Alan Thicke

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Alan Thicke
Alan Thicke 2010.jpg
Thicke at the "Night of 100 Stars", at the Beverly Hills Hotel, March 2010
BornAlan Willis Jeffery
(1947-03-01) March 1, 1947 (age 66)
Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada
OccupationActor, composer, TV show host
Years active1969–present
Spouse(s)Gloria Loring (1970–1983)
Gina Tolleson (1994–1999)
Tanya Callau (2005–present)
ChildrenBrennan Thicke
Robin Thicke (both with Loring)
Carter Thicke (with Tolleson)
 
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Alan Thicke
Alan Thicke 2010.jpg
Thicke at the "Night of 100 Stars", at the Beverly Hills Hotel, March 2010
BornAlan Willis Jeffery
(1947-03-01) March 1, 1947 (age 66)
Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada
OccupationActor, composer, TV show host
Years active1969–present
Spouse(s)Gloria Loring (1970–1983)
Gina Tolleson (1994–1999)
Tanya Callau (2005–present)
ChildrenBrennan Thicke
Robin Thicke (both with Loring)
Carter Thicke (with Tolleson)

Alan Jeffery Thicke (born Alan Willis Jeffery; March 1, 1947) is a Canadian actor, songwriter, and game and talk show host. He is best known for his role as Jason Seaver, the father on the ABC television series Growing Pains, and for being the father of singer-songwriter Robin Thicke. In 2013, Thicke was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame. [1]

Early life[edit]

Thicke was born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada, the son of Joan, a nurse, and William Jeffery, a stockbroker.[2] His mother later married Brian Thicke, a physician. He graduated from Elliot Lake Secondary School in 1965, and was elected homecoming king.[3] He went on to attend the University of Western Ontario, where he joined the Delta Upsilon fraternity.

Career[edit]

Game shows[edit]

Thicke hosted a Canadian game show on CFCF-TV in Montreal called First Impressions in the late 1970s and the prime-time celebrity game show Animal Crack-Ups in the late 1980s. In 1997, he hosted a television version of the board game Pictionary.[2] In the early 2000s, he hosted the All New 3's a Crowd on the Game Show Network.[2]

Talk shows[edit]

Norman Lear hired Thicke to produce and head the writing staff of Fernwood 2-Night, a tongue-in-cheek talk show based on characters from Lear's earlier show, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.

Thicke was also the host of his own popular talk show in Canada during the early 1980s, called The Alan Thicke Show. The show at one point spawned a prime-time spinoff titled Prime Cuts, which consisted of edited highlights from the talk show.

Based on the success of his talk show, Thicke was signed to do an American syndicated late-night talk show, Thicke of the Night.

Theme song composer[edit]

Thicke had a successful career as a TV theme song composer, often collaborating with his then-wife Gloria Loring on these projects, which included the themes to the popular sitcoms Diff'rent Strokes and The Facts of Life. He also wrote a number of TV game show themes, including The Wizard of Odds (for which he also sang the vocal introduction), The Joker's Wild, Celebrity Sweepstakes, The Diamond Head Game, Blank Check, Stumpers!, Whew!,[4] and the original theme to Wheel of Fortune. Thicke has also been a popular songwriter. He co-wrote "Sara," a solo hit for Bill Champlin and included on the latter's Runaway album (1981).

Television and film appearances[edit]

Thicke co-hosted the Walt Disney World Very Merry Christmas Parade (now the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade) with Joan Lunden from 1983 to 1990, when he was succeeded by Regis Philbin.

On May 24, 1988, Thicke hosted the 37th Miss Universe pageant along with Tracy Scoggins from Lin Kou Stadium, Taipei, Taiwan

Apart from Growing Pains, Thicke also appeared on the American television series Hope & Gloria, which ran for 35 episodes. He played a lead role in the Not Quite Human trilogy of made-for-TV movies. In 2004, Thicke hosted the Miss Universe Canada pageant.[3] In April 2006, he hosted Celebrity Cooking Showdown on NBC, in which celebrities were teamed with famous chefs in a cooking competition.[3]

In August 2006 and 2007, Thicke made a few appearances as talk show host Rich Ginger on The Bold and the Beautiful.[3] Thicke also had a cameo appearance in the 2007 movie Alpha Dog as the father of the lead character's girlfriend.

In 2008, Thicke appeared in a major supporting role as Jim Jarlewski in the television series adaptation of Douglas Coupland's jPod.[3] That same year, he had a cameo appearance in the How I Met Your Mother episode "Sandcastles in the Sand" as the dad in Robin Scherbatsky's second "Robin Sparkles" music video.[5] He guest starred as himself in the episode "The Rough Patch". He appeared on a website made specifically for the show, canadiansexacts.org, featured in the episode "Old King Clancy".

