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From Teen Idol to Regular Guy - Shaun Cassidy Then and Now
Like many girls my age in the 1970s, I had a poster of Shaun Cassidy in his baby blue satin jacket hanging over my bed. I’m not too proud to admit it. Whenever I got my hands on a Tiger Beat or Teen Beat magazine, the pictures of Shaun were promptly cut out and enshrined on my bedroom wall.
Shaun Cassidy Defined the Times
Shaun Cassidy had that perfect baby face that made him a hit with young girls and teens. The big dreamy eyes, the long lashes, and the perfectly feathered hair combined to create the ideal teen idol. Looking at old pictures of Shaun Cassidy reminds one of simpler times (if you were a child that is) when all you needed to be happy was a Bee Gees 45 and a big comb in your back pocket.
Shaun Cassidy epitomized the relative innocence of the time I grew up. His lyrics never had to be censored and because we didn’t have TMZ and YouTube yet, we could all sleep at night in the naïve belief that Shaun never cussed out a roadie or hooked up with a hooker. I miss that.
Shaun Cassidy’s Career
Shaun appeared on some of the greatest 1970s TV shows like The Partridge Family and Charlie’s Angels, but he’s best known for his role on the Hardy Boys Mysteries. Back in the day, Shaun Cassidy rocked the charts with songs like "Da Doo Ron Ron" and "Do You Believe in Magic". Try to get that out of your head! After tiring of the teen idol scene, Cassidy stretched his acting muscles on the stage before settling into a writing and production role. He’s worked on American Gothic, Roar and Invasion, which was a great show before it got cancelled after one season.
(Hey Shaun, if you’re reading, can you PLEASE tell us what happened? I mean, where did all those aliens really come from? You can’t leave us hanging like that!)
Shaun Cassidy Today
Can you believe that Shaun Cassidy is about to make a come back? Well sort of. He’ll still be behind the camera. The 1970s teen sensation has a new show coming out in March. And guess – just GUESS – what it’s about! A former teen idol trying to live the regular life with his family. Let’s just hope he at least gets a cameo on screen! I’m looking forward to seeing him in action. Because, you know…. I was SO going to be Mrs. Cassidy when I grew up!