Alan Thicke

Alan Thicke

Birth name: Alan Willis Jeffrey
Born: March 1, 1947
Died: December 13, 2016 (at age 69)
Birthplace: Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada

Alan Thicke (born Alan Willis Jeffrey; March 1, 1947 - December 13, 2016) was a Canadian actor, songwriter, comedian, game and talk show host. He was the father of singer Robin Thicke. In 2013, Thicke was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame. Thicke died on December 13, 2016, in the Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California, U.S. Thicke was best known for playing Dr. Jason Seaver on the 1980s sitcom Growing Pains.

Thicke was born on March 1, 1947, in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, the son of Shirley "Joan" Isobel Marie (née Greer), a nurse, and William Jeffrey, a stockbroker.[1][2] They divorced in 1953. His mother remarried to Brian Thicke, a physician, and they moved to Elliot Lake.[3] Alan Thicke graduated from Elliot Lake Secondary School in 1965,[4] and was elected homecoming king.[5] He went on to attend the University of Western Ontario, where he joined the Delta Upsilon fraternity.[6]



Game shows

Thicke hosted a Canadian game show on CFCF-TV in Montreal called First Impressions in the late 1970s[7] and the Saturday morning celebrity game show Animal Crack-Ups in the late 1980s.[8] In 1997, he hosted a television version of the board game Pictionary.[1] In the early 2000s, he hosted the All New 3's a Crowd on the Game Show Network.[1]

Talk shows

Norman Lear hired Thicke to produce and head the writing staff of Fernwood 2 Night, a tongue-in-cheek talk show based on characters from Lear's earlier show, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.[9] In the late 1970s, he was a frequent guest host of The Alan Hamel Show, a popular daytime talk show on Canadian TV, usually hosted by Alan Hamel.[citation needed] When the Hamel series ended in the early 1980s, it was replaced by The Alan Thicke Show. The show at one point spawned a prime-time spinoff, Prime Cuts, which consisted of edited highlights from the talk show. Thicke was later signed to do an American syndicated late-night talk show, Thicke of the Night. Heavily promoted prior to broadcast as a competitor to NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Thicke of the Night was short-lived.[9]

Other hosting

In 2014 and 2015 Thicke hosted a traveling dance show Dancing Pros Live which toured the United States.[10]

Producing and composing

Thicke had a successful career as a TV theme song composer, often collaborating with his then-wife Gloria Loring on these projects, which included the themes to the popular sitcoms Diff'rent Strokes and The Facts of Life.[11] He also wrote a number of TV game show themes, including The Wizard of Odds (for which he also sang the vocal introduction),[12] The Joker's Wild, Celebrity Sweepstakes, The Diamond Head Game, Animal Crack-Ups (which he co-wrote with his brother Todd Thicke and Gary Pickus), Blank Check, Stumpers!, Whew!,[13] and the original theme to Wheel of Fortune.[14] Thicke was a popular songwriter. He co-wrote "Sara", a solo hit for Bill Champlin and included on the latter's Runaway album (1981).[15]

Thicke produced a variety of television shows, including Anne Murray Christmas specials for the CBC, beginning in the late 1970s.[16]

Growing Pains

Thicke played Jason Seaver, a psychiatrist and father, on the family sitcom Growing Pains.[17] When the show began, Jason was moving his psychiatry practice into the home to be closer to the family's children while the family matriarch Maggie, played by Joanna Kerns, resumed her career as a reporter.[18] Growing Pains debuted on ABC in 1985 and ran until 1992.[17][19]

Thicke reprised his role in two reunion TV movies, The Growing Pains Movie (2000)[20] and Growing Pains: Return of the Seavers (2004).[21]

Television and film appearances

Alan Thicke (2000s)

Thicke co-hosted the Walt Disney World Very Merry Christmas Parade (now the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade) with Joan Lunden from 1983 to 1990, when he was succeeded by Regis Philbin.[22] Thicke also hosted the Crystal Light National Aerobic Championship from 1987 to 1988.[23][24]

