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Alan Thicke (1947 - 2016)

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Alan Thicke (1947 - 2016)

Alan Thicke, the Canadian actor best known for his role as kind-hearted psychiatrist-dad Jason Seaver on the 1980s family sitcom “Growing Pains,” died Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016,  of a heart attack, multiple news sources reported. He was 69.

Born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, March 1, 1947, Thicke began his entertainment career on the Canadian television variety show “It’s Our Stuff.” In 1978, he served as producer on Norman Lear’s parody talk show, “Fernwood 2 Night,” and in the early 1980s became a familiar face as a talk show host, first on the Canadian “Alan Thicke Show” and then on the syndicated American program “Thicke of the Night.”

Simultaneously, Thicke enjoyed musical success as the composer of many popular television theme songs. Often working with his first wife, Gloria Loring, Thicke wrote the themes for shows including “The Facts of Life,” “Diff’rent Strokes,” and “The Joker’s Wild.”

In his star vehicle, “Growing Pains,” which ran on ABC from 1985 through 1992, Thicke portrayed Dr. Jason Seaver, a psychiatrist who works from home while his wife goes to work as a reporter. The show launched the career of actor Kirk Cameron, and in its final season featured a young Leonardo DiCaprio.


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Thicke’s musical-variety chops fueled much of his post-“Growing Pains” work. In the late ‘80s, he hosted the Miss USA Pageant, the Miss Universe Pageant, and special event shows such as the CBC’s “Opening of SkyDome: A Celebration.”

In recent years, Thicke appeared in numerous guest roles on television series including “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!” “Attack of the Show,” “Tosh.0,” and “Fuller House,” among others.

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Thicke was married three times: to “Days of Our Lives” actress Loring, with whom he had two sons who survive him, Brennan and pop star Robin Thicke; to Miss World pageant queen Gina Tolleson, with whom he had one son who survives him, Carter; and to Tanya Callau, who also survives him.

Celebrities paid tribute to the actor on social media:

Bob Saget: "So sad is the passing of Alan Thicke. Such a good husband, father, brother, and friend. He will be deeply missed. Rest in peace dear Alan."

John Stamos: "Damn. Loved this guy. Loved his self deprecating sense of humor. Charming, funny and sweet."

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: "Alan Thicke was proudly Canadian, never forgetting his roots as he soared to stardom. My deepest condolences to his family and friends."

Candace Cameron Bure: "I'm sad beyond words that Alan Thicke has passed away. I've known you since I was 8 years old and so glad I had the pleasure of working with you again so recently on Fuller House. You were a part of my family and hockey family. You will be greatly missed. ❤️ My heart hurts."

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