Alan Thicke was an iconic Canadian-born multi-talented entertainer. Throughout his career, he mastered the art of presentation, acting, comedy, screenwriting, writing, composing, songwriting, and hosting ceremonies. He is best known for his role in Growing Pains, an ABC family sitcom in which he played Dr. Jason Seaver.
In addition to his role in Growing Pains, which ran seven seasons, Alan has appeared in several movies, including Alpha Dog, Copper Mountain, Stepmonster, and Carolina. He also appeared in the American television series Hope and Gloria, in which he played Dennis Dupree.
Over the years, the actor has appeared in several television shows, including How I Met Your Mother, Celebrity Wife Swap, Murder She Wrote, Married…With Children and Scream Queens. The legendary actor also established his own shows – Thicke of the Night and The Alan Thicke Show.
Alan Thicke has built quite an impressive career over the years and it is a shame that the world lost such a talented actor so early.
Who Was Alan Thicke?
Alan Willis Jeffrey was born on March 1, 1947, in Kirkland Lake, Canada. He is of Canadian nationality, but of mixed Irish, Scottish and English descent. His biological father was William Jeffrey – a stockbroker, while his mother – Shirley Jeffrey earned her living as a nurse. When his parent’s marriage ended in 1953, his mother remarried a doctor named Brian Thicke. Young Alan grew up in Elliot Lake alongside his half-brother Todd Thicke and half-sister Joanne Thicke from his mother’s second marriage.
Speaking about the educational background and qualifications of the multi-talented entertainer, he received his secondary education at Elliot Lake Secondary School. During his years at Elliot Lake, young Alan was elected Homecoming King and graduated in 1965. He went to the University of Western Ontario where he joined the Delta Upsilon Brotherhood.
Personal Life: Wife, Son
A look at the private life of the deceased actor shows that Alan Thicke was married three times. His first foray into marriage was with Gloria Loring, a popular actress who was best known for her role in Days of Our Lives. Their marriage began in 1970 and was maintained until 1984 when they decided to end their relationship. After a few years, Alan began a relationship with actress Kristy Swanson when Kristy was just 17 years old. Although the two got engaged, they never officially entered into the bond of marriage.
Alan’s second marriage was on August 13, 1994, when he married Miss World Gina Tolleson in 1990. Unfortunately, this union ended in divorce on September 29, 1999. His third marriage, which took place in 1999 and lasted until his death, was the one with the model – Tanya Callau. The two met in Miami, where Tanya worked as a model and Alan was a prominent host.
Alan Thicke had two children from his first marriage to Gloria; his son Brenan grew up to be an actor, and the other son – Robin Thicke – became a successful R&B singer. His second attempt to marry Gina produced a child – Carter Thicke, who was with him at the time of his death.
The cult entertainer has accumulated an impressive total net worth of 40 million dollars during his long and illustrious career. Although his earned salary was never published, it is believed that Alan’s wealth was accumulated through his work in films and television series as well as through his involvement in shows.
How Did Alan Thicke Die?
Alan Thicke was at Pickwick Gardens in Burbank, California on December 13, 2016, enjoying a hockey game with his son Carter when he suddenly passed out. According to the rink manager, the legendary entertainer was still conscious enough to make a joke with his son to capture him on camera as he was rolled out on a stretcher. Alan was later confirmed dead at the Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center Burbank at age 69; the cause of death was later determined to be a type A aortic dissection.
His burial took place on December 19, 2016, at Santa Barbara Cemetery in Santa Barbara, California. It was a good opportunity for the actors of Growing Pains to reunite. His friend Bob Saget gave a fitting eulogy, while his son Robin recited a humorous story in memory of the famous actor.