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Who is Alan Thicke?

Born Alan Willis Jeffrey on the 1st of March, 1947, known as Alan Thicke he was a Canadian actor, host, songwriter, and producer, who became famous through his show “The Alan Thicke Show”, and his role in the television series “Growing Pains.” He passed away in 2016.

Alan Thicke Background and Education

Born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Thicke was the son of Shirley “Joan” Isobel Marie and William Jeffrey. His parents divorced when he was six years old and his mother remarried to Brian Thicke. During his younger years, he attended Elliot Lake Secondary School, and later on graduated from the University of Western Ohio where he also joined the Delta Upsilon fraternity.

How did Alan Thicke Became Famous?

Thicke started out as a game show host in Canada, initially fronting “First Impression” on the network CFCF-TV in Montreal during the late ‘70s. From 1980 to 1983, he became the host of his own “The Alan Thicke Show”, which became one of the most popular daytime talk shows at the time.

Thicke tried to transition to late night in the show “Thicke of the Night”, but the show failed to succeed, however, he was still considered one of the best hosts of his time, and it still helped his career and net worth to propel forward.

Aside from hosting, Thicke also ventured into acting. It was in 1985 that he found success when he became a part of the television series “Growing Pains.” He played the lead role of Jason Seaver, a psychiatrist and father of four children who he takes care of alongside his wife Maggy, played by Joanna Kerns. The show became a huge hit, such that it ran until 1992. The show’s success helped both in his career and also tremendously in boosting his wealth.

After “Growing Pains”, Thicke tried to go back to do sitcom, and this time play a more challenging, different his role from Jason Seaver. He did star in his next show, a 1995 US series called  “Hope & Gloria”, but it didn’t achieve the same success that “Growing Pains” had.

Alan Thicke as a Producer, Composer and in Other Endeavours

Aside from a thriving career in front of the camera, Thicke also enjoyed success behind the scenes as a producer and composer. He created theme songs for television shows including “Diff’rent Strokes” and “The Facts of Life”, and he was also the person behind several game show theme songs including “The Joker’s Wild”, “Celebrity Sweepstakes”, “Animal Crack-Ups” “Whew!”, and the original theme for the show “Wheel of Fortune.” He also produced plenty of television shows, including CBC’s “Anne Murray Christmas” specials. His various works as a producer and composer also helped in increasing his net worth.

Thicke was a well-known spokesperson for various brand and companies too. He worked with the Canadian division of Woolco department, and became their spokesperson. He also made advertisements for Tahiti Village – a time-share resort in Las Vegas – CCS Medical, and Optima Tax Relief. His various works as a spokesperson also helped in adding in his wealth.

Alan Thicke’s Net Worth

Based on authoritative sources, Thicke’s net worth was $40 million as of early 2018. Most of his wealth came from his long career in the entertainment industry, starting on in the ‘70s until his death.

Alan Thicke’s Personal Life

Thicke was married three times, firstly to actress Gloria Loring in 1970, who appeared in “Days of Our Lives.” Together they had two sons, Brennan and Robin, but their marriage ended in 1984.

Thicke was next married o Gina Tolleson in 1994, and together they had one son, Carter William Thicke, however their marriage also ended in divorce, in 1999. His last partner was Tanya Callau whom he met in 1999; they married in 2005 and remained together until his death in 2016.

Alan Thicke’s Death

Thicke died on 19 December 2016. He was playing ice-hockey with his son Carter a couple of days before he actually died, when he suddenly collapsed. At the age of 69, he died with type-A aortic dissection at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California, and was interred at Santa Barbara Cemetery.

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