David Cassidy Net Worth

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Net Worth $ 1,000,000
Real name David Bruce Cassidy
Source of Wealth Acting, singing, songwriting
Profession Actor, singer, guitarist, and songwriter
Spouse/Partner /
Date of Birth Apr 12, 1950
Zodiac Aries
Age 72
Died Nov 21, 2017
Gender Male
Pronoun He/Him
Height 173 cm / 5 ft 8 inch
Nationality American
Siblings Shaun, Patrick & Rian (half-brothers)

David Cassidy’s net worth was estimated at $1 million at the time of his death.

Biography and early life

David was born in New York City, USA, to parents in the acting and signing industry. Because of the turbulent lifestyle of his parents constantly doing acting and singing tours, young David was mostly raised by his grandparents in New Jersey.

Odd story, David found out that his parents had been divorced for over two years and didn’t tell him about it. He found out about it from his neighborhood friends.

David went to the local elementary and high school in New Jersey, but there is no official record of whether he went to college. He was surrounded by actors, actresses, and singers all the time, which influenced him to later seek a career in the field.

Career beginnings

David’s career beginnings have nothing to do with acting or singing. After he finished high school, he moved to New York and worked in a mailroom of a textile company.

In the meantime, David’s father, Jack, knew how much David wanted to start a career with acting and signing, so he set him up with a manager, and in 1969, David signed a contract with Universal Studios[1] . Later, David started networking with notable people in the industry and made friendships with people who only helped him climb upwards.

One of those people was Ruth Aarons, a talent manager who represented his father, stepmother, and his half-brother. She became a close friend to David and noticed a big talent in him to start taking that career seriously.

So, David soon started working on the American sitcom ‘The Partridge Family’[2] , which was his first big acting gig.

At the edge of the 60s’, in 1969, David was becoming more and more recognized and made his first official debut in the Broadway musical ‘The Fig Leaves are Falling’. That same year, he moved to LA and was featured in the TV series 'Ironside', 'Bonanza', 'Adam-12,' and 'Medical Center'.

The 70s’ were golden for David, and that is because not only was his acting great, but he managed to show his singing talents. That was witnessed with his role as Keath Partridge in the musical TV show ‘The Partridge Family’ where he was the lead singer.

The show became quite popular, and later on, he ended up posing nude on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. Additionally, it only took one hit, like `I Think I Love You,' as the first single by ‘The Partridge Family’ pop group to be an instant hit.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2r9UtIhOI8M

After that, David was already a star and began working solo and publishing albums like ‘Cherish’ and ‘Rock Me Baby’. A great success followed him afterward, and at one time, he was the highest-paid entertainer in the world.

A fan club was made by his followers, which happened at the peak of David’s career, and it is considered to have been larger than any other pop star in the world. He became a teen idol and a brand whose concerts provoked hysteria which in the media was often referred to as “Cassidymania”.

Allegedly, the '80s were a turning point for David in terms of his wealth because even though he was earning well and being successful, he went broke. During those years, besides his musical success, he also performed in musical theater but was criticized negatively for it.

In the years later, from 1996 to 1998, he starred in some Las Vegas shows and had yet another album, ‘Then and Now’, which went platinum internationally.

Scandal at one of David’s live concerts

At one of David’s live concerts, in 1974, in London, there was a gate stampede when around 800 people got injured in a crash. It happened at the front of the stage, and over thirty had to be hospitalized.[3]

Sadly, one 14-year-old girl died four days after the crash, raising media attention. Resources claimed that the incident haunted David till his last days.

Alcohol problems

David had major alcohol issues and started publicly talking about it in 2008. Unfortunately, his alcohol problems resulted in his arrest for driving under the influence. It didn’t happen just once but a couple of times, once in Florida, then in New York and other places.

Death at the age of 67

David died at the age of 67, and as reported, several health issues contributed to his death. Besides his problems with alcohol, he also had dementia[4]and liver and kidney issues.

In 2017, he was hospitalized due to being in critical condition and fell into a coma. The coma lasted only two days, and the doctors hoped he would survive his critical state; however, his liver gave up, and he died soon after.

David’s last words at his deathbed were “So much wasted time,” which are still to be argued in terms of their true meaning.[5]

Most famous for

David Cassidy is most famous for playing the role of Keith Partridge in the American 70’s musical sitcom ‘The Partridge Family,’ in which his singing career was born.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRlUcMrtiT0

He is also known for his solo hits ‘Rock me, Baby,’ ‘Cherish’ and others.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wltbgc0G2Ec

Personal life

David married actress Kay Lenz in 1997 [ ], who was his first wife. After he divorced her, he married Maryl Tanz, a horse breeder, but that marriage lasted only four years.

Besides those marriages, David had an affair with model Sherry Williams, and with her, he has one daughter, actress Katie Cassidy [ ].

David also had a third wife and married Sue Shifrin in 1991; with her, he also has one child. The couple separated and got divorced in 2014.

FAQs

Which was David Cassidy’s highest net worth?

David Cassidy’s highest net worth was probably in the 70s when he was at the peak of his career. Allegedly, he was estimated at around $50 million net worth at that time.


 

References

  1. Los Angeles, California - official site. Universal Studios Hollywood. (n.d.). Retrieved December 22, 2022, from https://www.universalstudioshollywood.com/web/en/us 

  2. Wikimedia Foundation. (2022, November 30). The partridge family. Wikipedia. Retrieved December 22, 2022, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Partridge_Family 

  3. Independent Digital News and Media. (1999, May 22). Crushed to death at a david Cassidy Concert. The Independent. Retrieved December 22, 2022, from https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/crushed-to-death-at-a-david-cassidy-concert-1095281.html 

  4. Feldman, K. (2018, April 8). David Cassidy reveals he has dementia, days after falling off stage during California Concert . New York Daily News. Retrieved December 22, 2022, from https://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/david-cassidy-reveals-dementia-article-1.2977647

  5. staff, T. H. R. (2017, November 27). Katie Cassidy shares father David's last words: "so much wasted time". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 22, 2022, from https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/general-news/katie-cassidy-shares-father-davids-last-words-wasted-time-1061383/