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Reuben Kincaid

January 30, 2014

from the Partridge Family died. I had no idea that his name wasn’t actually Reuben Kincaid. I assumed that was a name you couldn’t really make up.

Dave Madden, a comic actor who played the child-hating agent on the hit 1970s sitcom “The Partridge Family,” died on Thursday in Florida. He was 82. “The Partridge Family,” which ran on ABC from September 1970 to March 1974, revolved around a widowed mother and her five children who form a band. Towering and rumpled, Mr. Madden played Reuben Kincaid, the agent who managed the band and regularly clashed with its impish preteen bassist, played by Danny Bonaduce.

The series starred Shirley Jones, with her real-life stepson David Cassidy as the resident heartthrob. But it was Mr. Madden and the freckle-faced Mr. Bonaduce who were the reigning comic duo. “His relationship with Danny Bonaduce is what made the show work,” Ms. Jones said of Mr. Madden on Thursday, “this strange, mad little boy and the grown man who was even worse as a father figure.”

Though Mr. Madden played a man bedeviled by the youngsters surrounding him, off camera he “loved kids,” Ms. Jones said.

Personally, I always liked Susan Dey. Well, rest in peace Mr. Madden.

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  1. January 30, 2014 11:51 am

    Shit, we were just talking about him at lunch yesterday! Synchronicity…it’s more than just a Police album!

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