In 1988, he hosted the Miss USA Pageant in El Paso, Texas, replacing Bob Barker (who quit over fur being involved in the pageants).[25] He replaced Barker again as host of the 1988 Miss Universe Pageant (along with Tracy Scoggins) in Taipei, Taiwan.[26] Thicke was replaced by Dick Clark as host of the 1989 Miss USA Pageant in Mobile, Alabama[27] and by John Forsythe as host of the 1989 Miss Universe Pageant in Cancún, Mexico.[28]

Thicke continued hosting a wide range of variety TV events. In 1989 he co-hosted with SCTV alumnus Andrea Martin the TV special Opening of SkyDome in Toronto, which aired across Canada on the CBC.[29][30] In 2004, he hosted the Miss Universe Canada Pageant in Ontario.

In 1992, Thicke appeared as himself in the pilot episode of the sitcom Hangin' with Mr. Cooper. He appeared in the end-credits scene, alongside series star Mark Curry, humorously referencing the pilot episode being filmed on the same set used as the Seavers' home on Growing Pains.

Thicke appeared on the American television series Hope & Gloria, which ran for 35 episodes.[31] He played a lead role in the Not Quite Human trilogy of made-for-TV movies.[citation needed] In April 2006, he hosted Celebrity Cooking Showdown on NBC, in which celebrities were teamed with famous chefs in a cooking competition.[32] In August 2006 and 2007, Thicke made a few appearances as talk show host Rich Ginger on The Bold and the Beautiful.[33] Thicke also makes a cameo appearance in the 2007 movie Alpha Dog as the father of the lead character's girlfriend.[citation needed]

In 2008, Thicke appeared in a major supporting role as Jim Jarlewski in the television series adaptation of Douglas Coupland's jPod.[34] That same year, he had a cameo appearance in the How I Met Your Mother episode "Sandcastles in the Sand" as the dad in Robin Scherbatsky's second "Robin Sparkles" music video.[35] He guest starred as himself in the episodes "The Rough Patch", "Glitter", "P.S. I Love You", and "The Rehearsal Dinner".[36]

In February 2009, Thicke made a guest appearance on Adult Swim's Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job. In the same month, he made a guest appearance on the web series Star-ving.[37] He also had a role in the 2009 film, The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard.[38] On July 10, 2009, Thicke appeared on the 1000th episode of Attack of the Show!, and he sang a song with Kevin Pereira and Olivia Munn.[39]

Thicke appeared in the season six finale of Just Shoot Me, "The Boys in the Band."[40] He made a guest appearance on a few episodes of Canada's Worst Handyman 5.[41] In 2010, Thicke appeared on the television program, Tosh.0.[42] In October 2010, he appeared as a celebrity contestant on Don't Forget the Lyrics, where he played for the charities and the Alan Thicke Center for diabetes research.[43]

In March 2013, he participated on ABC's Celebrity Wife Swap. He swapped wives with comedian Gilbert Gottfried.[44]

In October 2016, Thicke appeared as himself in the pilot episode of NBC's This is Us.[45]


In the 1990s, Thicke was the spokesman for the Canadian division of Woolco department stores until its demise in 1994.[46] In 2007, Thicke appeared in a television ad for Tahiti Village, a Las Vegas time-share resort.[47][48] In 2009, Thicke began appearing in TV ads endorsing CCS Medical, a distributor of home-delivered diabetes supplies.[49][unreliable source?][50] In 2014, Thicke began appearing in ad spots for Optima Tax Relief.[51]

From 2011, Thicke was the spokesperson for Cambridge Life Solutions, a Canadian company that promised to reduce unsecured consumer debt through a method known as debt settlement, which had been outlawed in the United States by the Federal Trade Commission as a predatory practice in 2010 and was subsequently banned in Ontario in 2015. According to Scott Hannah, the president and CEO of the Credit Counseling Society of Canada, the company, which was accused of "bilking thousands of vulnerable Canadians" grew to dominate half of the Canadian market due to Thicke's reputation "as a spokesman who was very credible to Canadians."[52]


As noted above, Thicke lent his name and star power to supporting the Alan Thicke Center for diabetes research. Also, for several years in the mid-1980s, Thicke and Gloria Loring were co-hosts of Telemiracle, an annual 20-hour telethon that alternated between Saskatoon and Regina, Saskatchewan to support programs run by the Kinsmen Club.

