Shirley Jones as Shirley Partridge
Academy Award-winning actress Shirley Jones portrayed the role of Shirley Partridge in the musical sitcom. A widow and mother of five children, Shirley is the show’s main protagonist. Besides performing vocals in the Partridge’s performances, she also plays the keyboard, the tambourine, and percussion instruments. She is a loving and caring mother, who is also a smart and an independent woman. Shirley’s son on the show, Keith, was actually portrayed by her stepson, David Cassidy.
Shirley Jones – today
After The Partridge Family ended, Jones got her own television show called Shirley, in which she also portrays a widowed mother. She later moved on to act in TV drama Monarch Cove, as well as daytime soap Days of Our Lives, as Colleen Brady. Shirley made some guest appearances in comedy shows like Cougar Town, Hot in Cleveland and Raising Hope, and is scheduled to appear in a 2018 western called Forgiven This Gun4hire.
David Cassidy as Keith Partridge
The role of Keith Partridge is portrayed by the late David Cassidy. Keith is a main character of the show, and the eldest among the five Partridge children. Keith is also the lead singer of the band, and plays the guitar and the banjo. While he is known to be stubborn sometimes, he ultimately cares about his family, and is often protective of his mother and younger siblings. His dashing demeanor earns him some attention, both on the show and in real life.
David Cassidy – deceased
In the years after show, David continued acting, appearing in his own crime drama named David Cassidy – Man Undercover, as well musical comedy Ruby & the Rockits. He also wrote and starred in a Las Vegas show, and released a music album called Then and Now in 2001. In 2011, he was a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice, in which his daughter, Gossip Girl actress Katie Cassidy, also appeared briefly. In early 2017, he retired from acting due to suffering from dementia and later sadly passed away from liver and kidney failure.
Danny Bonaduce as Danny Partridge
Danny Bonaduce played the role of Danny on the show. Danny is the clever and mischievous middle child of the Partridge siblings, who plays bass guitar. Despite being young, he shows a real talent for business, and is in fact the main reason the Partridge’s band has a manager – he was the one who tracked down record manager Reuben Kincaid in a hotel where he was staying, and persisted that he sign the band to his label.
Danny Bonaduce – today
Despite his success, Danny had a difficult, violent home life, and was even taken in by co-star Dave Madden for a while. The actor overcame the difficulties and continued growing his career, participating in TV shows like CHiPs, popular comedy Married… with Children, action drama Pacific Blue, That ’70s Show and CSI. He also had a role in the TV movie The New Partridge Family, which is a modern take on the old show. Danny also has a long running career in radio, as well as professional wrestling and boxing.
Jeremy Gelbwaks as Chris Partridge
Chris Partridge is also one of the main characters of The Partridge Family. The character was initially portrayed by Jeremy Gelbwaks, but the actor left the show after only one season. Starting from season two, Brian Forster took over the role, until the show went off the air at the end of season four. Chris is the fourth child of the family, and besides doing vocals, plays the drums in the Partridge family’s band.
Jeremy Gelbwaks – today
Jeremy Gelbwaks portrayed the role of Chris Partridge for only one season, before he was replaced by Brian Forster. He was said to have been in conflicts with the other cast and crew members of the show, but the official reason for his leaving was being relocated due to his father’s job. Jeremy became a computer analyst back in 1983, and studied business at Columbia University. He is now a management consultant, living in New Orleans with his wife, Patricia.
Brian Forster as Chris Partridge
After actor Jeremy Gelbwaks left The Partridge Family, Brian Forster was cast to play the role of Chris Partridge, for the remainder of the show. The two actors didn’t look alike at all; While Jeremy had dark hair and a freckled face, Brian Foster had blond hair and big, blue eyes. Despite the two being very different looking, the production never received any fan mail to complain about the switch – a very common thing when an actor gets swapped – so apparently, the transition went smoothly after all.
Brian Forster – today
Brian Forster has a pretty interesting family, as he is the son of British actor Peter Forster, step-son of actor Whit Bissell, and even related to author Charles Dickens on his mother’s side. Once the show came to an end, Brian has taken a step back from television, and continued acting mainly in a community theater in Northern California. The actor has also had a career as professional race car driver, as well as racing instructor.
Suzanne Crough as Tracy Partridge
Tracy Partridge is the fifth and youngest child of the Partridge family, portrayed by the late Suzanne Crough. Tracy is most famous for playing the tambourine on the family band, but she also plays percussion instruments, like her mother, in addition to doing some back up vocals. Tracy shares a bedroom with her sister Laurie. Although she doesn’t actually have many lines on the show, she is considered by all to be a sweetheart.
