David Cassidy
American actor and musician
David Cassidy
David Bruce Cassidy is an American actor, singer, songwriter and guitarist. He is best known for his role as the character of Keith Partridge in the 1970s musical/sitcom The Partridge Family. He was one of pop culture's most celebrated teen idols, enjoying a successful pop career in the 1970s, and still performs today. Cassidy was one of the contestants on Celebrity Apprentice 2011, in which his daughter Katie Cassidy made a brief appearance at her father's request.
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David Cassidy's personal information overview.
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David Cassidy Has Dementia: Here's What That Means
Yahoo News - 5 days
Actor and singer David Cassidy recently revealed he has dementia, but what exactly does this term mean? Cassidy, who is 66, told People magazine on Monday (Feb. 20) that he has dementia, and will stop touring as a musician because of his diagnosis. The actor also said that both his mother and grandfather suffered from dementia.
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David Cassidy says he’s fighting dementia
CBS News - 6 days
Former “Partridge Family” star David Cassidy says he’s struggling with memory loss
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Ex-teen idol David Cassidy says he has dementia
Reuters.com - 6 days
Former teen idol David Cassidy said on Monday he was suffering from dementia. Edward Baran reports.
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David Cassidy Reveals He's Living With Dementia
Huffington Post - 7 days
Former “Partridge Family” star David Cassidy says he’s living with dementia.  The 66-year-old opened up to People magazine about his diagnosis, telling the magazine the disease runs in his family, as his grandfather and mother had also been diagnosed with dementia.  “I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming,” he told People. Cassidy’s decision to go public with his diagnosis follows a performance on Saturday night in Agoura, California, where he slurred his words, forgot the lyrics to his songs, hit himself in the face with a microphone and fell backwards off stage.  Cassidy announced earlier this month that he was retiring after 50 years in show business. He explained to People that he made the decision to retire so he could concentrate on himself and his health.  “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.” function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefine ...
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Family-Friendly Destination "Wonderama" is Back
Huffington Post - 3 months
New Yorkers Will Be Treated to a Sneak-Peak on PIX11 on Christmas Day, If you happen to be of a certain age, you are familiar with former Sunday morning staple "Wonderama," an unprecedented weekly interactive game show extravaganza where kids and tweens gathered en masse, often with their parents, for just plain fun and entertainment. No childhood at the time was complete without "Wonderama." Now, almost 40 years later, this slice of television history is back in a new one-hour syndicated version of "Wonderama" produced by Chuck Armstrong ("Community Auditions - Star of the Day") and anchored by the Tribune Broadcast Station Network. Hosted by David Osmond of the beloved Osmond clan, "Wonderama" debuts with a kickoff special exclusive to New York's PIX11 on Christmas Day, Dec. 25th. This new version will feature a new look; an emphasis on art, music, dance, television, film, sports, cooking and politics; celebrity guests like Tony Dovolani from "Dancing With the Stars," boxi ...
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The Festival of Lights in the Spotlight
Huffington Post - about 1 year
As someone who hates shopping, I boldly decided to initially tackle my holiday list at Bed, Bath & Beyond. In search of an aisle I could actually have room to walk in, what immediately caught my attention were the three large displays dressed in blue featuring a wide array of Hanukkah-themed merchandising. In addition to doll and book "The Mensch on a Bench," which was featured on ABC's "Shark Tank" a few seasons ago (and I am now the proud owner of), the products included gelt-filled dreidels; candles, napkins and tablecloths; menorahs; sizable decorations (including a white bear wearing a yarmulke); a tree topper; stockings and gingerbread kits. There were even Hanukkah-themed products for our four-legged friends. While maybe not the appropriate reaction, all I could think of was the slogan, "We've Come a Long Way, Baby." And I am not referring to the old Virginia Slims cigarette brand. Since when is Hanukkah so relevant? As a young child growing up in Flushing, Queens, ...
