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Madden in 1970
David Joseph Madden
December 17, 1931
|Died||January 16, 2014 (aged 82)|
Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.
David Joseph Madden (December 17, 1931 – January 16, 2014) was a Canadian-born American actor. His most famous role came on the 1970s sitcom The Partridge Family, in which he played the group's manager, Reuben Kincaid, opposite Shirley Jones's character. Madden later had a recurring role as diner customer Earl Hicks on the mid-1970s to mid-1980s sitcom, Alice.
Madden was born in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada to Verna (née Burleigh) and Roger Madden. He had three older siblings: Sister Mary Roger (1919–), a practicing nun at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods in Indiana; Richard (1921–?); and Jack (1926–1948). He spent his early childhood in Port Huron, Michigan, and in 1939, was sent to live with his aunt and uncle Bess and Frank Hoff, in Terre Haute, Indiana after his father's death and his mother's job keeping her on the road. At age 13, a serious bicycle accident left him immobilized. Madden spent months recuperating, a time during which he took an interest in magic. He later worked magic into his comedy act, which he performed around Terre Haute. He graduated in 1950 from Otter Creek High School, where he served as joke editor of the school paper, writing his own material. Madden spent one semester at Indiana State Teachers College, and in 1951 dropped out to enlist in the United States Air Force. Assigned to Special Services, he was sent to Tripoli, Libya, where he was a hit as an entertainer in camp shows and native theater, even performing before Idris of Libya, ruler at the time. After the Air Force, Madden attended the University of Miami, where he graduated with a degree in communications in 1959.
After two unsuccessful years on the Southern nightclub circuit, Madden travelled to Los Angeles, where a successful opening night at a Beverly Hills nightclub led to a 10-week retention, and a recommendation by patron Frank Sinatra to Ed Sullivan, who signed Madden for three nights on The Ed Sullivan Show. These appearances led to his first real acting engagement, a spot on Camp Runamuck, in 1965.
Madden first gained national notice as a milk-drinking, confetti-throwing sad sack on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In from 1968 to 1969. However, he became better known worldwide for his role as Reuben Kincaid, the harried manager/agent for The Partridge Family (1970–1974). Partridge co-star Danny Bonaduce, whom Madden took into his home during Bonaduce's family's domestic strife, has said that he owes a lot to Madden. In 1976, Dave appeared in Eat My Dust! It was the first movie developed by Ron Howard.
Dave Madden also made guest appearances on other television series such as Bewitched, Happy Days, The Love Boat, Barney Miller (1978, episode: Eviction, parts 1 and 2) and Fantasy Island. He had a recurring role on Alice as one of the customers of Mel's Diner and Tommy's basketball coach Earl Hicks.
Madden began voicing several characters on Focus on the Family's radio drama Adventures in Odyssey in the late 1980s. In 1990, he received his own regular character in the curmudgeonly window-washer Bernard Walton, a character he continued to play until 2008. In 1992, he reprised his role of Mr. Kincaid for a sketch on an episode of The Ben Stiller Show.
Madden married Nena Arnold in 1975, and together they adopted a daughter, Selena, and had a son, Peter Michael. They divorced in 1985. He later married former college sweetheart Sandy Martin, on May 28, 1998.
During his time on The Partridge Family Madden took an interest in photography, and began bringing his camera onto the set and photographing the cast, crew, and guest stars. It eventually developed into a lifelong hobby.
A long-time smoker, Madden quit after The Partridge Family episode titled "Each Dawn I Diet", in which Danny and Reuben make a bet that Reuben could abstain from smoking longer than Danny could from eating junk food.
Madden befriended many fellow actors over his career, including Jonathan Winters, Alan Young, Pat Morita, Henry Gibson, Dan Rowan, Richard Gautier, Arte Johnson, James Karen and Gary Owens, as well as all of his "Partridge Family" co-stars and the show's creator Bernard Slade. While in retirement, he wrote his memoirs, Reuben on Wry: The Memoirs of Dave Madden.