Suzanne Crough – deceased
Suzanne Crough played the role of Tracy on The Partridge Family, and in the animated series Goober and the Ghost Chasers, as well. She later appeared in comedy drama Mulligan’s Stew and a TV movie called Children of Divorce. After that, she quit her acting career, went to college and owned a bookstore. Unfortunately, in 2015, Suzanne died of cardiac complications in her Nevada home, at the age of only 52. She will always be remembered for her part in The Partridge Family, as little Tracy.
Rick Segall as Ricky Stevens
The part of Ricky Stevens was portrayed by Rick Segall on the show. Ricky is introduced to viewers in season four, as his family move into the neighborhood, next to the Partridge family. His mother isn’t a fan of show business folks and tries to stop the family from practicing, by calling the police. The sweet neighbor kid, Ricky, was actually cast to try and boost ratings for the show, which moved to a different airing slot, and struggled to stay on top of the rating charts.
Rick Segall – today
Rick Segall, who began acting on stage when he was only two years old, has had a long career both in theater and on screen. He had a part in Little House on the Prairie, in addition to voicing different characters on animation shows like Trollkins and Shirt Tales. In 2008, he landed a role in a play called “Divorce: The Musical,” which was hugely successful. He also starred in his one one-man show called “Barbarian,” playing several characters, which was also very well received.
Alan Oppenheimer as Lorenzo Bernard
Lorenzo Bernard is a character portrayed by the talented Alan Oppenheimer, appearing in a season 4 episode. Shirley Partridge signs up for an art class and her teacher, Lorenzo, encourages her and raves about her artistic abilities. However, when the family sees her paintings, they think it’s awful – and struggle to tell her that her teacher is actually infatuated with her. Alan Oppenheimer actually played two other characters in different episodes of the show, besides Lorenzo.
Alan Oppenheimer – today
Alan Oppenheimer is one of the most renowned actors on the cast, credited for over three hundred television shows and movies. He had roles in shows like The Six Million Dollar Man, daytime soap Passions, Married with Children, and Gilmore Girls. He also voiced many characters over the years, in animated shows such as Superman, The Smurfs, Fantastic Four, and Zorro. He also participated in the 1973 movie Westworld, alongside Yul Brynner and James Brolin.
Susan Dey as Laurie Partridge
Susan Dey brings the character of Laurie Partridge to life on The Partridge Family. She is the elegant, second-oldest child in the family, younger only than Keith. Aside from doing back up vocals, she also plays the keyboard and the piano. She’s very clever and intelligent, and quite interested in the relevant matters happening in the world. The role of Laurie catapulted actress Susan Dey to fame at a very young age, and like in many cases, this wasn’t all for the better.
Susan Dey – today
Susan was only 18 when she landed the role of Laurie, and struggled to deal with her rise to stardom. She developed an eating disorder, which she was luckily able to overcome. As the show ended, she pursued a relationship with co-star David Cassidy – which soon went awry. The actress has since appeared in television shows like action drama Third Watch, and L.A. Law – a role which won her a Golden Globe in 1988. Dey left her acting days behind her in 2004, and these days she is staying out of the spotlight.
Dave Madden as Reuben Kincaid
The character of Reuben Kincaid is played by late actor Dave Madden. Reuben became the Partridge family’s manager, after being approached by Danny, who makes him listen to their recording on tape. The manager claims not to like kids, and they treat him accordingly. In fact, in one episode, when Shirley asks her children to be nicer to him, he thinks he might be dying. However, it is apparent that Kincaid cares a lot for the Partridge family, and is willing to drop everything when they need him.
Dave Madden – deceased
Dave Madden began his way as a comedian, performing in nightclubs. Besides his role as Reuben Kincaid in The Partridge Family, the actor also appeared in the TV comedy Alice, as well as Bewitched, Married with Children, and Boy Meets World. Madden was married twice, and had two children – a daughter he adopted, and a son. When he retired from acting in 2000, the actor wrote Reuben on Wry: The Memoirs of Dave Madden. Dave passed away in 2014, at the age of 82.
Rob Reiner as Snake
Harry “Snake” Murphy is a character played by famed director Rob Reiner. When Keith interviews for a magazine, he reveals that Laurie has a crush on one of her classmates, by the name of Harry Murphy. Later, a different young man, a tattoo covered motorcyclist of the same name, comes to visit Laurie. When this Harry tries to propose to his girlfriend, Laurie helps him do it the right way, and brings the two together. The couple finally get hitched in a ceremony held at the Partridges’ house.
Rob Reiner – today
Besides his role on the show, Rob Reiner had quite a few roles in both movies and television, in addition to an outstanding directing career. He participated in movies like Sleepless in Seattle and crime comedy The Wolf of Wall Street. On the directing front, some of his features include coming-of-age drama Stand by Me, When Harry Met Sally…, A Few Good Men, Stephen King thriller Misery, and The Princess Bride. These days, he has a recurring role in TV series New Girl, as Jess’ father, Bob.
