a disease his grandfather and mother also battled. "I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming," he told People. 

Cassidy also announced that he would stop touring. “I want to focus on what I am, who I am and how I’ve been without any distractions,” he said. “I want to love. I want to enjoy life.”

Cassidy has two children. From a relationship with model Sherri Williams, he has a daughter named Katie Cassidy who is also an actress and singer. Cassidy married his third wife Sue in 1991, and they have a son, Beau. The couple divorced in 2014. 

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