Friday, August 28, 2015

'Partridge Family' actor Dave Madden dies at 82

Dave Madden of "The Partridge Family."
Dave Madden of "The Partridge Family."

Dave Madden, best known for his role as harried band manager, Ruben Kincaid on The Partridge Family, died Thursday. He was 82.

According to reports, the actor died of congestive heart and kidney failure. He lived in Fruit Cove, Florida with his wife, Sandy.

The Ontario, Canada native began his career as a standup comedian and made guest appearances on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, Bewitched, Happy Days, The Love Boat, and Fantasy Island. But he is best remembered as Reuben Kincaid on The Partridge Family. 

From 1970 to 1974, Madden starred alongside Shirley Jones and David Cassidy in the beloved sitcom about a widowed mother [Jones] and her five children who start a successful family band. Madden’s character dealt with the antics of the kids, especially Danny, who was played by Danny Bonaduce. 

Bonaduce reacted to the news of his former costar’s death on Twitter, saying: “Dave Madden was a great guy & like family to me. He taught me to drive a car when I was 10. One of many great memories. I’ll truly miss him.”

In a 2008 interview with, Madden spoke about the popularity of The Partridge Family.

“It promoted non-offensive rock music, first of all. Even I liked the music on that show, and I was considerably older, having grown up with Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald,” he said. “So I suspect it had broad appeal for adults as well as kids for the music alone. Then, of course, it was squeaky clean. I can’t think of an episode that would have been offensive to anybody. Everybody, I was told, would’ve liked to have had Shirley [Jones] as their mother because she was kind of an idealistic mother—a sweet lady, not like the battle-axes that might show up on some sitcoms now.”

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 After his memorable role on the 70s series, Madden went on to appear in other popular television shows through the 1990s, such as Boy Meets World and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. In 2009, he published a memoir, Reuben on Wry: The Memoirs of Dave Madden.

Madden is survived by his wife and children.

Ashleigh Schmitz
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