Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominated Canadian actor, host, writer, TV theme song composer and producer Alan Thicke is well known among American television audiences for playing Jason Seaver on the ABC hit series “Growing Pains” (1985-1992). His character on the show was ranked No. 37 in the list of TV Guide's “50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time” (2004). Thicke also picked up a Daytime Emmy nomination and a Gemini nomination for the television film “The Trial of Red Riding Hood” (1992). An ex-DJ who got his start as a staff writer for the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC), Thicke collected three Emmy nominations for his writing contribution to “The Barry Manilow Special” (1977) and as a writer/producer of “America 2-Night” (1978) before earning popularity in his native country as the host of the daytime talk show “The Alan Thicke Show” (1980-1983), which led to him hosting the American late night show “Thicke of the Night” (1983-1984). His profile in Hollywood increased significantly with “Growing Pains.” Thicke also had regular roles in the short lived “Hope & Gloria” (NBC, 1995) and “jPod” (2008, CBC) and recurring roles in “Married with Children” (1996-1997), “Son of Beach” (2000-2002) and “The Bold and the Beautiful” (2006-2009). His film credits include “Copper Mountain” (1983), “Stepmonster” (1993), “Betrayal of the Dove” (1993), “Hollywood North” (2003), “Alpha Dog” (2006), “The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard” and “RoboDoc” (both 2009). In his early career, Thicke composed the theme songs for several TV series, including “Diff'rent Strokes” and “The Facts of Life.”
Thicke has published the books “How Men Have Babies: The Pregnant Father's Survival Guide” (2003) and “How To Raise Kids Who Won't Hate You” (2006).
Thicke has been married three times and is the father of three. His son, Robin Thicke, (mothered by Thicke’s first wife, “Days of our Lives” actress Gloria Loring), is a platinum album selling musician. Thicke was once named “Father of the Year” by The Father's Day Council of Los Angeles, The Muscular Dystrophy Association, and The Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.
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Childhood and Family:
Alan Thicke was born Alan Willis Jeffrey on March 1, 1947, in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada, to William Jeffrey (stockbroker) and Joan (nurse). His parents divorced in 1953 and a year later his mother married Brian Thicke (physician). The marriage later brought Alan two half-siblings, Joanne (born in 1956) and Todd (born in 1957).
Alan graduated from Elliot Lake High School in Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada in 1965, and was elected Homecoming King. He next enrolled at the University of Western Ontario as a pre-med student. While in college, he became a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity and worked as a disc jockey.
In 1970, Alan married American actress/singer Gloria Loring (born on December 10, 1946), but they divorced in 1983. The marriage produced two children, Brennan Thicke (born in 1975) and Robin Thicke (born in 1977). He married Gina Tolleson, a former Miss World, on August 13, 1994, and welcomed a son with her named Carter William Thicke on July 11, 1997. The couple divorced on September 29, 1999. Alan married his third wife, Tanya Callau, on May 7, 2005, at the Palmilla Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Alan is a fan of softball and hockey.
The Alan Thicke Show
Alan Thicke changed his mind about becoming a doctor or minister and began a career as a staff writer with the Canadian country music show “The Tommy Hunter Show” (1965). He went on to write for the CBC shows “Time for Living” (1969), in which he also became a regular performer, and “That's Show Biz” (1970) before contributing to the TV specials “The Barry Manilow Special” (1977), from which he jointly netted an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Special, and “The Richard Pryor Special” (1977).
Thicke also tried his hand at producing, with credits for NBC's “The Wizard of Odds” (1973), in which he also composed the theme music, and CBC's “The René Simard Show” (1977). However, it was not until he served as a writer and producer on the syndicated comedy show “Fernwood 2-Night” (1977), starring Martin Mull and Fred Willard, and the sequel “America 2-Night” (1978), that he enjoyed real success. For his work in the latter, he was nominated for two Emmys in the categories of Outstanding Comedy-Variety or Music Series and Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Series. In between the shows, he wrote and produced “Anne Murray's Ladies Night Show” for CBC.
Throughout the 1970s, the former DJ also built up a career as a TV theme song composer. Apart from work in “The Wizard of Odds,” he also composed the theme songs for such shows as “The Joker's Wild,” “Celebrity Sweepstakes,” “Wheel of Fortune,” “Diff'rent Strokes” and “The Facts of Life.” Meanwhile, in 1974 and 1978, he appeared in front of the camera as Jack of Diamonds and Doug in the Canadian television film “Jack: A Flash Fantasy” and the “America 2-Night” episode “I Am Democracy,” respectively.
Thicke emerged as a well liked daytime talk show host in his native Canada during the early 1980s thanks to “The Alan Thicke Show,” which had strong ratings during its run from 1980 to 1983. He, however, experienced disappointment when he made the transformation to late night with the MGM TV produced “Thicke of the Night” (1983). Planned as a rival to “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson,” his show failed to attract viewers and was canceled in 1984.
