Fast Facts

  • Worked as a disc jockey while in college.
  • Early in his career, was a successful talk-show host in Canada.
  • Composed the original theme song to Wheel of Fortune and, along with his then-wife Gloria Loring, wrote the theme songs to Diff'rent Strokes and The Facts of Life.
  • Became a supporter of juvenile-diabetes research after one of his sons was diagnosed with the disease; established the Alan Thicke Centre for Juvenile Diabetes Research in London, Canada, in 1989.
  • Is the author of two books on parenting: How Men Have Babies: The Pregnant Father's Survival Guide (1999) and How to Raise Kids Who Won't Hate You (2006). How to Raise Kids Who Won't Hate You was reissued with an additional chapter on raising rock stars in 2009.
  • Is a huge hockey fan and has played the sport since childhood; his injuries include losing five teeth during one game in 2003.
  • Portrayed himself on several episodes of How I Met Your Mother.
  • In a 2010 interview with the A.V. Club, when asked about his iconic role as patriarch Dr. Jason Seaver on Growing Pains, said, "Loved it. Proud of it....I share the corny family values espoused on that show....So if that's what goes on my tombstone, I'm perfectly comfortable with it."


  • 1978, Emmy — Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Series: Nominee
  • 1988, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1977, Emmy — Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Special: Nominee
  • 1978, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy-Variety or Music Series: Nominee


  • Brennan Thicke — Son
  • William Jeffrey — Father
  • Gloria Loring — Ex-wife
  • Joanne Thicke — Half Sister
  • Tanya Thicke — Wife
  • Todd Thicke — Half Brother
  • Brian Thicke — Stepfather
  • Joan Thicke — Mother
  • Carter William Thicke — Son
  • Gina Tolleson — Ex-wife
  • Robin Thicke — Son


  • University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada (English & Psychology, 1967)


  • Birth Name: Alan Willis Jeffrey
  • Birth Place: Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada
  • Birthday: March 1, 1947, Pisces
  • Profession: Actor, Songwriter, Game-show host, Talk-show host, Producer, Writer, Comedian
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