Ac­tor who por­trayed agent Reuben Kinkaid dies at 82

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT - 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 cen­tre near his home in the Jacksonville area, his niece Mary Frances Miller said. Tow­er­ing and rum­pled, Mad­den was best known for his tele­vi­sion 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 step­son David Cas­sidy as the res­i­dent heart­throb, it was Mad­den and the freckle-faced Bona­duce who be­came the reign­ing comic duo. Jones said Mad­den “made the show, I felt.” “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,” she said Thurs­day. “It was hys­ter­i­cal!” But though Mad­den played a guy be­dev­iled by the young­sters who sur­rounded him, Jones said that off-cam­era he “loved kids,” and Bona­duce once wrote how dur­ing his trou­bled youth Mad­den served as his sur­ro­gate father. Mad­den was born in Sar­nia, Ont., and grew up in North Terre Haute, Ind. He be­gan show busi­ness as a night­club comic and then landed his first act­ing job on the short-lived sit­com Camp Ru­na­muck in the mid-1960s. Be­fore The Par­tridge Fam­ily, Mad­den was part of the en­sem­ble on the Laugh-In com­edy se­ries. He later had a re­cur­ring role as one of the cus­tomers at Mel’s Diner on the long-run­ning sit­com Alice and guested on se­ries such as The Love Boat and Happy Days. Sur­vivors in­clude his wife, a daugh­ter and a son.

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