Our readers who have followed the development of Clizbeats.com since it’s early days know that R&B singer, Robin Thicke has been a consistent presence on our site since we first met him in November of 2005. He was one of our first Clizbeats featured artists, and had always returned through the years to kindly grant us many exclusive interviews. In 2009 Robin even generously went out of his way to appear in “The Clizbeats Story,” a biographical video about the creation of Clizbeats.com.
Therefore it is with heavy hearts that we join the rest of the world in publicly mourning the passing of Robin’s father, TV icon Alan Thicke. As was widely previously reported last week the Growing Pains star passed away on December 13, 2016. Thicke collapsed while playing hockey with his son Carter at Pickwick Gardens in Burbank, California. Thicke subsequently died of a heart attack at the Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, at the age of 69.
His wife Tanya, his sons Brennan, Robin and Carter, and his half brother Todd Thicke survive him. As a TV icon of the 1980s and 1990s, Alan Thicke’s career has seen him playing many types of different roles in television and film. Among all of them, he is best known for playing the role of Dr. Jason Seaver on the ABC sitcom, Growing Pains for 166 episodes from 1985-1992.
Beyond that career-defining role, Thicke has appeared in other TV/film projects like The Alan Thicke Show (CTV 1980-1983) Thicke Of The Night (Syndicated, 1983-1984) Disney’s Not Quite Human film series, (ABC/Disney Channel/NBC ,1987, 1989/1990, 1992) The Bold And The Beautiful (CBS, 2006-2009), JPod, (CBC, 2008) How I Met Your Mother (CBS, 2008) and Unusually Thicke. (Reality mockumentary show with his family, Pop/HGTV 2014-2016) His roles final roles came with a cameo appearance on the pilot for the acclaimed NBC family drama, This Is Us (Aired September 20, 2016), and as “Mike” on Season 2 of Netflix’s Original series, Fuller House. (Season 2, Episode 2 “Mom Interference”, released On December 9, 2016) Right before his passing on December 13, Alan tweeted about his excitement for the new season of Fuller House.
— Alan Thicke (@Alan_Thicke) December 13, 2016
Fuller House star Candice Cameron-Bure took to Instagram to express her sadness upon the news of Alan’s passing.
I’m sad beyond words that Alan Thicke has passed away. I’ve known you since I was 8 years old and so glad I had the pleasure of working with you again so recently on Fuller House. You were a part of my family and hockey family. You will be greatly missed. ❤️ My heart hurts.
A photo posted by Candace Cameron Bure (@candacecbure) on
Candice’s older brother, Kirk Cameron who played Alan’s TV son, Mike Seaver joined friends and family including the other Growing Pains cast members Leonardo DiCaprio, Joanna Kerns, Tracey Gold and Jeremy Miller to celebrate Alan on Sunday night. (December 18, 2016). Those guests also included Alan’s friends Jeopardy host Alex Trebek, Full House star Bob Saget, and comedian Bill Maher. Alan was laid to rest the following week on Tuesday December 20, 2016 in Santa Barbara, CA.
Of course those in attendance were not the only ones remembering the beloved Hollywood icon. When the news of Alan’s passing broke across the world, many other high profile celebrities friends took to social media to show an outpouring of love to the Thicke family. Take a look at some of those below.
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) December 14, 2016
Such a wonderful soul… you will be missed my friend. #AlanThicke
— Lionel Richie (@LionelRichie) December 14, 2016
— Sarah Michelle (@SarahMGellar) December 14, 2016
Decades ago I played hockey with #AlanThicke and he told me something I never forgot: “Ever hear of passing the fucking puck, asshole?” RIP
— Denis Leary (@denisleary) December 14, 2016
— Nia Vardalos (@NiaVardalos) December 14, 2016
— Justin Hartley (@justinhartley) December 14, 2016
Just heard of #AlanThicke‘s passing. 1st job in LA was as an intern for him… He was a very nice boss. Sending good thoughts to his family.
— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) December 14, 2016
As many others did, I grew up being entertained by Alan Thicke. 69 is far too young. My thoughts are with his family and his legion of fans.
— Grant Gustin (@grantgust) December 14, 2016
Was ready to IM a pic of my son on his 7th b-day today and saw the news about #AlanThicke… so sad and sudden 😔 Love & prayers to his fam.
