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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 12 April 1950New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameDavid Bruce Cassidy
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

David Cassidy was born on April 12, 1950 to Jack Cassidy, a very skilled actor, and actress Evelyn Ward. 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 got married to 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 18, 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 got married to Kay Lenz, but they later divorced. He got married again to a horse trainer in 1984, but it did not last either. In 1990, he married again, to Sue Shifrin. (He has a son from Sue named Beau Devon.) In 1994, he wrote a book about his years being Keith Partridge. He still performs updated songs from the Partridge Family years.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: cdonorab

Spouse (3)

Sue Shifrin (30 March 1991 - present) (filed for divorce) (1 child)
Meryl Ann Tanz (15 December 1984 - 22 May 1988) (divorced)
Kay Lenz (3 April 1977 - 1981) (divorced)

Trivia (32)

David's son, Beau, with Sue Shifrin was born in 1991.
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's over-tired, and had his gall bladder removed in 1972 after a concert in Wildwood, New Jersey.
He appeared in the music video and sang in the choir on the song "Voices That Care."
Older half-brother of Shaun Cassidy, Ryan Cassidy, and Patrick Cassidy.
Former stepson of Shirley Jones. Former stepson of Elliot Silverstein.
Has a daughter, Katie Cassidy, a.k.a. Katherine Evelyn Benedon, born 25 November 1986, from a previous relationship.
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).
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.
Arrested in Florida on November 3, 2010 for DUI.
Ex-stepbrother-in-law of Ann Pennington and Janice Pennington.
His acting mentor was his ex-stepmother Shirley Jones.
Was a fan of Julie London's music.
Longtime friend of Shirley Jones.
He, Sue and Beau live in Ft Lauderdale, Florida. [January 2008]
Before relocating to his present home 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.

Personal Quotes (8)

I have spent many years on the coverage, and become a father, and having a fantastic family. My daughter and I are very close, my son and I are as close as any father-son, and my wife is responsible for helping me, assisting me through the difficult, dark times in my life, and fantastic as my career has been in the last 15 years, as a writer, producer, singer and songwriter, and all the rest of it, a performer doing a show in Vegas - I was there for six years, and over 2,000 shows. I found myself very lost after 'The Partridge Family,' and I lost my dad and I lost my manager, and I lived in a bubble, and it took me 15 years to get through that and a lot of psychotherapy, and I'm laughing about it, now!
(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.

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