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Also Known As: John Joseph Edward Cassidy Died: December 22, 1976
Born: March 5, 1927 Cause of Death: fire in his apartment
Birth Place: Richmond Hill, New York, USA Profession: actor

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A star of stage and television for over two decades, actor Jack Cassidy embodied the vainglorious, self-absorbed side of his profession in a series of Tony-winning and Emmy-nominated turns that made him a much-loved performer until his tragic death. Cassidy's rich, mellifluous voice and fair-haired good looks made him a popular leading man on Broadway in the late 1940s and early '50s, where he met his first wife, dancer Evelyn Ward, who would give birth to their son, future pop star David Cassidy. While appearing in a production of "Oklahoma!" Cassidy met Shirley Jones, who became his second wife and mother to sons Shaun, Patrick and Ryan, who would all follow in their parents' showbiz footsteps. Television gave Cassidy his biggest showcase, and he would net an Emmy nod for his turn as an egotistical actor on the critically acclaimed "He & She" (CBS, 1967-68). His performance set the tone for future, more substantive roles in features and television, though personal problems, including bouts with alcoholism and mental illness, began to erode his career in the mid-1970s. Cassidy remained active on the small screen until late 1976, when a fire in his West Hollywood apartment claimed his life. He left...

A star of stage and television for over two decades, actor Jack Cassidy embodied the vainglorious, self-absorbed side of his profession in a series of Tony-winning and Emmy-nominated turns that made him a much-loved performer until his tragic death. Cassidy's rich, mellifluous voice and fair-haired good looks made him a popular leading man on Broadway in the late 1940s and early '50s, where he met his first wife, dancer Evelyn Ward, who would give birth to their son, future pop star David Cassidy. While appearing in a production of "Oklahoma!" Cassidy met Shirley Jones, who became his second wife and mother to sons Shaun, Patrick and Ryan, who would all follow in their parents' showbiz footsteps. Television gave Cassidy his biggest showcase, and he would net an Emmy nod for his turn as an egotistical actor on the critically acclaimed "He & She" (CBS, 1967-68). His performance set the tone for future, more substantive roles in features and television, though personal problems, including bouts with alcoholism and mental illness, began to erode his career in the mid-1970s. Cassidy remained active on the small screen until late 1976, when a fire in his West Hollywood apartment claimed his life. He left behind an acclaimed body of work in three mediums, as well as a cache of amusing and accomplished performances that underscored his status as one of the busiest and most appreciated actors of his generation.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Another Life (2001) Older Billy
2.
3.
 Benny & Barney: Las Vegas Undercover (1977) Mickey Doyle
4.
 W.C. Fields and Me (1976) John Barrymore
5.
 Death Among Friends (1975) Chico Donovan
6.
 Eiger Sanction, The (1975) Miles Mellow
7.
 The Phantom of Hollywood (1974) Karl Vonner; Otto Vonner
8.
 Your Money or Your Wife (1972) Josh Darwin
9.
 Bunny O'Hare (1971) Lt. Horace Greeley
10.
 Mr. Magoo's Holiday Festival (1970) Bob Cratchit
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wife:
Evelyn Ward. Married in 1948; divorced in 1956.
wife:
Shirley Jones. Actor. Married in 1956; divorced in 1974.

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father:
William Cassidy.
mother:
Charlotte Cassidy.
son:
David Bruce Cassidy. Singer, actor. Born in 1950; mother, Evelyn Ward.
son:
Shaun Cassidy. Actor, singer, musician, writer, producer. Born on September 27, 1958; mother, Shirley Jones; divorced Ann Cassidy 1992 after 12 years of marriage; remarried to actress Susan Diol.
son:
Patrick Cassidy. Actor. Born on January 4, 1962; mother, Shirley Jones.
son:
Ryan Cassidy. Art director, actor. Born on February 23, 1966; mother, Shirley Jones.
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