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Teen Celebrities From the 70's

Updated on August 20, 2014

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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Image by Barb Henry.

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

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

More Teen Celebrities from the 70's: Leif Garrett

Bobby Sherman:

Bobby was not a teen at the time, but he was certainly a teen idol in the 1970's.

Robbie Benson - From One on One

Robbie Benson in the Movies

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Nice lens

      thank you for sharing

      Never heard of Parker Stevenson before

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      RetroMom 5 years ago

      Those celebrities are talented. Thanks for sharing this wonderful lens. Hope you could build another lens that presents then and now photos of them.

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      Hypersapien2 5 years ago from U.S.

      Nice lens! this one took me way, way back!

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      justDawn1 5 years ago

      Yep, you've got them all listed! :) LOL

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Oh Lordy... I was telling my boyfriend, who is 15 years younger than I am, about my boyhood crushes... He laughed seeing some of these guys but I always thought they were hot! Being a high school quarterback I was always in love with sexy Joe Montana. A lot of good memories here.

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      Light-in-me 6 years ago

      I had a crush on some of these guys too. Especially Donnie Osmand, I had a big poster of him on my wall....groan.. lol!

      Nice work,

      Robin :)

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 6 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      The great thing is that most of these guys had/have enduring fame! That's a mark of real talent as opposed to nowadays where so many people want to be rich and famous but rarely seem to have the talent and staying power to back up their desire :) A wonderful trip down Memory Lane - blessed by this Squid Angel as part of the "Back To School Bus Trip"!

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      Rankography 6 years ago

      If you could add some recent pictures for a "Where are they now..." feature that would be excellent.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Oh I had a crush on a number of these guys!!! Blessed by a Squid Angel

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      joanv334 6 years ago

      Hello, love your lens!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Nice lens, thanks





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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      I remember every one of these guys! Tough choice, but I would have to pick Andy Gibb as my favorite. I also loved his voice. I will have to thank Bev for sending me to read this totally awesome lens. I enjoyed the walk down memory lane :)

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      A little before my time but a whole lot of fun all the same! I enjoyed seeing those who were famous in later life the way they looked as fresh-faced teens and young men. Visiting via Bev's "groovy" review ;)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you so much for the review! I actually stumbled across it just a little while ago when it was Tweeted by ronpass.

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      kimmanleyort 7 years ago

      What a trip down memory lane. You have pulled together a great group of teen celebrities and I remember every one of them. I was totally in love with David Cassidy. Of course, Michael Jackson turned out to be way more than a teen celebrity. Thanks to Bev at Squidoo Lens Reviews for pointing out this page.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      What a fun trip down memory lane seeing the teen celebrities from the 70s! Your lens was reviewed today on the Squidoo Lens Review blog.

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      oztoo lm 7 years ago

      Oh all this nostalgia makes me feel old. Great trip down memory lane.

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      Faye Rutledge 7 years ago from Concord VA

      Fun lens! Yes, I remember these guys! :)

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      oneskms 7 years ago

      I can only just recall the seventies - not sure whether luckily or unluckily - lol

      I used to enjoy Gary Coleman from different strokes (possibly 80's though)

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      Tony Payne 7 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Great trip back in time.

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      LisaDH 7 years ago

      Wow, what a blast from the past! Makes me feel old. :-) How about Shaun Cassidy? You gave him a brief nod in the section on Parker Stevenson, and I'd argue he was at least as popular - if not more so - than Parker. All my friends had posters of him on their walls and we all had his album.