In February 2009, Thicke made a guest appearance on adult swim's Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job. In the same month, he made a guest appearance on the web series Star-ving.[6] He also had a role in the 2009 film The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard. On July 10, 2009, Thicke appeared on the 1000th episode of Attack Of The Show, and sang a song with Kevin Pereira and Olivia Munn, at the end kissing Munn.

Thicke appeared in the season six finale of Just Shoot Me, "The Boys in the Band". He made a guest appearance on a few episodes of Canada's Worst Handyman 5. In 2010, Thicke appeared on the television program, Tosh.0. In October 2010, he appeared as a celebrity contestant on Don't Forget the Lyrics, where he played for the charities ProCon.org and the Alan Thicke Center for diabetes research.[7]

In March 2013, Thicke participated on ABC's Celebrity Wife Swap. He swapped wives with comedian Gilbert Gottfried.[8]

In December 2013, Thicke appeared as himself in the How I Met Your Mother episode "The Rehearsal Dinner".

Personal life[edit]

Thicke has been married three times: His first marriage, to Days of our Lives actress Gloria Loring (1970–83), produced two sons, Brennan and Robin Thicke.[2] His second marriage, to Miss World 1990 Gina Tolleson (1994–99), produced a third son, Carter William (1997).[2] In 1999, he met Tanya Callau in Miami, where he was the celebrity host and a model. They married in 2005.[3][9]

Brennan Thicke was a voice actor for cartoons when he was younger. Robin Thicke is a platinum album-selling musician.

Thicke is close friends with ice hockey legend Wayne Gretzky. When Robin was 11, Thicke went to Oslo, Norway on vacation and hired Gretzky as Robin's babysitter. While Gretzky was babysitting Robin, he found out he had officially been traded to the Los Angeles Kings and had to suddenly leave. Thicke reportedly didn't find out that his son was home alone until he called home the next morning and found out that Gretzky had had to leave because he was traded. Even before the trade, Thicke was a Los Angeles Kings fan.[10]

Filmography[edit]

Thicke at a Canadian Film Centre & Variety-hosted reception for the Telefilm Canada Features Comedy Lab, March 2012

Films[edit]

YearTitleRole
1971The Point!Narrator/Father (voice; third telecast)
1983Copper MountainJackson Reach
1984Calendar Girl MurdersAlan Conti
1991And You Thought Your Parents Were WeirdMatthew Carson / Newman (voice)
1993Betrayal of the DoveJack West
1995Open SeasonXanex
1998Anarchy TVReverend Wright
2000Bear with Me
2001Xin shi zi jie touSteve
2003Hollywood NorthPeter Casey
2003CarolinaChuck McBride – Perfect Date Host
2004Raising HelenHockey Cantor
2004ChildstarJ.R.
2006The Surfer KingPipeman
2006Alpha DogDouglas Holden
2009The Goods: Live Hard, Sell HardStu Harding
2009RoboDocDr. Roskin
2010Making a SceneThe Producer

Television movies[edit]

YearTitleRole
1986Perry Mason: The Case of the Shooting StarSteve Carr
1987Hitting HomeConrad Vaughan
1987Not Quite HumanDr. Jonas Carson
198814 Going on 30The real Forndexter
1988Dance 'til DawnJack Lefcourt
1989Not Quite Human IIDr. Jonas Carson
1990Jury Duty: The ComedyPhil Beckman
1992The Trial of Red Riding HoodThe Wolf
1992Still Not Quite HumanDr. Jonas Carson
1993RubdownRaymond Holliman
1994Lamb Chop and the Haunted StudioAlan
1995Lamb Chop's Special ChanukahAlan
1996Windsor ProtocolSenator Joplin Hardy
1996Shari's Passover SurpriseAlan
1996The Secret She CarriedReed Epperson (uncredited)
1997Shadow of the BearWilliam Andrich
1997Any Place But HomeAugust Danforth
1998Thunder PointJoplin Hardy
1998Casper Meets WendyBaseball Announcer
1999Two of HeartsHank Powers
2000Ice AngelCoach Parker
2000The Growing Pains MovieJason Seaver
2004Growing Pains: Return of the SeaversJason Seaver
2008Mother Goose Parade
2013Camp SunshineKen Handcourt
2013Bad ManagementTobias Sr.
2013Let It SnowTed Beck