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How I Became a Foodie Superhero
Huffington Post - over 1 year
The following is an excerpt from The Raging Skillet: The True Life Story of Chef Rossi, a memoir with unique recipes, now available for purchase. There they are: my sheep, two hundred of them, at the Horowitz-Chang wedding. They kick back their chairs and smile, too full to do anything but sigh. It had been a grand affair in the turn-of-the-century, factory-cum-Soho-style loft in newly chic Long Island City. Countless celebrities had flocked to the venue: Donald Trump filmed The Apprentice there. The Sopranos used it to shoot scenes for its final season. And once, while combing through the warehouse's lower floors for the perfect antique tray, I bumped into David Cassidy. As the owner and executive chef of The Raging Skillet, a cutting-edge catering company based in New York City, I rarely get calls to cater mainstream event spaces. But a nightclub in Gowanus, a factory in Queens, an old synagogue-turned-goth party space on the Lower East Side? That's where we hold court. *** ...
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David Cassidy facing hit-and-run charge in crash on the day his home was auctioned
LATimes - over 1 year
Sept. 9 was a really lousy day for David Cassidy: On the same day his waterfront home was sold in a bankruptcy auction, he was reportedly involved in a hit-and-run accident that has resulted in a number of criminal charges. On that really lousy day, the former teen idol and "The Partridge Family"...
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'Partridge Family's' David Cassidy files for bankruptcy after divorce, rehab
LATimes - about 2 years
David Cassidy of "The Partridge Family" fame has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Florida.
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David Cassidy's Divorce Has Left The Actor 'Very Sad'
Huffington Post - about 3 years
David Cassidy's divorce after 23 years of marriage has left the actor heartbroken and dismayed. After spending the last few months apart, Sue Shifrin-Cassidy pulled the plug on the couple's marriage earlier this week, telling TMZ, "This has been looming for some time. I am truly heartbroken that our marriage is ending." But a representative for Cassidy told The Huffington Post that the filing was unfortunate. "It is very sad that Sue chose this approach," Cassidy said through his rep. "I have tried to resolve this amicably outside of the public eye. I have reached out to her with no response over the last three months. It's a sad day for me and for our son Beau." News of the split comes just weeks after Cassidy's January DUI arrest -- his third since 2011. The 63-year-old actor has been undergoing rehab for substance abuse. Keep in touch! Check out HuffPost Divorce on Facebook and Twitter.
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Report: David Cassidy's Wife Files for Divorce
Seattle Pi - about 3 years
David Cassidy's wife, Sue Cassidy, filed for divorce today after 23 years of marriage to the former Partridge Family star, TMZ reports. Last month, David Cassidy was arrested and charged with DUI in Los Angeles.
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David Cassidy charged with DUI in L.A.; speaks out from rehab
LATimes - about 3 years
David Cassidy, onetime teen heartthrob and star of "The Partridge Family," was reportedly charged Tuesday with one count of driving under the influence stemming from a January arrest near LAX.
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'Partridge Family' star explains arrest
CNN - about 3 years
Stressful questioning by lawyers about "Partridge Family" profits apparently drove David Cassidy to drink, leading to his third drunken driving arrest in three years, his manager said Monday.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of David Cassidy
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  • 2016
    Age 65
    As the days of "Cassidymania" have subsided, Cassidy now regularly addresses fans at his concerts in question and answer sessions. In August 2016, Cassidy performed in The Villages, Florida and brought multiple attendees to the side of the stage, asking and answering questions and engaging with members of the community who had been fans for nearly a half-century.
    More Details Hide Details In 1989, he co-wrote the song "Prayin' 4 a Miracle" with John Wetton and Sue Shifrin. Wetton released the song on his band Asia's album Then & Now the year after.
  • 2015
    Age 64
    Cassidy was cited in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on charges of leaving the scene of a car accident, expired tags, improper lane change and driving on a suspended license (his license was suspended for 6 months in the May 2015 sentencing of the New York case) on September 9, 2015.
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    On May 12, 2015, Cassidy was sentenced, on the charge of driving while intoxicated from 2013 in New York, to community service, a fine and other consequences including a suspended license for 6 months.
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    He filed for bankruptcy in 2015.
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  • 2014
    Age 63
    Cassidy was arrested on suspicion of DUI in California on January 10, 2014 after he made an illegal right turn against a red light.
