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b. John Cassidy, 5 March 1927, Richmond Hill, NY, USA, d. 12 March 1976, LA, California, USA. A flexible actor and vocalist who, also in his old age, seemed to maintain his younger appearance, Cassidy produced his Broadway debut at age 17 within the chorus from the 1943 Cole Porter – Ethel Merman strike musical Something For The Males. More chorus function adopted in Sadie Thompson, The Firebrand Of Florence, ALL OVER THE WORLD, Music IN MY OWN Heart, and Inside USA, before Cassidy performed a far more prominent part, alongside others around the brink of achievement such as for example Tom Ewell and Alice Pearce, in the trendy revue Little Wonder (1948). He was within the short-lived Alive And Kicking in 1950, and 2 yrs later overran the section of Seabee Richard Western in South Pacific. Also in 1952, Cassidy experienced his 1st leading part because the suave Chick Miller in Want You Were Right here, a display that attracted significant amounts of publicity due to the fact it experienced a swimming-pool included in the stage. Cassidy launched the appealing name song, and in addition sang the underrated ‘Where Do The Night Proceed?’. He eventually played opposing Betty Oakes within the offbeat Sandhog (1954), co-starred with Carol Lawrence within a musical version of Adam Hilton’s novel Shed Horizon known as Shangri-La, and made an appearance in a variety of musical productions in america regions and European countries, before time for Broadway in 1963 using the enchanting She Loves Me. While Barbara Make and Daniel Massey solved their complicated romantic relationship, Cassidy, playing the unctuous ‘citizen ladies guy’ Steven Kodaly, pursued Barbara Baxley with ‘Ilona’ and ‘Grand Understanding You’. His efficiency was rewarded using the 1964 Tony Prize for Helping/Featured Actor within a musical. Through the remainder from the 60s, Cassidy got another ultra-smooth function as Hollywood main character Byron Prong in Fade Out-Fade In (1964), was egotistical columnist Utmost Mencken within the comic remove spoof It’s A Parrot, It’s A Airplane, It’s Superman (1966), and performed Irishman Phineas Flynn within the Civil Battle musical Maggie Flynn (1968). Within the name function from the last mentioned present was Shirley Jones, the previous star of movies such as for example Oklahoma!, Carousel as well as the Music Man, who was simply Cassidy’s second wife. Cassidy himself also made an appearance in several movies, notably as John Barrymore in W.C. Areas And Me so when Damon Runyon within the Private Data files Of J. Edgar Hoover. After his Broadway profession declined, he proved helpful in regional theater, both direct and musical, and made an appearance on tv and in nightclubs. He passed away at age 49 within a fireplace at his LA house. Three of his sons, Patrick Cassidy and Shaun Cassidy (from his relationship to Shirley Jones), alongside David Cassidy (from his previous relationship to Evelyn Ward), may also be in showbusiness.

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Full Name Jack Cassidy
Died December 12, 1976, West Hollywood, California, United States
Profession Actor, Singer
Nationality American
Spouse Shirley Jones, Evelyn Ward
Children David Cassidy, Shaun Cassidy, Patrick Cassidy, Ryan Cassidy
Parents Charlotte Cassidy, William Cassidy
Awards Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical
Music Songs Long Ago And Far Away, The Song Is You, I Won't Dance, Kiss Me Again, Girl Land, It Might As Well Be Spring, Dear Little Girl, Be Still My Soul, Love Of My Life, Will You Remember, Dearly Beloved, Let's Fall In Love, Let's Face the Music and Dance, It's Easy To Remember, Cheek To Cheek, Nice Work If You Can Get It, The Lord's Bright Blessing, Hit The Road To Dreamland, For You For Me For Evermore, Babes in Arms, The Heather on the Hill, There But for You Go I, Nina, Let's Begin, Bryan's Hymn, They Won't Know Me, Grand Knowing You, It's Gotta Be Love, Something Had to Happen, There's a Small Hotel, The Boys from Syracuse: Dear Old Syracuse, Love Is Forever
Albums Symbia, Babes In Arms, Boys From Syracuse, Songs of Love, Hit The Road To Dreamland, Wanting You, Be Still My Soul, Cinema, Speaking of Love & With Love from Hollywood
Nominations Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Musical, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Movies The Eiger Sanction, Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol, The Andersonville Trial, Bunny O'Hare, W.C. Fields and Me, The Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County, Look in Any Window, The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover, The Chapman Report, The Phantom of Hollywood, The Mad Monster, Your Money or Your Wife, Benny and Barney: Las Vegas Undercover, Fools, Females and Fun, Self Helpless, A Time for Love, Mrs. R
TV Shows The Bell Telephone Hour, He & She


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1 Mother Charlotte was from Hamburg, Germany.
