Dave Madden, who played band manager Reuben Kincaid on The Partridge Family, died Thursday of congestive heart and kidney failure.
The 82-year-old actor passed away in Florida, according to TMZ.
Though Madden was best known for his role as a Partridge wrangler, his career included parts on series like The Love Boat, Starsky and Hutch, Fantasy Island, Laugh-In and Barney Miller.
He also played Earl Hicks, a regular Mel’s Diner customer, for eight years on Alice.
His final on-screen role was a 1998 guest appearance on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.
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The PartridgeFamily was based on the real life family band, The Cowsills…
The Cowsills were among the top artists of the late ’60s when a small group of TV executives, including a 20-something Michael Eisner, visited them at home in Santa Monica. The group’s story inspired the producers to create “The Partridge Family,” which starred Shirley Jones, David Cassidy, Danny Bonaduce and Susan Dey.
“We were real musicians, not pop, fluffy stuff like ‘The Partridge Family,’ ” Bob says. “We were unfairly grouped over in the bubble gum side rather than rightly grouped in the power pop side. We have had to fight the image at the same time we are embracing the image.”
When they broke up a couple of years later, Bill formed the country group Blue Shadows, Susan joined the Continental Drifters, and Barry just drifted, performing here and there as he battled drug abuse and mental illness.
The group’s demise happened suddenly.
“It didn’t end well,” Bob says. “To be candid, the start of the breakup was the day Dad caught Bill smoking pot — a Sunday in Santa Monica, when ‘Hair’ was No. 1 on the charts. We were headed for the airport to fly to Annapolis, Md., to start our tour. My nutty father kicked Bill out of the band — he was military all the way, with 20 years in the Navy.
“Bill took his guitars out of the car and he was kicked out of the band and the family right there. We had to go to the airport without him.”
Bob is critical of his father, who died in 1992 of cancer. The Cowsills haven’t made any residual money from their hit songs, which are owned by the record company Universal. MORE from TheLasVegasSun.com…
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