    More Details Hide Details He was held overnight in jail. In that case, he was ordered to go to inpatient rehab and was put on probation for five years.
  • 2013
    Age 62
    In August 2013, Cassidy's Los Angeles publicist confirmed that the couple were separated, with Shifrin filing for divorce in February 2014.
    More Details Hide Details Cassidy has lived in Fort Lauderdale, Florida since 2002.
    Cassidy was featured on the January/February 2013 cover of Making Music Magazine to discuss his life and career.
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  • 2012
    Age 61
    He planned to address Congress in 2012.
    More Details Hide Details Cassidy is a long-time registered Democrat. Describing Republican candidates for president Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich as a panelist on The Colbert Report, Cassidy stated, "I believe the both of them are the most embarrassing, sad, pathetic... I mean, really, this is the best we can do?" In 1999, ABC produced a TV-movie biography based on The Partridge Family entitled, Come On Get Happy: The Partridge Family Story based on former co-star Danny Bonaduce's account behind the popular series and personal life regarding himself and Cassidy. Cassidy was portrayed by Rodney Scott and Bonaduce was portrayed by Shawn Pyfrom. On January 9, 2000, NBC premiered a television movie based on the life and short-lived success of Cassidy entitled The David Cassidy Story. While the former TV biopic focuses on both Bonaduce and Cassidy's personal lives, this television film focused mainly on Cassidy's rise to fame and unconventional early life. In this film, Cassidy is portrayed by Andrew Kavovit.
  • 2011
    Age 60
    In 2011, Cassidy recorded a public service announcement for Alzheimer's research and prevention—due to his mother, Evelyn Ward, having the disease—and said that he will champion that cause whenever possible.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2010
    Age 59
    He faced felony charges because of his prior DUI in Florida in 2010.
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    He was arrested for driving under the influence in Florida on November 3, 2010, and was arrested for DUI a second time in Schodack, New York in the early hours of August 21, 2013.
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  • 2008
    Age 57
    In 2008, Cassidy publicly admitted he had an alcohol problem.
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  • 2007
    Age 56
    Cassidy has written a memoir that was published in the UK in March 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Could It Be Forever? My Story gives details of his personal life.
  • 2006
    Age 55
    In 2006, as well as performing with Peter Furniss and Thomas Bowles, he made a guest appearance for BBC Children in Need performing live, then assisting Terry Wogan collecting donations from the studio audience.
    More Details Hide Details He co-starred alongside his brother Patrick in a 2009 ABC Family short-lived comedy series titled Ruby & The Rockits, a show created by his half-brother Shaun. Cassidy was one of the contestants on Celebrity Apprentice in 2011, in which his daughter Katie Cassidy made a brief appearance at her father's request. He was the first to be fired. In the years since then, Cassidy has maintained a regular tour schedule with concert appearances across the USA and the UK.
  • 2005
    Age 54
    In 2005, Cassidy played the manager of Aaron Carter's character in the film Popstar.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2000
    Age 49
    In 2000, he wrote and appeared in the Las Vegas show At the Copa with Sheena Easton, as both the young and old versions of the lead character, Johnny Flamingo.
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  • 1996
    Age 45
    In 1996, he replaced Michael Crawford in the Las Vegas show EFX, re-writing it into one of the Strip's favorite shows – although Cassidy was forced to resign after he injured his foot during a performance.
    More Details Hide Details He also created The Rat Pack is Back, in which he made guest appearances as Bobby Darin, which ran successfully.
  • 1995
    Age 44
    In 1995, he hosted the VH1 show 8-Track Flashback, which ran until 1998.
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  • 1991
    Age 40
    Cassidy married Sue Shifrin on March 30, 1991, his third and her second marriage.
    More Details Hide Details They had one child, Beau, in 1991.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1990
    Age 39
    In concert performances in 1990, Cassidy hired his recalcitrant TV brother Danny Bonaduce as his warm-up act.
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    Cassidy returned to the American Top 40 with his 1990 single "Lyin' To Myself," released on Enigma Records.
