We lost two treasures yesterday, I’ve already paid tribute to Russell Johnson. The other lose hits a little closer to home. Dave Madden who made us laugh on “Laugh In” and on many other shows passed away yesterday as well.
Madden will be forever known for one role the harried manager of ABC’s “The Partridge Family” Some people said Reuben was a child hater, not so because he loved those kids. They adopted him as part of their family. In real life, Madden was a father figure to Danny Bonaduce. Both Bonaduce amd David Cassidy have voiced their feelings on this tragedy.
Born in Canada, but but raised in Indiana, Madden demonstrated a talent for entertaining at an early age. With this ability he joined the Air Force special services unit. He actually performed magic for the King of Libya. Madden was discovered by the late empressario Ed Sullivan. From there he got his first big break in the sitcom “Camp Runamuck” . Next came his turn in the cast of the historic show “Laugh In.” In 1970, Madden was cast in the role of Reuben Kincaid. Reuben a promoter and carefree bachelor. His foil was the young entrepreneur, Danny Partridge, played by Danny Bonaduce. Following his stint on “The Partridge Family”, Madden was cast as Flo’s boyfriend on the popular series “Alice” Madden has also appeared on such shows as “Married with Children”, “Boy Meets World”, Sabrina the Teenaged Witch”, “Herman’s Head” and “The Ben Stiller Show” where he was actually Reuben Kincaid. Madden penned his memoirs in a book called, “Reuben on Wry”
Madden is survived by his wife, Sandra and two children from his first marriage Selena and Peter as well as three siblings. We at Chitownstarconnections will mourn him deeply and we give our sympathy to his family, friends, and fans.
We’ll miss you Reuben! Heaven can come on and get happy now.