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Where Are They Now -The Boys of Tiger Beat

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Just about every woman remembers the days of singing along with the radio in her bedroom, holding a hairbrush for a microphone. If that was you, who were you singing to? Probably the centerfold pinup from the latest Tiger Beat magazine!

We know David Cassidy and Donny Osmond, who sold more Tiger Beat magazines than anyone else, are both still recording music and performing. Osmond recently wrapped up his run in the Broadway musical Beauty and the Beast, and Cassidy has a full tour schedule. But what about the other teen idols of the 70s and 80s? (Now with added magazine cover update goodness)

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Shaun Cassidy is the son of actress Shirley Jones and the brother of David Cassidy (and shares a birthday with Yours Truly). He played Joe Hardy in The Hardy Boys TV series (1977-79), had a #1 hit song "Da Doo Ron Ron" in 1977. He was also nominated for a Grammy in the Best New Artist category. After six albums and a short lived TV series (Breaking Away), he turned to theater.

In 1990, he began creating and producing television movies such as Strays (1991), and Midnight Run: Run for your Life (1993); and many TV series, including American Gothic, ROAR, Players, Cover Me: Based On The True Life Of A FBI Family, The Agency, Tarzan, Rhapsody, Nice Guys, and currently Cold Case. He is also developing a new CBS comedy series called Inseparable.

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Robby Benson got his big break on the soap opera Search for Tomorrow in 1971. He starred in a string of hit movies throughout the seventies such as Ode to Billy Joe and Ice Castles. He’s also done extensive voice work, most notably as the beast in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, but also in video games. He directed television sitcoms through the eighties.

Now, he’s college professor! Benson began his teaching career at the University of South Carolina (1988-90), teaching Theatre, Screenwriting and Filmmaking to graduate students. He then moved to UCLA's Film and Theatre Department in (1991-93), the University of Utah (1993-2001), and Appalachian State University (2003). He is currently teaching at the Tisch School of the Arts (a part of NYU) as a Visiting Associate Arts Professor full-time faculty for the 2006-2007 academic year.

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Rick Springfield (real name Richard Lewis Springthorpe) was a recording star in Australia before moving to the US in 1972. His acting career began in a Saturday morning cartoon called Mission: Magic in 1973. He later played Doctor Noah Drake in the soap opera General Hospital in 1981-83 during the height of his recording success.

Springfield is still recording and touring. He recently held a concert in Cape Girardeau, Missouri and raised $70,000 to help 12-year-old cancer patient Sahara Aldridge. He reprised his General Hospital character in 2005, and still appears on a part-time basis. Check out his MySpace page.

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Vince Van Patten began his career as a child actor in commercials and the TV series Arnie. Throughout the 70’s, he had a string on appearances on various TV shows, movies, and made-for-TV movies. Van Patten played tennis professionally in the eighties, at one time ranked 25th in the world. He’s played and beat Ivan Lendl, Vitas Gerulaitis, and John McEnroe!

Van Patten is still on television. He has a recurring role in The Young and the Restless, but his real job now is as host and commentator for the televised World Poker Tour. A poker player since his early teens, Van Patten has participated in the World Series of Poker three times.

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Davy Jones was the lead singer and “the cute one” of The Monkees, a fictional band created for the TV show of the same name, which aired on NBC from 1966 til 1968. Like the Velveteen Rabbit, the fictional band became real and went on concert tours, producing a string of hit songs between 1967 and 1970, when the band disintegrated. But their amazing popularity never really went away.

Jones participated in Monkees reunions in 1986 and 1996 and returned to TV, hosting the A&E television show Meet The Royals in 2003-04. He was the bad guy in the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Jones holds an amateur jockey licence, continuing the career path he began at age 14 when he became an apprentice jockey. He raises thoroughbreds and has a serious ambition to win The Grand National. He is also a regular on the charity sports circuit riding race horses and playing football, tennis, and golf. He lives in Pennsylvania when he’s not singing or making personal appearances.

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Leif Garrett (real name Leif Per Narvik) appeared in the movie Bob, Ted, Carol and Alice when he was 5 years old. He was in all 3 Walking Tall movies, and played a recurring character in ABC-TV series Family. In 1977-78 he recorded two albums with modest chart success. His most successful song was "I Was Made For Dancin'" which reached #10 on the US pop charts. He sold a lot of Tiger Beat magazines. He played himself in the 2003 David Spade movie Dickie Roberts Former Child Star.

Now in his mid-forties, Garrett was arrested on January 17, 2006 for not having a subway ticket. Narcotics were found in his possession, violating the probation of his 2005 possession conviction. In May he was sentenced to 90 days and 3 years additional probation for quitting his rehab program. He’s still performing, most recently at a New Years Eve show in Las Vegas. You can hear his music on his MySpace page.