— Joey McIntyre (@joeymcintyre) December 14, 2016
RIP Alan Thicke. I grew up watching him and got to know him through Robin. He was always so kind to me. So sad to hear about his passing.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) December 14, 2016
A photo posted by John Stamos (@johnstamos) on
Shocked and sad to hear about the passing of my old friend @Alan_Thicke. He was one of the good guys in Hollywood. We’ll miss u on the ice!
— Jason Priestley (@Jason_Priestley) December 14, 2016
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) December 14, 2016
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) December 14, 2016
— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) 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
A photo posted by Leah Remini (@leahremini) on
I’m so sad to hear about the passing of Alan Thicke. RIP Alan. 😢
— Lori Loughlin (@LoriLoughlin) December 14, 2016
I am so sad to hear this news. Such a kind, funny man, who will be missed. https://t.co/FSOSOIdJF5
— Jodie Sweetin (@JodieSweetin) December 14, 2016
— Dave Coulier (@DaveCoulier) December 14, 2016
There are no words for how sad this is. What an honor to have been able to work with him. Rest In Peace, Alan. ❤️😥 https://t.co/gVaDcpLRqO
— Andrea Barber (@andreabarber) December 14, 2016
So saddened here @Alan_Thicke has passed. He was a consummate gentleman and all around great guy. RIP dear friend.
— Ian Ziering (@IanZiering) December 14, 2016
Our thoughts are with the friends and family of Alan Thicke. A longtime friend to the LA Kings and the hockey community. pic.twitter.com/qPccXcY3SE
— #LAKings (@LAKings) December 14, 2016
Dog… #AlanThicke just wasn’t the cool dad on tv. Dude was a part of our everyday musical lexicon. As a songwriter and jingle man this dude was THE MAN. we live in an age in which most tv shows eschew the art of the theme song. Most of our shows are quickie tags or nothing at all. Or instrumentals. Next to #JesseFrederick & #MervGriffin You were employing Alan to handle the honors. As a dude working in television believe you me: the art of connecting melody and narrative and sticking in 30 secs or less is an ART (I still maintain the #FreshPrince theme is Will’s best most loved song (yes, more than #Summertime)—Alan had classics that NEVER LEFT us: #DiffrentStrokes theme #FactsOfLife theme my Uncle Bud used to laugh at me trying to whistle the #JokersWild theme (game shows were waaaaay big in the 70s yall and Alan did em all including the OG version of #WheelOfFortune back when Woolery was host) I mean 2016 is what it’s going to be. I just hope I love to escape it. Respect to his family and his loved ones.
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So sad is the passing of Alan Thicke. Such a good husband, father, brother, and friend. He will be deeply missed. Rest in peace dear Alan.
— bob saget (@bobsaget) December 14, 2016
Had the pleasure of meeting Alan Thicke and his amazing wife Tanya a few years back.. my thoughts and prayers are with his family. RIP 😔
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) December 14, 2016
— Paula Patton (@PaulaPattonXO) December 14, 2016
Your last tweet ❤️️. I’m heartbroken 😔 https://t.co/6GJopS0XaF
— Candace Cameron Bure (@candacecbure) December 14, 2016
America loved Alan Thicke. I’m so sad he’s gone. Sending so much love to his family.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) December 14, 2016
I am so sorry to hear about Alan Thicke’s passing. My love and prayers to his family.
— Eileen Davidson (@eileen_davidson) December 14, 2016
— Billy Corben (@BillyCorben) December 14, 2016
— Orlando Jones (@TheOrlandoJones) December 14, 2016
Alan Thicke was always the nicest and happiest person in the room. Gone way too soon. Rest In Peace.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) December 14, 2016
So so sad to hear about the passing of #AlanThicke. Such a nice guy. My thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones. Rest in love. ❤️
— Olivia Munn (@oliviamunn) December 14, 2016
I’m shocked to hear about Allan Thicke. He was a good man who gave me some big breaks in my early days. I’ll miss you buddy.
— Howie Mandel (@howiemandel) December 14, 2016
Saddened over the loss of my friend Alan. Condolences to his family.
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) 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
Rest in peace Alan Thicke – You brought so much light, love and humor to the world! Deeply grateful for your friendship and wisdom.
