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  1. Does he get to see his nieces and nephews often?
  2. Which brother is Ryan closest to?
  3. How close is Ryan to his nieces and nephews?
  4. With all the movies and specials about your family lately, what does he look at/for? Does he watch at all?
  5. What is it like having a mother that a generation of children wished was theirs? Are you close to your mother? (Thanks To Julia)
  6. I recently watched the David Cassidy Story and thought it was great. However, I would like to know what Ryan thought of the movie as well as the book? What are his opinions on the relationship between David and their father? (Courtesy of Candice)
  7. What are the details on Ryan's book?
  8. What was the best/most meaningful thing your father ever said to you?
  9. What aspects of your father do you see in yourself?
  10. What did you learn from your father?
  11. Does Ryan have his father's Tony award?
  12. How does Ryan spend the holidays?
  13. What is Ryan doing for the holidays? Will he be spending them with his family?
  14. Is ryan very close to david and does he get to see him that much now that david lives in las vegas how often has ryan seen davids show?
  15. I would like to know how Ryan and his brothers shaun Patrick and David feel about Shirley selling their family home. Also I would like to know if Ryan's mom Shirley and his brother David are still close like they used to be.
  16. I was just wondering if you had any plans on attending your brother David's concert when he comes to the Greek Theater here in Los Angeles? If so, do you accept photo ops and autographs from your fans if they should notice you from afar or up close?
  17. I was wondering if David and Ryan ever see each other anymore. Could you e-mail me with this answer
  18. Every one of Ryans brothers married a girl in showbusiness of some form. I was just wondering if Ryans current girlfriend is in showbiz or does he not date girls in show business. Thanks



