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Overview (4)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Died in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA  (organ failure)
Birth NameDavid Bruce Cassidy
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

David Cassidy was born on April 12, 1950 in Manhattan, to Jack Cassidy, a very skilled actor and singer, and Evelyn Ward, an actress. By the time he was five, his parents were divorced and Jack had married actress Shirley Jones, an actress who in 1955 had just made Oklahoma! (1955). When David was about 10, his mother moved to California from New Jersey. A few years later, she married a director and, like Jack Cassidy and Shirley Jones, the marriage ended in divorce. David was thrown out of schools and hardly made it through one year of college. When he was eighteen, he went east to New York to perform in a play called "The Fig Leafs are Falling." He did some other spots on TV, but in 1970 he got the opportunity to play Keith Partridge on the TV show The Partridge Family (1970). (He did not know until he got the part that his real life stepmother Shirley Jones was to play his mother Shirley.) The show ended in 1974, but not the close relationship he had with his "sister" Susan Dey, who played Laurie Partridge. In 1976, David's father Jack died when his apartment caught on fire. That year, David married Kay Lenz, but they later divorced. He married again to a horse trainer in 1984, but it did not last either. In 1990, he married Sue Shifrin. He had two children, a son named Beau, with Sue, and actress Katie Cassidy. In 1994, he wrote a book about his years being Keith Partridge, and performed updated songs from the Partridge Family years.

David died on November 21, 2017, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He was sixty seven.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: cdonorab

Spouse (3)

Sue Shifrin (30 March 1991 - 27 April 2016) ( divorced) ( 1 child)
Meryl Ann Tanz (15 December 1984 - 22 May 1988) ( divorced)
Kay Lenz (3 April 1977 - 28 December 1983) ( divorced)

Trade Mark (3)

Frequently worked with 'Shirley Jones' and/or her family
Deep gravelly voice
Often played the roles of people that were members in a rock band

Trivia (52)

