‘The Partridge Family’: Shirley Jones Said Cast Once Put Danny Bonaduce ‘In His Place’

by Joe Rutland

On “The Partridge Family,” Danny Bonaduce plays smart-aleck Danny. He was too big for himself. The cast put a stop to that behavior.

Bonaduce was a handful at times for cast members and others involved with the show. His precociousness would get out of hand. Danny Bonaduce also reportedly came from a rough home life. Co-star David Cassidy wrote in his memoir, “C’mon, Get Happy: Fear and Loathing on the Partridge Family Bus,” that Bonaduce’s father would “beat the sh*t out of him.”

Cassidy and fellow “The Partridge Family” actor Shirley Jones both saw the good and bad sides in Bonaduce’s behavior.

They did the best they could do to keep him in better spirits. There is one time they all ganged up to set him straight.

Milk Chills ‘The Partridge Family’ Star Danny Bonaduce

Years after “The Partridge Family” left ABC’s airwaves for TV syndication, Jones wrote about her life on and off the TV and stage.

In “Shirley Jones: A Memoir,” she shares about a moment when they all used milk to send a message to Bonaduce.

“Once, when he was getting too big for his boots, we all ganged up on him and convinced Susan (Dey) to pour a pitcher of milk over his head, just to put him in his place,” Jones wrote. “That incident found its way into a subsequent episode of ‘The Partridge Family,’ in which we did exactly the same to David for the identical reason.”

Cassidy said in his book that Bonaduce was getting “too snotty and out of hand” when recalling the milk moment.

Years later, Danny Bonaduce himself shared on a show blog about that experience.

“I think I was screwing up my lines a lot and being an a*s,” Bonaduce said. “The fact of the matter is that I was an extraordinarily ill-mannered young man and she (Jones) just got tired of it.”

Shirley Jones Didn’t Like Some Of The Show’s Co-Stars

Jones usually was up for having a lot of different co-stars on the show. There were some that she got along with quite well. Others, though, she was no fan of at all.

An article in Parade.com indicates that Jones didn’t like having Dick Clark, Richard Pryor, and Ray Bolger on “The Partridge Family.”

Jones writes that she “didn’t like (Clark) very much.” She calls Pryor “so drugged up that he never asked me a thing about myself.” Meanwhile, Jones says Bolger was “a bit irritable and insisted that everything had to be his way.” Bolger is best known for playing the “Scarecrow” in “The Wizard of Oz.

“The Partridge Family” received nominations for five Golden Globe Awards and one Grammy Award.

Viewers today still fall in love with the cast, including Danny Bonaduce. Their roles stay in the hearts of fans of “The Partridge Family” and their escapades.