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Happy Birthday To Ridgefield’s David Cassidy

David Bruce Cassidy turns 64 on Saturday.
David Bruce Cassidy turns 64 on Saturday. Photo Credit:

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Happy Birthday To Ridgefield’s David Bruce Cassidy!

Cassidy, who has owned a home in Ridgefield, turns 64 on Saturday. The actor, singer and musician was born April 12, 1950, in New York City.

On Jan. 2, 1969, Cassidy made his professional debut in the Broadway musical "The Fig Leaves Are Falling" and later moved to Los Angeles.

After signing with Universal Studios in 1969, he was featured in episodes of the TV shows "Ironside," "Marcus Welby, M.D.," "Adam-12" and "Bonanza."

He is most famous for his role as Keith Partridge in the 1970s musical/sitcom "The Partridge Family," starring with his stepmother Shirley Jones and releasing a number of albums tied to the TV show.

His international success continued, mostly in Great Britain and Germany, when he released three well-received solo albums on RCA between 1975 and 1977 and became first to have a hit with "I Write the Songs," a Top 20 record in Great Britain before the song became Barry Manilow's signature tune.

In 1978, he starred in an episode of "Police Story" titled "A Chance To Live," for which he received an Emmy nomination.

He returned to the American Top 40 with his 1990 single "Lyin' To Myself," released on Enigma Records. In 1998, he had an AC hit with "No Bridge I Wouldn't Cross" from his album "Old Trick, New Dog."

His 2001 album "Then And Now" went Platinum internationally and returned Cassidy to the Top 5 of the UK album charts for the first time since 1974.

In 2000, he wrote and appeared in the Las Vegas show At the Copa with Sheena Easton, as both the young and old versions of the lead character, Johnny Flamingo.

In 2005, he played the manager of Aaron Carter's character in the film "Popstar."

In 2011, Cassidy recorded a public service announcement for Alzheimer's research and prevention.

He was one of pop culture's most celebrated teen idols, enjoying a successful pop career in the 1970s. And he still performs as of 2014.

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