Father of Beau Cassidy with Sue Shifrin.
Son of actress Evelyn Ward and actor Jack Cassidy.
Had an operation at age 11 on his left optical nerve which was wrapped around a blood vessel, sometimes resulting in a "lazy" eye when he was over-tired, and had his gall bladder removed in 1972 after a concert in Wildwood, New Jersey.
Older half-brother of Shaun Cassidy, Ryan Cassidy, and Patrick Cassidy.
Former stepson of Elliot Silverstein.
Father of Katie Cassidy via an extramarital affair with Sherry Williams (David was married to Meryl Ann Tanz at the time).
Starred in the play "Time" in London with Laurence Olivier in 1987. It was Olivier's final stage performance (although he was only seen via a previously filmed segment).
Daughter Katie Cassidy is a singer who recently covered her father's song "I Think I Love You." She was featured in a VH1 five-part documentary series on the last forty years of teen music performers, Bubblegum Babylon (2002).
In an attempt to break from his Keith Partridge persona, he posed nude for Annie Leibovitz for a photo in the 11 May 1972 "Rolling Stone" magazine.
14 year-old fan Bernadette Whelan died of heart failure on 30 May 1974, from injuries sustained while attending a 26 May Cassidy show at London's White City Stadium. 650 fans were injured in a crush. Cassidy was so affected that he quit both touring and The Partridge Family (1970).
Was allergic to garlic.
At his peak, Cassidy was the world's highest paid live entertainer, and his official fan club was the largest in pop history - exceeding Elvis Presley and The Beatles.
Out of the approximate $500 million that The Partridge Family (1970) made, he was initially paid $600 per week, but commanded upwards of $50,000 per concert appearance. His renegotiated contract boosted his weekly salary to $6,000 per week plus some participation.
Made his Broadway debut in 1969 in the musical "The Fig Leaves Are Falling" at the same time his father Jack Cassidy and stepmother Shirley Jones opened on Broadway in "Maggie Flynn". Both shows were notorious flops, the former closing after four performances.
Ranked #1 in TV Guide's list of "TV's 25 Greatest Teen Idols" (23 January 2005 issue).
Claimed in his 1994 autobiography that he turned down an offer in the early '70s to record an album of songs written by Lou Reed and produced by David Bowie (who wanted to experiment with his teenybopper image).
Ranked #98 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.
His hit song "I Think I Love You" was featured and sung on the album "You and Me" by Declan Galbraith.
He was a close friend of John Lennon, whom he greatly admired.
Best known by the public for his role as Keith Partridge on The Partridge Family (1970).
Mentioned in the song "Jackie's Strength" by Tori Amos.
Ranked #6 on Vh1's 100 Greatest Teen Stars.
His acting mentor was real-life former stepmother Shirley Jones...with whom he enjoyed a wonderful relationship, both in real life and while working on The Partridge Family (1970). He admitted to having a crush on Shirley since the age of 6, when his family took him to see her movie Oklahoma! (1955).
Ex-stepbrother-in-law of Ann Pennington and Janice Pennington.
Was a fan of Julie London's music.
He, Sue and Beau lived in Ft Lauderdale, Florida. [January 2008]
Before relocating to live in Las Vegas, NV, Cassidy & his family resided for several years in the Fairfield County town of Ridgefield, Connecticut. [January 2007]
Co-host, with Erica Shaffer, of an infomercial for TimeLife's "Billboard #1 Hits of the 70s" music collection. [2009]
His father was of half Irish and half German ancestry. His mother was of mainly Colonial American (English) descent, with a smaller amount of Irish and Swiss-German roots.
Best friend of Danny Bonaduce.
His mother, Evelyn Ward, died on December 23, 2012, at age 89.
Decided to quit The Partridge Family (1970), after the fourth season, ostensibly because he was tired of the role and wanted to work on other projects, but also because of a tragic mob-stampede at one of his UK concerts in 1974. Cassidy was rushed by an out-of-control crowd, which resulted in over six hundred British fans being seriously injured...including a teenage girl who died four days thereafter.
Lead vocalist and lead guitarist of The Partridge Family (1970).
Ironically for a teen idol whose appearances tended to spark riots during the 1970's, his final UK tour - in 2015 - made a profit of only £408. He filed for bankruptcy that same year.
In February 2017 he claimed he had been diagnosed with dementia in 2014. He also announced his retirement from performing. However a few months later he admitted he did not have dementia and had used it as a cover for his alcoholism.
Was a lifelong supporter of the Democratic Party.
Friends with Larry Hagman, and Larry Manetti.
In 2008, he publicly admitted to having struggled with alcoholism for most of his life...and to being treated for the disease on three separate occasions in rehab. Two years later, as if to lend emphasis to said announcement, Cassidy was arrested in Florida on November 3 for DUI.
Daughter Katie Cassidy posted on social media site Twitter: "My father's last words were 'so much wasted time'. This will be a daily reminder for me to share my gratitude with those I love, and to never waste another minute...thank you, Dad".
In his stage performances, Cassidy often joked playfully about his Partridge Family days. Yet he also said that some of their music could really hold up as soft rock, if people gave it a chance. He cited "Doesn't Somebody Want to be Wanted" as the song he was always most proud of, claiming that it has a lot of the characteristics required for good, "soft folk rock".
Lost a lot of money investing heavily in the 1990s dotcom boom when the bubble burst.
In 1986 he owed $800,000 and only had $1,000 to his name.
Sued Sony for several million dollars over profits from _The Partridge Family_, but was only awarded $158,000.
Had several hair transplants in later years.
Had therapy three times a week for three years in the late 1980s.
Both he and his stepmother, actress-singer Shirley Jones, made the cover of the prestigious Life magazine at age 21. He in 1971, and she in early 1956.
In an interview, Shirley Jones reported that at the height of the "The Partridge Family," David Cassidy would work all week on an episode and then fly off on weekends to perform concerts. He would often show up on set looking very exhausted.
At the height of David's reign as a teen idol, he fronted an anti-smoking campaign...despite having been a smoker. This was largely in response to his father Jack's death - which occurred when Jack accidentally dropped a lit cigarette onto a couch, starting a fire that gutted his apartment with himself in it.
Became friends with Leif Garrett while filming "The Spirit of '76".
His voice was enhanced on some songs by Jim Haas.
Following his passing. He didn't have any public memorial service nor funeral. His remains were cremated and his ashes scattered at the race track.

Personal Quotes (17)

