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Friday, November 24, 2017

Remembering David Cassidy 1950 - 2017

Actor and singer David Cassidy, who died Tuesday at age 67, was best known for his role as Keith Partridge in the 1970-74 ABC sitcom, The Partridge Family, which led to his becoming a teen idol. Other television credits include the 1978-79 NBC police drama, David Cassidy: Man Undercover, and the 2009 ABC Family comedy series, Ruby & The Rockits (which was created by his half-brother Shaun Cassidy). He received a 1978 Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series for an episode of Police Story.

Cassidy also appeared in a few feature films, including Instant Karma (1990), The Spirit of '76 (1990) and Popstar (2005), and in three Broadway musicals - The Fig Leaves Are Falling (1969), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1983) and Blood Brothers (1993-94) with Shaun and Petula Clark. In 1996, he replaced Michael Crawford in the Las Vegas production of EFX at the MGM Grand Hotel, and he wrote and appeared in the 2000-01 Las Vegas show, At the Copa, with Sheena Easton.

As the lead singer of The Partridge Family, Cassidy had a #1 hit record in 1970 with "I Think I Love You". And the group received a 1971 Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. He also had a successful career as a solo recording artist.

Cassidy is survived by his son, musician Beau Cassidy; his daughter, actress Katie Cassidy; his stepmother, actress Shirley Jones (who was married to his late father, actor Jack Cassidy); and his three half-brothers - Shaun, Patrick Cassidy and Ryan Cassidy. Below I've selected some videos to celebrate his life and career.

The Partridge Family performed "I Think I Love You" and "I Woke Up in Love This Morning" (which reached #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1971) on their ABC series.

He was a guest on The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour on October 5, 1971.

He performed "Rock Me Baby" on The Bob Hope Special on October 5, 1972.

He performed "How Can I Be Sure" on the Dutch pop music show, TopPop, on October 21, 1972.

He performed "The Puppy Song" and "Daydreamer" on the 500th episode of the British show, Top of the Pops, on October 4, 1973.

He was a guest on ABC's Good Night America with host Geraldo Rivera on July 4, 1974.

He starred in NBC's David Cassidy: Man Undercover, which aired for 10 episodes in 1978-79.

In December 1982, he was a guest (along with Shirley Jones and Barbara Eden) on the Frank Mills Christmas Special in Canada.

He performed "The Last Kiss" on the British talk show, Wogan, on February 20, 1985.

He promoted his album, David Cassidy, and sang "Lyin' to Myself" on The Arsenio Hall Show on October 11, 1990.

He was reunited with his Partridge Family co-stars Danny Bonaduce and Shirley Jones on The Arsenio Hall Show on July 13, 1993.

He starred with Petula Clark and Shaun Cassidy in the 1993 Broadway production of Blood Brothers. He and Shaun were guests on Live with Regis and Kathie Lee on August 26, 1993, and he and Petula appeared on the American Theatre Wing's Working in the Theatre in September 1993.

He was a guest on ABC's The View on September 8, 1998.

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