, Thicke at the "Night of 100 Stars", at the Beverly Hills Hotel, March 2010
Alan Willis Jeffery, (1947-03-01) March 1, 1947 (age 66), Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada
Actor, comedian, songwriter, composer, game show host, talk-show emcee
Gloria Loring (1970-1983), Gina Tolleson (1994-1999),
Tanya Callau (2005-present)
Brennan Thicke, Robin Thicke (both with Loring),
Carter Thicke (with Tolleson)
Alan Jeffery Thicke (born Alan Willis Jeffery; March 1, 1947) is a Canadian actor, comedian, 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.
1 Early life,
2.1 Game shows,
2.2 Talk shows,
2.3 Theme song composer,
2.4 Television and film appearances,
3 Personal life,
4.2 Television movies,
4.3 Television series,
4.4 Television commercials,
5 Books authored by Alan Thicke,
7 External links,
Thicke was born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada, the son of Joan, a nurse, and William Jeffery, a stockbroker. His mother later married Brian Thicke, a physician. He graduated from Elliot Lake Secondary School in 1965, and was elected homecoming king. He went on to attend the University of Western Ontario, where he joined the Delta Upsilon fraternity.
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. In the early 2000s, he hosted the All New 3's a Crowd on the Game Show Network.
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:
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!, 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:
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, 1987 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. In April 2006, he hosted Celebrity Cooking Showdown on NBC, in which celebrities were teamed with famous chefs in a cooking competition.
In August 2006 and 2007, Thicke made a few appearances as talk show host Rich Ginger on The Bold and the Beautiful. 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. 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. 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. 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.
In March 2013, Thicke participated on ABC's Celebrity Wife Swap. He swapped wives with comedian Gilbert Gottfried.
In December 2013, Thicke appeared as himself in the How I Met Your Mother episode "The Rehearsal Dinner".
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. His second marriage, to Miss World 1990 Gina Tolleson (1994-99), produced a third son, Carter William (1997). In 1999, he met Tanya Callau in Miami, where he was the celebrity host and a model. They married in 2005.
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.
Narrator/Father (voice; third telecast)
Calendar Girl Murders
And You Thought Your Parents Were Weird
Matthew Carson / Newman (voice)
Betrayal of the Dove
Bear with Me
Xin shi zi jie tou
Chuck McBride - Perfect Date Host
The Surfer King
The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard
Making a Scene
Perry Mason: The Case of the Shooting Star
Not Quite Human
Dr. Jonas Carson
14 Going on 30
The real Forndexter
Dance 'til Dawn
Not Quite Human II
Dr. Jonas Carson
Jury Duty: The Comedy
The Trial of Red Riding Hood
Still Not Quite Human
Dr. Jonas Carson
Lamb Chop and the Haunted Studio
Lamb Chop's Special Chanukah
Senator Joplin Hardy
Shari's Passover Surprise
The Secret She Carried
Reed Epperson (uncredited)
Shadow of the Bear
Any Place But Home
Casper Meets Wendy
Two of Hearts
The Growing Pains Movie
Growing Pains: Return of the Seavers
Mother Goose Parade
It's Our Stuff
Time for Living
Jack: A Flash Fantasy
Jack of Diamonds
Episode: "I Am Democracy"
Thicke of the Night
The Love Boat
Alan Price / Robert McBride / Senator Bob Townsend
Scene of the Crime
Episode: "A Vote for Murder"
Episode: "Tough Guys Don't Whine"
Murder, She Wrote
Harrison M. Kane
Episode: "The Phantom Killer"
Episode: "Who Killed the Beauty Queen?"
Episode: "The Ex-Files"
Hope & Gloria
Married... with Children
Bruce / Henry
The Outer Limits
Episode: "A Special Edition"
Episode: "Rules of the Game"
Beggars and Choosers
Episode: "The Woodhouse Conundrum"
Son of the Beach
Captain 'Buck' Enteneille / Captain Buck Enteneille
EGG, the Arts Show
Episode: "Broadway Workshop"
My Wife and Kids
Episode: "Fantasy Camp: Part 2"
Episode: "The New Neighbors"
Half & Half
Episode: "The Big Mothers for Others Episode"
Episode: "Joey and the Poker"
The Bold and the Beautiful
Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide
Hal E. Burton
Episode: "Spring Fever & the School Newspaper"
About a Girl
Episode: "About a Homecoming"
How I Met Your Mother
Canada's Worst Handyman 5
Episode: "Crystal Light Dancers (Reunion)"
I'm in the Band
This Hour Has 22 Minutes
The L.A. Complex
Celebrity Wife Swap
Season 2 episode 3
In the 1990s, Thicke was the spokesman for the Canadian division of Woolco department stores until its demise in 1994. 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.
Books authored by Alan Thicke:
Thicke, Alan (May 1999). How Men Have Babies: The Pregnant Father's Survival Guide. Contemporary Books. ISBN 978-0-8092-2806-5. ,
Thicke, Alan (April 27, 2006). How To Raise Kids Who Won't Hate You. iUniverse Star. ISBN 978-0-595-84288-9.