For four seasons, TV viewers sang along with Oscar-winning actress Shirley Jones and her fictional family, played by Susan Dey, Danny Bonaduce, Suzanne Crough, Brian Forster, and Jones’ stepson David Cassidy.
Dave Madden rounded out the group as manager Reuben Kincaid.
He was well-liked but notorious for acting up on set; after all, he was still a kid.One day an exasperated but maternal Shirley Jones forgot herself and ordered him upstairs to his room, despite the fact that the set didn’t actually have an upstairs and she wasn’t really his mom.Both the show -- as well as the group's first song "I Think I Love You" -- were instant hits.The TV production company Screen Gems cast Jones as Shirley Partridge, the future teen heartthrob David Cassidy as Keith, and four non-singing child actors for the roles of Laurie, Danny, Tracy and Chris Partridge, played by Susan Dey, Danny Bonaduce, and Suzanne Crough. Law, and although Cassidy has had some troubles with the law (he was arrested for driving while intoxicated in August), he's continued his singing career and has performed in concerts around the world.(Even his brothers talked about how well-endowed he was, giving him the nickname "Donk.") To prove that he was not the manufactured teen idol being touted by the press, he posed nude on the cover, in a photo by Annie Leibovitz.
It's hard to imagine the impact of David Cassidy's nude Smart aleck Danny B didn’t have to stretch that far to play smart aleck Danny P.
He didn’t really play the drums, but worked hard to learn enough to look the part.
Interestingly, the studio didn't receive even one letter about the switch.
Lunch boxes, t-shirts, posters, board games, and everything else you can think of were plastered with his face, but he was earning a flat salary of 0 a week.
He was only able to change the terms of his contract when his manager realized that he’d been under 18 when he signed. She was finally able to renegotiate and give him a piece of the action as well as a new weekly salary reflective of his star status. The article talked about his drug use as well as his sexual prowess.
Many people remember his off-screen post-Partridge Family adventures—which included drugs, wrestling matches with other TV celebrities, raunchy radio shows, and various run-ins with the law—but it comes as less of a surprise with a little background. His father beat him regularly, even when he was starring in a hit TV series, and co-star Dave Madden often let him stay over at his house, acting like something of a father figure to him.