He made occasional stage and television appearances, including an Emmy-nominated performance on “Police Story.” Meanwhile, “The Partridge Family” remained popular in re-runs and Cassidy, who kept his dark bangs and boyish appearance well into middle age, frequently turned up for reunions and spoke often about his early success.“So many people come up to me and talk to me about the impact it (the show) had,” he told Arsenio Hall in 1990.
” He had a hit with “I Write the Songs” before Barry Manilow’s chart-topping version and success overseas with “The Last Kiss,” featuring backing vocals from Cassidy admirer George Michael.
In the memoir “Could It Be Forever,” he wrote of his prolific sex life and of rejecting Dey’s advances because she lacked the “slutty aspect of a female that I always found so attractive.” Cassidy would endure personal and financial troubles.
He was married and divorced three times, battled alcoholism, was arrested for drunk driving and in 2015 filed for bankruptcy.
“Thank you for the abundance and support you have shown him these many years.” “The Partridge Family” aired from 1970-74 and was a fictional variation of the ’60s performers the Cowsills, intended at first as a vehicle for Shirley Jones, the Oscar-winning actress and Cassidy’s stepmother.
Jones played Shirley Partridge, a widow with five children with whom she forms a popular act that travels on a psychedelic bus.
David Cassidy stayed with his mother and by the early 1960s had moved to Los Angeles.