Film and television
|1965–1966||Camp Runamuck||Counselor Pruett||18 episodes|
|1967||Bewitched||Joe||Episode - "Super Car"|
|1967||Accidental Family||Tom||Episode - "Everywhere a Chick Chick"|
|1968–1969||Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In||Regular Performer||26 episodes|
|1969||Bewitched||Fred||Episode - "Samantha's Shopping Spree"|
|1970–1974||The Partridge Family||Reuben Kincaid||96 episodes|
|1972–1973||Love, American Style||Howard / Walter Lerner||Segments - "Love and the Topless Policy" and "Love and the Singing Suitor"|
|1973||Charlotte's Web||Ram (voice)||Feature film|
|1974||The Girl Who Came Gift-Wrapped||Stanley||TV movie|
|1974||Happy Days||Jack Whippett||Episode - "Big Money"|
|1976||Eat My Dust!||Big Bubba Jones||Feature film|
|1976||ABC Afterschool Special||Coach Puckett||Episode - "Mighty Moose and the Quarterback Kid"|
|1977||Starsky & Hutch||Phil Hill||Episode - "Starsky and Hutch on Playboy Island"|
|1977||Mulligan's Stew||Elliot||Episode - "A New Grandpa"|
|1978||This Is the Life||Roman Centurion||Episode - "The Stableboy's Christmas"|
|1978||Barney Miller||Clayton Walsh||Episodes - "Eviction" (Parts 1 & 2)|
|1978–1985||Alice||Earl Hicks||35 episodes|
|1978||The Love Boat||Wes Larsen||Episode - "El Kid/The Last Hundred Bucks/Isosceles Triangle"|
|1978||Flying High||Reception Clerk||Episode - "Fun Flight"|
|1979||Fantasy Island||George Crane||Episode - "The Red Baron/Young at Heart"|
|1979||Skinflint: A Country Christmas Carol||Stanley Gershen||TV movie|
|1980||When the Whistle Blows||Roscoe Baker||Episode - "Miss Hard Hat USA"|
|1980||More Wild Wild West||German Ambassador||TV movie|
|1981||The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo||Sidney||Episode - "The Girls with the Stolen Bodies"|
|1982||Richie Rich||Additional voices||Episode - "Dollar's Exercise/Richie's Cube/The Maltese Monkey/Everybody's Doing It"|
|1985||CBS Storybreak||Arnold's Dad||Episode - "Arnold of the Ducks"|
|1986||The New Leave It to Beaver||Mr. Johnson||Episode - "How's Your Bird?"|
|1986||Life with Lucy||Stanley Bigelow||Episode - "Lucy Make Curtis Byte the Dust"|
|1989||Marvin: Baby of the Year||Jeff Miller (voice)||TV special|
|1992||The Ben Stiller Show||Mr. Kinkaid||Episode - "Pilot"|
|1994||Married... with Children||Manager||Episode - "How Green Was My Apple"|
|1995||Boy Meets World||The Manager||Episode - "Rave On"|
|1998||Sabrina the Teenage Witch||Dr. Hans Egglehoffer||Episode - "Good Will Haunting"|
|1988–2008||Adventures in Odyssey||Various Characters/Bernard Walton||97 episodes|
|1997||The Curse of Monkey Island||Dinghy Dog||Voice only|
- Madden, Dave (2007). Reuben on Wry: The Memoirs of Dave Madden. New York: BookSurge. ISBN 978-1419681950.
- "An Interview with Dave Madden". C'mon Get Happy. Retrieved July 10, 2016.
- "Television's Blonde Baby Sitter". TV Guide: 28–29. December 18, 1971. ISSN 0039-8543.
- "'B' Characters". Adventures in Odyssey HQ Characters. Retrieved July 10, 2016.
- "Dave Madden, Grumpy Manager on 'The Partridge Family,' Dies at 82". The New York Times. Associated Press. January 16, 2014. p. A23.
- "Dave Madden dies at 82; actor played manager on 'Partridge Family'". Los Angeles Times. January 16, 2014.