‘Partridge Family’ Star Dave Madden Dead at 82

'Partridge Family' Star Dave Madden Dead at 82

Actor played long-suffering band manager Reuben Kincaid on the 1970s sitcom

Dave Madden, who played long-suffering band manager Reuben Kincaid on the '70s sitcom “The Partridge Family,” has died, TMZ reports. He was 82.

According to the site, Madden died of congestive heart failure and kidney failure on Thursday morning following a long illness.

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In addition to his run as Kincaid on “The Partridge Family” — a role he portrayed from 1970 to 1974 — Madden also had a steady role on the sitcom “Alice,” playing Mel's Diner customer Earl Hicks.

Madden also guest-starred on a number of series, including “Bewitched,” “Married With Children” and “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.”

  • goh

    Just the other day was thinking how great that the entire cast of Partridge Family is still here.

  • Trish Chasity

    Another part of my childhood is gone.. RIP Dave

  • Thaddeus Komorowski

    He was also a regular on “Laugh In.”

  • Helen

    I was so sad when I heard this. It is another part of my childhood that is gone. I loved that show. Reuben (Dave) helped make that show funny. It wouldn't have been the same without him. The tiffs between him and Danny were hilarious. We'll miss you Dave.

  • Stanley Steamer

    Dave who? This guy has been missing since the 70's from that awful show.

  • Andrew J. Persac

    Of course there was NO mention of perhaps his most recent & meaningful role, as the voice of Bernard Walton the window washer on the children's radio show Adventures in Odyssey (from Focus on the Family), a program about imagination, children, faith, and other important topics. God bless & RIP, Dave/Bernard… :(

    • David

      Walker Edminston's and Hal Smith's voice work on “Adventures in Odyssey” have probably been noted more than that of Dave Madden. And that was/is a CHRISTIAN radio program from Focus on the Family (which also produces the flagship radio talk show that bears its name)!

    • noonespellsmynameright

      Loved Bernard. Our family will miss him :(

  • David

    Let's see: Bob Grant (New Year's Eve of last year), Saul Zaentz, James Avery. Phil Everly. Dave Madden, Russell Johnson (all in this not-even-a-month-old year). Hope this doesn't start a pattern similar to, say, 2009, 2012 and parts of 2013.

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  • Kimberly Foreman

    This show may have been missing to you people since the 70's but despite your opinions, It was a great show!! All of what they showed had lessons we all learned from as kids. They did these shows & the kids & parents were going thru similar situations in real life. That is what makes them priceless. R.I.P. Dave!!!!!!!!!!!