Alan Thicke was born on March 1, 1947, in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada. In the 1970s, Thicke found success along with his musical compositions, composing, and producing for TV. Back in Canada, he became a favorite talk show host. In 1985, he took on among his most memorable roles as the father, Jason Seaver, on Growing Pains.
In the mid-1980s to the early ’90s, Thicke played one of television’s most beloved sitcom fathers, shrink Jason Seaver, on Growing Pains.
In the 1970s, Thicke continued to get success behind the scenes. He received his first Emmy Award nomination because of his work with The Barry Manilow Special in 1977.
Back in his native Canada, Thicke became a favorite daytime talk show host. From 1980 to 1983, The Alan Thicke Show had strong standings. But Thicke unsuccessfully attempted to make the jump from day to late night in 1983. While the show did not continue, the program did start the livelihood of Thicke’s on air sidekick, Arsenio Hall. The show was canceled in 1984.
In 1985, Thicke took on among his most memorable characters as the sensitive, caring father Jason Seaver on Growing Pains. With Joanna Kerns costarring as his journalist wife, Thicke played work-from-home father to his three onscreen kids, Mike (Kirk Cameron), the troublemaking teenager; Carol (Tracey Gold), an academically talented adolescent, and Ben (Jeremy Miller), the youngest son. A fourth kid, Chrissy, was added in a later season. A lot of the show’s comedy was derived from your youngsters’ misadventures growing up.
Following the show ended in 1992, Thicke wished to break away from his “good guy” picture. He did just that with his next stab at show television. In the sitcom Hope & Gloria, he played Dennis Dupree, an haughty, vain talk show host. Sadly, the show only lasted for about per year.
Since that time, Thicke is now a favorite host for a number of shows, for example, game shows Pictionary in the late 1990s and Three’s a Crowd in the early 2000s. Along with performing, Thicke has authored two books on pregnancy and parenting: How Men Have Babies: The Pregnant Father’s Survival Guide (1999) and the Best Way To Raise Children Who Will Not Hate You (2006).
Wed three times, Thicke has two sons from his first marriage to actress and singer Gloria Loring: Brennan and Robin (who has eventually become a popular R&B vocalist and songwriter). Thicke wed Tanya Callau in 2005.