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Short Info

Date Of BirthApril 12, 1950
SpouseSue Shifrin, Meryl Tanz, Kay Lenz
MarkPlayed the roles that were members in a rock band
FactHis acting mentor was Shirley Jones, who was his former real-life stepmother.

David Cassidy is an American actor, singer and songwriter. He is best known for his role as Keith Partridge in the 1970s television series The Partridge Family. He has also appeared in numerous films and television shows.

Cassidy was born in New York City, New York on April 12, 1950. His parents were actors Jack Cassidy and Evelyn Ward. He has three siblings: Patrick, Ryan and Shaun. Cassidy was educated at the Roselle Park High School in Roselle Park, New Jersey.

Cassidy began his acting career in 1966 with a guest appearance on the television series The Donna Reed Show. He went on to appear in a number of other television shows and movies including, The Mod Squad, Ironside, Marcus Welby, M.D., Bonanza, Medical Center and Police Woman. In 1970, he was cast as Keith Partridge in The Partridge Family. The show was a huge success and made Cassidy a household name.

After The Partridge Family ended in 1974, Cassidy continued to act and sing. He appeared in a number of stage musicals including, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Annie Get Your Gun and Blood Brothers. He also released several solo albums including, Cherish (1972), David Cassidy (1974) and Romance (1979).

In the 1980s and 1990s, Cassidy appeared in a number of made-for-television movies and guest-starred on such television shows as Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, Hotel and Murder, She Wrote. In 2000, he made a cameo appearance in the film Ready to Rumble.

In recent years, Cassidy has appeared on reality television shows such as Celebrity Wife Swap and The Celebrity Apprentice. He has also toured with his own stage show called David Cassidy: The Last Session.

Cassidy has been married three times. His first marriage was to actress Kay Lenz from 1977 to 1983. His second marriage was to model Sue Shifrin from 1991 to 2006. He has been married to his third wife, Julie Cohen, since 2014. He has two children from his first marriage, a son named Beau and a daughter named Katie.

General Info

Full NameDavid Cassidy
Date Of BirthApril 12, 1950
Height1.73 m
ProfessionGuitarist, Writer, Actor, Singer, Songwriter


SpouseSue Shifrin, Meryl Tanz, Kay Lenz
ChildrenKatie Cassidy, Beau Cassidy
ParentsJack Cassidy, Evelyn Ward
SiblingsShaun Cassidy, Patrick Cassidy, Ryan Cassidy


AwardsTV Land Favorite Fashion Plate - Male Award
Music GroupsThe Partridge Family
NominationsTV Land Favorite Singing Siblings Award, TV Land Quintessential Non-Traditional Family Award, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
MoviesThe Spirit of '76, Popstar, Instant Karma, David Cassidy: Live in Concert, David Cassidy: Greatest Hits Live, One Small Step: The Story of the Space Chimps, Glam Rock
TV ShowsRuby & The Rockits, I Love the '70s, Ask Harriet, David Cassidy: Man Undercover, The Partridge Family, The Apprentice

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#Marks / Signs
1Played the roles that were members in a rock band
2Deep gravelly voice
3Frequently works with 'Shirley Jones' and/or her family


1(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.
2(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.
3(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.
4(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.
5My 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.
6(On Shirley Jones) I can't ignore her. After all, she is the mother of my brothers.
7(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.


1Credits his stepmother, Shirley Jones, as his favorite acting mentor/best friend.
2Surrogate son of his real-life stepmother - Shirley Jones.
3Vowed not to tour the UK again in 2015 after his last tour made a profit of only £408.
4Lead vocalist and lead guitarist of The Partridge Family (1970).
5A lifelong Shirley Jones fan, he went to the movies to watch Oklahoma! (1955), with his family.
6Has known Shirley Jones since he was 6 years old and they're still good friends.
7Revealed that he had a wonderful working relationship with Shirley Jones on The Partridge Family (1970).
8Once admitted he had a crush on Shirley Jones.
9Decided to quit The Partridge Family (1970), after the fourth season, because he was growing tired of playing the role and wanted to move on to other projects.
10His mother, Evelyn Ward, died on December 23, 2012, at age 89.
11Best friend of Danny Bonaduce.
12His 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.
13Co-host, with Erica Shaffer, of an infomercial for TimeLife's "Billboard #1 Hits of the 70s" music collection. [2009]
14Before 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]
15He, Sue and Beau live in Ft Lauderdale, Florida. [January 2008]
16Longtime friend of Shirley Jones.
17Was a fan of Julie London's music.
18His acting mentor was Shirley Jones, who was his former real-life stepmother.
19Ex-stepbrother-in-law of Ann Pennington and Janice Pennington.
20Uncle of Caitlin Cassidy and John Cassidy.
21Arrested in Florida on November 3, 2010 for DUI.
22Ranked #6 on Vh1's 100 Greatest Teen Stars.
23Mentioned in the song "Jackie's Strength" by Tori Amos.
24Best known by the public for his role as Keith Partridge on The Partridge Family (1970).
25He was a close friend of John Lennon, whom he greatly admired.
26His hit song "I Think I Love You" was featured and sung on the album "You and Me" by Declan Galbraith.
27Ranked #98 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.
28Claimed 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).
29Ranked #1 in TV Guide's list of "TV's 25 Greatest Teen Idols" (23 January 2005 issue).
30Made 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.
31Out 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.
32At 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.
33Allergic to garlic.
3414 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).
35In 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.
36Daughter 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).
37Starred 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).
38Has a daughter, Katie Cassidy, a.k.a. Katherine Evelyn Benedon, born 25 November 1986, from a previous relationship.
39Former stepson of Shirley Jones. Former stepson of Elliot Silverstein.
40Older half-brother of Shaun Cassidy, Ryan Cassidy, and Patrick Cassidy.
41He appeared in the music video and sang in the choir on the song "Voices That Care."
42Had 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.
43Son of actress Evelyn Ward and actor Jack Cassidy.
44David's son, Beau, with Sue Shifrin was born in 1991.




