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Also Known As: Alan Jeffrey Died:
Born: March 1, 1947 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Ontario, CA Profession: actor, TV host, producer, screenwriter, TV theme song composer

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Alan Thicke became the much-lampooned comic template of bland while playing the father on the 1980s family sitcom "Growing Pains" (1985-1992), even as, with much less fanfare, he achieved unqualified Renaissance Man status in American and Canadian television. A household name in his native Canada, Thicke gained a foothold in the U.S. as a comedy writer, cutting his teeth in Hollywood writing for and producing such influential, if short-lived, fare as "Fernwood 2-Night" (syndicated, 1977) and "The Richard Pryor Show" (NBC, 1977), producing pop music TV specials, as well as composing, along with then wife Gloria Loring, a raft of series theme songs, notably that of the NBC sitcoms "Diff'rent Strokes" (1978-1986) and "The Facts of Life" (1979-1988). He returned to Canada to helm a popular, eponymous daytime talk show, though his first U.S. shot at stardom in front of the camera, the syndicated late-night talker "Thicke of the Night" (1983-84), proved a notorious bomb. Yet it also provided a springboard to what would become his signature role in American pop culture, Jason Seaver, head of the Seaver family, on "Growing Pains," leading to a journeyman career as a supporting actor in both TV and film....

Alan Thicke became the much-lampooned comic template of bland while playing the father on the 1980s family sitcom "Growing Pains" (1985-1992), even as, with much less fanfare, he achieved unqualified Renaissance Man status in American and Canadian television. A household name in his native Canada, Thicke gained a foothold in the U.S. as a comedy writer, cutting his teeth in Hollywood writing for and producing such influential, if short-lived, fare as "Fernwood 2-Night" (syndicated, 1977) and "The Richard Pryor Show" (NBC, 1977), producing pop music TV specials, as well as composing, along with then wife Gloria Loring, a raft of series theme songs, notably that of the NBC sitcoms "Diff'rent Strokes" (1978-1986) and "The Facts of Life" (1979-1988). He returned to Canada to helm a popular, eponymous daytime talk show, though his first U.S. shot at stardom in front of the camera, the syndicated late-night talker "Thicke of the Night" (1983-84), proved a notorious bomb. Yet it also provided a springboard to what would become his signature role in American pop culture, Jason Seaver, head of the Seaver family, on "Growing Pains," leading to a journeyman career as a supporting actor in both TV and film. Though most widely remembered as the cheerleading head of a treacle-laden household, Thicke nevertheless could claim one of the most eclectic résumés in show business.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Bank$tas (2013)
2.
 Let It Snow (2013)
3.
 That's My Boy (2012)
6.
 Surfer King, The (2007)
7.
 Alpha Dog (2006)
8.
 Childstar (2005)
9.
 Carolina (2004)
10.
 Raising Helen (2004) Hockey Cantor (Queens Life)
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Raised in Canada
1972:
Was a staff writer on "The Bobby Darin Amusement Company" (NBC)
1974:
Wrote theme song for the game show "Celebrity Sweepstakes"
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Served as a writer and producer on "Fernwood 2-Night" and its sequel, "America 2-Night"
1978:
Wrote theme song for the NBC sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes" and its spin-off, "Facts of Life"
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Hosted and served as executive producer of "Thicke of the Night"
1984:
TV-movie debut, "Calendar Girl Murders"
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Played Jason Seaver on ABC sitcom "Growing Pains"
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Hosted "Animal Crack-Ups"
1993:
Feature film lead in "Stepmonster"
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Played Dennis Dupree on NBC sitcom "Hope & Gloria"
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Hosted the syndicated game show "Pictionary"
1998:
Made stage musical debut playing lawyer Billy Flynn in the touring production of "Chicago"; later debuted on Broadway in the same role
2002:
Appeared as himself in "Teddy Bears' Picnic"
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Education

Elliot Lake High School: Elliot Lake , Ontario - 1965
University of Western Ontario: - 1969

Notes

"You know, I couldn't watch 'The Tonight Show' for a full year after the cancellation [of 'Thicke of the Night'] because it broke my heart to be reminded of my failure every night and to see somebody who did it so great, namely Johnny." --Alan Thicke in The New York Times, June 20, 1995.

On Dennis DuPree: "It was a character I could have fun with and that's all that mattered." --Alan Thicke in USA Today, June 29, 1995.

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wife:
Gloria Loring. Actor, singer. Born on December 19, 1946; married in 1970; divorced in 1984; had two sons with Thicke.
wife:
Gina Marie Tolleson. Born c. 1969 former Miss World; married on August 13, 1994; separated in summer 1999.
companion:
Tanya Callau. Model. Began dating c. 1999; engaged October 2004.

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father:
William Jeffrey. Stockbroker.
mother:
Joan Thicke. Nurse. Divorced in 1953; married Brian Thicke in 1954.
step-father:
Brian Thicke. Physician.
half-sister:
Joanne Thicke. Chiropractor. Born c. 1956.
half-brother:
Todd Thicke. TV writer, producer. Born c. 1957.
son:
Brennan Thicke. Born c. 1975; mother, Gloria Loring; diabetic.
son:
Robin Thicke. Singer, songwriter, record producer. Born c. 1977; mother, Gloria Loring.
son:
Carter William Thicke. Born July 11, 1997 in L.A.; mother, Gina Tolleson.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"How Men Have Babies: The Pregnant Father's Guide to Survival"

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