2 Made his Broadway debut at the age of 16 in the chorus of Cole Porter's "Something For The Boys.".
3 Along with Patrick McGoohan, Robert Culp, George Hamilton and William Shatner, he is one of only five actors to play two or more murderers in Columbo (1971): Ken Franklin in Columbo: Murder by the Book (1971), Riley Greenleaf in Columbo: Publish or Perish (1974) and Columbo: Now You See Him (1976).
4 A charred body, burned beyond recognition, was found in the doorway of Cassidy's apartment. As Cassidy's car was missing (it was later returned by a friend who had borrowed it), his family hoped that he had traveled to Palm Springs, which were his intended plans for the following day bur the body was then positively identified as Cassidy's by dental records and by a signet ring that he wore, bearing the Cassidy family crest.
5 His remains were cremated and scattered on the Pacific Ocean.
6 According to Cassidy's ex-wife Shirley Jones, on December 11, 1976, Cassidy asked her over for drinks but she declined his invitation. He then ate dinner alone at an Italian restaurant. Cassidy returned to his apartment by himself, by which time he was drunk. In the early morning hours of December 12, Cassidy lit a cigarette and fell asleep on his Naugahyde couch. He then dropped the cigarette, which ignited the couch. The flames quickly spread throughout the apartment and the building.
7 Cassidy was approved for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005, and fund raising efforts are currently underway to fund the dedication ceremony.
8 In his 1994 autobiography, C'Mon, Get Happy, Cassidy's eldest son David wrote that he became increasingly concerned about his father in the last years of his life. Jack Cassidy suffered from bipolar disorder and was an alcoholic, who was displaying increasingly erratic behavior.
9 The role of the vain, shallow, buffoon-like newsman Ted Baxter on TV's The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970-1977) was reportedly written with Cassidy in mind. Although Cassidy had played a similar buffoonish character in the 1967-68 sitcom He & She, he turned down the role, feeling that it was not right for him; the part went to Ted Knight.
10 David Cassidy also claimed that his father was bisexual, citing attributed personal accounts and reports, both anecdotal and published, of his father's same-sex affairs, a fact neither he nor his siblings discovered until after Cassidy's death. In her 2013 memoir, Shirley Jones confirms that Cassidy had many same-sex affairs, including one with Cole Porter.
11 In 1974, his neighbors were shocked to see him watering his front lawn naked in the middle of the afternoon. Cassidy's second wife Shirley Jones described a similar incident when she found him sitting naked in a corner, reading a book. Jones said to Cassidy that they had to get ready to do a show, and he calmly looked up and said, "I know now that I'm Christ".[.
12 Cassidy won the 1964 Tony Award for best featured actor in a musical for his role in She Loves Me and was nominated for two Emmy Awards: in 1968 for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Comedy, for He & She, and 1971 for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for the film The Andersonville Trial (1970).
13 In December 1974, Cassidy was hospitalized in a psychiatric facility for 48 hours. At that time, Jones found out that he had been previously diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
14 In the March 15, 1965 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962) episode, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: The Photographer and the Undertaker (1965), he played a hit man who disposes of the victim's body by setting fire to his apartment, which was the scene of the murder. This was an attempt to conceal the murder and have the authorities believe that he was the deceased. He later died in a fire, at his home, on December 12, 1976 and was so badly burned that he could only be identified by the unique ring he was wearing.
15 Graduated from Richmond Hill High School. Took singing lessons with Polly Robertson and was mentored by his uncle, Ben Dova, a former vaudevillian, who organised auditions for him. Jack first appeared, on stage, in the chorus of Michael Todd's "Something For the Boys" in 1943.
16 His father, William Cassidy, was a railroad engineer.
17 Born to William Cassidy, who was of Irish descent, and Charlotte Koehler, who was of German descent.
18 He was nominated for a 1976 Joseph Jefferson Award for Director of a Play for "Wait Until Dark", at the Drury Lane Theatre North in Chicago, Illinois.
