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Jack Cassidy
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    (March 5, 1927-December 12, 1976)
    Ex-husband of Shirley Jones
    Father of actor/singer sons David, Shaun and Patrick Cassidy
    Acted in 'Look in Any Window (1961),' 'The Chapman Report (1962),' 'FBI Code 98 (1963),' 'Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County (1970),' 'Bunny O'Hare (1971),' 'The Eiger Sanction (1975),' 'W.C. Fields and Me (1976)' and 'The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover (1977)'
    Died in a home fire at age 49
    He was an alcoholic.
    He was flamboyant.
    He was twice divorced.
    He was jealous of son David's success.
    He turned down the role of Ted Baxter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show because he didn't want to do a TV show with a female lead.
    He set his house and himself aflame by falling asleep with a lit cigarette.
    He was burned beyond recognition and IDed through dental records and a pinky ring.
    He specifically stated in his will that his ex-wives and son David were to receive nothing.
    He worked as a dishwasher, chauffer, bell hop, stable boy, delivery man, postal clerk, hotel clerk, clothes salesman and other assorted jobs until his big break came.
    He performed in several Broadway musicals.
    He won a Tony in 1964 as Best Supporting or Featured Actor in a Musical for 'She Loves Me.'
    The ring he was wearing when he died was given to his son Patrick, but later stolen in a home break-in.
    He was posthumously awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work in theater.

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