Shaun Cassidy

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Shaun Cassidy
Parker Stevenson Shaun Cassidy Hardy Boys 1977.jpg
Cassidy (right) with Parker Stevenson in The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries
Background information
Birth name Shaun Paul Cassidy
Born (1958-09-27) September 27, 1958 (age 56)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Pop rock
Occupation(s) Screenwriter, actor, singer, television producer
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano
Years active 1976–present
Labels Warner Bros. (USA)
Associated acts Utopia

Shaun Paul Cassidy (born September 27, 1958) is an American television producer/creator, screenwriter, and former actor and singer. He is the eldest son of Academy Award-winning actress Shirley Jones and Tony Award-winning actor Jack Cassidy. His older half-brother is singer/actor David Cassidy.[1]

In the late-1970s, Cassidy was a popular singer and actor. He starred in the television series The Hardy Boys Mysteries, and the short-lived Breaking Away. He had a number of hit records, and did numerous arena tours nationwide. In the 1980s Cassidy had a three-month stint on the daytime soap General Hospital and acted on Broadway and in the West End of London. Since the mid-1990s, Cassidy has worked exclusively as a writer/producer in television, creating a number of critically acclaimed television series, including American Gothic, Roar (with Heath Ledger in his American debut), and Invasion.

Career[edit]

While still in high school, Cassidy signed a contract with Mike Curb's division of Warner Bros. Records and began recording music. His debut album Shaun Cassidy was initially released in Europe and Australia in 1976, and he scored a couple of hit singles in several countries. That led to an American release of that album in 1977. The multi-platinum album netted Cassidy a No. 1 U.S. single with "Da Doo Ron Ron" and a Grammy Award nomination for Best New Artist.[2][3] The Eric Carmen penned "That's Rock 'n' Roll" (which had already been a hit in Australia and Europe) was the follow-up single and peaked at number three. Cassidy's popularity continued with the concurrent arrival of his television series, The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, which also starred Parker Stevenson.

Cassidy's next album Born Late peaked at No. 6 on the US Top 200 Albums chart and netted the hit "Hey Deanie" (US No. 7), also written by Carmen. His label ran the same formula as before by releasing a remake of a previous hit as the second single; this time with The Lovin' Spoonful's "Do You Believe in Magic?". It would become a moderate hit for Cassidy, peaking at No. 31.

Cassidy had released two successful albums, but by the release of his third album, 1978's Under Wraps, his teen-star appeal had begun to fade. The album just managed to crack the US top 40, peaking at No. 33, and it produced a minor hit in the song "Our Night" (US No. 80). Cassidy's 1979 album Room Service was also not successful and it failed to appear on the US Top 200 Album chart. Cassidy tried a different musical approach for his next release, 1980's Wasp. The album was more rock/pop-oriented and produced by Todd Rundgren with the group Utopia as the backing band. It featured songs written by Rundgren, and cover versions including David Bowie's "Rebel, Rebel" and The Who's "So Sad About Us" among others. The album, however, was not successful and became Cassidy's second album not to chart on the Billboard Album Chart.

Cassidy concentrated on stage acting for most of the 1980s and early 1990s. He appeared on Broadway and West End productions such as Mass Appeal and Bus Stop, as well as the American premiere of Pass/Fail at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Cassidy won a Dramalogue award for his work in Mark Sheriden's Diary of a Hunger Strike at the L.A.T.C., and his final stage appearance was opposite his half-brother David in the Broadway production of Blood Brothers (which successfully ran for over a year on Broadway). It was during this production that Cassidy wrote his first television pilot, American Gothic, opening the door to a long-term contract with Universal Television.

From the late 1990s, Cassidy created, wrote, and produced numerous shows for network and cable including American Gothic, Roar (starring Heath Ledger), Cover Me, Invasion and Ruby & The Rockits. Cassidy has a number of projects in development [4] including the Amazon Studios television series Hysteria.[5] The pilot will be released for viewing in August 2014.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Shaun Cassidy grew up in Los Angeles and New York City, attending boarding school in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and graduating from Beverly Hills High School. In addition to an elder half-brother, David, he has two younger brothers, Patrick and Ryan Cassidy.[7]

Alongside his parents, and half-brother David, Cassidy was represented by former table tennis champion Ruth Aarons, who came from a theatrical family and found her niche later in life as a talent manager. Aarons is responsible for the successful launch of his career in 1977, and managed him during his formative years as a teen idol and musician.[8]

In December 1979, Cassidy married Ann Pennington.[9] They had two children together.

Cassidy was also briefly married to actor Susan Diol; they have a daughter.[citation needed]

Since 2004, Cassidy has been married to production assistant Tracey Lynne Turner.[10] They have four children.

Discography[edit]

Solo albums[edit]

Soundtracks[edit]

Album appearances[edit]

Broadway cast albums[edit]

Chart singles[edit]

Year Title US Billboard US Cash Box WLS Chicago CAN Germany singles chart
[citation needed]
1976 "Morning Girl" (Germany-only release) 40
1977 "Da Doo Ron Ron" 1 1 1 1 19
"That's Rock 'n' Roll" 3 4 1 1 14
"Hey Deanie" 7 21 6 23
1978 "Do You Believe in Magic" 31 37 22 39
"Our Night" 80
1989 "Memory Girl"

Filmography[edit]

Actor[edit]

Writer[edit]

Producer[edit]

  • 1995: American Gothic (3 episodes)
  • 1997: Roar (3 episodes)
  • 1998: Hollyweird
  • 2000–01: Cover Me: Based on the True Life of an FBI Family (TV series)
  • 2001–03: The Agency (4 episodes)
  • 2003: Cold Case (3 episodes)
  • 2004–05: The Mountain (3 episodes)
  • 2005–06: Invasion (TV series)
  • 2008: Inseparable (TV series)
  • 2009: Ruby & The Rockits (3 episodes)
  • 2011: Blue Bloods (consulting producer) (6 episodes)
  • 2012: The Frontier (TV series)

Director[edit]

  • 2000: Cover Me: Based on the True Life of an FBI Family (TV series)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shaun Cassidy: Biography". Television Show. Retrieved 12/23/11.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. ^ "WB Rides Sizzling Singles Sales". Billboard. 12-10-1977. Retrieved 2012-1-30.  Check date values in: |date=, |accessdate= (help)
  3. ^ "Grammy Rewind: 20th Annual Grammy Awards". Grammy.com. 17 January 2012. Retrieved 2012-1-30.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. ^ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/homeland-howard-gordon-invasion-shaun-cassidy-fox-cia-drama-370513
  5. ^ http://variety.com/2014/digital/news/amazon-studios-adds-thriller-hysteria-from-shaun-cassidy-to-next-pilot-wave-1201256222/
  6. ^ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/amazon-explores-new-distribution-methods-718163
  7. ^ "Cassidy on Staying Grounded". Website. Oprah.com. Retrieved 12/23/11.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  8. ^ "TeamUSA". 
  9. ^ Associated Press (December 4, 1979). "Shaun Cassidy Married". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. Retrieved April 26, 2010. 
  10. ^ "At Home with Shaun Cassidy". Television Show. "Oprah" / Harpo Productions. Retrieved 11/4/10.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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