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Take a look back through four decades of performances from the irreplaceable Alan Thicke

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Thicke became one of America's most beloved TV dads when he starred as Jason Seaver on the ABC sitcom from 1985 to 1992. He received a Golden Globe nomination in 1988.

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Like a true Canadian, Thicke was a die-hard hockey fan and a longtime friend of Wayne Gretzky's. In fact, he played a huge role in The Great One's trade from the Edmonton Oilers to the LA Kings. Gretzky was babysitting Thicke's son Robin when then-Kings owner Bruce McNall called Thicke's home after the deal was done. "I remember calling when the deal was finally done. It was early in the morning and I had to get Wayne to the airport with me to fly on to Edmonton, and it was [his son] Robin who answered the phone," McNall told Grantland. "I said, 'Robin, I need Wayne,' and he said, 'What's going on, what's going on?' And I said, 'The deal is done, we got him.'" You can read about the whole thing here.

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Thicke appeared on Lucille Ball's short-lived sitcom in 1986.

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Thicke played three different characters on The Love Boat between 1984 and 1987.

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Thicke attended the event with Arsenio Hall.

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ANIMAL CRACK-UPS, Alan Thicke, 1987-1990, © ABC/courtesy Everett Collection

Thicke hosted the ABC game show, in which celebrities answer trivia questions about animals to win money for their favorite animal charity, from 1987 to '90.

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ROBIN'S HOODS, from left: Alan Thicke, Linda Purl, 1994-1995, © USA Network/courtesy Everett

Thicke guest-starred on the USA legal drama in 1994.

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HOPE & GLORIA, (from left): Jessica Lundy, Alan Thicke, Cynthia Stevenson, 1995-96. © Warner Brother

Thicke starred as local TV personality Dennis Dupree on the ABC sitcom from 1995 to '96.

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PICTIONARY, host/executive producer Alan Thicke, 1997-98. © Kline & Friends Prod. / Courtesy: Everet

Thicke hosted a syndicated TV version of the board game from 1997 to '98.

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ANIMALS ARE PEOPLE TOO!, host Alan Thicke, 1999. © PAX / Courtesy: Everett Collection

Thicke hosted this animal series in 1999.

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Thicke performed on the show in 1999.

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CELEBRITY COOKING SHOWDOWN, Cindy Margolis, host Alan Thicke, (Season 1, ep. 101), 2006, photo: Trae

Thicke hosted Celebrity Cooking Showdown, in which stars like Cindy Margolis and Ashley Parker Angel teamed up with chefs in a cook-off, in 2006.

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Thicke had a recurring cameo as talk show host Rich Ginger on the soap.

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Thicke appeared on Maher's talk show in 2006.

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Thicke recurred on HIMYM as a fictionalized version of himself. This Alan Thicke worked with Robin back in her Robin Sparkles days, appearing in her "Sandcastles in the Sand" music video and her TV show Space Teens. Lily later enlisted him to help break Robin and Barney up.

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Thicke starred on the Disney XD series as the band's manager in 2011.

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Thicke appeared on the Today show in 2010.

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Thicke appeared on the reality show in 2013, swapping wives with Gilbert Gottfried.

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PLAYING FATHER, l-r: Eddie Cibrian, Alan Thicke, 2013, ph: Carin Baer/©Hallmark Entertainment/courte

Thicke played Eddie Cibrian's father in this 2013 Hallmark TV movie.

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Thicke starred in this Hallmark Christmas movie in 2013.

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Thicke guest-voiced as himself in 2014.

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Thicke and his wife, Tanya, and youngest son, Carter, have starred in their own reality-sitcom hybrid series on Pop since 2014. The third season premiered three months before Thicke's death.

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Thicke appeared on the show in 2015.

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Thicke starred in this Hallmark movie in 2016.

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Thicke played himself on the Fox sitcom in 2016.

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Thicke guest-starred on the anthology series in 2015.

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Thicke made a cameo in the This Is Us pilot as himself, playing Kevin's (Justin Hartley) father on his show-within-a-show The Manny.

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Thicke was also a prolific TV theme song composer. He wrote "It Takes Diff'rent Strokes" for the Gary Coleman-Todd Bridges sitcom with his first wife Gloria Loring and Al Burton, and sang it as well.

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Thicke reteamed with Loring and Burton to compose the Facts of Life theme.

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Thicke guest-starred in the second second of Fuller House, which was released four days before his death.