Alan Thicke

Actor, TV host, Screenwriter
Alan Thicke became the much-lampooned comic template of bland while playing the father on the 1980s family sitcom "Growing Pains" (1985-1992), even as, with much less fanfare, he achieved unqualified Renaissance Man ... Read more »
Born: 02/28/1947 in Ontario, CA

Filmography

Actor (144)

A Cookie Cutter Christmas 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Bank$tas 2014 (Movie)

Peter Hoss (Actor)

Let It Snow 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

The Surfer King 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

How I Met Your Mother 2008 - 2010, 2013 (Tv Show)

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Notes From Dad 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

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Wife Swap 2013 (Tv Show)

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Real Time with Bill Maher 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

That's My Boy 2012 (Movie)

TV Version Donny's Dad (Actor)

The L.A. Complex 2012 (Tv Show)

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I'm in the Band 2011 (Tv Show)

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La La Land 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

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The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard 2009 (Movie)

Stu Harding (Actor)

truTV Presents: World's Dumbest... 2009 (Tv Show)

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'Til Death 2008 (Tv Show)

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About a Girl 2008 (Tv Show)

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National Lampoon Presents Robodoc 2008 (Movie)

Dr. Roskin (Actor)

Alpha Dog 2007 (Movie)

Douglas Holden (Actor)

Burke's Law 1993 - 1997, 2000 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Celebrity Cooking Showdown 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Host

Hi-Jinks 2000 - 2003, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hope & Gloria 1994 - 1996, 2000 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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I Love the '80s: 3D 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

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I Love the Holidays 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

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Living in TV Land 2000 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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Married... With Children 1994 - 1997, 2000 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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Miracle Pets 2000 - 2003, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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Murder, She Wrote 1993 - 1997, 2000 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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Pictionary 1993 - 1998, 2000 - 2006 (TV Show)

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Son of the Beach 1994 - 1996, 2000 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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100 Greatest Kid Stars 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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Half & Half 2005 (Tv Show)

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Joey 2005 (Tv Show)

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Yes, Dear 2005 (Tv Show)

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Childstar 2004 (Movie)

J. R. Robinson (Actor)

Hollywood North 2004 (Movie)

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My Wife and Kids 2004 (Tv Show)

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Raising Helen 2004 (Movie)

Hockey Cantor (Actor)

The Great American Celebrity Spelling Bee 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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Arli$$ 1996 - 2003 (TV Show)

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Carolina 2003 (Movie)

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Just Shoot Me 2002 (Tv Show)

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Teddy Bear's Picnic 2002 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Tracey Gold 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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7th Heaven 2001 (Tv Show)

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All New 3's a Crowd 1999 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Bobby Darin: I Want to Be a Legend 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Growing Pains: The E! True Hollywood Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Intimate Portrait: Joanna Kerns 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Miracle Pets III 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Prism Awards 2001 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Miracle Pets I 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Miracle Pets II 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Animals Are People Too! 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Animals Are People Too! 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Bear With Me 1999 (Movie)

Lumber Tycoon (Actor)

Jack Higgins' The Windsor Protocol 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Anarchy TV 1997 (Movie)

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Salute to the Stooges 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Shari's Passover Surprise 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Demolition High 1996 (Movie)

Slater (Actor)

Lamb Chop's Special Chanukah 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Minor Adjustments 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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The World's Greatest Magic II 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Lamb Chop in the Haunted Studio 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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TV's Funniest Families 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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TV's Funniest Families 2: The Kids 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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The Defense Rests: A Tribute to Raymond Burr 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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The Trial of Red Riding Hood 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Betrayal of the Dove 1993 (Movie)

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Mo' Funny: Black Comedy in America 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Stepmonster 1993 (Movie)

George Dougherty (Actor)

Together For Our Children -- M.U.S.I.C. 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Travelquest 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Miss 1992 World America 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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And You Thought Your Parents Were Weird 1991 (Movie)

of Newman the Robot (Voice)

