Thursday, December 15, 2016
Remembering Alan Thicke 1947 - 2016
Canadian actor Alan Thicke, who died Tuesday at age 69, was best known for his role as Jason Seaver on the 1985-92 ABC sitcom, Growing Pains, and in two ABC reunion films, The Growing Pains Movie (2000) and Growing Pains: Return of the Seavers (2004). In 1988, he received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical for his performance.
Thicke also appeared on the 1995-96 NBC sitcom, Hope and Gloria, and he was the host of two talk shows - CTV's The Alan Thicke Show (1980-82) and the syndicated Thicke of the Night (1983-84). He was also the host of such game shows as CTV's First Impressions (1976-77), ABC's Animal Crack-Ups (1987-90), the syndicated Pictionary (1997-98) and GSN's All New 3's a Crowd (1999-2000).
Thicke was also the successful composer of many TV theme songs, including the NBC sitcoms, Diff'rent Strokes and The Facts of Life, as well as such game shows as The Wizard of Odds, The Joker's Wild, Celebrity Sweepstakes, The Diamond Head Game, Animal Crack-Ups, Blank Check, Stumpers!, Whew!, and the original 1975–83 theme to Wheel of Fortune.
In 1998, Thicke made his Broadway debut as Billy Flynn in the musical, Chicago, which he also played in the show’s first national tour. And he is survived by his third wife and three sons, including singer Robin Thicke.
Below I've selected some videos to celebrate Alan Thicke's life and career.
He was a guest on the CBC comedy/variety talk show, Canada After Dark, in 1978.
Elvira (aka Cassandra Peterson) was a guest on Thicke of the Night on November 30, 1983.
Below you can watch the Season 3 opening credits of Growing Pains and scenes from the sitcom's first episode on September 24, 1985.
On March 18, 1987, he was a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (at 22:58).
He was interviewed by TODAY's Bryant Gumbel in 1987.
He performed "Sweaty and Hot" as the host of the 1988 Crystal Light National Aerobic Championship (at 1:14).
On September 22, 1992, he appeared on the ABC sitcom, Hangin' with Mr. Cooper (the pilot episode was filmed on the same set used in Growing Pains).
He was a guest on The Queen Latifah Show on November 27, 2013.