"Show me that smile again..Show me that smile..Don't waste another minute on your cryin'
We're nowhere near the end nowhere near...The best is ready to begin.
As long as we got each other
We got the world spinnin right in our hands.
Baby, rain or shine, all the time
We got each other, sharin' the laughter and love."
As 2016 prepares to come to a close we look back at the year, with heavy hearts, and reflect on all who have been lost. The world lost another entertainment icon...We mourn the loss of Alan Thicke, he was 69. Alan was a versatile performer who captured the hearts of millions as the beloved dad on the long-running sitcom Growing Pains...
Alan Thicke was a Canadian-born actor, songwriter, and game and talk show host. He will probably be best remembered for his role as Jason Seaver, the Dad on the ABC TV series Growing Pains, which premiered in 1985 and ran for 7 seasons. Alan was actually born "Alan Willis Jeffrey" on March 1, 1947...native to Kirkland Lake, Ontario. He was the the son of Shirley "Joan" Isobel Marie and William Jeffrey. When they divorced in1953, Alan's mother was remarried to Brian Thicke, and they moved to Elliot Lake. Thicke graduated from Elliot Lake Secondary School in 1965 where he was elected Homecoming King! He then attended the University of Western Ontario and was a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity. Alan knew he was destined to be in front of the camera and in the late 1970s landed a hosting gig on the Canadian game show, First Impressions, and later into the 1980s he hosted the Saturday morning celebrity game show called Animal Crack-Ups...
He did eventually go on to host his own talk show in Canada, aptly named The Alan Thicke Show, in the early 1980s and this endeavor spawned a prime-time spinoff called Prime Cuts, which consisted of edited highlights from his talk show. Following this Thicke was signed on for an American syndicated late-night talk show, Thicke of the Night.
Alan also was quite the producer/composer! Did you know that he was responsible for the theme songs for such productions as Facts of Life, Diff'rent Strokes and even composed the famous music for Wheel of Fortune! He composed the theme music for several game shows as well including The Wizard of Odds (he also sang the vocal introduction!) The Joker's Wild, Celebrity Sweepstakes, The Diamond Head Game, Animal Crack-Ups , Blank Check, Stumpers! and Whew!... Thicke also co-wrote the hit song "Sara" for Bill Champlin from Runaway album in 1981! Overall he was a very busy man with so many talents...way beyond our beloved Jason Seaver...But moving on to Jason Seaver:
On the renowned television series, Growing Pains, he played the sturdy and well grounded dad, Jason Seaver. On the show he portrayed a psychiatrist who decided to move his practice into his home to pave the way for his wife Maggie (played by Joanna Kearns) to re-enter the work force and resume her career as a reporter. This was a very essential portrayal for the time period because it really shed light on a gender concern of the time. We applaud the writers for taking on this topic and moving society forward! Jason (Thicke) was the type of dad that had a bit of "Ward C;Cleaver" in him. His parenting dynamics were governed by life lesson and good moral outcome. He was largely responsible for taking care of the children: Mike Seaver (played by Kirk Cameron) played the girl crazy teen always up to teen-boy antics, Carol Anne Seaver (played by Tracey Gold) who was the book-worm know it all always up in Mike's business, Benjamin "Ben" Hubert Horatio Humphrey Seaver (played by Jeremy Miller) following in his brother's footsteps but paving a path all his own...and lastly the Seavers added a forth child, Christine "Chrissy" Ellen Seaver who was played by Ashley Johnson in seasons 6 & 7 and by Kelsey and Kristen Dohring in season 5 (toddler) in which they alternated the role. Alan Thicke's character as the "stay at home" dad (in a way) solved all of the family's dilemmas and did so in a warm and nurturing way. His character was ranked No. 37 on TV Guide’s list of the “50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time.”
Sure we will always cherish our half hour episodes of Growing Pains but Alan Thicke actually has a pretty extensive appearance list in both television and feature films. We saw his memorable face all over our televisions including a nice run of commercials and a large list of host gigs for televised events. He was nominated for Primetime Emmy Awards and for a Golden Globe Award in 1988 for best performance by an actor in a comedy/musical series for “Growing Pains.” and was also nominated for a Daytime Emmy in 1998 for outstanding audience participation/game show for “Pictionary.”
Mr. Thicke was married three times. His first wife was the dazzling Gloria Loring who starred in Days of our Lives...She eventually would lend her voice to the singing of the theme song for Facts of Life (theme song written by Mr. Thicke). Their marriage dissolved around 1984 and they had two sons together, Brennan and Robin. He then started dating the beautiful actress Kristy Swanson when she was just 17 years old (1986) and they got engaged two years later when Alan was 42. He married his second wife in 1994, Gina Tolleson who was Miss World 1990, and together they had a son, Carter William Thicke...they divorced in September of 1999. Alan then married Tanya Callau and they were married from 2005 until his death...
Mr. Alan Thicke died in Burbank, CA. on Tuesday, December 13, 2016...According to Carleen Donovan, a publicist for one of his sons, the singer and songwriter Robin Thicke, the cause of death was a heart attack...He was 69.
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