Friday, January 17, 2014

R.I.P. Dave Madden - the only trustworthy Band Manager : Reuben Kincaid

Rest in peace, Dave Madden. The Partridge Family alum, who rose to fame in the 1970s for his role as the onscreen band's manager Reuben Kincaid, died Thursday, Jan. 16 at the age of 82. 
Madden's former agent told TMZ the Canadian-born actor died of "congestive heart and kidney failure" Thursday morning in Florida.

On The Partridge Family, Madden's character was oftentimes aggravated by the antics of the onscreen family's children -- particularly by redheaded terror Danny, who was played by Danny Bonaduce, now 54.
Bonaduce tweeted Thursday evening, "Dave Madden was a great guy & like family to me. He taught me to drive a car when I was 10. One of many great memories. I'll truly miss him."

In his lifetime, Madden also served in the United States Air Force, Special Services. According to his IMDb page, he once performed a magic show back in the '50s for King Idris I of Libya, the ruler at the time.
After The Partridge Family ended in 1974, the actor went on to land a role in classic sitcom Alice. He also made guest appearances on later shows shows like Starsky and Hutch, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (as Dr. Hans Egglehoffer) and Boy Meets World. His final acting credit was voiceover work in 2000's Adventures in Odyssey: The Last Days of Eugene Meltsner.

 Following his retirement, Madden wrote about his Hollywood experiences in Reuben on Wry: The Memoirs of Dave Madden. He is survived by his second wife Sandy Martin and two kids with first wife Nena Arnold, who passed away in 1985.

Madden’s signature role was as Reuben Kincaid, the manager on The Partridge Family who is fondly remembered for his panicky good cheer, stoic endurances of the antics of a young Danny Bonaduce, and the distinctive movements of his blonde toupee—something a Nick At Nick promo once dubbed “The Reuben Hair Shift” (adding that it was “an important part of our TV heritage”). Madden started out in show business as a comedian and magician, and made his first TV appearances in the early 1960s by doing his act on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Merv Griffin Show, and Hollywood Palace. He shifted into acting in 1965 as one of the stars of the short-lived sitcom Camp Runamuck.

In 1968 and 1969, Madden was a member of the regular company on the second season of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. He co-starred in The Partridge Family from 1970 to 1974, after which he had a recurring role on the sitcom Alice and continued to make occasional guest appearances on TV through the late ‘90s. In one of his last TV appearances, he reprised the role of Reuben Kincaid in “U2: The Early Years,” a sketch that kicked off the 1992 pilot episode of The Ben Stiller Show, in which he recounted his difficulties with Bono (played by Stiller), who’d fired him as U2’s manager because he took exception to Reuben’s forcing them to do bar mitzvahs and driving them from gig to gig in a multi-colored bus.

 In remembrance of Dave Madden, who passed away on Thursday at age 82, Antenna TV will be airing a Partridge Family marathon on Saturday, January 18th from 1p ET to 8p ET. RIP Reuben Kincaid.

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