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Life of David Cassidy's Younger Brother and Former Teen Heartthrob, Shaun

Monica Otayza
Sep 23, 2021
06:19 A.M.

David Cassidy was an actor best known for starring in "The Partridge Family." He wasn't the only heartthrob in their house, though, as his younger brother Shaun also stole the hearts of many.


David Cassidy was born in New York City in 1950, rising to fame on the musical TV series "The Partridge Family." He was not the only one to join the entertainment industry, as his brothers followed suit.

When his teenage fanbase started to move on, he started performing in theater. He toured the US and abroad before appearing on "Ruby and the Rockits," a show produced by Shaun and co-starring their brother Patrick in 2009.

Shaun Cassidy on April 14, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee | Source: Getty Images

Shaun Cassidy on April 14, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee | Source: Getty Images


While David got a head start into the industry earlier than Shaun, the latter went on to become a well-loved singer, writer, producer, and actor. He is the eldest son of actress Shirley Jones and Tony Award-winning actor Jack Cassidy. He is the half-brother of David and has two other brothers, Patrick and Ryan.


Shaun was married three times, first to Ann Pennington, before marrying Susan Diol, and finally, staying in a long-lasting marriage to Tracey Lynne Turner. He has a total of seven children from his three marriages.



He is also a writer and renowned producer, known for creating and producing many television series, including "American Gothic," "Roar," and "Invasion." Before becoming a producer, he stole millions of hearts with his pitch-perfect love songs, gorgeous locks, and tight satin pants in the 1970s.

However, even when he started to lay low, fans would still follow him around and ask him for autographs. While in North Carolina, Shaun was once surprised when two women in their 30s handed him pens and paper scraps for him to sign.



Shaun found fame of his own about five years after his half-brother’s popularity began to wane. He played the role of Joe Hardy in the “Hardy Boys” TV show and, like his brother, went into the record-making business.

Though his music career lasted less than a year, he had a considerably large fan base and is still fondly remembered. His first hit came in 1977 from his remake of “Da Do Ron Ron.” The remake was followed promptly by two more major hits with only a few months in between.



Later on, Shaun eventually decided to take a step back from the stage before finding fulfillment in producing; he had this to say about that goal of his:

"I look at old interviews and things, and they say, 'What do you want to do when you grow up?' I say, 'I want to be a producer.' And I'm really fortunate that I was able to do it."

In the end, Shaun credits his family for keeping him grounded despite his fame. He acknowledged that acting was second nature in their family, but despite this, they never pressured him unless it was the path he wanted to follow – and it was.

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