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'The Partridge Family Cast': Where Are They Now?

by David Hofstede, posted Mar 2nd 2010 5:00AM
Partridge Family where are they now

Where are 'The Partridge Family' stars now? They invited you to 'C'mon Get Happy,' but did the cast of 'The Partridge Family' follow its own advice? David Cassidy, Danny Bonaduce, Brian Forster and Suzanne Crough are among the stars of the classic 1970s musical sitcom that reunited this morning on NBC's 'Today.'

Some of the TV family members have stayed in the public eye since their days of donning crushed velvet and singing 'I Think I Love You,' while others have long since gotten off the pop culture bus. Here's where the Partridges flew following the cancellation of the series in 1974.

Shirley Jones
Shirley Partridge
Jones had already enjoyed a substantial show business career before her 'Partridge' days, starring in such classic movie musicals as 'Oklahoma' and 'The Music Man' and winning an Academy Award for her performance in 'Elmer Gantry' (1961). After 'The Partridge Family' she remained in demand as a guest star on dozens of television shows, most notably as Drew Carey's girlfriend on 'The Drew Carey Show' and Colleen Brady on 'Days of Our Lives.' In 2009, she appeared on stepson David Cassidy's series, 'Ruby and the Rockits.'

David Cassidy
Keith Partridge
'The Partridge Family' made Cassidy one of the most successful singers and teen idols of the 1970s. He played sold-out concerts in America and became an even bigger star in England, where he continued to record hits after the series was canceled. He gradually overcame typecasting as a bubblegum pop singer, earning an Emmy nomination for his performance on 'Police Story' and starring in the short-lived spin-off series 'David Cassidy - Man Undercover.' In 2009, he portrayed an aging pop idol in 'Ruby and the Rockits' opposite brother Patrick Cassidy. His love-hate relationship with his Partridge fame made tabloid headlines after he stormed out of a Hollywood autograph show last October, refusing to sign any Partridge-related merchandise.

susan dey partridge familySusan Dey
Laurie Partridge
Any boy who wasn't crushing on Marcia Brady in the '70s probably had a thing for lovely Laurie Partridge. Following guest star roles on such series as 'Hawaii Five-O' and 'Barnaby Jones,' Dey played Celia Warren on the adventure series 'Emerald Point N.A.S.' She then shattered her wholesome image in the R-rated film 'Echo Park.' Dey enjoyed a successful return to series television playing Grace Van Owen in 'L.A. Law,' then lampooned her Partridge days in a classic 1992 'Saturday Night Live' skit. Dey reprised her 'L.A. Law' role in a 2002 TV movie, and most recently appeared in a 2004 episode of 'Third Watch.'

Danny BonaduceDanny Bonaduce
Danny Partridge
As redheaded imp Danny Partridge, Bonaduce played a troublemaker so convincingly it wasn't a surprise when he embraced that role in real life. He's had a few highly publicized brushes with the law, including an assault on a transvestite hooker in 1991, and his volatile temper and his witty, self-deprecating sense of humor were on display in the VH1 reality series 'Breaking Bonaduce.' He defeated Donny Osmond and Barry Williams in celebrity boxing matches, and has found success as a radio personality on Philadelphia's WYSP.

Dave Madden Partridge FamilyDave Madden
Reuben Kincaid
Veteran comedian Madden played the Partridge Family's acerbic manager, and a perfect comic foil for Bonaduce. He would later make recurring appearances as Earl Hicks on the sitcom 'Alice,' and launched a lucrative career in commercial voiceovers. His autobiography is entitled 'Reuben on Wry.'

Jeremy Gelbwaks
Chris Partridge
Gelbwaks played the Partridge's pint-sized drummer for just one season. Danny Bonaduce has said he was replaced for being a brat on the set, but some sources report the casting change was a result of the Gelbwaks family moving from Los Angeles to Washington D.C. He never acted again, but did appear on a 2003 'Biography' episode devoted to 'The Partridge Family.'

Brian Forster partridge familyBrian Forster
Chris Partridge No. 2
As a child actor Forster also appeared on 'The Brady Bunch' and 'Family Affair' before taking over the role of Chris Partridge. After the series, he became a racecar driver, and still appears in California community theater productions. In 2008, he reprised his Chris Partridge role on the Internet sitcom 'Break a Leg.'

suzanna crough partridge familySuzanne Crough
Tracy Partridge
The youngest Partridge played tambourine and rarely spoke more than once an episode. After 'The Partridge Family,' Suzanne Crough co-starred in the 1977 series 'Mulligan Stew,' and played a Leif Garrett groupie on a 1978 'Wonder Woman' episode. Her last acting credit was in the 1980 TV movie 'Children of Divorce.' Crough owned a bookstore in the 1990s and is now a wife and mother to two children.

Ricky Segall
Ricky Stevens
Ricky was the Partridges' Cousin Oliver, a cute but largely unnecessary shark-jumping moppet who popped up in the last five minutes of several episodes in the series' final season. After a handful of television guest appearances as an actor and musician, Segall left show business to become an assistant pastor in Texas. However, he recently ended his self-imposed hiatus from performing and recently played Sir Dinadin in a Pasadena Playhouse production of 'Camelot.'

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Ricky was the Partridge's NEIGHBOR. Oliver was the cousin on the BRADY BUNCH.

October 18 2014 at 5:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I used to like ghost hunters but now its kind of boring, the team will say "did you hear that" or "did you see that ". but it seems the viewers did not see or hear anything.

July 16 2014 at 12:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Patricia Turnbull

Susan Dey also played in a movie where she was an abusive single mother of one at the end of the movie she had taken her child to a motel and smothered her...does anyone remember the name of that movie??? It was the only movie I've ever seen that sent shivers up my spine...I love her acting ability

January 09 2014 at 7:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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January 16 2014 at 7:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ricky Segall played the role of neighbor to The Partridge Family. His name on the show was Ricky Stevens. Oliver was the name of the blonde haired boy who was the cousin of The Brady Bunch during the last season of that show.

October 02 2012 at 2:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kathleen Walsh Marks

Didn't Ricky play "Ricky"? Cousin Oliver was the Brady Bunch.

October 20 2011 at 7:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Did they ever consider letting Susan Dey play Keith and Cassidy taking the role of Laurie?

February 20 2011 at 8:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

For Keith,it does say in the write up for the Partridge Family that,it did end in 1974,so yes that is 36 years 37 this year that is with a year added on lol.Not sure who you are talking about not being able to add or write .Maybe you can clarify this for me.????

January 04 2011 at 3:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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