Jeremy Gelbwaks, c. 1970
Jeremy R. Gelbwaks
May 22, 1961
Gelbwaks was the first actor to play the role of Chris Partridge. He left the program (and the business) after the first season, and was replaced by Brian Forster in the summer of 1971. According to his Partridge Family co-star David Cassidy, Gelbwaks "had a personality conflict with every person in the cast, particulary himself and Danny Bonaduce, and with the producers". In a 2005 interview with the Television Academy Foundation, Shirley Jones mentioned that Gelbwaks "was not happy doing [the show] .. his parents wanted him to do it, so we replaced him".
He stopped acting when his family moved to Reston, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, D.C., where they remained for a year and a half before moving again to Connecticut, and later to Potsdam, New York. His father Norman taught Computer Science at the State University of New York at Potsdam.
Gelbwaks graduated from college in 1982, and became a computer analyst while studying chemistry at UC Berkeley. He worked in the computer industry until 1999, studied business at Columbia University, and became a management consultant. He married Patricia Polander, and moved to New Orleans, where he works as a business and technology planner.
- Lauren Spencer (September 1990). "The Partridge Family Tree". Spin. pp. 67, 68. Retrieved August 20, 2011.
- Joey Green (1994). The Partridge family album. HarperPerennial. pp. 35, 74. ISBN 0-06-095075-7.
- C'mon, Get Happy Fear and Loathing on the Partridge Family Bus by David Cassidy and Chip Deffaa, 1994 DBC Enterprises, Warner Books Inc, p. 87
- Tim Allis (November 1, 1993). "By the Way...Whatever Happened to the Other Partridge Kids?". People. Retrieved August 20, 2011.
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