Personal life

Thicke was married three times: His first marriage, to Days of Our Lives actress Gloria Loring, lasted from 1970 until around 1984; they had two sons, Brennan and Robin.[1] He started dating actress Kristy Swanson when she was 17 years old in 1986 and got engaged to her two years later when he was 42.[53] He married his second wife, Miss World 1990 Gina Tolleson, on August 13, 1994, and had a son, Carter William Thicke, before their divorce was finalized on September 29, 1999.[1] In 1999, he met Tanya Callau in Miami, where he was a celebrity host and she was a model.[54] They were married from 2005 until his death.[55]


On December 13, 2016, Thicke collapsed while playing ice-hockey with his son Carter at Pickwick Gardens in Burbank, California. The manager of the rink said he was talking and even joked to his son to take a photo as he was being wheeled out on a stretcher.[56] Thicke died of type-A aortic dissection at the Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, at the age of 69.[57][58] On December 19, 2016, the cast of Growing Pains including Leonardo DiCaprio reunited at Thicke's funeral; a eulogy was given by his friend Bob Saget, and his son Robin offered a humorous remembrance. He was buried at Santa Barbara Cemetery in Santa Barbara, California.[59]


Thicke at a Canadian Film Centre and Variety-hosted reception for the Telefilm Canada Features Comedy Lab, March 2012


Year Title Role
1971 The Point! Narrator/Father (voice; third telecast)
1983 Copper Mountain Jackson Reach
1984 Calendar Girl Murders Alan Conti
1987 Not Quite Human Dr. Jonas Carson
1991 And You Thought Your Parents Were Weird Matthew Carson / Newman (voice)
1993 Betrayal of the Dove Jack West
Stepmonster George Dougherty
1995 Open Season Xanex
1996 Demolition High Slater
1998 Anarchy TV Reverend Wright
2000 Bear with Me
2001 Xin shi zi jie tou Steve
2003 Hollywood North Peter Casey
Carolina Chuck McBride - Perfect Date Host
2004 Raising Helen Hockey Cantor
Childstar J.R.
2006 The Surfer King Pipeman
Alpha Dog Douglas Holden
2009 The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard Stu Harding
RoboDoc Dr. Roskin
2010 Making a Scene The Producer
2017 It's Not My Fault and I Don't Care Anyway Patrick Spencer
The Clapper Himself