Television series[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1969It's Our StuffRegular
1974Jack: A Flash FantasyJack of Diamonds
1978America 2-NightDougEpisode: "I Am Democracy"
1980–82The Alan Thicke ShowHimself/HostAlso writer and producer
1983–84Thicke of the NightHimself/HostAlso writer and executive producer
1984MasqueradeEpisode: "Sleeper"
1984/87The Love BoatAlan Price / Robert McBride / Senator Bob Townsend3 episodes
1985Scene of the CrimeCraig SpearsEpisode: "A Vote for Murder"
1985–92Growing PainsJason Seaver
1990The HitchhikerMickey BlackEpisode: "Tough Guys Don't Whine"
1992TravelquestHost
1993Murder, She WroteHarrison M. KaneEpisode: "The Phantom Killer"
1994Burke's LawEpisode: "Who Killed the Beauty Queen?"
1995Minor AdjustmentsRogerEpisode: "The Ex-Files"
1995–96Hope & GloriaDennis Dupree
1996/97Married... with ChildrenBruce / Henry3 episodes
1997The Outer LimitsDonald RiversEpisode: "A Special Edition"
1999ArlissDoctorEpisode: "Rules of the Game"
2000Beggars and ChoosersEpisode: "The Woodhouse Conundrum"
2000–02Son of the BeachCaptain 'Buck' Enteneille / Captain Buck Enteneille3 episodes
20017th HeavenEd PalmerEpisode: "Parents"
2003EGG, the Arts ShowAlan ScottEpisode: "Broadway Workshop"
2004My Wife and KidsMagicianEpisode: "Fantasy Camp: Part 2"
2005Yes, DearJoelEpisode: "The New Neighbors"
2005Half & HalfGavin StormEpisode: "The Big Mothers for Others Episode"
2005JoeyHimselfEpisode: "Joey and the Poker"
2006–09The Bold and the BeautifulRich Ginger7 episodes
2007Ned's Declassified School Survival GuideHal E. BurtonEpisode: "Spring Fever & the School Newspaper"
2008About a GirlDude's DadEpisode: "About a Homecoming"
2008JPodJim Jarlewski13 episodes
2008/13How I Met Your MotherHimself4 episodes
2010Canada's Worst Handyman 5Himself
2010Tosh.0HimselfEpisode: "Crystal Light Dancers (Reunion)"
2010I'm in the BandSimon Craig5 episodes
2011This Hour Has 22 MinutesHimself
2012The L.A. ComplexDonald Gallagher4 episodes
2013Celebrity Wife SwapHimselfSeason 2, episode 3

Television commercials[edit]

In the 1990s, Thicke was the spokesman for the Canadian division of Woolco department stores until its demise in 1994.[11] In 1991 Thicke appeared in a television commercial for 'Fruit of the Loom' underwear. In 1997 he appeared in a television infomercial for the 'Bright Smile' tooth whitening system. He appeared in 2007 in a TV ad for the 'Tahiti Village' a Las Vegas time-share resort that went out of business in 2009. In 2009 Thicke began appearing in TV ads endorsing 'CCS Medical', a distributor of home-delivered diabetes supplies.[12][13][14][15]

Books[edit]

Honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alan Thicke". Canada's Walk of Fame. Retrieved 2013-06-25. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Alan Thicke Biography (1947–)". Fil Reference. NetIndustries, LLC. Retrieved March 13, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Alan Thicke at the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ "Whew! Credits". Television Production Music Museum. 2010. Archived from the original on July 17, 2011. Retrieved August 7, 2010. "Alan Thicke: Did not save a master reel. He didn't even remember doing the show. After much discussion, he gave the museum a written release so we can acquire anything the US Copyright office has regarding WHEW!" 
  5. ^ "Sandcastles In The Sand". How I Met Your Mother. Season 3. Episode 16. April 21, 2008. CBS.
  6. ^ "News and Updates". AlanThicke.com. Retrieved February 24, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Don't Forget the Lyrics!". ProCon.org. October 20, 2010. Retrieved August 15, 2011. 
  8. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (11 March 2013). "Vulgarity’s Abrasive Master, but Not at Home". New York Times. p. C1. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "Growing Pains' Alan Thicke Ties the Knot". People.com. 11 May 2005. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  10. ^ Fox, Luke (22 August 2012). "Gretzky babysitting Robin Thicke when traded". SportsNet.ca. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  11. ^ Don't get me started!: reflections ... – Susan Mackie Smith – Google Books. Books.google.ca. Retrieved November 20, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Other Works- Alan Thicke". IMDB.com. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  13. ^ Weather & Time. "Does Alan Thicke have diabetes?". ChaCha. Retrieved November 20, 2011. 
  14. ^ juliana (April 25, 2007). "Alan Thicke Hawking Las Vegas Time Shares". HotelChatter. Retrieved November 20, 2011. 
  15. ^ Walters, Chris (June 24, 2009). "Alan Thicke Can't Save Tahiti Village Timeshare Company From Going Under". The Consumerist. Retrieved November 20, 2011. 

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Preceded by
Bob Barker
Miss USA Host
1988
Succeeded by
Dick Clark
Preceded by
Bob Barker
Miss Universe Host
1988
Succeeded by
John Forsythe
Preceded by
Brian Robbins
Host, Pictionary
1997–1998
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