Alan Thicke

Alan Thicke (* March 1, 1947 in Kirkland Lake, Ontario ) is a Canadian film and television actor, talk and game show host, and songwriter. The German public, he is known from the series Growing Pains.

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Alan Thicke was born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, the son of Joan, a nurse, and William Jeffrey, a stockbroker. His mother married after the divorce the doctor Brian Thicke, whose last name Alan carries today. In 1965 he graduated from the Elliot Lake Secondary School and was elected prom king. He then attended the University of Western Ontario and joined the Delta Upsilon fraternity.

Thicke was married three times. From 1970 to 1983 he was married to actress Gloria Loring and both have two sons, Brennan and Robin Thicke. 1992 married Alan Thicke then the Miss World 1990 Gina Marie Tolleson. In this marriage came Thickes third son William Carter to the world. However, the connection only lasted until 1999. Since 2005 Alan Thicke is married to Tanya Callau.

His son Robin is a successful musician, Brennan Thicke a famous cartoon voice actor. Robin is married to the U.S. actress Paula Patton since 2005.

Thicke is a passionate hockey fan and player. In May 2003 he lost five teeth and had to be sewn with 30 stitches after he was hit by a flying puck. At the game the actor Michael Vartan participated. Thicke was not wearing adequate protective clothing.



Alan Thicke was known in Germany by the representation of the family father, Dr. Jason Seaver on the sitcom Growing Pains. The series ran from 1985 to 1992 on ABC in the U.S. and was broadcast from 1993 in Germany on ProSieben.

In addition, Thicke appeared in countless TV shows and movies as a guest performer. Larger roles he played, for example, in the films Demolition High, in which he plays the father of the main character ( Corey Haim ), and The Cry of the Dove as Jack West.


Thicke composed numerous theme songs for American television. Together with his ex-wife Gloria Loring, he was responsible, inter alia, for the melody of the sitcom Diff'rent Strokes. In addition, he was a composer of the theme tune to the English original of fortune.


In the Canadian television moderated Alan Thicke countless game shows and talk shows. The best-known were The Alan Thicke Show and Thicke of the Night.


Thicke released in the U.S. two books:

  • Thicke, Alan ( 2003). How Men Have Babies: The Pregnant Father's Survival Guide. Jodere Group. ISBN 978-1-58872-060-3.
  • Thicke, Alan ( 2006). How To Raise Kids Who Will not Hate You. iUniverse Star. ISBN 978-1-58348-840-9.

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