Year Title Role Notes
1969 It's Our Stuff Regular
1974 Jack: A Flash Fantasy Jack of Diamonds
1978 America 2-Night Doug Episode: "I Am Democracy"
1980-1982 The Alan Thicke Show Himself/Host Also writer and producer
1983-1984 Thicke of the Night Himself/Host Also writer and executive producer
1984 Masquerade Episode: "Sleeper"
The Love Boat Alan Price / Robert McBride / Senator Bob Townsend 3 episodes
1985 Scene of the Crime Craig Spears Episode: "A Vote for Murder"
1985-1992 Growing Pains Jason Seaver
1990 The Hitchhiker Mickey Black Episode: "Tough Guys Don't Whine"
1992 Travelquest Host
1993 Murder, She Wrote Harrison M. Kane Episode: "The Phantom Killer"
1994 Burke's Law Episode: "Who Killed the Beauty Queen?"
1995 Minor Adjustments Roger Episode: "The Ex-Files"
Hope & Gloria Dennis Dupree
1996-1997 Married... with Children Bruce / Henry 3 episodes
1997 The Outer Limits Donald Rivers Episode: "A Special Edition"
Pictionary Host
1999 Arliss Doctor Episode: "Rules of the Game"
2000 Beggars and Choosers Episode: "The Woodhouse Conundrum"
Son of the Beach Captain 'Buck' Enteneille / Captain Buck Enteneille 3 episodes
2001 7th Heaven Ed Palmer Episode: "Parents"
2001-2004 Animal Miracles Himself/Host
2003 EGG, the Arts Show Alan Scott Episode: "Broadway Workshop"
2004 My Wife and Kids Magician Episode: "Fantasy Camp: Part 2"
2005 Yes, Dear Joel Episode: "The New Neighbors"
Half & Half Gavin Storm Episode: "The Big Mothers for Others Episode"
Joey Himself Episode: "Joey and the Poker"
2006-2009 The Bold and the Beautiful Rich Ginger 7 episodes
2007 Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide Hal E. Burton Episode: "Spring Fever & the School Newspaper"
2008 About a Girl Dude's Dad Episode: "About a Homecoming"
JPod Jim Jarlewski 13 episodes
2008-2013 How I Met Your Mother Himself 5 episodes
2010 Canada's Worst Handyman 5 Himself
Tosh.0 Himself Episode: "Crystal Light Dancers (Reunion)"
2011 I'm in the Band Simon Craig 5 episodes
This Hour Has 22 Minutes Himself
2012 The L.A. Complex Donald Gallagher 4 episodes
2013 Celebrity Wife Swap Himself Season 2, episode 3
2014 Unusually Thicke Himself Reality show; 14 episodes
American Dad! Himself Episode: "Permanent Record Wrecker"
2015 Scream Queens Tad Radwell Episode: "Thanksgiving"
The Jack and Triumph Show Himself Episode: "Commercial"
2016 Grandfathered Himself Episode: "Jimmy's 50th, Again"
Mike Tyson Mysteries Walter Morgan Episode: "Unholy Matrimony"
This is Us Himself Episode: "Pilot"
The Eric Andre Show David Alan Thicke (with David Alan Grier) / Himself Season 4, Episode 9
Fuller House Mike Episode: "Mom Interference"
The Stanley Dynamic Himself Episode: "The Stanley Band"
2017 Chopped Himself (contestant) Season 33; 5 epi. "Star Power" tournament

Television movies

Year Title Role
1986 Perry Mason: The Case of the Shooting Star[60] Steve Carr
1987 Obsessed Conrad Vaughan
Not Quite Human Dr. Jonas Carson
1988 14 Going on 30 The real Forndexter
Dance 'til Dawn Jack Lefcourt
1989 Not Quite Human II Dr. Jonas Carson
1990 Jury Duty: The Comedy[61] Phil Beckman
1992 The Trial of Red Riding Hood The Wolf
Still Not Quite Human Dr. Jonas Carson/Bonus Carson
1993 Rubdown[62] Raymond Holliman
1994 Lamb Chop and the Haunted Studio Alan
1995 Lamb Chop's Special Chanukah[63] Alan
1996 Windsor Protocol Senator Joplin Hardy
Lamb Chop's Chanukah and Passover Surprise Alan
The Secret She Carried Reed Epperson (uncredited)
1997 Shadow of the Bear William Andrich
Any Place But Home August Danforth
1998 Thunder Point Joplin Hardy
Casper Meets Wendy Baseball Announcer
1999 Two of Hearts Hank Powers
2000 Ice Angel Coach Parker
The Growing Pains Movie Jason Seaver
2004 Growing Pains: Return of the Seavers Jason Seaver
2013 Camp Sunshine Ken Handcourt
Bad Management Tobias Sr.
Let It Snow Ted Beck
2016 Stop the Wedding Sean Castleberry
2017 Loves Last Resort Paul Roberts


  • Thicke, Alan (May 1999). How Men Have Babies: The Pregnant Father's Survival Guide. Contemporary Books. ISBN 978-0-8092-2806-5.
  • Thicke, Alan (April 27, 2006). How To Raise Kids Who Won't Hate You. iUniverse Star. ISBN 978-0-595-84288-9.


  • 1988: Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series - Comedy/Musical for Growing Pains
  • 1998: Nominated - Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Audience Participation Show/Game Show for Pictionary (co-executive producer)
  • 2013: Inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame[64]
  • 2015: Brampton Arts Walk of Fame
  • 2016: Canadian Icon award, Whistler Film Festival[65]

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