Forgiven This Gun4hire2017Blackie Wade
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2013TV SeriesPeter Coe
Ruby & the Rockits2009TV SeriesDavid Gallagher
Alexa Vega: You Are Where I Live2009Short
Biography2006TV Series documentaryKeith Partridge
Less Than Perfect2005TV SeriesVince
Kim Possible2004TV SeriesRoland Pond
Malcolm in the Middle2003TV SeriesBoone Vincent
The Agency2003TV SeriesEverett Price
The John Larroquette Show1995TV SeriesJefferson Kelly
Ein Schloß am Wörthersee1993TV SeriesPatrick Riley
The Ben Stiller Show1992TV SeriesDavid Cassidy
The Flash1991TV SeriesSam Scudder
The Spirit of '761990Adam-11
Instant Karma1990Reno
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1988TV SeriesJoey Mitchell
Parade of Stars1983TV MovieGeorge M. Cohan
Tales of the Unexpected1983TV SeriesDonald / David
Fantasy Island1980-1983TV SeriesJeremy Todd / Danny Collier
Matt Houston1982TV SeriesJohn Gordon Boyd
The Night the City Screamed1980TV MovieDavid Greeley
The Love Boat1980TV SeriesTed Harmes
David Cassidy - Man Undercover1978-1979TV SeriesOfficer Dan Shay
Police Story1978TV SeriesOfficer Dan Shay
Rosebud1975Technican in Hamburg (uncredited)
The Partridge Family1970-1974TV SeriesKeith Douglas Partridge
Mod Squad1970TV SeriesBrad Johnson
Medical Center1970TV SeriesRick Lambert
Bonanza1970TV SeriesBilly Burgess
Adam-121970TV SeriesTim Richmond
Marcus Welby, M.D.1970TV SeriesMichael Ambrose
The F.B.I.1970TV SeriesLarry Wentworth
Ironside1969TV SeriesDanny Goodson
The Survivors1969TV SeriesMike


BrainDead2016TV Series performer - 1 episode
Mike & Mike2014TV Series performer - 1 episode
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules2011performer: "COME ON GET HAPPY"
Ruby & the Rockits2009TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Bronson2008performer: "When I'm A Rock 'n Roll Star Reprise" - uncredited / writer: "When I'm A Rock 'n Roll Star Reprise" - uncredited
The Wrecking Crew!2008Documentary performer: "Come On Get Happy"
Life on Mars2007TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Fear (El Miedo)2006performer: "I Think I Love You"
Malcolm in the Middle2003TV Series performer - 1 episode
Anita & Me2002performer: "How Can I Be Sure"
Road to Redemption2001performer: "I Think I Love You"
The Castle1997performer: "Cherish" 1966
Beavis and Butt-HeadTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1994 writer - 1 episode, 1994
Ein Schloß am Wörthersee1993TV Series performer - 1 episode
Zapped Again!1990Video writer: "SAY YOU WILL"
Parade of Stars1983TV Movie performer: "Give My Regards to Broadway"
David Cassidy - Man UndercoverTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1978 writer - 1 episode, 1978
Top of the Pops1973TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Partridge FamilyTV Series lyrics - 3 episodes, 1971 - 1973 music - 3 episodes, 1971 - 1973

Music Department

David Cassidy - Man Undercover1978-1979TV Series composer - 10 episodes


In Search of the Partridge Family2004TV Series documentary co-executive producer
David Cassidy Live in Glasgow2003Video documentary executive producer
The David Cassidy Story2000TV Movie executive producer
Ask Harriet1998TV Series co-producer


