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Teen Celebrities From the 70's
Do You Remember the Teen Celebrities From the 70's?
If you were a kid during the 1970s, you may or may not remember some of the celebrities that teens and pre-teens loved. This page is dedicated to some of those teen celebrities, particularly the guys that young girls had plastered all over their walls. The heart throbs. While some of them were teens, others of them may have been a bit older but definitely attracted girls in that age group.
It's interesting that several of these teen celebrities are still around today. In movies and even still recording music. Take a bit of time to look back at how they once were and what allowed them to carve out a special place in our hearts.
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Parker Stevenson was one of the stars that teenage girls followed. Although he did some stints as a kid, most of his acting career occurred after his graduation from Princeton in the early 1970s. Therefore, he was actually in his 20's as his acting career took off.
While he was in a number of movies and guest starred in several shows, it was probably his role in the Hardy Boys that brought this 70's celebrity to the attention of most teens.
Of course, for some fans of the show, Shaun Cassidy who played his brother was also considered a favorite. Parker continued on in the entertainment business to current day of course and at one time was married to Kirstie Alley for a number of years.
Parker Stevenson in the Hardy Boys
The Hardy Boys on DVD
Not all teen celebrities are born into the profession, but David Cassidy was. His father Jack Cassidy was an actor and his mother was an actress. Although he was acting in plays and filled smaller roles in TV shows, David became a constant in the teen consciousness in 1970 when he took a part in The Partridge Family.
He not only acted, but sang as well, as Keith Partridge, the oldest son. His stepmother at the time, Shirley Jones was his TV mom too.
David sang lead on a number of hits that sprang from the 1970-74 show and he toured actively for several years. His brothers, Shaun and Patrick Cassidy are in the entertainment business as well. In fact, David and Patrick both starred in a 2009 series, Ruby & the Rockits.
A David Cassidy Collage
David Cassidy's Music From the 70's
Although it wasn't his first role, Scott Baio probably reached teen celebrity status when he joined the cast on Happy Days as Chachi, Fonzi's younger cousin. It was 1977 and at the time he was 16 years old.
He went on from that show to star in Joni Loves Chachi, a spin off, and then Charles in Charge in the 1980s. Of course he still acts today and has starred in some reality shows as well.
You can see Scott Baio guest starring on The Love Boat below.
Another teen celebrity from the 70's that grew up in a talented family was British singer Andy Gibb. He was the younger brother of Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees.Born in 1958, he first began performing when he was 13 years old and became popular in Australia before moving to the US.
Andy's first hit song in the US was "I Just Want to Be Your Everything" which he also composed. He went on to record several albums and had a number of hits but he died in 1988 at the age of 30.
See him perform in concert below.
Andy Gibb Performing
The Music of Andy Gibb
John Travolta was multi-talented, he sang, danced, and acted. He was born in 1954 and began a professional acting career directly after high school.
As a teen celebrity he had a number of small roles on TV and in movies but became a household name in 1975 (in his early 20's) when he got the part of Vinnie Barbarino on the show Welcome Back Kotter. His career took off from there with hit songs and movies like Saturday Night Fever, Grease, and later Urban Cowboy.
Travolta of course, continues to act and produce today. You can see him in an episode of Welcome Back Kotter below.
John Travolta as Vinnie Barbarino
John Travolta in the Movies
Justin Bieber's hair has nothing on this 70's teen celebrity. Donny Osmond was equal parts big toothy smile, massive quantities of hair, and loads of talent. Osmond was born in December 1957 and began performing as a child, singing with his four older brothers, as the Osmond Brothers. He went solo in the 70's for a time and had a string of hits.
Later he paired up with his sister Marie for their own variety show and some hit duets. Not just a singer, he was/is also a musician, actor and even a dancer, as he demonstrated by winning the Dancing with the Stars competition in 2009.
Donny Osmond Performing
Donny Osmond's Music
Michael Jackson was born in 1958 and began performing with his brothers as part of the Jackson 5 as a child. His soprano voice was striking and the group experienced a great deal of success.
Michael struck out on his own individual career in 1971. His talent continued to evolve and his voice changed. His dance and compositions contined to grow but it wasn't until the 1980s that he became a superstar. He even had an acting gig in "The Wiz" in 1978. While Michael was certainly one of the teen celebrities of the 70's, we had no idea then just how big his fame and talent would grow.
A Michael Jackson Collage
Michael Jackson's Music
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Bobby was not a teen at the time, but he was certainly a teen idol in the 1970's.