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Alan Thicke Biography

Birth Name:
Alan Willis Jeffrey
Birth Place:
Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada
Actor, songwriter, game-show host, talk-show host, producer, writer, comedian

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
  • Portrayed himself on several episodes of How I Met Your Mother


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