Gary Dubin as Punky Lazaar
The late Gary Dubin portrayed the role of Punky Lazaar on the show. Punky Lazaar is a friend of Danny’s, and one with sometimes questionable morals. An example to that is in the season three episode, The Partridge Connection, when Punky talks Danny into shoplifting from a store. While Danny is convinced and steals a yo-yo, he is later ridden with guilt. Punky Lazaar appears in a total of seven episodes of The Partridge Family.
Gary Dubin – deceased
While Gary Dubin was mostly known for his role as Punky Lazaar, he voiced many characters over the years. He had roles in animated shows such as Cowboy Bebop, Fist of the North Star, and The Big O – to name a few. The actor also took part in several movies, like 2002 drama Under the Gun, comedy drama King’s Highway, Jaws 2, and even had an appearance in the James Bond film, Diamonds Are Forever. Gary passed away in 2016, at the age of 57, after battling with bone cancer.
Charlotte Rae as Dr. Beecher
Dr. Beecher, a psychologist played by Charlotte Rae, appears in the episode You’re Only Young Twice, when Shirley decides to consult her regarding her son Danny, who is acting out in the classroom. Dr. Beecher suggest that Danny might be frustrated because he is powerless in the family. As a result of that, Shirley allows Danny to do whatever he wishes – which earns him much resentment from his siblings. Eventually, Danny realizes that being a grown-up isn’t all that great, and he must return to his powerless position.
Charlotte Rae – today
Charlotte Rae is most recognized with her role in the TV series Different Strokes and The Facts of Life, as Edna Garrett – or Mrs. Garrett – the loving housemother of a girls-only school. Over the years, Charlotte had roles in TV shows like Strong Medicine, E.R., and Pretty Little Liars, as well as several movies. The 91-year-old actress recently participated in comedy drama film Ricki and the Flash, alongside Meryl Streep. In 2015, Rae published an autobiography called The Facts of My Life, with her son, Larry.
Annette O’Toole as Carol
Annette O’Toole plays the part of Carol in the season one episode – Partridge Up a Pair Tree. When Keith gets his hands on an old car that constantly requires fixing. When he spends too much money on the car, and has to take his girlfriend, Carol, on a cheap date, she starts to suspect that something is wrong. He finally confesses that he can’t take her to the prom because he’s broke, but eventually he decides to sell the car so the two can go.
Annette O’Toole – today
Annette O’Toole has an outstanding acting career, in addition to being a dancer, musician, and producer. The Texas born married actor and musician Michael McKean in 1999, with whom she co-wrote several songs. She appeared in numerous TV shows, but is mostly known for her part as Beverly Marsh in the miniseries It, as well as portraying Lana in Superman III, and later Martha Kent on the Superman-based series, Smallville. More recently, she appeared in the role of Susan Emerson in the AMC ’80s drama, Halt and Catch Fire.
Jodie Foster as Julie Lawrence
You may not remember this little girl as Jodie Foster, but the actress actually began her career at the age of only five years old, and was 11 when she appeared on The Partridge Family. Jodie played the character of Julie in an episode called The Eleven-Year Itch. In the episode, Shirley’s politician boyfriend comes to town, and brings his daughter, Julie, along with him. Everything is going fine for the couple, but Danny can’t get away from Julie, who has a crush on him.
Jodie Foster – today
Jodie Foster is one of the most famous, critically acclaimed actresses today – in addition to being a director and producer. She’s had a long acting career, including roles in outstanding movies like drama The Accused, Taxi Driver, and thrillers Silence of the Lambs, Panic Room, Flightplan and The Brave One. She won both Academy Awards and Golden Globe Awards for her work in The Accused and in Silence of the Lambs, and received many other nominations over the years. She is set to appear in the 2018 thriller, Hotel Artemis.
Jaclyn Smith as Tina
Charlie’s Angels’ Jaclyn Smith made her television acting debut in an episode called When Mother Gets Married during the show’s first season. She played the role of Tina, a young woman who is spotted by Keith and Laurie with Larry, the man who Shirley was just on a date with. In the end, it is revealed that Tina is actually Larry’s niece, not his secret lover. Although the role was only a few lines long, it was clear that this captivating new actress was about to be going places.
Jaclyn Smith – today
For the few years following Jaclyn’s Partridge Family role, she got cast in multiple popular series such as the crime-action starring Dennis Weaver McCloud and Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color. However, in 1976, the fresh face landed her biggest role yet, as Kelly Garrett in the ’70s hit action series, Charlie’s Angels. Jaclyn has been in a variety of TV and film roles since, with her most recent role in 2015 in the romance-comedy TV movie Bridal Wave. The mother-of-two has been married to her fourth husband, surgeon Brad Allen, since 1997.