19 Portrayed by Malcolm McDowell in The David Cassidy Story (2000).
20 The 4th floor penthouse where he died is located at 1221 North Kings Road, West Hollywood.
21 On June 24, 2005, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced he would receive a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for live theatre.
22 Won Broadway's 1964 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Musical) for "She Loves Me". This was followed with three other Tony nominations in the same category: in 1965 for "Fade Out -- Fade In," and as Best Actor (Musical) in 1966 for "It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman!" and in 1969 for "Maggie Flynn.".
23 Father, with Evelyn Ward of son David Cassidy. Father, with Shirley Jones, of sons Shaun Cassidy, Ryan Cassidy and Patrick Cassidy.
24 Wrote a play, "A Waltz for Willie Ryan".
25 While researching his Irish ancestry, he discovered his family's crest. He had 6 gold pinky rings made bearing the crest, and gave one to each of his 4 sons and one to his brother. His own ring helped authorities identify his remains. It was later stolen from his son, Patrick Cassidy's house.
26 His idol was John Barrymore, whom he played in W.C. Fields and Me (1976).
27 Worked as a bell hop, counterman, dishwasher, chauffer, clothing salesman, postal clerk, hotel clerk, stable boy, coal and ice truck handler before getting his big break.
28 Turned down the role of Ted Baxter on Mary Tyler Moore (1970), but did guest star as Ted Baxter's brother.
29 He died when his couch, and subsequently apartment, caught fire after he fell asleep on it with a lit cigarette.
30 Received help entering show business from a family member who was a contortionist in the circus.
31 One of the most Tony-nominated musical actors in Broadway history.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover 1977 Damon Runyon
The Feather and Father Gang 1977 TV Series Bishop
McCloud 1977 TV Series Lord Charles Bridges
Benny and Barney: Las Vegas Undercover 1977 TV Movie Jules Rosen
W.C. Fields and Me 1976 John Barrymore
Columbo 1971-1976 TV Series The Great Santini / Riley Greenleaf / Ken Franklin
Hawaii Five-O 1975 TV Series Morwood
Matt Helm 1975 TV Series Buckman
Knuckle 1975 TV Movie Patrick Delafield
The Eiger Sanction 1975 Miles Mellough
Death Among Friends 1975 TV Movie Chico Donovan
Fools, Females and Fun 1974 TV Movie Danny Holliday
McMasters of Sweetwater 1974 TV Movie McMasters
The Phantom of Hollywood 1974 TV Movie Otto Vonner / Karl Vonner
Great Performances 1974 TV Series Paul Sears
Cannon 1974 TV Series Gen. James O'Hara
Great Mysteries 1973 TV Series Pennington
Of Men and Women 1973 TV Movie segment "Never Trust a Lady"
Barnaby Jones 1973 TV Series Craig Woodridge
A Time for Love 1973 TV Movie Tom Pierson
Your Money or Your Wife 1972 TV Movie Josh Darwin, the TV Producer
Banyon 1972 TV Series Grey Gloves
Love, American Style 1970-1972 TV Series Frank (segment "Love and the Know-It-All") / Fred (segment "Love and the Big Game") / Chuck Fuller (segment "Love and the Many Married Couple")
The ABC Comedy Hour 1972 TV Series
Mission: Impossible 1972 TV Series Orin Kerr
Sarge 1971 TV Series John Michael O'Flaherty
Bonanza 1971 TV Series Kevin O'Casey
Mary Tyler Moore 1971 TV Series Hal Baxter
Bunny O'Hare 1971 Lieutenant Greeley
Alias Smith and Jones 1971 TV Series Harry Wagener
The Powder Room 1971 TV Movie
Men at Law 1971 TV Series
Night Gallery 1971 TV Series Marius Davis (segment "The Last Laurel")
Mod Squad 1971 TV Series Perry Lemko
The Governor & J.J. 1970 TV Series Mark Ellison
Matt Lincoln 1970 TV Series
George M! 1970 TV Movie Jeremiah 'Jerry' Cohan
The Andersonville Trial 1970 TV Movie Otis Baker
Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County 1970 Roger Hand
Bewitched 1968-1970 TV Series George Dinsdale / Rance Butler
That Girl 1969 TV Series Marty Haines
That's Life 1969 TV Series
Get Smart 1968 TV Series Mr. Bob
He & She 1967-1968 TV Series Oscar North
Coronet Blue 1967 TV Series Spangler / Demier
The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. 1967 TV Series Rock Mussin
I Spy 1967 TV Series Nick Fleming
The Garry Moore Show 1966 TV Series Harrison Floy
The Lucy Show 1965 TV Series Professor Zoorkin
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour 1965 TV Series Arthur Mannix
