Jack Cassidy

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Jack Cassidy (1968)

John Joseph Edward "Jack" Cassidy (born March 5, 1927 in Richmond Hill , Queens , New York City , New York , † December 12, 1976 in Hollywood , California ) was an American actor and singer . He was a celebrated stage star on New York's Broadway and also appeared on television.


Jack Cassidy was born the youngest son to a German mother and an Irish father. The father was a railway engineer. At the age of 15, he finished school to become an actor.

In 1943 he was in New York City in the musical Something For the Boys for the first time on a stage. In the following years he developed into a musical star. He had the first leading role in the musical Wish You Were Here . During the 1950s and 1960s he appeared on Broadway productions such as Shangri-La , Sandhog , She Loves Me , Fade Out, Fade In and It's A Bird ... It's A Plane ... It's Superman and Maggie Flynn . In 1964 he received a Tony Award for Best Supporting Male Role in the musical She Loves Me .

With his wife, the actress and singer Shirley Jones , he produced musical records in the 1950s. He has also appeared on records with soundtracks from Broadway productions.

In parallel, he appeared on television, mostly as a guest star in TV series such as In Love with a Witch , Columbo (where he appeared three times in the role of the murderer) and Bonanza . In 1967 he got the lead role of Oscar North in the series He and She , for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award . In 1970 he was offered the role of the vain news anchor Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show ( Oh Mary ), but he turned it down and instead took on the role of his brother, Hal Baxter . In 1974 he played the title role in the TV thriller The Phantom of Hollywood , which was very remotely based on motifs from The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux .

Cassidy was married twice. In 1948 he married actress Evelyn Ward , with whom he had a son, David Cassidy , who was an international teenage idol in the 1970s . In 1956, Jack Cassidy married actress Shirley Jones . From this marriage, which was divorced in 1974, the sons Shaun Paul , Patrick William and Ryan John, who also work in the entertainment industry.

Cassidy was an alcoholic and was particularly prone to excesses under stress. He died in a fire in his West Hollywood apartment in the early hours of December 12, 1976. He had smoked and fell asleep.


  • Babes in Arms , Columbia, 1951
  • Roberta , Columbia, 1952
  • Wish You Were Here , BMG / RCA Victor, 1952
  • On Your Toes , Columbia, 1952
  • Anything Goes , RCA, 1953
  • Jumbo , RCA, 1953
  • Boys from Syracuse , Columbia, 1953
  • Oh kay! , Columbia, 1957
  • Speaking of Love , Columbia, 1957 (with Shirley Jones)
  • Brigadoon , Columbia, 1957
  • With Love from Hollywood , Columbia, 1958 (with Shirley Jones)
  • Marriage Type Love , RCA Victor, 1958 (with Shirley Jones)
  • She Loves Me , MGM, 1963
  • Fade Out, Fade In , ABC, 1964
  • It's a Bird… It's a Plane… It's Superman , KOL, 1966
  • Maggie Flynn , RCA, 1968
  • Shirley Jones and Jack Cassidy Show Tunes , Sony, 1995
  • Broadway's Greatest Leading Men , Decca Broadway, 2000
  • Shirley Jones and Jack Cassidy , DRG Records, 2002

Filmography (selection)

  • 1961: In the frenzy of the senses (Look in Any Window)
  • 1961–1962: Bronco (TV series, 2 episodes)
  • 1962: The Chapman Report (The Chapman Report)
  • 1963: FBI Code 98
  • 1967: Tennis rackets and cannons ( I Spy , TV series, episode 2.19)
  • 1968: Mini-Max ( Get Smart , TV series, episode 4.08)
  • 1968–1970: In Love with a Witch ( Bewitched , TV series, 2 episodes)
  • 1970: The Andersonville Trial (TV movie)
  • 1970: A wife for Charley (Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County)
  • 1971: Bunny and Bill (Bunny O'Hare)
  • 1971: Mary Tyler Moore ( The Mary Tyler Moore Show , TV series, episode 2.06)
  • 1971: Bonanza (TV series, episode 13.06)
  • 1971: Alias ​​Smith and Jones ( Alias ​​Smith and Jones , TV series, episode 2.02)
  • 1971–1976: Columbo (TV series, 3 episodes)
  • 1972: Cobra, Take Over ( Mission: Impossible , TV Series, ep.6.21)
  • 1974: Cannon (TV series, ep.3.17 Cardboard Comrades and Other Targets)
  • 1974: The Phantom of Hollywood (The Phantom of Hollywood)
  • 1975: On behalf of the dragon (The Eiger Sanction)
  • 1976: WC Fields and Me
  • 1977: I'm the Boss (The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover)

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