by Darren C. Jacob |
Chances are you know Mr. Alan Thicke as the man who played the dorky lovable father on the popular ‘80s show, Growing Pains — yet his list of accomplishments is far more extensive. He’s a successful author, composer, producer and actor, a man of many talents who also happens to be a true proud Canadian.
Alan Thicke was born in the northern Ontario community of Kirkland Lake. He attended Western University and soon after started his career at the Canadian Broadcast Corporation as a writer before heading south of the border; there he wrote for Bill Cosby, Flip Wilson, Richard Pryor, Kenny Rogers, Barry Manilow and many more. He hosted a few of his own talk shows, some a little more successful than others, before landing the role of Dr. Jason Seaver on Growing Pains, becoming one of North America’s favourite TV Dads.
Thicke also has a knack for composing songs — especially theme songs. According to his bio, he has written over 45 television theme songs, including those for The Facts of Life and Diff’rent Strokes. Most recently he co-wrote a song with his now-famous singer-songwriter son, Robin, on the 2013 Blurred Lines album. Thicke not only excelled as a TV Dad; he’s been named father of the year by a number of organizations, and he’s published humourous books on parenting — How To Raise Kids Who Won’t Hate You and How Men Have Babies — The Pregnant Father’s Survival Guide, both of which are fan favourites.
Today, Alan Thicke is one of the most sought after emcees. He’s hosted prestigious events such as the Emmy Awards, the Miss Universe, Miss World USA, and Miss USA pageants, and the ever so popular CBC NHL Awards!
“It was an honour … I can’t wait
to go and walk on my own star.”
— Thicke on his induction to the Canadian Walk of Fame
I had the opportunity to have a brief conversation with Mr. Alan Thicke just before he was whisked away to attend the ESPYS reception, followed by a weekend of golf at the ESPYS golf tournament, and NBC’s Lake Tahoe Golf Tournament, which is a televised event. We talked about his new hit show, Unusually Thicke, and his induction into Canada’s Walk of Fame, joining a long list of fellow great Canadians. “It was an honour. It was a wonderfully produced show and everything about it was just terrific. I can’t wait to go and walk on my own star,” says Thicke. David Foster and Joanna Kerns did the introduction and presented him with the award. Video messages were sent congratulating him on this accomplishment, proving how well loved and respected he is by his peers.
His acting career spans decades, making appearances in feature films and countless television series like How I Met Your Mother, Real Time With Bill Maher, and all the way back to Married With Children, and The Love Boat; in addition to
dramas such as The Bold and the Beautiful, and CBC’s jPod. The Slice Network has aired Thicke’s latest adventure, Unusually Thicke a wildly entertaining reality style sitcom show. When I first heard of Unusually Thicke I couldn’t help but think, hmmm, wonder what this is all about … two days later I watched 14 episodes and found myself wishing there was more. I couldn’t get enough. The show follows around his beautiful wife Tanya, his youngest son, Carter, and of course the man himself, Alan Thicke as they work their way through their daily Californian life. Topics cover family dealings such as an underage kid throwing a party or trying to find a summer job, a trip to the family cottage for a weekend excursion, to personal and private moments when the discussion of having a baby comes up. There are guest appearances from numerous celebrities such as Bob Saget, Wayne Gretzky, Bill Maher, Minnie Driver, David Hasselhoff, Leonardo DiCaprio, and the list goes on and on. Season 1 of Unusually Thicke is by far one of the best TV shows of 2014 so I had to ask if it would be back again unfortunately, he said as much fun as they had making the show, a new season will depend on finding time. Thicke says that most of next year will see him touring North America with a “Dancing with the Stars” type show.
Alan Thicke is an enormous supporter of Canadian talent. He is also a man who appears to appreciate life; he works hard, plays hard and gives back to the community through various charities. Keep your eye out for him — you never know what he’ll be up to next!