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.
Danny Bonaduce’s Real-Life Family Drama
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.
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.
Danny Bonaduce played the family drummer, Danny Partridge. He had a rough start, but, out of all the former cast members, Bonaduce has the most successful post-Partridge story. He received the Former Child Star Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. After the show, he made appearances in several TV shows while breaking into radio.
He hosts a syndicated radio talk show in Seattle. He has broadcast the popular radio show since 2011. He’s even done some pro wrestling.
A Motherly Bond
Shirley Jones was David Cassidy’s fictional mom on TV, and he was her real stepson who she loved like a real son.
When he died, she said, “As a little boy, his sweet sensitivity and wicked sense of humor were already on display, and I will treasure the years we spent working and growing together... I will also find solace knowing that David is now with his dad.”