    More Details Hide Details In 1998, he had an AC hit with "No Bridge I Wouldn't Cross" from his album Old Trick, New Dog. His 2001 album Then And Now went platinum internationally and returned Cassidy to the Top 5 of the UK album charts for the first time since 1974. Cassidy has performed in musical theatre. In 1981, he toured in a revival of a pre-Broadway production of Little Johnny Jones, a show originally produced in 1904 with music, lyrics, and book by George M. Cohan. (The show is excerpted in the biographic film Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), when James Cagney sings "Give My Regards to Broadway" and "The Yankee Doodle Boy".) However, Cassidy received negative reviews, and he had been replaced by another former teen idol, Donny Osmond, by the time the show reached Broadway. Cassidy, in turn, was himself a replacement for the lead in the original 1982 Broadway production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He appeared in London's West End production of Time and returned to Broadway in Blood Brothers alongside Petula Clark and his half-brother, Shaun Cassidy.
  • 1986
    Age 35
    He has a daughter, actress Katie Cassidy, born in 1986, from a relationship with Sherry Williams Benedon.
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    These went gold in Europe and Australia and Cassidy supported them with a sellout tour of the UK, which resulted in the Greatest Hits Live compilation of 1986.
    More Details Hide Details Michael cited Cassidy as a major career influence and interviewed Cassidy for David Litchfield's prestigious Ritz Newspaper.
  • 1984
    Age 33
    His second wife was horse breeder Meryl Tanz, whom he married in 1984. They met in 1974 at a Lexington, Kentucky horse sale. This marriage ended in 1985, or 1986.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1978
    Age 27
    In 1978, Cassidy starred in an episode of Police Story titled "A Chance To Live," for which he received an Emmy nomination.
    More Details Hide Details NBC created a show based on it, called David Cassidy: Man Under Cover, but it was canceled after one season. (A decade later, the successful Fox series 21 Jump Street used the same plot, with different youthful-looking police officers infiltrating a high school.) In 1985, music success continued with the Arista release of the single "The Last Kiss" (#6 in the UK), with backing vocals by George Michael, which was included on the album Romance.
  • 1977
    Age 26
    Cassidy's first wife was actress Kay Lenz, whom he married on April 3, 1977, and divorced on December 28, 1983, although one reference claims 1982.
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  • 1975
    Age 24
    By this point, Cassidy had decided to quit both touring and acting in The Partridge Family, concentrating instead on recording and song-writing. International success continued, mostly in Great Britain, Germany and Japan, when he released three well-received solo albums on RCA in 1975 and 1976.
    More Details Hide Details Cassidy became the first recording artist to have a hit with "I Write the Songs", a Top 20 record in Great Britain before the song became Barry Manilow's signature tune. Cassidy's recording was produced by the song's author-composer, Bruce Johnston of The Beach Boys.
  • 1974
    Age 23
    In Australia in 1974, the mass hysteria was such that there were calls to have him deported from the country, especially after the madness at his 33,000 audience concert at Melbourne Cricket Ground.
    More Details Hide Details A turning point in his live concerts (while still filming The Partridge Family) was a gate stampede which killed a teenage girl. At a show in London's White City Stadium on May 26, 1974, 650 were injured in a crush at the front of the stage. Thirty were taken to the hospital, and one, 14-year-old Bernadette Whelan, died on May 30 from injuries. The show was the penultimate date on a world tour. A deeply affected Cassidy faced the press, trying to make sense of what had happened. Out of respect for the family and to avoid turning the girl's funeral into a media circus, Cassidy did not attend the service, although he spoke to Whelan's parents and sent flowers. Cassidy stated at the time that this would haunt him until the day he died. Cassidy's 1994 autobiography, C'mon Get Happy: Fear And Loathing On The Partridge Family Bus, provides an account of most aspects of his fame, including contracts, money and his fanatical worldwide fan following. I'm exploited by people who put me on the back of cereal boxes. I asked my housekeeper to go and buy a certain kind of cereal and when she came home, there was a huge picture of me on the back. I can't even eat breakfast without seeing my face. --New Musical Express, October 1972.
  • 1973
    Age 22
    His concert tours of the UK sold out and included six sellout concerts at Wembley Stadium over one weekend in 1973.