  1. Does he get to see his nieces and nephews often?
    Oh, definitely. He adores all of them and sees them as often as possible. Evidently Shaun's daughter Juliet just makes him melt. He also says that Patrick's son Jack bears an unbelievable resemblance to his namesake.
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  2. Which brother is Ryan closest to?
    Ryan says that Shaun has become more of a father-figure to him. Shaun is always there for him and gives him really sound advice. It wasn't that Shaun intended to take this role - it just happened, evolving after the death of their father. In a 1985 interview, Ryan said that he was closer to Patrick and would go to him for advice because they were closer in age and he thought they were the most alike. Really, it comes down to the fact that all four brothers are very close. Patrick once said that they got together as often as possible, once a week if they could manage it. He said they went out for lunch, played poker, worked out and such.
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  3. How close is Ryan to his nieces and nephews?
    While I don't know much about how much time he gets to spend with the kids these days, the family is very close. When it comes to Shaun's older kids, Jake told Cheryl a few months ago how he and Ryan share interests such as Titanic memorbilia and law enforcement. Juliet is his special sweetheart right now - just makes him melt.
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  4. With all the movies and specials about your family lately, what does he look at/for? Does he watch at all?
    He watches some of them and when he does, he looks at what they say about and how they portray his father.
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  5. What is it like having a mother that a generation of children wished was theirs? Are you close to your mother? (Thanks To Julia)
    I'll be asking Ryan this when the production season and his schedule slow. But he is very proud of his mother (and vice versa, I should say) and is very close to her - the whole family is very close. In fact, when he has asked me about my own family, his main interest was whether we were close - when you're raised with something like that, you truly value it. He would probably tell anyone who wanted her as their mother the same thing that Shaun has: You have very good taste because she is everything she seems to be and more.
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  6. I recently watched the David Cassidy Story and thought it was great. However, I would like to know what Ryan thought of the movie as well as the book? What are his opinions on the relationship between David and their father? (Courtesy of Candice)
    There was a lot of controversy when the movie was first shown. It was said that the family had really mixed and even hostile feelings about the way Jack was depicted. I did ask Ryan about this. He said that had he made the movie, it would have been done differently. Indeed, I found a bit of "artistic license" in the movie. It has been said that, in a way, David had a different father than the other three boys - he knew a different version of Jack than Ryan, Shaun or Patrick and is therefore entitled to a different perception. Ryan himself has said to me that his father "definitely had his demons - we all do. He handled them the best he could and that's all you can ask." But it boils down to the fact that the four of them are brothers and no movie is going to affect any feelings they have for each other. Life is too short. Ryan loves his brother and supports him. Now, there was a boy cast to play a very young Ryan in the film and he was supposed to have a few lines but you can only see the boy floating in the pool with "Shaun" and his lines ended up on the cutting room floor. It should also be noted that Ryan also has a book in the works - it has temporarily been put on hold during the production season and while he reestablishes his acting career.
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  7. What are the details on Ryan's book?
    I'll tell you what I know. It is tenatively titled "James Cagney Was My Babysitter" - which has to be one of the coolest titles I've heard in awhile and it is true! Ryan did have James Cagney as a babysitter once when he was with his father in New York! Mr. Cagney played with him and told Shirley that if he ever had grandchildren, he would want them to be just like Ryan. Ryan said he's been writing bits and pieces for years now and has no deadline for finishing it. Indeed, it is on hold right now while he works on reestablishing his acting career. One thing is for certain: It will not be exploitative - don't be expecting any tabloid talk. However, it will give us all a look at what it was like to grow up in such a unique household.
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  8. What was the best/most meaningful thing your father ever said to you?
    "Charlie, I love you just for being you!"
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  9. What aspects of your father do you see in yourself?
    "Where do I start? My ability not to judge those that are not as fortunate as I. My taste in clothing and furniture."
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  10. What did you learn from your father?
    "I learned to take the weaknesses he had in life and turn them into strengths."
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  11. Does Ryan have his father's Tony award?
    Yes, he does and he cherishes it along with other items belonging to his father. In fact, as I was writing the bio for his father's Theatre Hall of Fame nomination, I called him to verify the date on the award.
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  12. How does Ryan spend the holidays?
    I haven't been able to reach him in the past couple of weeks (and when I do, I will update this) but he usually spends it with family. Last year he went to Shaun's house for Thanksgiving and Christmas. He went to Las Vegas to see David for Easter weekend. Although the most special Christmas in his mind was the one he spent with then-girlfriend Sarah a few years ago.
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  13. What is Ryan doing for the holidays? Will he be spending them with his family?
    Again, thanks for the question. Ill answer what I know and have him fill in the spaces when I speak to him. Im not sure on the girlfriend status he usually mentions it if there is a lady in his life and he didnt mention anything last I spoke with him. Its been a few years since he has snow skied and I think when he did, it was at Big Bear in California. However, I believe he has been to Denver at least once because his parents performed in Wait Until Dark there with all three boys in tow when Ryan was really young. (FYI Ryan has the promotional poster from the performance and now has the program to match since I gave it to him on the first anniversary of this site.) There is also a sweet story surrounding a very young Ryan and a dress rehearsal of this play but Im not sure if it took place in Denver.
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  14. Is ryan very close to david and does he get to see him that much now that david lives in las vegas how often has ryan seen davids show?
    All of the brothers are close. I'm not sure when Ryan saw David last but I do know Ryan does enjoy going out to Las Vegas with his friends. He spent last Easter with his brother.
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  15. I would like to know how Ryan and his brothers shaun Patrick and David feel about Shirley selling their family home. Also I would like to know if Ryan's mom Shirley and his brother David are still close like they used to be.
    He's okay with the sale of the house. There's still quite a bit that will need to happen before that is actually finalized. Keep in mind Ryan hasn't been in that house for about three years and he understands that it has changed quite a bit in appearance during that time. So, while he did grow up in that house, it's not the home he remembers and he'll always have that in his memories. Besides, it is really too much house for just his mother and Marty. A smaller place would suit them much better. If you would like to take a tour of the house, you can visit the real estate site.

    As far as I have known and heard, the family is as close as it ever was - regardless of what certain members of the press might print or say, the family remains very close, including David and Shirley.

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  16. I was just wondering if you had any plans on attending your brother David's concert when he comes to the Greek Theater here in Los Angeles? If so, do you accept photo ops and autographs from your fans if they should notice you from afar or up close?
    I sent this question on to Ryan but I can tell you that Ryan is extremely accomodating with fans and as long as his schedule permits, is happy to sign autographs and have pictures taken. He's very gracious and, to my knowledge (and I tend to hear everything), has never turned a fan away. If I find out if he'll be attending the concert, I will let you know! PostScript: Ryan did indeed attend the concert and, as always, was more than happy to spend time with fans.
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  17. I was wondering if David and Ryan ever see each other anymore. Could you e-mail me with this answer
    Ryan sees David as much as he can. Both men have very demanding schedules. David tours throughout the year and Ryan has very hectic schedules at work but they do make time to see each other when they can. Ryan did attend David's concert at the Greek Theater in July and made trips to Vegas to see David when David was in EFX.
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  18. Every one of Ryans brothers married a girl in showbusiness of some form. I was just wondering if Ryans current girlfriend is in showbiz or does he not date girls in show business. Thanks
    Ryan has dated some actresses but tends to date a variety of women. He doesn't look exclusively in the business.
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