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The Jack Cassidy Family

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The Jack Cassidy Family

If you've been reading The Obit Report for long, you know we love singers and actors… and we love showbiz dynasties… so, naturally, we’re drawn to Jack Cassidy.

During his lifetime, the Tony Award-winning performer married twice – first to actress Evelyn Ward and later to stage and screen star Shirley Jones. Each marriage produced a son who would become a teen idol, surpassing both Dad and Mom in fame and adulation – David Cassidy (with Ward) and Shaun Cassidy (with Jones). Though the famous family members didn't always work together, David co-starred with Jones in The Partridge Family, and Jack made this high-spirited TV appearance with Jones when their marriage was young:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here's Cassidy with the amazing Anne Bancroft

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Though Jack Cassidy died in a house fire 35 years ago today, he left a rich legacy in dozens of films, TV shows and recordings – and in his famous and talented family.

Written by Linnea Crowther