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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.
 Let It Snow (2013)
2.
 Bank$tas (2013)
3.
 That's My Boy (2012)
6.
 Surfer King, The (2007)
7.
 Alpha Dog (2006)
8.
 Childstar (2005)
9.
 Growing Pains: Return of the Seavers (2004) Jason Seaver
10.
 Carolina (2004)
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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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