Also in 1983, multi-talented Thicke made his Hollywood big screen debut in the David Mitchell directed comedy “Copper Mountain,” where he costarred with Jim Carrey. The next year, he appeared in the television movie “Calendar Girl Murders,” opposite Tom Skerritt and Sharon Stone. His big break as an actor arrived when he won the starring role of Dr. Jason Seaver on the popular ABC sitcom “Growing Pains” (1985-1992). Playing the sensible and compassionate father, he was nominated for a 1988 Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series - Comedy/Musical and was launched to international fame.
While working on “Growing Pains,” Thicke took on roles in several TV films, including “Not Quite Human” (1987) and its sequel “Not Quite Human II” (1989), “Dance 'Til Dawn” (1988), “Jury Duty: The Comedy” (1990) and “The Trial of Red Riding Hood” (1992), in which he was nominated for a Gemini for Best Performance in a Variety Program or Series and a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Performer in a Children's Special. He also appeared in episodes of the TV shows “The Love Boat” and “The Hitchhiker” as well as the Tony Cookson directed film “And You Thought Your Parents Were Weird” (1991). He also hosted the prime time celebrity game show “Animal Crack-Ups,” “The 37th Annual Miss USA Pageant” (1988) and the TV series “Travelquest” (1992). He returned to the writing realm with “Anne Murray's Caribbean Cruise” (1983), “Anne Murray's Winter Carnival in Quebec” (1984) and “Anne Murray: The Sounds of London” (1985).
Thicke focused on his acting career after his triumph on “Growing Pains.” Throughout the decade, he could be seen in a number of films, including “Still Not Quite Human” (1992), “Stepmonster” (1993), “Betrayal of the Dove” (1993, as Jack West), “Lamb Chop and the Haunted Studio” (1994, TV), Robert Wuhl's comedy “Open Season” (1995), “Lamb Chop's Special Chanukah” (1995, TV), “Shari's Passover Surprise” (1996), “Shadow of the Bear” (1997, TV), Jonathan Blank's “Anarchy TV” (1998, with Matt Winston, Dweezil Zappa and Albert Hall), “Jack Higgins' 'Thunder Point'” (1998, TV) and “Two of Hearts” (1999, TV). He also appeared in episodes of the TV series “Murder, She Wrote” (1993), “Burke's Law” (1994), “Minor Adjustments” (1995), “Married with Children” (3 episodes, 1996-1997), “The Outer Limits” (1997) and “Arli$$” (1999). In 1995, he attempted to make a comeback to the small screen as a series regular on NBC's “Hope & Gloria,” starring Cynthia Stevenson and Jessica Lundy as the title characters, but the sitcom only lasted for 35 episodes. In the late 1990s, Thicke found himself on stage costarring with Jason Alexander in “Promises Promises” (1997) and then offered the critically acclaimed portrayal of attorney Billy Flint in the Los Angeles production of the musical “Chicago.”
Thicke resumed his role of Dr. Jason Seavers in the reunion TV film “The Growing Pains Movie” (2000) and the TV film “Growing Pains: Return of the Seavers” (2004). He had the recurring role of Captain 'Buck' Enteneille in the FX Network comedy series “Son of the Beach” (2000-2002) and landed guest spots in “7th Heaven” (2001), “Yes, Dear” (2005) and “Half & Half” (2005). More recently, he played Jim Jarlewski, the father of Ethan (played by David Kopp), in the Canadian short lived drama series “jPod” (2008), adapted from Douglas Coupland’s novel of the same name, and Rich Ginger on the CBS soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful” (2006-2009).
Thicke also kept busy with roles in “Bear with Me” (2000), the Chinese drama “Xin shi zi jie tou” (2001), “Hollywood North” (2003, directed by Peter O'Brian and starred Matthew Modine and Alan Bates), “Carolina” (2003, starred Julia Stiles), “Raising Helen” (2004, helmed by Garry Marshall and starred Kate Hudson), Don McKellar's “Childstar” (2004), Bernard Murray Jr.'s “The Surfer King” (2006, starred Randy Wayne), Nick Cassavetes' “Alpha Dog” (2006, starred Bruce Willis, Matthew Barry, Emile Hirsch, Justin Timberlake, Shawn Hatosy and Vincent Kartheiser) and the award winning short “A Little Light” (2006).
Still an active TV host, Thicke hosted a number of TV shows during the 1990s and 2000s. They include “Travelquest” (1992), “Pictionary” (1997), “Animals Are People Too” (1999), “All New 3's A Crowd,” “Animal Miracles” (2001-2003) and “Celebrity Cooking Showdown” (2006).
Recently, in 2009, Thicke was cast as Stu Harding in “The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard,” a comedy film directed by Neal Brennan and starring Jeremy Piven and Ving Rhames. He also starred as Dr. Roskin in the science fiction movie “RoboDoc,” for director Stephen Maddocks.