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Alan Thicke, BA'67

Alan Thicke
Award-winning actor, comedian, composer and author

Multi-talented, hilarious, and insightful hardly begin to describe Alan Thicke, BA'67, and his career as an all-purpose entertainer.

Thicke came to Western at 16 after skipping grades four and six and after graduating in 1967, kicked off his career at the CBC working for Lorne Michaels.

Early in his career Thicke wrote and/or produced for stars like Richard Pryor, Anne Murray, Bill Cosby, Kenny Rogers, Olivia Newton-John and Barry Manilow.

From 1980 to 1983, The Alan Thicke Show became (and remains) the biggest hit in the history of Canadian daytime television. The American late-night entry Thicke of the Night followed, however with less success.

Television audiences know Thicke best as psychiatrist and father Jason Seaver from ABC’s Growing Pains, now syndicated in more than 65 countries. He has also appeared on the CBS hit comedy How I Met Your Mother.

He has had roles in many TV movies and feature films including Disney’s Not Quite Human trilogy; The Calendar Girl Murders; Windsor Protocol; Rubdown; Any Place But Home; Obsessed; Betrayal Of The Dove; Ice Angel; Crossroads; and Teddy Bear’s Picnic.

In theatre, Thicke received rave reviews opposite Jason Alexander in the Neil Simon/Burt Bacharach musical Promises, Promises and for his Broadway debut as ‘Billy Flynn’ in Chicago-The Musical.

A sought-after emcee, he has hosted event specials including the Emmy Awards and Miss Universe and his series hosting includes ABC’s Animal Crack-ups, the Emmy-nominated Pictionary and A&E’s Travelquest.

As a headliner, Thicke has played the main Las Vegas showrooms of the Hilton, Desert Inn and Sands, as well as Atlantic City’s Resorts International, numerous cruise ships, and corporate events for Borden, Nestle, Mattel and Baskin-Robbins to name a few.

Thicke is also the author of Lovely Parting Gifts, How to Raise Kids Who Won’t Hate You and How Men Have Babies– The Pregnant Father’s Survival Guide.

He has written sitcoms for Castle Rock, Warner Bros., and Viacom, and several feature film scripts. He was Executive Producer for the NBC Movie of the Week The Secret She Carried, and penned his nationally syndicated humor column for the Toronto Sun.

Thicke’s background in game shows is extensive. He produced Celebrity Sweepstakes and Wizard of Odds, launching the career of his friend Alex Trebek. Wheel of Fortune and The Joker’s Wild are among the more than 45 television theme songs composed by Thicke, including Facts of Life and Diff’rent Strokes.

Thicke has earned a Golden Globe “Best Actor” nomination and seven Emmy Award nominations (five for writing, two for acting.

Most recently, Thicke is working with other renowned comedians such as Adam Sandler and Will Ferrell on film Internet projects.

However, acting, producing, composing, performing, emceeing, and generally entertaining isn’t where his work ends. Thicke and his father launched the Thicke Centre for Juvenile Diabetes Research which is how he maintains his roots to Western.

Thicke is married to Tanya Callau and has three sons: Brennan, Robin and Carter.

Thicke was featured in the Fall 2011 issue of the Alumni Gazette.


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