Alan Thicke

Alan Thicke


3/1/1947, Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada

Birth Name

Alan Willis Jeffrey


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Alan Willis Jeffrey was born on March 1, 1947 in Kirkland Lake, ON, Canada. After abandoning plans to be either a minister or a doctor, Alan instead changed his last name to Thicke and turned to sports writing, then typed out comedy material for the CBC television network.…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 1985, Alan's role as psychiatrist and father Jason Seaver on ABC hit series Growing Pains compelled him into the international spotlight as one of television's most beloved father figures. The series reigned for seven years earning Alan numerous awards including a Golden Globe nomination for best actor.

    • One of the most sought-after host in the business Thicke emceed the 1987 Emmy Awards, and for ABC Disney Christmas and Easter Parades, Fall Preview Special, Animal Crack-Ups, Miss Universe, Miss World USA and Miss USA pageants, Showtime's Comedy All-Stars, Olympics Kick-Off Gala, TV's Funniest Families, NBC's Worlds Greatest Magic and the Emmy nominated Pictionary.

    • Recently, Alan has revisited his writing craft to create sitcom pilot scripts for studios including Castle Rock and Warner Brothers as well as television movie, When Love Grows Old for the Family Channel, a feature film, The Noone Hour for Steve Tisch Productions, and the comedy Beauty Queens Must Die for Allegro Films.

    • Alan starred in Disney Channel's Not Quite Human trilogy.

    • Alan has his own official website.

    • Planned to wed his longtime girlfriend, model, Tanya Callau on May 7, 2005 in Cabo San Lucas.

    • Hosted the 2004 Miss Universe Canada Pageant in Rama, ON from January 23-25, 2004.

    • Was 40 years old when he dated 17-year old actress Kristy Swanson. Was later engaged to her at 42.

    • Was Steven Spielberg's first choice to play Oskar Schindler in Schindler's List. Alan turned down the part due to creative differences and scheduling conflicts.

    • Jason Seaver, Thicke's character on Growing Pains, was ranked #37 in TV Guide's list of the 50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time (June 20, 2004 issue).

    • May 2003 - Lost five teeth and required 30 stitches after getting hit in the face by a flying puck while playing hockey with actor Michael Vartan. Alan was not wearing sufficient headgear.

    • Hosted Wayne Gretzky's wedding in Edmonton, Alberta.

    • Once had his nose broken by Gordie Howe in a celebrity hockey game.

    • Was named, Father of the Year, by The Father's Day Council of Los Angeles, The Muscular Dystrophy Association, and The Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

    • He appeared in the music video and sang in the choir on the song, Voices That Care.

    • Alan's early training in musical theater paid off in 1997 when he co-starred with Jason Alexander in Promises Promises and just recently ended a critically acclaimed role Billy Flint in the travling show of Chicago the musical.

    • Alan's height is 6' 2" (1.88 m).

    • Alan and his Growing Pains co-star Tracy Gold were in the 1988 TV movie Dance 'Till Dawn but did not have any scenes together.

    • Alan received the Humanitarian Leadership Award from Huntington's Disease Society of America.

    • Alan's sister, Joanne, is a Chiropractor in Brampton, Ontario.

    • Alan's son, Robin, who is a singer and a piano player and released the album, A Beautiful World and has written songs which were sung by Marc Anthony, Christina Aguilera, Mya, Brian McKnight, Pink and many others.

    • Alan wrote; How Men Have Babies: The Pregnant Father's Survival Guide which was published by Jodere Group.

    • Alan has a son with second wife, Gina, named Carter William Thicke. He was born in July 10, 1997. Gina, is a freelance TV reporter and hostess, as well as having been Miss World 1991.

    • Alan worked as a D.J. when he was attending College.

    • Alan's father, Dr. Brian Thicke, is a medical director for Canada3000, a charter airline and is certified Transport Canada physician (performs medicals for pilots) and a family practice in Brampton ON.

    • Alan attended the University of Western Ontario.

    • While in high school Alan was elected, Homecoming King.

    • Alan graduated from Elliot Lake High School in 1965.

    • Alan was a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity in college.

    • Alan managed the career of Canadian singer Rene Simard.

    • Alan married Tanya Callau in 2005 and they are still currently married today.

    • Alan married, Gina Tolleson, in 1994 and they divorced in 1999. They have one child together.

    • Alan was married to, Gloria Loring, in 1970 and they divorced in 1983. They have two sons together.

    • Alan resumed his role as, Dr. Jason Seavers, in The Growing Pains Movie in 2000 and Growing Pains: Return of the Seavers in 2004.

    • Alan hosted the TV show All New 3's a Crowd in 1999.

    • Alan played the character of Pipeman in the movie The Surfer King.

    • Alan has a movie coming out called Alpha Dog to be released in 2006. He will be playing the part of, Douglas Dog.

    • Alan has written television theme songs for both Diff'rent Strokes and The Facts of Life. Alan also wrote the game show theme songs to Whew!, The Diamond Head Game, Stumpers! and the original theme to Wheel of Fortune (Big Wheels, which was used until 1983). Another game show theme Alan wrote and sang was The Wizard Of Odds which was his American debut as well as, Alex Trebek.

    • Alan: referenced in an episode of the Clerks (2000) It only lasted 6 episodes, though.

  • Quotes

  • father Jason Seavers that Alan acted is a father I wanted who is rational, passionate, humorous, great dad. He reminds me of my own dad, who sometime gave me advice, but mostly think of his own business.moreless

    To me, father Jason Seavers that Alan acted is a father I wanted who is rational, passionate, humorous, great dad. He reminds me of my own dad, who sometime gave me advice, but mostly think of his own business. Of course, I love my dad, now, I think I want to be a father that is just Alan acts in Growing pains. Soon, I am gonna have my own baby, giving this little kid my love and everything I can do for its life. To protect my family and to love my family , to be one of the best father, is my little with now. I know I can do that, although I am not a doctor or actor.moreless
  • Is there a doctor in the house?

    I think that Alan Thicke is a very talanted actor who really deserves more air time. He plays all the characters that he gets with expertise and dedication. He is a very flexible actor. He has talent and carisma. When he played Dr. Seaver he was exceptionally good. He made you believe in his role as a psychiaitrist. Even though he was one with his patients his kids were not always behaived. A well vested actor whom I would like to see more of.moreless