Alan Thicke Dead

Alan Thicke Dead at 69

Television vet Alan Thicke, best known for starring as Dr. Jason Seaver on the ABC family sitcom Growing Pains, has died, his publicist confirms for TVLine. He was 69.

TMZ reported that the actor suffered a heart attack Tuesday while playing hockey with his son. He was pronounced dead at Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center.

Thicke’s pre-Growing Pains TV credits included episodes of The Love Boat. After Growing Pains (for which he earned a Golden Globe nomination) wrapped its seven-season run in 1992, he went on to costar in the NBC sitcom Hope & Gloria as well as appear in episodes of Married With Children, the Baywatch-spoofing Son of the Beach, The Bold and the Beautiful, The L.A. Complex and How I Met Your Mother (where he appeared as Robin’s “dad”). He would also reprise his role as Jason Seaver in two Growing Pains reunion TV-movies.

More recently, the Canadian-born actor guested on Scream Queens, the This is Us pilot, Grandfathered and Fuller House.

In addition to his work as an actor, Thicke famously composed music for Diff’rent Strokes and The Facts of Life, among other shows. He also hosted the short-lived mid-1980s talk show Thicke of the Night, plus several game shows (including Pictionary).

Thicke is survived by his third wife, Tanya, and sons Robin (the recording artist), Brennan and Carter.

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48 Comments
  1. kmayne says:

    Shocked to see this Deepest sympathies to the Thicke Family

  2. Pickle8182 says:

    Aw. So sad. I’m taken a little by surprised. Prayers to the family.

  3. Mary says:

    He didn’t recur as Robin’s dad on How I Met Your Mother. He was always playing himself and had known Robin since he’d hosted a show that she had appeared on in Canada.

  4. Eloise Minn says:

    At first I thought this was a cruel joke. I see it’s not. Heartfelt sympathy to his entire family. He will be missed.

  5. LADY_in_MD says:

    So sad grew up watching Growing Pains
    Condolences to his family 🙁

  6. GuessWhat says:

    2016 has been extra cruel. RIP.

  7. Joey Padron says:

    Sad and shocked to hear about his passing. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers to his his family. RIP.

  8. ninergrl6 says:

    I literally gasped when I read this. So sad! Growing Pains was one of my favorite childhood shows. The series finale (with “Mike Seaver was here” carved on the wall) and the ep where Sandy (played by Matthew Perry) dies still make me sob to this day. Thanks for the memories, Mr. Thicke. You’ll always be tv’s #1 dad to me.

  9. Lysh says:

    This year continues to be the worst. RIP.

  10. tracy esterkin says:

    loved him in Growing Pains RIP

  11. P.S.L. says:

    Wow! Not two days ago I was laughing at his guest appearance on Fuller House. Very sudden, and sad!

  12. Dannie C says:

    R.I.P Alan ❤️ Sending love to your family

  13. hank ronson says:

    2016 suxs

  14. curt says:

    Kirkland Lake Ontario. RIP must have been a bit of knob to have a son like Robin. Lost his small town values. Oh well, let a decent long life.

  15. My mom and I watched his talk show every day. 2016 has really taken a toll on the icons of my youth. This one is a real shocker. RIP Alan.

  16. Kevin says:

    What a disastrous 2016 with so many big name celebrities passed away. RIP Alan Thicke :-(

  17. Louise Leamen says:

    I am very sad. I loved watching Alan on TV.
    R.I.P.
    You will be greatly missed.

  18. Eric says:

    This one hurts to see on my favourite website. Alan Thicke was from my hometown, a small town that doesn’t have many homegrown celebrities. To top it off, today is my birthday, so the news puts a damper on it. RIP Alan Thicke, Kirkland Lake was lucky to call you our own.

  19. Carlos Lee says:

    Sad : ( He was only 69.

  20. Sharon Mundy says:

    Oh how very sad condolances to the family💖

  21. Cathy says:

    My prayers are with the family

  22. Kim R says:

    I watched The Alan Thicke show as a teenager, every afternoon. I’m sorry to hear this sad news.

  23. Alex Meyer says:

    Another legend gone this year. RIP.

  24. Nero tTVfiddler says:

    Shocked, stunned and saddened by the passing of Alan Thicke. I can’t believe he’s gone … much too young. I just saw him on a TV commercial yesterday, and when I saw it I smiled and thought – ‘good to see Alan Thicke out there again.’ I’m a big HIMYM fan, and of course grew up on Growing Pains, like most everyone else. Now I hear this news of his passing, and I’m very sad.

    I know he loved hockey… spending the last day of his life with family, doing something he loved. I take some level of solace in knowing that.

    Rest in peace Alan Thicke.

  25. fiberlicious says:

    I had such a crush on him back in the day. Condolences to his family.

  26. Mark says:

    I know him best as the dad in the Not Quite Human movies. Really sorry to hear of his passing. My sympathy to his family.

  27. queensgirl says:

    What a shock. The passing of celebrities, while sad, doesn’t usually affect me on a personal level, but as a child of the ’80s who loved “Growing Pains,” this one does.

  28. So sad :(. 2016 was such a terrible year.

  29. Carolyn says:

    God speed,Mr.Thicke. You will be missed by many.

  30. grazelled says:

    I was watching TV tonight and saw him shown on the news so I thought it was about some project he’s working on or at worst he might have been hurt. What a shock to learn he had died.

    2016 is just the worst for taking those that are part of my childhood and young adult memories. Thoughts for the Thicke family.

  31. Phun says:

    RIP jason Seaver! :(

  32. Bark Star says:

    He always brought gravitas and class to any role and project he worked on. He will be missed.

  33. Lucille de la Chevrotiere says:

    so sad to hear this news. May memories comfort the family in this time of sorrow.

  34. Judiwb says:

    RIP Mr. Thicke, Loved you in Growing Pains. Prayers to the Thicke Family

  35. What a nightmare situation for the son.

  36. Cheryl says:

    I will always remember him. Growing pain was my show to watch. R.I.P. ALAN

  37. E. D. Boddy says:

    I actually watched his late night show, and recall the excessive hype that preceded it (that he was going to defeat Johnny Carson). When he was later cast in Growing Pains, apparently learning from that, he noted that the promos would NOT be “starring Alan Thicke, the greatest thing since birth control.”

  38. KT says:

    He is one of my favorite TV dads. I’m so sorry to hear this, and like many other posters have said, this year has just been extra cruel for those we’ve lost. My sympathies to his family.