By Frazier Moore
NEW YORK: Comic actor Dave Madden, who played the child-hating agent on the hit 1970s sitcom The Partridge Family, died in Florida on Thursday at age 82.
Madden died at a hospice center near his home in the Jacksonville area, his niece Mary Frances Miller said.
Towering and rumpled, the Ontario native was best known for his role as Reuben Kinkaid, 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 son David Cassidy as the resident heart-throb, it was Madden and the freckle-faced Bonaduce who became the reigning comic duo.
“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,” Jones said Thursday. “It was hysterical!”
Bonaduce later wrote how during his troubled youth Madden served as his surrogate father.
Before The Partridge Family, Madden was part of the ensemble on Laugh-In. He later had a recurring role as one of the customers at Mel’s Diner on the long-running sitcom Alice. He also appeared on such series as Bewitched, Barney Miller, Happy Days, The Love Boat and Fantasy Island.
Survivors include his wife, a daughter and a son.