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Shaun Cassidy: America's Hottest Teen Idol
Shaun Paul Cassidy was born on September 27, 1958. He is the oldest son of the Academy Award winning actress Shirley Jones, he also has a half-brother named David Cassidy. His father is Jack Cassidy the Tony Award winning actor. Shaun Cassidy is well known for acting in the hit television series "The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries" and Breaking Away," He is currently producing such television shows like American Gothic," "Invasion" and "Ruby and The Rockits."
His Music Career
Shaun Cassidy signed a contract with Warner Brothers Records while he was still in high school and started recording his own music. A series of tracks were released in several European countries, leading to his American debut album in 1977. The success of his album made him get a Grammy Nominationfor Best New Artist and a #1 single, "Da Doo Ron Ron." Following two follow-up songs, "That's Rock n' Roll" and "Hey Dennie," which were both written by Eric Carmen, and were also top 10 hits. Almost at that same time he scored a role on The Hardy Boys/ Nancy Drew Mysteries television series which aired for three seasons on the ABC channel. Shaun also had successful albums and concert tours, his last solo album, Wasp was produced by Todd Rundgren and includes Utopia as his backing band, this LP has cover versions of songs such as David Bowie's "Rebel, Rebel," "Talking Heads," "The Book I Read," and The Who's "So Sad About Us" plus a re-working of The Animal's "It's My Life." This album was advertised along with a series of sold out shows at several venues around the country, including NY City's Madison Square Garden and The LA's Forum.
Later on Shaun dedicated himself on Theatre acting during the 1980's and early 1990's. He made acting appearances in Broadway and West End Production like Mass Appeal, and Blood Brothers in which his half-brother David Cassidy starred also. In the late 1990's, he concentrated more in television projects such as American Gothic, Roar, Cold Case, The Agency, Invasion, and Ruby and The Rockits.