Who is Shaun Cassidy?
Shaun Cassidy is an American actor, singer, writer, and producer, and is perhaps still best known to the world as Joe Hardy, one of the Hardy Boys in the TV series “The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries” (1977—1979). He is also known for his hit songs, “Morning Girl”, “That’s Rock ‘n’ Roll”, and “Hey Deanie”, among others.
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Shaun Cassidy Wiki- Age, Childhood, and Education
Shaun Cassidy was born on the 27th September 1958 in Los Angeles, California USA; he is the son of Shirley Jones, a famous actress, an Academy Award winner, and an accomplished singer as well, and her husband Jack Cassidy, actor, musician, and musical actor.
He has two younger brothers, Patrick, also an actor but mostly focused on stage performance, and Ryan, while his step-brother was also an actor and musician, David Cassidy, who died of liver disease at the age of 67, and was best known as Keith Partridge in the comedy series “The Partridge Family”.
Shaun switched Los Angeles for New York at some point in his formative years, and went to a boarding school in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and later Solebury School in Newtown. He eventually matriculated from Beverly Hills High School. His parents divorced in 1975, and his mother remarried to Marty Ingels, actor, comedian and producer, with whom she stayed until his death in 2015.
Shaun’s father, Jack Cassidy died in his sleep when fire consumed his apartment and the neighboring apartments in 1976.
Before he turned to acting, Shaun aspired to become a musician. He was still in high school when he signed his first professional contract, with Warner Bros. Records under Mike Curb’s division, and started making music. His debut self-titled album came out in 1976, and achieved platinum status. With the hit songs “Da Doo Ron Ron”, and “That’s Rock ‘n’ Roll” written by Eric Carmen, Shaun announced that he was going to be a star; he received a Grammy Award nomination for Best New Artist.
He continued making new music, teaming up with Eric Carmen on another song – “Hey Deanie” – which peaked at No. 7, and his second album “Born Late” was released in October 1977, and reached No. 6 on the Billboard 200 chart. Before the ‘70s ended, Shaun released three more albums, however, only “Under Wraps”, his third album followed the success of its predecessors, and spawned hits “It’s Like Heaven”, and “Our Nights”. After this, his popularity as a musician began fading, and after two more albums, “Room Service” (1979), and “Wasp” (1980), he stopped making music. His teen idol figure faded and he turned to acting, but he eventually released a compilation album, “Greatest Hits” in 1992.
Shaun’s acting career started in 1976 with a co-starring role in the drama film “Born of Water”, which starred James Almanzar and Janit Baldwin. The following year, he secured his most prominent role which launched him to stardom, alongside his music – he was chosen as Joe Hardy for the TV series “The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries” (1977-1979), and earned two TL Land Award nominations for his work on the particular series. In 1979 he starred in the television film “Like Normal People” as Roger Meyers, while from 1980 through 1981 he portrayed Dave Stoller in the TV series “Breaking Away”.
He remained active as an actor until the late ‘80s, appearing in such projects as the romantic comedy television movie “Once Upon a Texas Train” (1988), and as Craig Gentry in the TV series “Matlock” (1988), among others.
Shaun was also active on stage for some time, appearing in such plays as “Mass Appeal”, “Pass/Fail”, and “Diary of a Hunger Strike” for which he won a Dramalogue award. Also, he starred in the play “Blood Brothers”, opposite his half-brother David Cassidy.
Writer, and Producer
In addition to his career as a musician and actor, Shaun is also an accomplished writer and producer. While working on the play “Blood Brothers”, he wrote the pilot episode for a TV series, which became “American Gothic”, and worked as a producer and writer on the TV series from 1995 to 1996.
In 1997 he created another TV series – “Roar” – a fantasy action-adventure which ran for 13 episodes, and starred Heath Ledger, Lisa Zane and Vera Farmiga. The series was very successful, earning a Primetime Emmy Award nomination. His next project was the TV series “Players” (1997-1998), while from 2002 to 2003 he worked on the TV series “The Agency”. He then created another popular TV series, this time the horror drama “Invasion” (2005-2006), starring William Fichtner, Eddie Cibrian, and Kari Matchett.
Where is Shaun Cassidy Today?
Shaun is still active in show business, with his main focus being creating and producing. Following “Invasion”, he created the comedy series “Ruby & the Rockits”, while he was consulting producer on the series “Blue Bloods” (2011-2012).
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Most recently, he was a writer on “Emerald City”, and its executive producer for ten episodes in 2017. Most recently he has been working on the TV drama series “New Amsterdam” (2018-2020).
Shaun has announced a concert in Kansas City on the 24th June 2020.
Shaun Cassidy Net Worth, Height, Weight, and Appearance
Shaun Cassidy is a successful multi-talented artist and has become famous on his own, stepping out of his mother’s shadow. His wealth is estimated at $25 million as of early 2020.
Shaun stands at 5ft 11ins (1.79m) tall, while he weighs approximately 165lbs ~ 75kgs. Although his vital statistics are unknown, he has an athletic figure. He has blue eyes and blonde hair.
Shaun Cassidy Personal Life, Marriage, Children
Shaun is known for his love life – and he has married three times and is a two times divorcee. His first wife was Ann Pennington, a former model and Playboy playmate. The two were married from 1973 until 1993 and have two children together, a daughter Caitlin, and son Jake. He also became stepfather to Ann’s daughter Jessica, who was born in 1970.
Two years following his divorce from Ann, he married actress Susan Diol, with whom he has a daughter Juliet, born in 1998. The couple divorced in 2003.
Since 2004, Shaun has been married to producer Tracey Lynne Turner, and the two have welcomed four children, Caleb, Roan, Lila, and Mairin.