The Tube Test 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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The Walt Disney World Happy Easter Parade 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Tube Test Two 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Twin Peaks & Cop Rock: Behind the Scenes 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Voices That Care 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Walt Disney World Very Merry Christmas Parade 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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ABC Fall Preview 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Night of 100 Stars III 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Not Quite Human II 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The 16th Annual People's Choice Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The 4th Annual American Comedy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The American Red Cross Emergency Test 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The Walt Disney World Happy Easter Parade 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Animal Crack-Ups 1986 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Comic Relief III 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Showtime Comedy Club All-Stars II 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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The 15th Annual People's Choice Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Walt Disney World's Happy Easter Parade 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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1988 Miss USA Pageant 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Ninth Annual Emmy Awards For Sports 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Obsessed 1988 (Movie)

Conrad Vaughan (Actor)

The 14th Annual People's Choice Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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The 1988 Miss Universe Pageant 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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The 39th Annual Emmy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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The Calgary Olympic Holiday Special 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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The Gift of Time 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Walt Disney World's Happy Easter Parade 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Diabetes: Update '86 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Golden Globe Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Happy Birthday, Hollywood! 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Our Kids and the Best of Everything 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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The ABC Fall Preview Special 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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The Eleventh Annual Circus of the Stars 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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The Love Boat: Who Killed Maxwell Thorn? 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Walt Disney World's Happy Easter Parade 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Miss Hollywood, 1986 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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The Wildest West Show of the Stars 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Scene of the Crime 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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The Canadian Conspiracy 1985 (Movie)

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Thicke of the Night 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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14 Going on 30 (TV Show)

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Any Place But Home (TV Show)

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Calendar Girl Murders (TV Show)

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Dance 'Til Dawn (TV Show)

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Growing Pains (TV Show)

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Ice Angel (TV Show)

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Jury Duty: The Comedy (TV Show)

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Not Quite Human (TV Show)

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Rubdown (TV Show)

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Still Not Quite Human (TV Show)

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The Growing Pains Movie (TV Show)

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Two of Hearts (TV Show)

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Writer (21)

Anne Murray: The Sounds of London 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Writer

Anne Murray's Winter Carnival... From Quebec 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Writer

Anne Murray's Caribbean Cruise 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Writer

A Special Anne Murray Christmas 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Writer

The Richard Pryor Special 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Writer

Olivia 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

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The Richard Pryor Show 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

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Mac Davis Christmas Special... When I Grow Up 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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The Barry Manilow Special 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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The Olivia Newton-John Show 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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The Richard Pryor Special? 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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Lola 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

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Lola 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

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Lola 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

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Lola 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

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The Paul Lynde Comedy Hour 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

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The Flip Wilson Special 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

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The Flip Wilson Special 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

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The Flip Wilson Special 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

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The Sandy Duncan Show 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

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The Bobby Darin Amusement Company 1971 - 1973 (TV Show)

Writer
Producer (9)

Celebrations 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Olivia Newton-John's Hollywood Nights 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Producer

America 2-Night 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Producer

Fernwood 2-Night 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Producer

Play It Again, Uncle Sam 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Producer

The Wizard of Odds 1972 - 1974 (TV Show)

Producer

Anne Murray's Ladies' Night (TV Show)

Producer

The Bobby Vinton Show (TV Show)

Producer

The Secret She Carried (TV Show)

Co-Executive Producer
Music (8)

Art School Confidential 2006 (Movie)

("Facts Of Life - Theme") (Song)

The Facts of Life 1979 - 1988 (TV Show)

Music

Diff'rent Strokes 1978 - 1986 (TV Show)

Music

Joe's World 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Music

Whew! 1978 - 1980 (TV Show)

Music

Celebrity Sweepstakes 1973 - 1976 (TV Show)

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Stumpers 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

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The Diamond Head Game 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Music

