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Jack Cassidy

Jack Cassidy
Personal information
Birth nameJohn Joseph Edward Cassidy
Birth dateMarch 05, 1927
Place of birthRichmond Hill, New York, U.S.
Date of deathDecember 12, 1976(age 49)
Death place1221 North Kings Roads, West Hollywood, California, U.S.
Years active1946 1976
SpouseShirley Jones (1956-1974)
Evelyn Ward (1948-1956)
AwardsBest Featured Actor in a Musical
She Loves Me

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John Joseph Edward “Jack” Cassidy (March 5, 1927 December 12, 1976) was an American actor of stage, film and screen.

His frequent professional persona was that of an urbane, super-confident egotist with a dramatic flair, much in the manner of Broadway actor Frank Fay. Cassidy perfected this character to such an extent that he was cast as the legendary John Barrymore in the feature film W.C. Fields and Me. The role of the vain, shallow, buffoon-like newsman Ted Baxter on TV's The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970 1977) was written with Cassidy in mind. However, Cassidy turned down the role, feeling that it was not right for him, and the part went to Ted Knight. Cassidy later appeared as a guest star in a episode as Ted's highly competitive and equally egocentric brother, Hal.

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