Ask HarrietTV Series story - 1 episode, 1998 creator - 1 episode


The John Larroquette Show1993TV Series


70's Fever2008TV Movie documentary narrator


I Think I Do1997music thank you


GMTV2003TV SeriesHimself
Liquid News2003TV SeriesHimself
Good Day Live2003TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Co-Host
I Love the '70s2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Comedic Genius: The Work of Bernard Slade2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Hollywood Squares2003TV SeriesHimself
TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV2003TV Special documentaryHimself
David Cassidy Live in Glasgow2003Video documentary
We Are Family2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Bubblegum Babylon2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Good Morning Australia2002TV SeriesHimself
VH-1 Where Are They Now?2000-2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Petula Clark: This Is My Song2001TV MovieHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn2001TV SeriesHimself
Heart-throbs of the 70s2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
Pajama Party2001TV SeriesHimself
Intimate Portrait2001TV Series documentaryHimself
I Love 1970's2000TV Series documentaryHimself - Host
The David Cassidy Story2000TV MovieHimself (uncredited)
The Beth Littleford Interview Special1999TV SpecialHimself
Famous Families1999TV Series documentaryHimself
Behind the Music1998TV Series documentaryHimself
The Daily Show1998TV SeriesHimself
Sin City Spectacular1998TV SeriesHimself
Mr. Vegas All-Night Party Starring Drew Carey1997TV MovieHimself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1996TV SeriesHimself
This Is Your Life1975-1996TV Series documentaryHimself
VH1's 8-Track Flashback1995TV SeriesHost
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1994TV SeriesHimself
American Bandstand's Teen Idol1994TV SpecialHimself
The 16th Annual CableACE Awards1994TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
The Arsenio Hall Show1993TV SeriesHimself
Good Day New York1992TV SeriesHimself
American Bandstand's 40th Anniversary Special1992TV MovieHimself
One on One with John Tesh1991TV SeriesHimself
Blossom1991TV SeriesHimself
Idols1991TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Geraldo Rivera Show1991TV SeriesHimself
An American Saturday Night1991TV MovieHimself
Voices that Care1991TV Movie documentaryHimself - Choir Member
The 18th Annual American Music Awards1991TV SpecialHimself
Tom Arnold: The Naked Truth1991TV Special documentaryHimself
MTV Video Music Awards 19901990TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Last Resort with Jonathan Ross1987TV SeriesHimself
Bliss1985TV SeriesHimself
The Kenny Everett Television Show1985TV SeriesHimself
Top of the Pops1972-1985TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Wogan1985TV SeriesHimself
The 37th Annual Tony Awards1983TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Revival
The National Leukemia Broadcast Council Honors Shirley Jones1979TV MovieHimself
Good Morning America1979TV SeriesHimself
The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1978TV SpecialHimself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actor for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series
A Thanksgiving Reunion with the Partridge Family and My Three Sons1977TV MovieHimself
Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes 21977TV MovieHimself
The Wolfman Jack Show1976TV SeriesHimself
Shang-a-Lang1975TV SeriesHimself
Disco1975TV SeriesHimself
Top à...1974TV SeriesHimself
The 16th Annual TV Week Logie Awards1974TV SpecialHimself
The Bob Hope Special1972/IITV MovieHimself
The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour1971TV SeriesHimself
This Is Your Life1971TV SeriesHimself
The 23rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1971TV SpecialHimself
New American Bandstand 19651970TV SeriesHimself
Harry2016TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight2007-2016TV SeriesHimself
Oprah: Where Are They Now?2013TV SeriesHimself
Loose Women2006-2012TV SeriesHimself
Inside Edition2012TV Series documentaryHimself
The Colbert Report2012TV SeriesHimself
The Apprentice2011TV SeriesHimself - Contestant / Himself
The One Show2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Today2004-2010TV SeriesHimself
Live with Kelly and Michael2009TV SeriesHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2009TV SeriesHimself
Biography1999-2008TV Series documentaryHimself
The Oprah Winfrey Show2008TV SeriesHimself
Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon2007TV SeriesHimself
TV Land Confidential2007TV Series documentaryHimself - Interviewee
Jackie Magazine: A Girl's Best Friend2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
This Morning2007TV SeriesHimself
Legends2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1994-2005TV SeriesHimself
TV Land's Top Ten2005TV Series documentaryHimself
The 6th Annual Family Television Awards2004TV SpecialHimself
The Paul O'Grady Show2004TV SeriesHimself
In Search of the Partridge Family2004TV Series documentaryHimself
V Graham Norton2003TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Entertainment Tonight2015-2016TV SeriesHimself
Inside Edition2015TV Series documentaryHimself
The Apprentice2015TV SeriesHimself
Breakfast2010TV SeriesHimself - Singer
I Could Never Be Your Woman2007Himself (uncredited)
100 Greatest Teen Stars2006TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Glam Rock: The DVD2003VideoHimself
Close to You: Remembering the Carpenters1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
Top of the Pops1973TV SeriesHimself
This Week1973TV SeriesHimself


Won Awards

2003TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsHippest Fashion Plate - MaleThe Partridge Family (1970)

Nominated Awards

2006TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsFavorite Singing SiblingsThe Partridge Family (1970)
2003TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsQuintessential Non-Traditional FamilyThe Partridge Family (1970)
1978Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy SeriesPolice Story (1973)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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