Barbara Rhoades as LaVon LeVine LaVern
The mesmerizing Barbara Rhoades stopped by the set of The Partridge Family for an episode during the seventh season titled, Danny and the Mob. She played a character by the complicated name of LaVon LeVine Lavern, a cocktail waitress who Danny gives stock advice to. Unfortunately, the girl’s very jealous mobster boyfriend sends a couple of his goons to fight, Danny assuming that Danny is an older man trying to steal his girl.
Barbara Rhoades – today
Barbara appeared in dozens television series after her short Partridge Family appearance. She had recurring roles in shows such as the ’70s romance-comedy Love, American Style and a comedy series titled Busting Loose. In the late ’70s she got cast in a comedy-drama starring Richard Dreyfuss, titled The Goodbye Girl. She continued acting right up until 2011, when she played the character Irene Manning for several episodes on the soap opera One Life to Live. Since then, Barbara has been living a life in privacy with her television producer husband of 40 years, Bernie Orenstein.
Barbara Sigel as Rachel
After gaining her big break by playing a nurse on the medical-drama series Marcus Welby, M.D., Barbara Sigel appeared in an episode of The Partridge Family. She portrayed Rachel in the fourth season’s episode, Beethoven, Brahms and Partridge. Rachel is Keith’s newest girlfriend who is also a talented cellist in the school band. Rachel tries to convince Keith that he is wasting his talent on rock and roll music, and tries to persuade him to take on classical music instead.
Barbara Sigel – today
Barbara continued to act throughout the rest of the ’70s, appearing in series like the action-comedy Emergency! and the crime-drama Switch. After playing a minor role in the 1981 mystery film starring John Travolta titled Blow Out, she took a long break from acting. However, she made a comeback in 2010 after playing a small part in the biographical-drama Howl, starring James Franco. The actress has since retired from acting and is staying out of the limelight for the time being.
Season Hubley as Princess Jennie
Season Hubley got to play royalty in her first ever TV series credit. She portrayed Princess Jennie on an episode of season three titled Princess and the Partridge. Jennie plays a princess who happens to be on vacation in San Pueblo, the town that the Partridges call home. While she is there, she goes on a date at the drive-in movie theater with Keith Partridge. All is going great until paparazzi show up and ruin their romantic evening.
Season Hubley – today
Throughout the late ’70s, Season got cast in a variety of television series including the popular action Starsky and Hutch and the drama Family. In 1982, Season played another character named Princess (who wasn’t really a princess) in the action flick Vice Squad. In the early ’90s, she landed a recurring role in the soap opera All My Children. The actress decided to retire in 1999, and unfortunately we haven’t seen much of her since. She was briefly married to actor Kurt Russell from 1979 to 1983, who she shares one son with, named Boston.
Meredith Baxter as Jenny
When Meredith Baxter was just starting off as a new actress in Hollywood, she had several minor roles. In one of her first acting credits, she starred as Jenny in an episode of the series’ second season, called Where Do Mermaids Go? In the episode, she plays a hippie who comes from a family of incredible wealth. She first meets the Partridges while she is skinny dipping in the local pond – talk about awkward. In return to the family being generous hosts, she ends up depositing one million dollars into their bank account.
Meredith Baxter – today
One year following Meredith’s memorable episode on The Partridge Family, she got her big break as the star of the short-lived comedy series Bridget Loves Bernie. In 1976, she landed another big role as Nancy Lawrence Maitland in the drama series Family. However, she is most well known for her long-time role as Elyse Keaton in the ’80s sitcom Family Ties. The actresses’ last credit was in 2016, where she played in an episode of CBS’ drama Code Black. The mother-of-five has been dating contractor Nancy Locke since 2013.
Elaine Giftos as Bonnie Kleinschmidt
Elaine Giftos, who started as a Broadway star and ballerina before making her TV debut in the popular comedy-fantasy series I Dream of Jeannie, starred in four episodes of The Partridge Family. She played a character named Bonnie Kleinschmidt who briefly dates Rueben Kincaid after he breaks off an engagement with a friend of Shirley’s. The lovely actress’ part was unfortunately short-lived, but it did pave the way for many more roles in television and film for the young star.
Elaine Giftos – today
Shortly after her appearance on The Partridge Family, Elaine went on to play the leading lady, Debbie, in the 1974 action-crime drama film titled The Wrestler. She then landed a string of roles in television series such as the medical-drama Marcus Welby, M.D. and the crime-drama Hawaii Five-O. By the time the early ’90s came around, she had already appeared in dozens of popular television series and films. As of 2001, Elaine has retired from the world of acting. Nowadays, she is working as an international Feng Shui expert and even has her own company called Wright Way of Feng Shui.