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‘The Partridge Family’: Where Are They Now?

by Emily Morgan
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Throughout the ’70s, “The Partridge Family” won over the hearts of viewers worldwide with hilarious musical numbers, genuine family moments, and howling comedy. The sitcom had everything: a teenage heartthrob, great music, and a story beloved by all families. 

When the show debuted on ABC on September 25, 1970, it ran for four seasons. It even produced a No. 1 debut single on the Billboard chart with “I Think I Love You,” Golden Globe nominations, Grammy nominations, 13 studio albums, and an animated spinoff series on CBS. 

While it’s been over five decades since the show taped an episode, here’s what the original cast has been up to since it wrapped. 

David Cassidy

Playing the family band’s lead singer, and the oldest child in the T.V. family, Keith Partridge, instantly became a teen heartthrob. With his ’70s haircut and dreamy green eyes, it makes sense that he quickly rose to stardom. David Cassidy’s role as Keith allowed him to have an incredibly successful singing career that resulted in twelve studio albums. 

Despite the success, Cassidy suffered from alcohol addiction and retired in 2017 when he was diagnosed with dementia. Unfortunately, he passed away later that year at the age of 67 from liver failure. Cassidy left behind two children, including his daughter Katie Cassidy, who is now a successful actor. 

Shirley Jones

Shirley Jones took on the role of Shirley Partridge, the widowed mother of five. She was also married to David Cassidy’s father, Jack Cassidy, off the screen.

Since the show quit filming, Jones released six studio albums and has had multiple T.V. appearances on shows like “Melrose Place,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “That ’70s Show,” “Raising Hope,” “Cougar Town” and “General Hospital.”

She’s also made on-stage appearances in productions like “The King and I,” “42nd Street,” and “The Music Man.”

Danny Bonaduce 

Danny Bonaduce played the adorable role of little redhead Danny Partridge. He also was the bass player in the family band.

In 2003, the Young Artist Foundation honored Bonaduce with its Former Child Star “Lifetime Achievement” Award for his performance. After the show wrapped, Bonaduce continued appearing on T.V. shows, including “Married with Children,” Sabrina, the Teenage Witch,” “The Drew Carey Show,” and “CHiPs.”

He later traded acting for radio host when he hosted the morning show on 102.5 KZOK Seattle. 

Susan Dey

When Dey was 17-years-old, she landed the role of Laurie Partridge. Later on, Dey developed feelings for her onscreen brother Cassidy while filming.

After the show ended, the two pursued a relationship, but Cassidy ended things, claiming he didn’t feel the same way. In her adult life, Dey continued appearing in films and television, including starring as Grace Van Owen on “L.A. Law,” a role that earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. 

Dave Madden

While Dave Madden played the role of Reuben Kincaid onscreen, off-screen, he grew close with his co-star Danny Bonaduce. He even let Bonaduce live in his home when he was undergoing family issues.

Before “The Partridge Family,” Madden had already made a name for himself as an actor, appearing on “Bewitched,” “Happy Days,” “The Love Boat,” “Barney Miller,” and had a recurring role on “Alice” as a customer of Mel’s Diner.

Sadly, Madden passed away in 2014 in Jacksonville, Fla. 

Suzanne Crough

As the youngest cast member, Crough played the role of the tambourine-wielding Tracy Partridge. Crough only made a few more T.V. appearances after that, including “The New Adventures of Wonder Woman” and the film Children of Divorce in 1980.

After acting, Crough graduated from Los Angeles Pierce College. During a 2010 reunion with her old co-stars on “The Today Show,” she revealed she was an Office Max manager in Arizona. Crough passed away in 2015. 

Brian Forster 

Brian Forster replaced Jeremy Gelbwaks, who played the original role of Chris Partridge in season one.

After ending his child star days, Forster moved to North Carolina and became a race car driver. He also continued to make regular appearances in his community theater productions.