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Bobby Sherman became famous when he was a house singer on the television series Shindig! from 1964 to 1966. He starred in the ABC series Here Come the Brides from 1968 to 1970. In 1971 he got own show on ABC, called Getting Together, which was cancelled after just 13 episodes. He released four million-selling songs in 1969 and 1970.

After guest appearances on the TV show Emergency, Sherman became a certified EMT and for more than a decade he has served as a medical training officer at the Los Angeles Police Academy. He founded the Bobby Sherman EMT Foundation and he is also a full-fledged San Bernardino County sheriff!

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Erik Estrada embodies the phrase “I’m not a cop, but I play one on TV.” After appearing in several movies, he burst into idoldom by playing California highway patrol officer Frank Poncherello in the series CHiPs.

In the 90s, Estrada starred in the Televisa show Dos Mujeres, Un Camino. In 2004 he participated in the reality series Surreal Life. He does voiceovers for cartoons including Jo-Jo's Circus and The Misadventures of Maya & Miguel for children, and the Adult Swim feature SeaLab2021. His newest project is a combination of a reality series and a cop show called Armed and Famous. Estrada will star alongside LaToya Jackson, Jack Osbourne, WWE wrestler Trish Stratus, and Jackass’ Jason “Wee Man” Acuna as themselves becoming police officers in Muncie, Indiana. The series will premiere tomorrow night (January 10) on CBS.

If you have any suggestions or requests for our Where Are They Now series, let us know! We'll put our crack research staff to work on it immediately.

It could happen.

Update: Evil Richard requested an updated magazine cover. Your wish is my command.

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15 Comments

I'd love to see a "Tiger Beat 2007" cover mockup with that Leif Garrett mug shot in place of one of his old photos.

said Evil Richard on January 9, 2007 9:27 AM.

Haha, perfect. Love the update. By the way, is that a young Tony Danza hiding behind that mailing label?

said Evil Richard on January 9, 2007 11:35 AM.

Sure is. Did you know he's an ordained minister with the Universal Life Church? He's playing Broadway now, in The Producers.

said Miss Cellania on January 9, 2007 11:40 AM.

Gawd, my sister had alla this crap! Shaun Cassidy was her man (until John Schnider of "Dukes" came along...)!

said Mooncity on January 9, 2007 4:19 PM.

Yeah, mine too.

said William on January 9, 2007 4:33 PM.

I beg your pardon?! If you recall, I was a Robert Plant fan.

said Miss Cellania on January 9, 2007 9:46 PM.

Okay...so I found this little ditty here by googling Shaun Cassidy. Yep..I've been a Shaun Cassidy freak since 1977 and I'm still going strong. For this reason (along with my anal retentivness), I feel it my duty to tell you that you have 3 boo-boos in your "where is he now." First, he is not still doing Cold Case. He did Exec Produce part of the first season and then was pulled to try and save the show Tarzan. Second, Rhapsody was never produced...it was an idea that was thought of but never materialized. The third is that although he did have a show called Inseperable in the works (like Rhapsody) it too never materialized. If you click on your link, you will see that it is simply another show titled Inseperable. The Inseperable show Mr. Cassidy was working on was a Jekyll/Hyde type drama. His most recent televised project was Invasion.

said Annie on March 2, 2007 8:06 PM.

You missed Cassidy's major role in the Invasion series!

Also, whence Rex Smith?? He's had an interesting career since he first appeared in a metal band opening for Lynyrd Skynrd. Most remember him from the point he did the TV movie Sooner or Later & "You Take My Breath Away." He was everywhere for awhile in the late '70s, early '80s.

Great list. How I remember so many of these guys from my own stacks of teen dream mags.

said karos on May 19, 2007 12:28 AM.

Whoops sorry! See you mentioned Invasion in your update. Was a huge Cassidy (and Springfield) fan.

said karos on May 19, 2007 12:31 AM.

Am I imagining that Erik Estrada never looks any older? He must have a Dorian Gray picture in his closet! ;^)

said Cindy on June 8, 2007 8:03 AM.

Hello admin, nice site you have!

said Rokko on November 17, 2007 6:15 AM.

Inseparable is still described as a comedy series developed for CBS, when in fact it's a drama being developed for Fox Network. Please correct this!

said cassidyfan on April 7, 2008 5:19 PM.

REALLY nice info and wrap up...EXCELLENT WORK.

said Jadie on April 8, 2008 7:53 PM.

LOVE YOU SHAUN CASSIDY. MARRY ME PLEASE.
I've been in love with u since I was 11 and I still am now I'm 43..lol
LOVE YA SHAUN such a good singer/actor/producer etc........;-)

said Karen Gregoire on September 26, 2008 10:24 PM.

Shaun you are still as cute as you were when you were a teen idle back in the 70ds

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said Jeanne Schultz on November 1, 2008 12:04 AM.
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