Biography

Alan Thicke became the much-lampooned comic template of bland while playing the father on the 1980s family sitcom "Growing Pains" (1985-1992), even as, with much less fanfare, he achieved unqualified Renaissance Man status in American and Canadian television. A household name in his native Canada, Thicke gained a foothold in the U.S. as a comedy writer, cutting his teeth in Hollywood writing for and producing such influential, if short-lived, fare as "Fernwood 2-Night" (syndicated, 1977) and "The Richard Pryor Show" (NBC, 1977), producing pop music TV specials, as well as composing, along with then wife Gloria Loring, a raft of series theme songs, notably that of the NBC sitcoms "Diff'rent Strokes" (1978-1986) and "The Facts of Life" (1979-1988). He returned to Canada to helm a popular, eponymous daytime talk show, though his first U.S. shot at stardom in front of the camera, the syndicated late-night talker "Thicke of the Night" (1983-84), proved a notorious bomb. Yet it also provided a springboard to what would become his signature role in American pop culture, Jason Seaver, head of the Seaver family, on "Growing Pains," leading to a journeyman career as a supporting actor in both TV and film. Though most widely remembered as the cheerleading head of a treacle-laden household, Thicke nevertheless could claim one of the most eclectic résumés in show business.

Relationships

Tanya Callau Actor

Wife
began dating c. 1999 engaged October 2004 married May 7, 2005 at the one and only Palmilla resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

William Jeffrey

Father

Gloria Loring Actor

Wife
born December 19, 1946 married in 1970 divorced in 1984 had two sons with Thicke

Paula Patton Actor

Child-In-Law
Married Thicke's son Robin in 2005

Joan Thicke

Mother
divorced William Jeffrey in 1953 married Brian Thicke in 1954

Robin Thicke Actor

Son
Born Sept. 15, 1977; mother, Gloria Loring

Brian Thicke

Step-Father

Brennan Thicke

Son
born c. 1975 diabetic mother, Gloria Loring

Carter Thicke

Son
born July 11, 1997 in L.A. mother, Gina Tolleson

Robin Thicke

Son
born c. 1977 mother, Gloria Loring

Todd Thicke

Half-Brother
born c. 1957

Joanne Thicke

Half-Sister
born c. 1956

Gina Tolleson Actor

Wife
former Miss World born c. 1969 married August 13, 1994 separated summer 1999 divorced

EDUCATION

University of Western Ontario

Ontario 1969
(pre-med)

Elliot Lake High School

Elliot Lake , Ontario 1965

Milestones

2002

Appeared as himself in "Teddy Bears' Picnic"

1998

Made stage musical debut playing lawyer Billy Flynn in the touring production of "Chicago"; later debuted on Broadway in the same role

1993

Feature film lead in "Stepmonster"

1984

TV-movie debut, "Calendar Girl Murders"

1978

Wrote theme song for the NBC sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes" and its spin-off, "Facts of Life"

1974

Wrote theme song for the game show "Celebrity Sweepstakes"

1972

Was a staff writer on "The Bobby Darin Amusement Company" (NBC)

Raised in Canada

Played Dennis Dupree on NBC sitcom "Hope & Gloria"

Hosted and served as executive producer of "Thicke of the Night"

Hosted "Animal Crack-Ups"

Hosted the syndicated game show "Pictionary"

Played Jason Seaver on ABC sitcom "Growing Pains"

Served as a writer and producer on "Fernwood 2-Night" and its sequel, "America 2-Night"

Bonus Trivia

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"You know, I couldn't watch 'The Tonight Show' for a full year after the cancellation [of 'Thicke of the Night'] because it broke my heart to be reminded of my failure every night and to see somebody who did it so great, namely Johnny." --Alan Thicke in The New York Times, June 20, 1995.

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On Dennis DuPree: "It was a character I could have fun with and that's all that mattered." --Alan Thicke in USA Today, June 29, 1995.

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