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The Partridge Family's Dave Madden dead at 82

Jan 17 2014, 3:50pm CST | by , in News | Other Stuff

The Partridge Family's Dave Madden died at 82
 
 

The Partridge Family was an American sitcom that ran in the 1970s. It was about a widowed mother and her five children who later formed a band. Dave Madden played the role of the band's manager.

The world lost another great actor this week. Actor and comedian, Dave Madden, best known for his grumpy role in the 1970's sitcom "The Partridge Family," died at a hospice center in Jacksonville on Thursday. He was 82 years old.

An agent confirmed to TMZ that the actor died of congestive heart and kidney failure on Thursday morning.

ABC's "The Partridge Family" ran from 1970 to 1974. The sitcom was about a widowed mother, played by Shirley Jones, and her five musically gifted children who later formed a band. Madden played the role of Reuben Kincaid, the band's manager and a grumpy one at that, who regularly clashed with Danny the bassist, played by Danny Bonaduce.

“His relationship with Danny Bonaduce is what made the show work,” Shirley Jones told the New York Times on Thursday.

Jones added that in spite of her tough role, Madden did in fact love kids. Danny Bonaduce even  said that Madden once served as his surrogate father during his troubled teenage years.

Dave Madden is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.


Born on December 17, 1931 in Ontario, Canada, Madden became interested in magic and later worked it into his comedy craft. He was also a joke editor for a school paper in high school and later joined the U.S. Air Force. He got his first experience as an entertainer when he was assigned in Libya, cracking jokes in camp shows. Madden later got a degree in communications at the University of Miami. His first real acting stint was on the sitcom "Camp Runamuck.”  

May he rest in peace.

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