Prior to his death in 2017, David Cassidy publicly admitted that his lifestyle sometimes affected his personal and professional relationships.
At times, he struggled to cope with his rapid rise to fame at a time when he was hiding a solo career as a musician and his career on The Partridge Family.
Moreover, Cassidy fell at hard times and had to rebuild his reputation in Hollywood. That wasn’t easy, and he discovered that some of the people he believed to be friends at all, including one famous actor he met while climbing.
Cassidy met a lot of actors who came up with when he was growing up
Before becoming a famous actor, Cassidy ran in circles with others in the industry. As a teenager, he became friends with Elliot Mintz, Don Johnson, and Sal Mineo, who starred in films with James Dean. Many of them were trying to find steady work as actors and sometimes they would listen for the same gigs.
In his memory, C’mon, Get happy: fear and hate on the Partridge family bus, Cassidy wrote about seeing some of them while going out for parts. At times, the role would go to Cassidy over Johnson, and he wondered if Johnson ever felt embarrassed.
“He was always very nice to me about it – this friendly man, who was born in Missouri, told me as a friend that he was happy if he didn’t get the part, I did,” Cassidy wrote. He said he had seen Mintz and Johnson around Hollywood for a few years, and that Johnson did not always have a job.
Cassidy was captured by Don Johnson sculpting it at a party
Cassidy recalled a time in his life when the tabloids revolved around his father’s case being filed against him and a unique story about his gender. To get over it, he was heavily in debt and worried about his career. It was 1986, and Cassidy wrote that he was suicidal and had little property.
Around the same time, he was on a tour of Aspen and after delving into an old experience, he was invited to a party. He was told that Bruce Willis and Don Johnson were co-hosts the soiree where there would be a handful of celebrities. Willis personally signed the guest list.
Cassidy arrived early. “Don’s arrest in a strange mohair suit – it must have cost two grandchildren! I walked up to Don. This was a man I knew from the beginning, who had been at my house, my old friend, ”he wrote.
Cassidy remembered how he had not seen Johnson in years – not since Miami Vice a star drove to his house in an “old Volkswagen.” He was excited to see Johnson and couldn’t wait to tell him how happy he was. When Cassidy welcomed him, things were not so warm.
“He looked at me, smiled hard for just a blow, and then went back to talking to someone else. It really scared me, ”Cassidy wrote. He said he tried to laugh it off but told Johnson, “Don, you’re kidding. Right? “But he thought to himself,” Oh, my God, what’s the hole. “
At that point, Johnson gave a cold smile and turned his back on Cassidy. “I went, ‘Don’t do this f * cking, Don. ‘No answer. “I don’t believe it at all,” Cassidy said out and walked away.
Cassidy said he was injured
The former teenage idol did not understand Johnson’s behavior. He questioned whether this was because they had competed so often in their youth. He also believed that Johnson’s head went to fame. But Cassidy admitted that this incident happened at a time when he was feeling “hypersensitive.” ”
“I felt hypersensitive, like a stranger coming back, trying to start my life and my career again. And Don carving me – I felt like he was saying, ‘Hey, I never considered you at all, or I don’t need to miss you anymore. ‘At the time he was hurt,’ he recalled.
Cassidy and Johnson did not heal the separation.