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Also Known As: Patrick William Cassidy Died:
Born: January 4, 1962 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Beverly Hills, California, USA Profession: singer, actor

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The second of three sons of Broadway star Jack Cassidy and Oscar-winner Shirley Jones, Patrick Cassidy followed in his parents' footsteps in a career that has encompassed the stage and screen. Tall (6'2"), lanky, with blond hair blue eyes and a dazzling smile, he made his TV acting debut in the cautionary NBC movie "Angel Dusted" in 1981. That same year, Cassidy made his Broadway debut replacing Rex Smith as the male ingenue Frederick in the revisionary take on Gilbert & Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance". His pleasant voice and personable presence quickly won him many fans, although he was still overshadowed by his elder siblings and their status as teen idols. In 1983, Cassidy made his TV series debut as a star baseball player with a beautiful wife (a pre-fame Sharon Stone) and a psychological problem (he was a bedwetter!) in the short-lived NBC drama "Bay City Blues".Cassidy was back on the Great White Way playing songwriter Jeff Barry in the ill-fated revue cum musical "Leader of the Pack". He fared better on the small screen as a manipulative West Point cadet who crosses the wrong person in "Dress Gray" (NBC, 1986) and co-starring alongside legend Loretta Young in the vehicle that marked her...

The second of three sons of Broadway star Jack Cassidy and Oscar-winner Shirley Jones, Patrick Cassidy followed in his parents' footsteps in a career that has encompassed the stage and screen. Tall (6'2"), lanky, with blond hair blue eyes and a dazzling smile, he made his TV acting debut in the cautionary NBC movie "Angel Dusted" in 1981. That same year, Cassidy made his Broadway debut replacing Rex Smith as the male ingenue Frederick in the revisionary take on Gilbert & Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance". His pleasant voice and personable presence quickly won him many fans, although he was still overshadowed by his elder siblings and their status as teen idols. In 1983, Cassidy made his TV series debut as a star baseball player with a beautiful wife (a pre-fame Sharon Stone) and a psychological problem (he was a bedwetter!) in the short-lived NBC drama "Bay City Blues".

Cassidy was back on the Great White Way playing songwriter Jeff Barry in the ill-fated revue cum musical "Leader of the Pack". He fared better on the small screen as a manipulative West Point cadet who crosses the wrong person in "Dress Gray" (NBC, 1986) and co-starring alongside legend Loretta Young in the vehicle that marked her return to acting, the sentimental but not maudlin holiday movie "Christmas Eve" (NBC, 1986). Cassidy next stepped into Patrick Swayze's dancing shoes, assuming the role of Johnny Castle in the TV spin-off of "Dirty Dancing" (CBS, 1988), which didn't last too long on the air.

After a decade as a mostly journeyman player, Cassidy enjoyed one of his best roles as the closeted soap opera actor hired to portray daytime's first homosexual character in "Longtime Companion" (1990), which chronicled the effects of the AIDS epidemic on a group of gay men in NYC. He then landed the stage role of a strolling balladeer who acts as a chorus in the controversial stage musical "Assassins" (1990-91), written by John Weidman and Stephen Sondheim. For the remainder of the decade, Cassidy divided his time between the occasional film part ("I'll Do Anything" 1994), guest roles on TV (notably a recurring part on ABC's "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" in 1997) and stage work ("Company" in 1993, an L.A. production of "Assassins" in 1995, this time as John Wilkes Booth). In 1999, he and his second wife, singer-dancer Melissa Hurley Cassidy, toured with Deborah Gibson in the popular Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" (a role his half-brother David played on Broadway in the 1980s). The fall of the following year, Cassidy, now sporting a beard, returned to Broadway paired stage with Cheryl Ladd in the revival of "Annie Get Your Gun".

