Being on set with his fictional family was a break for Danny Bonaduce. At home, he was the victim of physical and emotional abuse. He came home to this after a long day taping the show. At one point, co-star Dave Madden, who played the band’s manager, took him home with him. Danny actually ended up living with him for a while.
Danny says he owes Madden more than he can repay him. This is one reason he felt the Partridge Family cast is more like a real family.
The Source of the Family Rift
He regretted it immediately, and she regretted it as soon as she read the intimidate details published in his memoir. This is the real reason Susan Dey is the Partridge cast no-show.
David Cassidy said as much, admitting that Susan disassociated herself with the show because of his published indiscretion.
The Partridge Family Cartoon
Partridge Family, 2200 A.D., the animated spinoff styled on The Jetsons, a popular Saturday morning futuristic cartoon, came out in 1974. Most of the cast of The Partridge Family did not endorse it and refused to voice the program.
David and Shirley refused to have their names associated. Susan Dey and Danny Bonaduce, however, permitted their voices to be used in a limited manner. It only lasted a year. By 1975, the animated spinoff was off the air.
Little Tracey Partridge, the family’s tambourine section and second-to-youngest sister, was played by Suzanne Crough. After the show ended, she finished school, went to college, owned a bookstore and was married with two daughters. But in 2015, Suzanne died suddenly.
The entire cast attended the services for the sad occasion.
Dave Madden was born in Canada and raised in Terre Haute, Indiana. He joined the Air Force, and with his love of comedy, he found himself performing for the King of Libya. He reprised the role of band manager, Reuben Kincaid of The Partridge Family.
Sadly, Dave Madden died at age 82 of bone cancer while in hospice care. His TV presence will continue to live on.