want to love. I want to enjoy life.
I read in one fan magazine that I was very self-centered. And I am.
When you go through hell, your own personal hell, and you have lost – loss of fame, loss of money, loss of career, loss of family, loss of love, loss of your own identity that I experienced in my own life – and you’ve been able to face the demons that have haunted you… I appreciate everything that I have.
If you’re not a daydreamer, you haven’t got any imagination.
It’s not that my father didn’t love me, it’s just that he wasn’t capable of consistently being there. His mood swings were gigantic.
I have an audience that goes from kids to seventy year olds.
It is difficult to be famous and that successful where you can’t even walk down the street without people chasing you, and having people build monuments to you and worshiping you – all that stuff – but I never took that to a place where I believed it. I saw it as being temporary and a phase.
Thoroughbred racing is really my true passion. I’m living my dream.
For me to go back and to play for audiences some of whom have been following me for thirty years and some who have found me in the last five or six years, that’s really an interesting thing. I have an audience that goes from kids to seventy year olds.
I just want to continue to produce good work. I don’t want to do junk.
I didn’t end up some sad, tragic guy singing in a lounge somewhere. I never went out and took big money for nostalgia and became like an oldies act.
Acting was absolutely my first focus. I graduated high school in L.A., and two weeks afterwards, I moved to New York City, and I got a job in a mail room, and I got an agent, doing what actors do, with head shots and all the rest of it.
I’m a really good team player. That’s what it takes to work in the theater. That’s what it takes to work in a band with musicians and writers.
Anybody who carries the albatross of that teen-idol thing – well, people tend to look and say: ‘There he is again. It’s Fabian.’ It’s a very tough thing. Everybody wants to discount your talent because you have become so… I don’t know… a god, if you will.
Learning how to be a good parent was easy in the end because I’d basically had the What Not To Do manual.
I’ve had a passion for horses since I was very young – I used to sit on the floor in front of the races on television and pretend to be a jockey – and I first began reading the racing form on the set of ‘The Partridge Family.’
In California, of all places, entertainment is the key to a vibrant economy. If we do not develop young adults capable of entering that world, the financial base of this state is sure to suffer and impact all of us.
Until I really dealt with a lot of the demons in my life – the fear and self-doubt and unresolved issues with my old man – I could never feel fulfilled and happy. I would wake up in the morning and feel bad.
It’s not about the fame and the money because if you do good work all that stuff comes.
I’ve been able to go on and have a successful career on Broadway and certainly the last five years in Las Vegas have been amazing.
My life has flourished in so many ways both personally and professionally that I can’t ask for a better life.
I found myself very lost after ‘The Partridge Family,’ and I lost my dad and I lost my manager, and I lived in a bubble, and it took me 15 years to get through that and a lot of psychotherapy, and I’m laughing about it now!
Oh, yeah. I grew up in Southern California in the 1960’s. It was very different. I was an only child as opposed to having siblings. My brothers all lived with my step-mom. I am very close to them, but we were not raised in the same house.
I played in garage bands and rock and roll bands when I was in junior high and high school and saw some of the great talents of all time in the local area where I lived.
My dad left when I was 3 1/2, and he left my mom and I.
I’ve always had a special relationship with the U.K. fans, because even when I wasn’t working they were very supportive.
I’m not saying that I won’t tour again, but the chances are slim because my priorities are different now.
My music was never considered cool, but I’ve always felt that connection with the audience,
In a very short period of time, actors can become kind of relevant and hot.
Once they began doing ‘Celebrity Apprentice,’ apparently the audience wasn’t that keen on the ordinary apprentice. That is probably the best indictment with our fascination with celebrity in our culture, which drives me I had a lot of very religious influences – Christian religious.
My mother, Evelyn, was an actress and singer, and my father, Jack, was an actor. My earliest recollection of my father is being taken to see him in a matinee.
When I was 11, I moved to Los Angeles to live with my father and stepmother and my half brothers. I became really close to my stepmother, and I am still very close to my brothers. My stepmother is the actress Shirley Jones, who was in ‘The Partridge Family’ alongside me, so we worked together for years.
As a father, I do everything my dad didn’t do. My son Beau’s birth changed my life.
My mother gave up a good part of her career to look after me.
Everything in my life was about performance when I was doing ‘The Partridge Family.’
All I had done for five years was work 18 hours a day all over the world. I needed to step back and distance myself from it.
When you have had the kind of fame I had, I was always hounded by the media and I lived a very isolated life. Now it’s even more difficult. The world has changed dramatically.
The difference now is that the paparazzi get paid fortunes. That’s what motivates people; it’s about the money, sadly, at anyone’s expense.
I’ve had a great metamorphosis in my life. I struggled for a number of years because I was identified with that image of the Seventies.
All I had done for five years was work 18 hours a day all over the world. I needed to step back and distance myself from it. David Cassidy
I was silver-white by the time I was 35, but having grey hair makes me look washed out. My wife and son have both said that grey hair doesn’t suit me because I have a boyish face.
I’m never going to retire and say, ‘This is it. This is my last show.’ I will not go on tour – I promised my wife and son no more than two weeks on the road.
I look fine. I’ve had no surgery apart from an operation I had decades ago to remove the fat under my eyes. My mum looked 30 when she was 60, so I guess I owe it all to genes and hair dye.
If you put the talent of all my brothers together, they wouldn’t add up to the talent that was in my father.
I’ve always had a love for horses since I was really young. When I was 5 years old, the only thing that made me happy was when they’d take me out and give me pony rides.
I understand the rock star deal having been one and still going out strapping my guitar on and performing. Now, I probably do 30 or 40 dates a year and I get to relive how I felt at 19 when I played in some really bad bands.
I bought my first horse when I was 15. I always loved racing and I started studying about breeding and I’ve been doing it now for 30 years, so I have some credibility.
You cannot make a teenage idol.
It’s a difficult journey when you’re going through a divorce, is it not, for anyone?
I’ve done an enormous amount of bringing light into people’s lives, and I’m very proud of that and touching and inspiring people.
I don’t listen to the news or read newspapers. I don’t know what’s going on in this world, or why I should vote for George McGovern or Richard Nixon. I don’t have enough time.
I work for me, 18 hours a day. It’s my gig. So I don’t have time to get a point of view.
I nearly died twice after I replaced Michael Crawford in ‘EFX.’
Going through ‘The Partridge Family,’ I looked up to people like Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck and all those guys. But as an actor playing a part, I had to sing what was right for the character and the show.
Nobody likes to be rejected, you know?
I’ve really sensed that peoplehave an affection for me.
The television and film business has never really been kind or compassionate, in general.
Having all that – the fame and adulation and women and all that stuff they talk about – doesn’t make you happy. You have to make yourself happy.
My first five albums were triple-platinum, and I played a lot of concerts.