Alan Thicke, writer, composer and actor, dies at 69
Alan Thicke, the writer, composer and actor who’s best known for his portrayal of Jason Seaver, the work-at-home psychiatrist and caring father, on the 80s sitcom “Growing Pains”, died this week, at 69. He passed away suddenly from a heart attack while playing ice hockey with his 19-year-old son. His role on Growing Pains won him the love and admiration of countless fans.
But this wasn’t his only claim to fame. Thicke was multi-talented, and composed several theme songs, including the theme for “Diff’rent Strokes,” another iconic sitcom. As a veteran performer, he’d worked in the entertainment industry for over 5 decades, playing many parts on television over the years, sometimes playing himself, in addition to his work on Growing Pains. On a personal note, friends and family remember his kindness, generosity, and real-life skill as a father.