In the late 1970s, teen heartthrob Shaun Cassidy's pitch-perfect love songs, feathered hair and tight satin pants made millions of girls' hearts stand still.
Showbiz runs in Shaun's genes. His parents are stage and film stars Shirley Jones and the late Jack Cassidy. Shaun's older half-brother David broke some hearts of his own as Keith on The Partridge Family.
In 1977, Shaun's song "Da Doo Ron Ron" shot straight to number one. From there, Shaun took the small screen by storm as a handsome teen detective in The Hardy Boys. He also graced every Tiger Beat cover consecutively for almost two years, giving teen girls plenty to dream about.
More than 20 years after whipping stadiums of fans into a frenzy, Shaun says he's grateful for their support. "You have this special connection with someone if you're their first record or their first concert or their first poster or whatever it is," he says. "And I see the look. A 42-year-old woman will walk up to me and I see this beautiful little 9-year-old girl emerge in her eyes. I do. And it's so touching."
Looking back at his teenage superstardom, Shaun says his teenage years were anything but normal. "You know the clich?? about the roller coaster? It's accurate," he says. "If you like roller coasters, it's thrilling and exhilarating and often moving even. And if you don't like roller coasters, you can get sick and it can be terrifying, and I think it's all of those things all sort of blown together."
Shaun credits his family with helping him stay grounded. "In my family it's like you come from a family of plumbers and go into plumbing. Not such a big deal," he says. "Fortunately, all the plumbers in my family had kind of paved the way. So if I had any questions about how to manage something or if I was afraid of something or didn't quite know where to turn, they were there."
Still, Shaun says his family never pressured him to go into show business. "Actually, I think that they hoped that we wouldn't be in it," he says. "I know my younger brothers, Patrick and Ryan, obviously felt a great deal of pressure after David had done it and then I had done it. But, ultimately, you have to find your own path."
Shaun eventually found his true calling away from the stage. "I have been writing television shows and producing them for the last 15 years," he says. "I look at old interviews and things and they say, 'What do you want to do when you grow up?' I say, 'I want to be a producer.' And I'm really fortunate that I was able to do it."
Shaun and his wife, Tracy, live on two acres in Los Angeles with their young children Caleb, Roan and Lila. Shaun also has two children in their 20s and a 12-year-old daughter, Juliet, from previous marriages. "He's just a family guy to us," Tracey says. "We go to Little League games. He goes to PTA meetings and volunteers at the school and packs lunches."