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'Joe' Bonaduce, 77; Sitcom Writer, Dad of 'Partridge' Child Star

August 12, 2004|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Joseph "Joe" Bonaduce, 77, a writer for such popular TV sitcoms as "The Andy Griffith Show" and "That Girl," died Aug. 3 at the Bright Eyes Nursing Home in Northridge of complications from two strokes he suffered more than a decade ago. He was the father of "Partridge Family" child star Danny Bonaduce

He moved to Los Angeles in 1964, working for Dick Clark on "American Bandstand." Within a year, however, Bonaduce left that show and shifted to writing and providing story ideas for comedy series, beginning with "The Dick Van Dyke Show." Other credits included "The Ghost & Mrs. Muir," "The Doris Day Show," "Nanny and the Professor" and "One Day at a Time."

Although he worked mostly as a writer or story editor on sitcoms, Bonaduce also demonstrated a talent for drama, writing for "Bonanza," "The Waltons" and "Little House on the Prairie."

Bonaduce also produced a few shows, including the 1979 television series "California Fever."

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