Last night, actor Alan Thicke, best known as patriarch Dr. Jason Seaver on the ABC family sitcom “Growing Pains,” died of a heart attack. He was 69 years old.
Besides playing one of America’s most beloved TV dads, Thicke was a presence on many alt-comedy shows on Adult Swim, often making self-deprecating, strange cameo appearances. In one episode of “Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!” Thicke advertised “The Cinco Napple,” an apple with a sleeping aid.
He made an appearance on “The Eric Andre Show” where he and David Alan Grier closed out the show with a goofy, upbeat song.
Thicke also appeared in the final episode of the short-lived series “The Jack and Triumph Show,” starring Jack Brayer (“30 Rock”) and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.
Finally, Thicke even made a guest appearance on a first season episode of “Scream Queens,” where he plays the comically rich father of Chanel Oberlin’s (Emma Roberts) boyfriend Chad.
Thicke had a long and illustrious career in television, including as a talk show host, a game show host and a soap opera star. He wrote the theme songs for “Diff’rent Strokes,” “The Facts of Life” and the original “Wheel of Fortune.” He was the head writer of the satirical talk show “Fernwood 2 Night,” a spinoff of “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman” and also the writer of self-help books like “How To Raise Kids Who Won’t Hate You” and “How Men Have Babies: The Pregnant Father’s Survival Guide.” Thicke also starred in a mockumentary TV series “Unusually Thicke,” which presented a fictionalized portrayal of his family life.