BIOGRAPHY: DAVID CASSIDY - THE RELUCTANT IDOL (A&E 7/28/04) David Cassidy, Shirley Jones, Danny Bonaduce, Shaun Cassidy, Patrick Cassidy, Sue Shifrin-Cassidy
Singer, actor, composer. Born on April 12, 1950 in New York, New York. The son of actor and singer Jack Cassidy, David Cassidy built his own career as an entertainer, most notably as one of the stars of the musical television series, The Partridge Family, in the 1970s. Growing up, he was surrounded by show business. In addition to his father, Cassidy’s mother Evelyn Ward, was also an actress. His parents divorced when he was a child, and his father married actress and singer Shirley Jones in 1956.
Jones and Cassidy went on to play mother and son on The Partridge Family, which debuted in the fall of 1970. Danny Bonaduce and Susan Dey were also key members of the cast. In addition, to being popular on television, the fictional family scored several hits, such as “I Think I Love You,” which featured Cassidy on lead vocals. He played the family group’s young heartthrob in the series for four years, while becoming one of the decade’s biggest teen idols in real life as well. Releasing several hit albums, Cassidy had a successful career as a solo artist for several years.
By the mid-1970s, however, Cassidy’s teen fan base had moved on. He then did a guest appearance in a “Police Story” for which he received an Emmy nomination that lead to his own television drama “David Cassidy: Man Undercover” in 1978, but it only lasted ten episodes before being cancelled. Cassidy then worked a lot in the theater, performing in regional and touring productions. He then had a successful run in Las Vegas, beginning with the show EFX in 1996. Three years later Cassidy served as co-writer and co-producer on the Vegas production, The Rat Pack Is Back! The following year he starred with Sheena Easton in At the Copa, which he composed with his third wife Sue Shifrin-Cassidy.
Seen within the documentary speaking about David are The Partridge Family co-stars Shirley Jones and Danny Bonaduce, his brothers Shaun Cassidy and Patrick Cassidy, his wife Sue Shifrin-Cassidy