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Fiance, The (1997)
3.
4.
 How the West Was Fun (1994) Stephen
5.
 I'll Do Anything (1994) Ground Zero Villain
6.
 Hitler's Daughter (1991) Ted Scott
7.
 Follow Your Heart (1990) David Larson
8.
 Longtime Companion (1989) Howard
9.
 Love at Stake (1987) Miles
10.
 Three on a Match (1987) Scott Crossfield
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Milestones close milestones

1981:
TV acting debut, "Angel Dusted" (NBC)
1981:
NYC stage debut replacing Rex Smith as Frederick in "The Pirates of Penzance"
1983:
Feature acting debut, "Off the Wall"
1983:
Debut as TV series regular, played a married baseball player with a bedwetting problem on the NBC series "Bay City Blues"
1985:
Cast as Jeff Barry opposite Dinah Manoff in the Broadway musical revue "Leader of the Pack"
1986:
Portrayed murdered West Point cadet David Hand in the NBC miniseries "Dress Gray"
1986:
Co-starred with Loretta Young in the NBC TV-movie "Christmas Eve"
1988:
Returned to series TV as Johnny Castle in the short-lived CBS sitcom based on "Dirty Dancing"
1990:
Portrayed a gay actor cast as a gay character on a soap opera in the feature "Longtime Companion"
1990:
Played The Balladeer in the Off-Broadway production of Stephen Sondheim's "Assassins"
1992:
Starred in "Conrack", a musical based on the Pat Conroy novel; production performed at Ford's Theatre in Washington, DC
1993:
Had leading role of Bobby in the Long Beach Civic Light Opera production of "Company", starring Carol Burnett
1994:
Acted in James L Brooks' "I'll Do Anything"
1995:
Portrayed John Wilkes Booth in the Los Angeles Repertory staging of "Assassins"
1996:
Performed "You Could Drive a Person Crazy" with half-brother David and older brother Shaun at a benefit for AIDS Project Los Angeles
1997:
Had title role in "Lord Protector"; shown at American Film Market
1997:
Played recurring role on the ABC series "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman"
1998:
Cast as Macheath in Los Angeles production of "The Threepenny Opera"
1999:
Co-starred with wife Melissa Hurley and Deborah Gibson in a tour of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"
2000:
Assumed role of Frank Butler in the Broadway production of "Annie Get Your Gun"
2001:
Toured as Ramades in "Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida"
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Education

Beverly Hills High School: Beverly Hills , California -

Notes

On his looks, Patrick Cassidy told InTheater (July 5, 1999): "I've never thought of myself as a hunk; you're given what you're given. God made me 6'2" and 180 pounds, but I've always though of myself as a character actor. That's what's in my gut. I understand those roles better than the traditional leading man."

"I'm really waiting for someone to revive "She Loves Me" so I can play my father's role. Another one I'd like to try is "The Music Man". My mother was pregnant when she did the movie of it with Robert Preston, but no one knew she was. She told me that at one point, when they were singing the duet on the footbridge, she was to kiss Preston--and I chose that moment to kick.

"Preston jumped back and said. 'What's that?' And my mother answered, 'That's just Patrick Cassidy making himself known.'" --Cassidy quoted in Daily News, September 6, 2000.

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wife:
Anja Stewart. Married in 1988; divorced.
wife:
Melissa Hurley Cassidy. Actor, singer, dancer. Married on February 12, 1994; appeared alongside Cassidy in 1999 tour of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat".

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father:
Jack Cassidy. Actor. Born in March 1927; acted in Broadway musicals like "She Loves Me" (for which he won a Tony Award) and "It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's Superman"; co-starred in the TV sitcom "He and She"; divorced from Shirley Jones in 1974; died in a fire in his home on December 12, 1976.
mother:
Shirley Jones. Singer, actor. Won Oscar for work in "Elmer Gantry"; recalled for starring roles in movie musicals like "Oklahoma!", "Carousel" and "The Music Man"; later starred in the 1970s sitcom "The Partridge Family" divorced from Jack Cassidy and remarried to Marty Ingels.
step-father:
Marty Ingels. Comic.
half-brother:
David Cassidy. Singer, actor. Born on April 12, 1950 in NYC.
brother:
Shaun Cassidy. Producer, screenwriter, actor. Born on September 27, 1958.
brother:
Ryan Cassidy. Set designer, actor. Born on February 23, 1966.
son:
Cole Patrick Cassidy. Born on July 31, 1995; mother, Melissa Hurley.
son:
Jack Gordon Cassidy. Born on August 16, 1998; mother, Melissa Hurley.
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