Former Partridge Family actor Danny Bonaduce, 62, announced on Twitter today that he is taking a medical leave from his Seattle radio program “The Danny Bonaduce & Sarah Morning Show” on KZOK.
“Some news to share,” the actor wrote above a photo of himself with a red cane in hand. “I’m taking a temporary medical leave from my radio show. I’ll share more when I know more. I’m still working towards receiving a diagnosis. What I know is, I need time to focus on my health. I love my job and talking to you guys & I’ll be back on the air soon.”
Referencing the cane he added below, “Charlie Chaplin, Willy Wonka, Danny Bonaduce. I’ve joined the club of cool guys with canes.”
Some news to share. I’m taking a temporary medical leave from my radio show. I’ll share more when I know more. I’m still working towards receiving a diagnosis. What I know is, I need time to focus on my health. I love my job and talking to you guys & I’ll be back on the air soon. pic.twitter.com/spn9mScAHY
— Danny Bonaduce (@TheDoochMan) April 29, 2022
Bonaduce has not had the easiest road through life, starting with child stardom. By his own account, he suffered severe physical and emotional abuse at the hands of his father. As a result, he often stayed at Partridge Family co-star Shirley Jones’ home to avoid the beatings.
In 1990, he was arrested while attempting to buy cocaine while in Florida to host a D.A.R.E event. In 1991, Bonaduce was arrested in Phoenix for beating and robbing a prostitute, whose nose he broke.
In 2007 he was the subject of a felony battery investigation after, at the Fox Reality Awards, he threw former Survivor contestant Johnny Fairplay over his shoulder after Fairplay hugged him onstage. The L.A. D.A. later concluded that Bonaduce had acted in self-defense.
Along with The Partridge Family, Bonaduce appeared in a string of popular shows as a child, including Bewitched, The Ghost & Mrs. Muir and Mayberry R.F.D.
In the late ’70s and early ’80s, he found work on Eight Is Enough, Fantasy Island and CHiPs, on which he had a four episode run.
After that, the roles became fewer and farther between. While still working occasionally in film and TV, he transitioned to radio in the late ’80s.