— Ed Helms (@edhelms) December 14, 2016
Sorry to hear of the passing of Alan Thicke, he was always cool and generous with his advice towards me…my condolences to the family
— mark mcgrath (@mark_mcgrath) December 14, 2016
— Rich Eisen Show (@RichEisenShow) December 14, 2016
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The NHL family is sad to learn of the passing of longtime hockey fan Alan Thicke. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/5ADyWRksuf
— NHL (@NHL) December 14, 2016
— Tom Bergeron (@Tom_Bergeron) December 14, 2016
— Tom Bergeron (@Tom_Bergeron) December 14, 2016
I am incredibly sad to hear about the passing of my friend @Alan_Thicke He was always helping others. Thoughts & prayers to Tanya and family
— Dennis Haskins (@mrbelding) December 14, 2016
sad to learn of Alan Thicke’s passing. he was a great friend over the years. thoughts & prayers to his family.
— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) December 14, 2016
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
I am shocked & devastated at the news of Alan Thicke’s death. A friend for many years, he wrote & produced so many of my TV Specials…….
— Anne Murray (@annemurray1) December 14, 2016
So tragic to hear the news of the passing of Alan Thicke. God Bless his family at this tough time.
— Carson Daly (@CarsonDaly) December 14, 2016
.@Alan_Thicke was always so gracious & kind to me. A very very cool guy. Rest In Peace my friend. God bless this great Canadian!
— Joel McHale (@joelmchale) December 14, 2016
— Mindy Cohn (@MindyCohn) December 14, 2016
So saddened to hear about the death of Alan Thicke. All heart,loved life and was a true gentleman and hockey brother. R.I.P.
— David Boreanaz (@David_Boreanaz) December 14, 2016
Dear,kind,funny gorgeous generous Alan. Loved you, loved all the holidays we all went on. Will miss you so greatly. ✨ #alanthicke
— Minnie Driver (@driverminnie) December 14, 2016
— Will Friedle (@willfriedle) December 14, 2016
Alan Thicke LOVED hockey! He also was a man with a huge heart. He was on the ice when his heart attacked him. RIP Alan…
— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) December 14, 2016
— Arsenio Hall (@ArsenioHall) December 14, 2016
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) December 14, 2016
As you can see in some of those posts, some people referenced Alan’s musical ability. That is because like his son Robin, Alan was an accomplished musician in his own way. Away from acting on TV, Alan had a hand in composing some classic TV theme songs. The most famous of those were the ones he co-wrote with his first wife, and Robin’s mother, Gloria Loring. Those were the themes to the sitcoms Diff’rent Strokes (1978-1986 NBC/ABC) and its spin off The Facts Of Life. (1979-1988 NBC) (Both songs written by Gloria Loring/Alan Thicke/Al Burton) Alan also had a hand in writing the theme to his 1980s talk show, The Thicke Of The Night . (Written By Alan Thicke/David Foster/Jay Graydon)
Different Strokes Theme Song
From Jordan Knight
After hearing of Alan’s passing last week, Jordan Knight used his public Facebook page to write a heartfelt message about that time in his life with the Thicke family.
“RIP to Americas favorite TV dad Alan Thicke. It’s so, so sad to hear this news. My love, thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends and all who loved him. I had the great privilege to have known him through his son Robin. Robin and I pieced together the great majority of my first solo album. When we got writers block we would go to Alan’s house and sit at the piano. Alan wrote many lyrics at those sittings most notably on the song “Separate Ways”. One of my absolute favorites. The world will miss you Mr. Thicke. Thank you for making it a better and more magical place. “–Jordan Knight via Facebook on December 13, 2016.
That family affair style of songwriting even continued years later when Robin was working on his hit 2013 album, Blurred Lines. Alan was able to contribute a few lyric ideas after he happened to be over at Robin’s house when the song “Ain’t No Hat 4 That” was being written. (Written by Robin Thicke/Joe Augello/Alan Thicke) To help make the family experience complete Robin’s son Julian was even included in the recording process for the song’s intro.
“Ain’t No Hat 4 That”
From Blurred Lines
Star Trak/Interscope Records
Alan Thicke Talks Songwriting With Robin Thicke
KAC Productions/Disney-ABC Domestic Television