One Of The All-Time Great Canadian People, Alan Thicke, Passes Away

Alan Thicke

Alan Thicke, right, in a scene with Andrew Koenig, left, and future RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, center. Koenig played Seaver family friend Richard “Boner” Stabone. DiMaio was in one episode playing Stabone family friend Eric Shunn. The writers had more elaborate plans for the character Eric Shunn if not for DiMaio’s insisting that his character should look and talk directly to the camera. “Like that Ferris Bueller,” to use DiMaio’s own words.

Burbank, CA—Alan Thicke, patriarch of the Seaver family on ABC’s classic 80s sitcom “Growing Pains” and inarguably one of the greats on the Canadian Mount (Mountie?) Rushmore, died last Tuesday. He was 69. And he died in the most Canadian way possible, suffering a heart attack while playing hockey.

Thicke was best known as Jason Seaver, father to Mike, Carol, Ben and Chrissie, and husband to Maggie on “Growing Pains” from 1985 until 1992. But he also wrote a good number of TV theme songs, including the openings to “Diff’rent Strokes,” “The Facts of Life” and the original theme song to “Wheel of Fortune.”

On the silver screen, Thicke appeared in such films as “Calendar Girl Murders,” “It’s Not My Fault and I Don’t Care Anyway,” “RECOiL” and “And You Thought Your Parents Were Weird.” 

He is survived by his third wife, Tonia Callau, as well as his three sons, Carter, Brennan and singer Robin.