TAKIN’ A SH DETOUR: Dave Madden Played “Partridge Family” Manager, Reuben Kincaid… Flew To Heaven At Age 82… We Hope He “Got Happy”!

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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 BoatStarsky 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.


PartridgeFamily… I Woke Up In Love This Morning…  


I Think I Love YOU




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

Cowsills… “The Rain, the Park and Other Things”

19 comments on “TAKIN’ A SH DETOUR: Dave Madden Played “Partridge Family” Manager, Reuben Kincaid… Flew To Heaven At Age 82… We Hope He “Got Happy”!

  1. I never got into the Partridge Family 😁 Is that weird? Anyway, I watched those others though and he was a good actor.


  2. RIP Dave. I remember him but I couldn’t get into Partridge Family at all. I think it’s because I couldn’t stand Shirley Jones.


  3. I really liked “The Partridge Family” as a kid. (I agree with Sherry per not really digging Shirley Jones, but…) Reuben was a very funny foil. Thanks for the laughs, Dave Madden.


  4. RIP Reuben Kincaid. Losing all my after school TV favs. Thanks MS SH for the info about the Cowsills. I just thought they made the show about how crazy girls were over David Cassidy.


    • I meet David Cassidy when I was in High school he is really really short…or i was wearing my Candies….


      • I am jealous Lisa. When I was in grade school, I was one of the freak girls that cut out pics of him in the Tiger Beat magazines.


  5. I loved this show! I remember being at Disneyland one time and the day turned to night and my parents wanted to see a Doc Severson sp.?? show. I cried because I was missing the Brady Bunch and Partridge Family for a trumpet concert.


    • I can so relate to that, Checkered. I once watched I Love Lucy in a department store’s TV department, because my parents wanted to go shopping at the time I Love Lucy was on.


  6. Recently watched a documentary on the Cowsill family. Very abusive father but they were talented and never really received the credit they deserved in the music biz.


  7. I wasn’t into Partridge family much. I do remember him on Alice though. Loved that “kiss my grits” show. I was in high school when the Cowsills were popular. Didn’t they sing a song called “Itchygoo Park?” I was more into Led Zepplin and Jethro Tull back in those days! I see where the professor from Gilligans Island passed away in Washington state also, at the age of eighty-nine. Saw him at a Seahawks game over twenty years ago. The announcer told the audience of his presence and he stood up and took a bow.


  8. I semi – liked the show but hated when they always ended up performing a song with Shirley Jones over selling it and the youngest girl with no rhythm.
    I recently saw David Cassidy’s mug shot for his third DUI ~ didn’t look good.


  9. That show was popular when I was really little. Of course I’ve seen it in re-runs several times. I do recall David Cassidy being considered one of the best looking men on the planet back in the late 70’s. Hard to believe when you see the DUI mug shots. Some men age well, poor David C. wasn’t one of them.


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