The 1970's had its fair share of teen idols, but few captured the hearts of fans like Shaun Cassidy. He came from a showbiz family (his mother was Oscar-winner Shirley Jones and his father was Jack Cassidy), but his cover of "Da Doo Ron Ron" and three-year run as Joe Hardy on The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries catapulted him to superstardom. Now, nearly 40 years after he told a crowd of 55,000 at the Houston Astrodome that he would see them soon and then hang up his satin pants and microphone, the former heartthrob is still going strong, working behind the scenes on TV shows including Falcon Crest, Baywatch, Melrose Place, and more.
The 63-year-old has made a name for himself as a writer and producer, most recently creating and executive producing the NBC medical drama New Amsterdam and landing the role of Ash Holleran on upcoming series American Gothic. In the latter, he stars as a saddle bronc rodeo champ who's trying to hold on to his California ranch and winery.
Despite a lengthy career that saw him touring the globe and releasing 10 Partridge Family albums, plus eight solo ones, Cassidy says he has no regrets about walking away from pop stardom by the age of 22. In the exclusive interview below, he discusses how he found a new path, why acting is more fulfilling to him than music was, and reveals what's different about his voice now compared to back then when millions of kids had their heads thrown up against their bedroom walls to hear it.