Mr. Broadway 1964 TV Series Allan
The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo 1964 TV Series voice
Wide Country 1963 TV Series Jerry Manning
FBI Code 98 1963 TV Movie Walter Macklin
The Dick Powell Theatre 1962 TV Series Roth
Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol 1962 TV Movie Bob Cratchit / Dick Wilkins (voice)
The Real McCoys 1962 TV Series Jack Masters
The Chapman Report 1962 Ted Dyson (scenes deleted)
Hennesey 1962 TV Series Chaplain
Bronco 1961-1962 TV Series Marshal Bill Hickok / Edward Miller
Surfside 6 1962 TV Series Val Morton
Everglades 1962 TV Series Ron Fairburn
77 Sunset Strip 1962 TV Series Dick Arnador
Hawaiian Eye 1961 TV Series Maurice Clifford
Maverick 1961 TV Series Roger Cushman
Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1961 TV Series Mark Lansing
General Electric Theater 1961 TV Series Alan Richards
Lock Up 1961 TV Series Vincent Gibson
Wagon Train 1961 TV Series Dan Palmer
Look in Any Window 1961 Gareth Lowell
The Chevy Mystery Show 1960 TV Series David Townsend
Gunsmoke 1958 TV Series Marcus France
Richard Diamond, Private Detective 1958 TV Series Danny Fortune
Lux Video Theatre 1957 TV Series Denis / Dr. Frederick Steele
The United States Steel Hour 1957 TV Series

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol 1962 TV Movie performer: "Ringle, Ringle", "The Lord's Bright Blessing"

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Cross-Wits 1977 TV Series Himself
Circus of the Stars 1977 TV Special documentary Himself - Ringmaster
Gala de l'union 1976 TV Series Himself
The $10,000 Pyramid 1974-1976 TV Series Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1976 TV Series Himself - Actor
Word Grabbers 1976 TV Movie Himself - Panelist (2nd Pilot)
Match Game 73 1973-1975 TV Series Himself - Panelist
Dinah! 1975 TV Series Himself
Don Adams' Screen Test 1975 TV Series
Rhyme and Reason 1975 TV Series Himself
Celebrity Sweepstakes 1974 TV Series Himself
The 20th Annual Genii Awards 1974 TV Special Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1966-1974 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
The Hollywood Squares 1968-1974 TV Series Himself - Panelist / Himself - Center Square / Himself
The Merv Griffin Show 1974 TV Series Himself
A Musical Celebration to Stephen Sondheim 1973 TV Movie Himself
Broadway 1973 TV Movie Himself
NBC Follies 1973 TV Series Himself
What's My Line? 1973 TV Series Himself - Panelist
The Carol Burnett Show 1968-1973 TV Series Himself
The Julie Andrews Hour 1972 TV Series Himself
Portable Electric Medicine Show 1972 TV Movie Himself
Password All-Stars 1967-1972 TV Series Himself - Celebrity Contestant
The Movie Game 1970-1971 TV Series Himself
This Is Your Life 1971 TV Series Himself
The 23rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1971 TV Special Himself
Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Circus - 101th Edition 1971 TV Special Himself - Host
Laugh-In 1971 TV Series Himself
He Said, She Said 1970 TV Series Himself
It Takes Two 1970 TV Series Himself
The Linkletter Show 1970 TV Series Himself
The 24th Annual Tony Awards 1970 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Beat the Clock 1970 TV Series Himself
Annie, the Women in the Life of a Man 1970 TV Special
The David Frost Show 1969-1970 TV Series Himself
Personality 1969 TV Series Himself - Celebrity Contestant
The 23rd Annual Tony Awards 1969 TV Special Himself
The Match Game 1969 TV Series Himself - Team Captain
The Joan Rivers Show 1968 TV Series Himself
The 20th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1968 TV Special Himself
The Joey Bishop Show 1967-1968 TV Series Himself
The 40th Annual Academy Awards 1968 TV Special Himself - Audience Member
The Steve Allen Show 1968 TV Series Himself
Dream Girl of '67 1967 TV Series Himself - Married Judge
Everybody's Talking 1967 TV Series Himself
The Bell Telephone Hour 1960-1965 TV Series Himself - Singer / Himself
The 18th Annual Tony Awards 1964 TV Special Himself - Winner: Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical
Here's Hollywood 1962 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 34th Annual Academy Awards 1962 TV Special Himself - Audience Member
The 33rd Annual Academy Awards 1961 TV Special Himself - Audience Member
The Garry Moore Show 1959 TV Series Himself
Spectacular 1959 TV Series Himself
