Shaun Cassidy is an American singer, producer, writer and actor born on September 27, 1958 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is probably best known for appearing on the TV series “The Hardy Boys Mysteries” and for his number one single “Da Doo Ron Ron”.
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Shaun Paul Cassidy is the son of actors Jack Cassidy and Shirley Jones. Shaun has two younger brothers named Patrick and Ryan. Born of his father’s first marriage to Evelyn Ward, famed actor and musician David Cassidy was his older half-brother.
Due to his parents’ profession, Shaun grew up in Los Angeles and New York, attending Solebury School for his elementary education and then Beverly Hills High School until his matriculation.
Shaun Cassidy is 57 today. He is the former teen idol who starred in the television series The Hardy Boys Mysteries and…
Music – Rise to Fame
Shaun Cassidy signed his first recording contract with Warner Bros. Records when he was still a teenager. This was the first step into recording music, leading to the release of his first self-titled album in 1977.
The solo work reached multi-platinum, and the single “Da Doo Ron Ron” – originally recorded by girl group The Crystals in the 1950s – reached number one and earned him a nomination as Best New Artist for the Grammy Awards. The album’s second single was titled “That’s Rock ‘n’ Roll” and charted at number three in the US, earning him international acclaim for its success in Europe and Australia.
Despite his recent high profile and successful live tour of the US, Shaun’s humble nature of suddenly becoming a teenage celebrity didn’t change anything: ‘The idea of being some kind of idol is kind of embarrassing. My self-esteem was never rooted in that.”
In the same year, Cassidy’s second album, “Born Late”, was released, and unlike his first album, this album contained many songs he co-wrote. Written by Eric Carmen, the single “Hey Deanie” charted at number seven, while the second titled “Do You Believe in Magic?” – originally recorded by rock band The Lovin’ Spoonful in the 1960s – did not have the same success, reaching No. 31 on Billboard.
Despite this, the album eventually went platinum received mixed reviews: ‘a few old Beatlemaniacs mumble that Shaun isn’t so bad – he loves the music more than David ever did, his covers show some feeling, and “Hey Deanie” really rocks.
That’s all true. And all of that is still pretty lame. In 1978, Cassidy’s third album, “Under Wraps”, peaked at number 33 on Billboard, and its only hit single “Our Night” was number 80 on charts. While the album is not considered a commercial failure, it marked a dramatic change from his previous works, and was a sign of Cassidy’s momentum and appeal as a teenage celebrity came to an end.
The song “It’s Like Heaven” features Brian Wilson songwriting from Beach Boys, who had previously collaborated on several songs by Shaun’s half-brother David.
In July 1979, Cassidy released his fourth album entitled “Room Service”, although its only single, “You’re Usin’ Me”, failed to chart at all on Billboard’s 200, marking Cassidy’s biggest and first commercial failure.
Ralph Heibutzki reviewed this work on All Music pointing out his mistakes, “The real problem is a lack of distinctive material for Cassidy to call his own.” He and Lloyd co-wrote or co-wrote all but one of the songs – “The Letter” – so they definitely have to take the blame. Cassidy might have had better luck if he had stuck to his stripped-down guns on ‘Fallin’ Into You’ or ‘Break for the Street,’ whose sharp tone and guitar work make them some of the best moments here.”
“Wasp” – Cassidy’s fifth and final studio album, released in 1980 – featured covers of songs such as David Bowie’s “Rebel Rebel” and Ian Hunter’s “Once Bitten, Twice Shy”. Looking for a way to reinvent his sound and career, this pop-oriented album was produced by Todd Rundgren.
Although the single “Memory Girl” became a hit in Europe, Cassidy’s attempts to make a commercially successful album were ineffective, as “Wasp” was his second album in a row to fail to chart in the US and the end marked of his career as a singer.
Shaun Cassidy’s debut as an actor was as Christopher Wentworth Hewlitt in the 1976 film “Born of Water”. After this role – and shortly after the release of his first studio album – Cassidy was cast as Joe Hardy, the lead in the TV series ” The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries” from 1977, which increased his fame as a teen idol.
In 1979, he was cast as Roger Meyer in the drama TV movie “Like Normal People” and a year later landed his second recurring role, as Dave Stoller in “Breaking Away”.
By the early 1980s, Cassidy’s music career had sunk significantly, so he decided against playing characters on TV and instead decided to focus on Broadway, starring in “Mass Appeal”, a national tour of Milo O’Shea. He also starred in “Bus Stop” – which debuted in London – and in the one-year series “Blood Brothers”, where he acted as his half-brother David’s counterpart.
However, the feud on stage was just for the performance as Cassidy told PeopleWe don’t have traditional sibling rivalry, but we’re close. We shared a mutual experience that is quite unique, we compared notes. But I had an advantage: I saw him go through it.’
In 1985, Cassidy returned to TV playing the character of David Dischinger in an episode of “American Playhouse”. He then appeared as Chad Singer in “Murder, She Wrote”, made a brief appearance in “Hospital General” in 1987, then in the movie “Once upon a Texas Train” and in “Matlock”. Cassidy’s last acting appearance was in 1995, in the short film “Your Studio and You”.
Producer and screenwriter
Cassidy successfully transitioned from pop singer and actor to screenwriter in the early 1990s when he wrote the pilot for “American Gothic.” Although the series was canceled after only one season on the air, it was well received by critics and received an impassioned review in The New York Times: ‘The most original new show of the season’.
Continuing to work on his writing skills, Cassidy created the series “Roar” starring Heath Ledger in 1997, which was followed the same year by “Players” starring Ice-T.
In 2005 Universal Television’s Bela Bajaria praised Cassidy about his work, confirming the network’s decision to hire him as the creator and executive producer of the drama-horror series “Invasion”: “(he) is a talented creator and a skilled showrunner. With his extensive experience in the entertainment world, he understands all aspects of making a TV show. He’s also a strong supervisor for other writers, and we’re excited to have a deal with him.”
Where is he today?
Although years have passed since his last TV appearance, Shaun Cassidy still actively works behind cameras.
Today, he is the producer and lead author of the series “New Amsterdam” which premiered in 2018.
Marriage and children
Cassidy first married model Ann Pennington in 1979, with whom he had two children: Caitlin born in 1981 and Jake born in 1985. He was also Pennington’s daughter Jessica’s stepfather. The marriage ended in 1993.
In 1995, Cassidy married Susan Diol, with whom he had a daughter Juliet in 1998. Eight years after the marriage, they filed for divorce. In 2004, Cassidy married Tracey Lynne Turner, with whom he has four children: Caleb, Roan, Lila, and Mairin. Today, the couple is still happily married and living in California.
Nice date. But how was the conversation? https://t.co/fhApvBgwuP
— Shaun Cassidy (@shaunpcassidy) June 13, 2020
As a result of his successful career as a singer, actor, producer and screenwriter, Shaun Cassidy has an estimated net worth of over $20 million as of mid 2020.
Shaun Cassidy is a man of white ethnicity, with blonde brown hair and green eyes. His weight is unknown, but he is six feet tall.
His contract with Warner Bros. Records was signed in 1977, just a year after his high school entrance exam.
In tribute to his half-brother David, who died of liver failure on November 21, 2017, Shaun Cassidy warmly commemorated him by posting a photo of them together on his Twitter account“Of course I tried to get hold of him. I always tried to catch him. But I could never. Now I will carry him, along with all the funny/sad/extraordinary days we shared, no more filled with love than these last few by his side.’
David Cassidy’s music memorabilia was bequeathed to his brothers, including Shaun, as part of his will.