A publicist says Alan Thicke, who played the likable father on the sitcom “Growing Pains,” has died at age 69.
Carleen Donovan, who is a publicist for Thicke’s son, singer Robin Thicke, says the actor died from a heart attack on Tuesday in Los Angeles. She had no further details.
Alan Thicke starred as Dr. Jason Seaver in the ABC series “Growing Pains,” which aired from 1985 until 1992. The Canadian-born actor had a prolific career, including cameos in recent years on the comedy “How I Met Your Mother” and the Netflix series “Fuller House.” He was also a frequent pitchman for ads on Sirius.
Thicke’s “Growing Pains” role is among the most beloved television dads of all time. He played a psychiatrist raising his children along with his wife, played by Joanna Kerns. Seaver’s oldest son, Mike, played by Kirk Cameron, was a constant source of trouble for the family.
Robin and his brother celebrate his father’s birthday earlier this year.
Thicke was born in Ontario, Canada, in 1947 and was a popular Canadian talk show host before making his name in the United States. He was nominated for three Emmy Awards for his work in the late 1970s as a writer for Barry Manilow’s talk show, and later for a satirical take on the genre in the variety show “America 2-Night.”
He was also the composer of several popular theme songs, including the original theme to “The Wheel of Fortune,” and shows such as “The Facts of Life” and “Diff’rent Strokes.”
Robin Thicke talked to the Los Angeles Times Tuesday night, telling them his father was “the greatest man I ever met.” He confirmed that the elder Thicke had a heart attack while playing hockey with Carter, one of his three sons. Robin says that his father had complimented his younger brother on a nice shot.
“The good thing was that he was beloved and he had closure,” Robin told The Times. “I saw him a few days ago and told him how much I loved and respected him.”
The celebrity website TMZ first reported the death.
AP Entertainment Writer Anthony McCartney contributed to this report from Los Angeles.
Now Alan Thicke…
Can we get a do-over on 2016? Too many good people lost and way too many bad people getting lucky…
RIP Dr. Seaver
— Montel Williams (@Montel_Williams) December 14, 2016
Condolences to the family of @Alan_Thicke. If ever there was a time celebs are thinking about our mortality, 2016 is it.
— Chaka Khan (@ChakaKhan) December 14, 2016
RIP to my brother Alan Thicke. The world has lost an icon. pic.twitter.com/zIK0hzjihK
— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) December 14, 2016
— Paula Patton (@PaulaPattonXO) December 14, 2016
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