Alan Thicke Remembered as 'Old-School Pro,' 'Genuinely Nice Guy'

Former colleagues of Alan Thicke took to social media to pay tribute to the Growing Pains legend, who died of a heart attack Tuesday at the age of 69.

Joanna Kerns, who played Thicke’s wife Maggie Seaver for seven seasons on Growing Pains, called Thicke “one of the smartest and funniest men I have ever known” in a tweet to actor Daniel Franzese:

Kirk Cameron, who played eldest son Mike Seaver on Growing Pains, said he would always “cherish the memories” of his TV dad, a “generous, kind and loving man”:

Leonardo DiCaprio, who got his start on Growing Pains, released the following statement on Facebook: “Alan was a devoted father, husband, friend and role model. He knew how to harness the power of the entertainment industry to be a positive influence in so many lives – including mine. I will be forever grateful for the opportunity I had to work with Alan early in my career. He had tremendous class, a huge heart, and he taught me and so many others the valuable lessons about humility and gratitude. I’ve seen him a number of times over the years and when Alan Thicke walked in the room, quite frankly, no one was cooler. I miss him already. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Thicke family during this difficult time.”

Thicke’s son, singer Robin Thicke, called his father “the best friend I ever had”:

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Carter Bays, co-creator of How I Met Your Mother, in which Thicke recurred as himself, called the actor “one of the greats,” adding that he was “an old-school pro and a genuinely nice guy.”

Fuller House‘s Candace Cameron Bure, the sister of Growing Pains actor Kirk Cameron, noted that she has known the iconic patriarch “since I was 8 years old.”

Thicke recently guest-starred in an episode of Fuller House. Read on for Twitter remembrances from EP Jeff Franklin and co-stars Bob Saget and Dave Coulier.

Thicke also appeared in the series premiere of NBC’s This Is Us, playing himself in a scene opposite Justin Hartley’s Kevin.

“I was so saddened to hear about the passing of Alan Thicke,” creator Dan Fogelman told EW.com in a statement. “It feels like just yesterday he joined us on the pilot of This Is Us — he was an absolute joy to work with and hang out with, both on and off camera. I know I speak for the entire This Is Us family as we send deepest condolences to his family, friends, and loved ones.”

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9 Comments
  1. Jason says:

    The crappy year that is 2016 just had to get in one more parting shot. Alan Thicke was such a huge part of my childhood. Whenever I watched Growing Pains he was always a reassuring presence as the Dad anyone would wish for. Which is why that’s exactly what it feels like we lost today.

  2. music_girl says:

    He didn’t play Mr. Scherbatsky on HIMYM – Ray Wise played Robin’s father.

  3. MMD says:

    Another one – unbelievable. I remember when he had his daytime talk show here in Canada. Always seemed like a good and decent man. It must have been quick because I know he played hockey for years here and there for fun and for a lot of charities. Deepest condolences to his family and many friends.

    Damn I wish that 2016 would come to an end soon. It has been just brutal with all the losses!

    • MMD says:

      Just on here because the snow plows woke me (it’s now 3:18 am) and even though I just wrote the above and have been reading other reports I am still stunned. Simply stunned and really, really sad and my heart aches for all of us who grew up with Alan Thicke from which ever medium we remember him from as wore many hats. He was always so fit and loved his hockey so it is fitting that if was going to pass, it was doing what he had enjoyed playing for so many years and had passed down to his sons. So very, very sad.

  4. Maria says:

    Dear 2016,
    Except for the Cubs winning the World Series, you have been terrible.

    RIP Mr Thicke, and thanks for the wonderful tv memories.

  5. TvPeong says:

    May he rest in peace

  6. Mari says:

    Awesome in Himym he seems like a really fun guy.

  7. Sherri Ball says:

    Love you Alan Thicke! RIP