Fans of The Partridge Family might have wondered for a time following the shows end, where is Danny Bonaduce? Those familiar with his story know the tumultuous life he’s led to arrive at some serenity today. Dante Daniel “Danny” Bonaduce, former child star and American radio/television personality, comedian and sometimes wrestler has been open about his battle with drugs and alcohol to promote awareness for surviving addiction, abuse and finding recovery.
Having been sober for two years he admits to still getting a craving every so often; he says he’s had to let go of the person he was in the past, of things he’s done and the life he was living in order to pursue the life that he wanted.Bonaduce grew up on the set of The Partridge Family, playing Danny Partridge, the wisecracking, rambunctious, redheaded middle son of the singing pop band/ family in the widely popular 1970’s television show. Danny was known to show up on the Partridge set with bruises and blackened eyes, suffering severe emotional and physical abuse at the hands of his father. Matriarch of the show Shirley Jones and co-star Dave Madden often took Bonaduce to their homes for weekends fearing for his safety during the periods of domestic troubles.
When the show concluded in 1974, Bonaduce was jobless and homeless, and admittedly used drugs and alcohol to cope with the strong emotions of his troubled youth. The violence would catch up with him as well as ongoing struggles with addiction. Bonaduce over the years has faced multiple arrests for drug possession and assault and has gone through rehab in 1991, 2001, and 2005.
“Being a decent guy isn’t something that comes naturally to me, it’s something I had to learn.”
Bonaduce’s struggles are reflective of the criminalization that happens to many individuals who have been raised in environments saturated with drugs, alcohol, violence and abuse. The importance of treating offenders of drug abuse and subsequent crime with rehabilitation efforts demonstrates a significant appeal for citizens to re-engage in life again and make meaningful contributions. For his part, Bonaduce has put his talent to good use becoming a popular staple on FM-radio over the years, and participating in several celebrity boxing matches for charity.
We can find where the rambunctious Partridge family member is in Danny Bonaduce today as a comedic radio host. Having been sober for two years he admits to still getting a craving every so often; he says he’s had to let go of the person he was in the past, of things he’s done and the life he was living in order to pursue the life that he wanted. Bonaduce has embraced the challenging aspects of his life as a time of triumph, that in recovery he has found the opportunity to choose values which suit what he really wants to achieve.