(On reuniting with his ex-The Partridge Family (1970), series' star/real-life stepmother, Shirley Jones, who was asked to guest-star in Ruby & the Rockits (2009)): We paid her a lot of money. She is a wonderful actress. People forget she won an Academy Award. When I was young, she taught me a lot how to deal with the pressure and the fame, because she became a star when she was 18. I was 19.
(On Shirley Jones) I can't ignore her. After all, she is the mother of my brothers.
My father had a tremendous influence on me, and I think many children who come from broken homes, esp. when they're very early. My dad left when I was 3 1/2, and he left my mom and I. It was something in order to empower myself. I think all children, psychologically need to empower themselves, because they can't put their arms around, what it is. I made it my fault, there's something wrong with me, and it was spending time on the couch, and spending the time going through the process that I'm now the happiest ever been in my life, the most successful I've ever been in my life.
(On referring to young ladies who would push towards the stage to get closer to him): It scared a lot of people because there was so much hysteria surrounding my concerts, a lot of parents didn't want their daughters to come to the shows thinking that they were going to get hurt. Thank God it's not like that anymore. It's fun and it's very high energy, but it's not hysteria, thank God. People actually listen to the songs and it's great.
(Who told about his real-life childhood that was absolutely from "Keith Partridge"): Oh, yeah. I grew up in Southern California in the 1960's. It was very different. I was an only child as opposed to having siblings. My brothers all lived with my step-mom. I am very close to them, but we were not raised in the same house. It was a very, I would say, turbulent, fantastic from a musical standpoint and a social standpoint, (time). The Beatles broke out when I was 13. I played in garage bands and rock and roll bands when I was in junior high and high school and saw some of the great talents of all time in the local area where I lived. They were not legends at the time, kind of hard to imagine. I went to school with the drummer of The Doors' younger brother and we went and saw The Doors at The Whiskey. Buffalo Springfield played at my high school at an assembly. That kind of world.
(Of his on- and off-screen professional relationship/friendship with Shirley Jones, who played Shirley Partridge): Shirley Jones is one of the best people I've ever known, and so talented, what a professional, was married to my dad, and she taught me really so much about how to deal with fame and success, because, she won an Academy Award, and was such a great influence on me, such a great role-model for me on how to deal with fame and deal with the success, because I was very young. She was 18, when she did Oklahoma! (1955), I was 19 when I did the pilot for The Partridge Family (1970), and 20, when I was doing the series, and I became very close friends with her. She still is to this day, to me, one of the greatest professionals, one of the most talented people, one of the best human beings I've ever known.
(Of Shirley Jones): It was great. She's such a terrific role model for me. How she handled being the star of the show. Even though I emerged as the star of the show in some respects, I never ever assumed that role around her or our family or people who worked on the show. To me, she always set the tone and was always very willing to do and be a great role model. (She was) completely professional. Sweet and kind as can be. A lot of what she comes across as her television persona on that show really wasn't far from who she was and is. Strong and yet kind. Talented and caring. I love her. She is my brothers' mom and she was married to my father. She was a great help to me in my difficult relationship with my Dad and served as a great buffer. In the end he found it more and more difficult to cope with my fame and success and he was very tortured by her fame and success, as well as mine, and that he had not achieved a higher level. I loved him and admired him but I just couldn't find a way to have it be okay for him. It was a rough one for us. I forgive him for all of it. We are all flawed. Somehow or another, we all get through it. I worshipped him and loved him and I loved all of the things he gave me in my life as a human being.
I was young, I was always ready, and they were all so willing. I'll admit I did things that I now think were degrading for the women involved, and for that I'm ashamed.
If I take another drink, I'm going to die - physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually. I'm dead. You know, they say it's a slippery slope. It's not a slippery slope. It's from 12:00 to 6:00 on the clock and the whole face is ice. One sip, one drink, because there is no such thing, not to an alcoholic. You have one and you're done. I'd be done.
My father didn't seem satisfied with anything I did. He criticized everything about me.
(About Shirley Jones making it his father's business): My father was tortured by my family, he was tortured by my success, I mean, even Shirley, who was working with and who was married to (my stepmother). She told me on the set ("The Partridge Family"), she said, 'You're father is not coping well with this; at all. He had an incident, apparently with my manager, where who's this awesome person. Most definitely. Her name was Ruth Aarons. She had them to dinner and my father went insane at her home. Broke 2 chairs, screamed and yelled at then, of course, stormed off, stormed out, and left Shirley, there, and I know the few incidents, but Shirley came in and confided with me, and said, 'Your father's not dealing with your incredible success and your fame, you know.' He resented my success, but he was proud of my me; and my talent that I was able to do in and that I was able to make a living, as a professional, since I was 18, as an actor, as a singer, as a songwriter, as a creator/producer, etc., etc."
I look fine. I've had no surgery apart from an operation I had decades ago to remove the fat under my eyes. My mum looked 30 when she was 60, so I guess I owe it all to genes and hair dye. I was silver-white by the time I was 35, but having gray hair makes me look washed out. My wife and son have both said that gray hair doesn't suit me because I have a boyish face. It was a problem when I was 18 and looked about 12 but it's probably working to my advantage now.
I was one of the wealthiest young male entertainers in the world then, but 10 years later I had nothing to show for it. By the 1980s I was broke and had to rebuild my life.
So much wasted time.
On his mother's Evelyn Ward's Alzheimer's disease "Mom was a wonderful singer, actress and dancer. She was so full of life," he recalls. "To watch the decline of someone who raised you, who was so vibrant, is the most painful thing I have ever experienced."
I certainly never drank or took any drugs or narcotics, contrary to whatever has been printed, when I was doing The Partridge Family or thereafter for that matter. I am most definitely an alcoholic. And the interesting thing about it and the way you end up with multiple DUIs - I never got arrested for anything until I was basically 60 years old. And I have very, very strong values about what I am and who I am.
On his mother Evelyn Ward's death, "For me, it was a beautiful thing that she finally passed because she was so healthy. That's something I struggle with a lot."

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