Dave Madden, 'Partridge Family' agent
NEW YORK - Comic actor Dave Madden, who played the child-hating agent on the hit 1970s sitcom "The Partridge Family," died yesterday in Florida. He was 82.
Madden died at a hospice center near his home in the Jacksonville area, his niece Mary Frances Miller said.
Towering and rumpled, Madden was best known for his role as Reuben Kincaid, who managed the Partridge family band and regularly clashed with its impish pre-teen bassist, played by Danny Bonaduce.
While the series starred Shirley Jones, with her real-life stepson David Cassidy as the resident heartthrob, it was Madden and the freckle-faced Bonaduce who became the reigning comic duo.
Jones said Madden "made the show, I felt."
"His relationship with Danny Bonaduce is what made the show work: This strange, mad little boy and the grown man who was even worse as a father figure," she said yesterday. "It was hysterical!"
Madden was born in Ontario, Canada, and grew up in Terre Haute, Ind. He began in show business as a nightclub comic and then landed his first acting job on the short-lived sitcom "Camp Runamuck" in the mid-1960s.
Survivors include his wife, a daughter and a son.