Shaun Cassidy

Actor, Producer, Screenwriter
This teen idol of the 1970s has been undergoing a process of redefinition for much of the last two decades. As the son of actor-singers Jack Cassidy and Shirley Jones and younger half-brother of fellow teeny bopper fav ... Read more »
Born: 09/26/1958 in Hollywood, California, USA

Filmography

Producer (11)

Blue Bloods 1986 - 1987, 1995 - 1996, 2001 - 2006, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Consulting Producer

Ruby & the Rockits 1986 - 1987, 1995 - 1996, 2001 - 2006, 2008 - 2009, 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

American Gothic 1986 - 1987, 1995 - 1996, 2001 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Supervising Producer

Invasion 1986 - 1987, 2001 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Tarzan 1986 - 1987, 2001 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

The Agency 1986 - 1987, 2001 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

The Mountain 1986 - 1987, 2001 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Showrunner

Cold Case 2003 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Cover Me: Based on the True Life of an FBI Family 1999 - 2001 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Roar 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Strays 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Co-Producer
Actor (9)

Shirley Jones: Hollywood's Musical Mom 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1986 - 1987 (Tv Show)

Actor

Breakfast With Les and Bess 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Breaking Away 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hardy Boys Mysteries 1976 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Goldie Hawn Special 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Like Normal People (TV Show)

Actor

Once Upon a Texas Train (TV Show)

Actor

Roots: The Gift (TV Show)

Actor
Music (2)

388 Arletta Avenue 2012 (Movie)

("Da Doo Ron Ron") (Song Performer)

388 Arletta Avenue 2012 (Movie)

("Da Doo Ron Ron") (Song Performer)
Writer (2)

Players 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Creator

Midnight Run For Your Life (TV Show)

Screenplay

Biography

This teen idol of the 1970s has been undergoing a process of redefinition for much of the last two decades. As the son of actor-singers Jack Cassidy and Shirley Jones and younger half-brother of fellow teeny bopper fav, David, Cassidy clearly had showbiz in his blood. However he has not been content to stay in the few slots allotted him during his early career. Cassidy burst upon European pop charts in the Top 20 with his 1976 debut single, "Morning Girl". He soon cultivated a following in Australia as well and toured there and Europe. Cassidy returned to the US and made the transition to TV actor, co-starring with Parker Stevenson on "The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries" (ABC, 1977-79). This gig roughly coincided with the release of his first single in the US, the popular cover of the 1963 Crystals hit, "Da Doo Ron Ron"--which went gold--and his debut album, "Shaun Cassidy"--which went platinum. Cassidy released five more albums over the next three years, several of which went platinum and generated more hit singles. With a popular TV show and a thriving career as a recording artist and performer, he seemed to be living the teen dream.

Relationships

Caitlin Cassidy

Daughter
Born Nov. 25, 1981; mother, Ann Pennington

Jack Cassidy Actor

Father
Born March 5, 1927; character player of stage, screen, and TV Died in a fire Dec. 12, 1976

David Cassidy Actor

Half-Brother
Born April 12, 1950 to Jack Cassidy and Evelyn Ward; starred as Keith Partridge on 1970s sitcom "The Partridge Family"

John Cassidy

Son
Born Feb. 27, 1985; mother, Ann Pennington

Patrick Cassidy Actor

Brother
Born Jan. 4, 1962

Ryan Cassidy Actor

Brother
Born Feb. 23, 1966

Susan Diol Actor

Wife
Married May 7, 1995 Divorced March 1, 2003

Juliet Diol Cassidy

Daughter
Born March 19, 1998; mother, Susan Diol

Shirley Jones Actor

Mother
Born March 31, 1934

Ann Pennington

Wife
Married Dec. 1, 1979 Divorced July 4, 1993

Tracey Turner Actor

Wife
Married Aug. 28, 2004

EDUCATION

Beverly Hills High School

Beverly Hills , California

Milestones

2001

Was one of the executive producers of the CBS fall drama "The Agency"

2000

Served as creator of the USA Network series "Cover Me"

1998

With Wes Craven, co-created the Fox series "Hollyweird"; withdrew from project after conflicts with the network over the direction of the show

1997

Created the Fox series "Roar"

1996

Signed multi-year drama development with Universal

1995

Created, served as supervising producer, wrote the pilot (and some subsequent episodes) of "American Gothic", a supernatural drama series on CBS

1994

Scripted TV-movie "Midnight Run For Your Life", a sequel to the 1988 feature "Midnight Run", broadcast as part of the syndicated "Action Pack" series

1993

Broadway debut, "Blood Brothers", opposite half-brother David and Petula Clark

1991

TV producing and writing debut, co-produced and scripted "Strays", a USA thriller about ferocious felines

1990

Sold CBS on the concept and developed "Over My Dead Body", a "Murder, She Wrote" knock-off starring Edward Woodward and Jessica Lundy; received "consulting producer" credit on the pilot; series canceled before the episode he scripted aired; teleplay becam

1985

Returned to TV on PBS's "American Playhouse" adaptation of Lee Kalcheim's stage play, "Breakfast with Les and Bess", starring Dick Van Dyke and Cloris Leachman

1981

Took time off from performing to spend time with his wife and family (date approximate)

1979

TV-movie debut, co-starred as a mentally handicapped young man in love in "Like Normal People", an ABC docudrama

1977

Debut as a TV series regular, co-starred (with Parker Stevenson) as Joe Hardy, the younger brother on "The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries"

1977

Released debut album, "Shaun Cassidy"; went platinum

1977

First single released in the US in May, a cover of the Crystals' 1963 hit "Da Doo Ron Ron"; went gold

1976

First TV credit, song performer on the Randal Kleiser-directed TV-movie, "Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway"

1976

Released debut single, "Morning Girl", in January; had first success as "Morning Girl" hit the Top 20 in most of Europe

1976

Release of second single, a cover of Eric Carmen's "That's Rock 'n' Roll", gained him a following in Australia

1975

Signed by Mike Curb to the Warner/Curb label

1968

Started first rock band at age 11

Returned to performing via regional theater in such productions as "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever", "The Sound of Music", "High Button Shoes" and "Mass Appeal"

film acting debut, "Born of Water", an American Film Institute production (student film)

Starred in the TV series version of the feature "Breaking Away"

Toured Europe and Australia

Grew up in Beverly Hills

London stage debut, "Bus Stop"

Wrote Columbia University for its syllabus of 100 books that its students were expected to have read by graduation; read them all

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