The Juke Box Jury 1959 TV Series Himself
Lux Video Theatre 1956 TV Series Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1952-1953 TV Series Himself
All Star Summer Revue 1952 TV Series Himself - Guest Actor / Singer

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Biography 2000-2008 TV Series documentary Himself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1971 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role The Andersonville Trial (1970)
1968 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Comedy He & She (1967)


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#Quote
1 [on his divorce from Shirley Jones] Oh, I still love Shirley. If I had worked on the marriage, we wouldn't be divorced today. Then, too, Shirley needed to be needed. She felt I wanted her rather than needed her. I wish we hadn't divorced. But when I think of getting together again, I don't have a clue about how to bring about a reconciliation. She's dating someone now and I wouldn't dream of intruding.
2 Water is humbling. The ocean is a wonderful contradiction of ultimate peace and overwhelming power. It's the vast liquid expanse that makes you feel small.
3 We had an apartment in New York but I like living in a house. I put a lot of energy and brickwork into it. We want to buy a farm or a ranch where I can grow some produce and probably have some cattle, get drunk every night and listen to the wind.
4 The way I look has categorized me. Producers think I can't play a tough character, but I can. The trouble is I don't mess up easily. Even when I don't shave, even when I wear a beard, I still look neat.
5 We try to do as many things as we can that keeps up with the children. If one of us is away, the other is usually at home. I'm a very strict father, but affectionate also. I was raised strictly and I can't shed it. I care about discipline and I think boys need it. That's what's wrong with a lot of kids today; they don't get it. I tell the boys, I can let you go your own way but that ain't love.
6 I'd say the breakup was my fault. We toured together and I had a nervous breakdown.
7 You're all rank amateurs when it comes to losing. How about this for a case history? There was a time when an actor friend of mine and I were both starving, waiting for a Broadway break. All of a sudden he got a job in 'Oklahoma!' and stayed with the show for the full seven years of its Broadway run. During that time I was in 15 different shows, nearly all of them flops. I'll say one thing for flops though, you learn from them in a way you never learn from winners. So in a way I am grateful for them.
8 If I would have stayed with Evelyn [Evelyn Ward], my son, David [David Cassidy], might have turned out better. I wanted to raise him but she wouldn't give him up. That's all right. I don't care if David doesn't want to see me. I have three other sons who still love their father.
9 Christ and the Bible have helped me muddle through the past year. In a way I have become a bit of a recluse and loner. I don't go to parties much anymore. You see, I have been that route. I'm looking for something more.
10 When we reconciled after our other split, I begged her to let us move to a more stable area. But she insisted Beverly Hills schooling was important for the boys. Hell, what about their sense of values. At age 17 Shaun is the owner of a 71 Cadillac convertible.
11 Daytime TV and talk shows also helped me. I am fascinating on all those programs. Full of witty remarks and sly innuendo which I have been preparing all day. Anyway, the ladies love it, and when I tour in a play or musical I do quite well at the box office.
12 I work fast because of the many years of machination when I try to come up with a performance quickly or otherwise somebody was waiting in the wings to replace me. There was no time for all of that (Actor's) workshop approach.
13 The rewards of comedy are instant. I have no desire to look out into an audience to see if there are any tears.
14 Anyway, in Paris, we were thrown together. We'd said we wouldn't see each other any more. But how can you not see each other when you are kissing each other every night on the stage every night? We came back and I asked my wife for a divorce which wasn't the first time...


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