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  • 1972
    Age 21
    By way of example, he played to two sellout crowds of 56,000 each at the Houston Astrodome in Texas over one weekend in 1972.
    More Details Hide Details His concert in New York's Madison Square Garden sold out in one day and resulted in riots after the show.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1970
    Age 19
    In 1970, he took the part of Keith Partridge, son of Shirley Partridge, who was played by Cassidy's real stepmother and series' lead, Shirley Jones.
    More Details Hide Details The Partridge Family series creator Bernard Slade and producers Paul Junger Witt and Robert "Bob" Claver did not care whether Cassidy could sing, knowing only that his androgynous good looks would guarantee success. But shortly after production began, Cassidy convinced music producer Wes Farrell that he was good enough and he was promoted to lead singer for the show's recordings. Once "I Think I Love You" became a hit, Cassidy began work on solo albums as well. Within the first year he had produced his own single, "Cherish" (from the album of the same title), which reached No. 9 in the US, No. 2 in the UK and No.1 in Australia and New Zealand. He began tours that featured Partridge tunes and his own hits. Though he strove to become a respected rock musician along the lines of Mick Jagger or Alice Cooper, his channel to stardom launched him into the ranks of teen idol, a brand he loathed until much later in life when he managed to come to terms with his bubblegum pop beginnings.
  • 1969
    Age 18
    After signing with Universal Studios in 1969, Cassidy was featured in episodes of the TV series Ironside, Marcus Welby, M.D., Adam-12 and Bonanza.
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    In 1969, he moved to Los Angeles.
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    On January 2, 1969, Cassidy made his professional debut in the Broadway musical The Fig Leaves Are Falling.
    More Details Hide Details It closed after four performances but a casting director saw the show and asked Cassidy to make a screen test.
    Cassidy's father Jack is credited with setting his son up with his first manager. After signing with Universal Studios in 1969, Jack introduced him to former table tennis champion and close friend Ruth Aarons, who later found her niche as a talent manager, given her theater background.
    More Details Hide Details Aarons had represented Jack and Shirley Jones for several years prior, and would later represent Cassidy's half-brother Shaun. Aarons became an authority figure and close friend to Cassidy, and would prove to be the fighting force behind his on-screen success. After making small wages from Screen Gems for his work on The Partridge Family during season one, Aarons discovered a loophole in his contract and renegotiated it with far superior terms, and a four-year duration, a rare stipulation at the time.
  • 1965
    Age 14
    The arresting officer, named Tom Jones, reported that Cassidy was polite and courteous, and jokingly asked officer Jones "What's New Pussycat?" in reference to the 1965 hit song by the singer Tom Jones.
    More Details Hide Details Cassidy was subsequently charged, taken to jail, and released several hours later on $2,500 bail.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1956
    Age 5
    In 1956, his father married singer and actress, Shirley Jones, and three half-brothers were born: Shaun (1958), Patrick (1962) and Ryan (1966).
    More Details Hide Details In 1968, after completing one final session of summer school to obtain credits necessary to get a high school diploma, David moved into the rental home of Jack Cassidy and Shirley Jones in Irvington, New York, where his half-brothers also resided. David remained there seeking fame as an actor/musician while simultaneously working half-days in the mailroom of a textile firm. He moved out when his career began to flourish.
    As his parents were frequently touring on the road, he spent his early years being raised by his maternal grandparents in a middle-class neighborhood in West Orange, New Jersey. In 1956, he found out from neighbors' children that his parents had been divorced for over two years and had not told him.
    More Details Hide Details David's parents had decided because he was at such a young age, it would be better for his emotional stability to not discuss it at that time. They were gone often with theater productions and home life remained the same.
  • 1950
    Born
    Cassidy was born at Flower Fifth Avenue Hospital in New York City, in 1950, the son of singer and actor Jack Cassidy and actress Evelyn Ward.
    More Details Hide Details His father was of half-Irish and half-German ancestry, and his mother was of mostly Colonial American descent, along with smaller amounts of Irish and Swiss. Some of his mother's ancestors were among the founders of Newark, New Jersey.
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