“Forgotten Hollywood”- Goodbye to Alan Thicke…

Posted on December 13, 2016 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here… 

“`Alan Thicke portrayed a likable dad on the popular sitcom Growing Pains, which aired from 1985 until 1992.  The show led to a number of television films. Alan was nominated for three Emmy Awards in the 1970s as a writer for Barry Manilow’s talk show, and later, for a satirical take on this genre, in the variety show America 2-Night. His son is pop singer Robin Thicke.

“`Thicke grew up in Ontario, Canada.  He became an amiable Canadian talk show host,  before making his name in the United States. Norman Lear hired him to head the writing staff of Fernwood 2-Night. Early in his career, Thicke was the composer of several tunes, including the first theme to Wheel of Fortune,  The Facts of Life, and Diff’rent Strokes. ALAN THICKE ->

“`Appearing in a number of minor films, Alan was prolific on the small screen; guest-starring in The Love Boat, Murder She Wrote, Married with Children, How I Met Your Mother, 7th Heaven, and seven episodes of The Bold and the Beautiful. In 1988, Alan hosted the Miss USA Pageant and Miss Universe Pageant, replacing in both cases, Bob Barker. The next  year, Dick Clark took over Miss USA, while John Forsythe took over Miss Universe. Thicke co-hosted Walt Disney World Very Merry Christmas Parade with Joan Lunden for seven years, when he was succeeded by Regis Philbin.

“`Thicke was a frequent pitchman for ads on Sirius, including for Optima Tax Relief. On stage, he appeared in Chicago. In 2013, Alan was inducted along Canada’s Walk of Fame. He was on the Board of Directors for the Alan Thicke Center, which specialized in the fight and research against diabetes.

“`Alan Thicke was 69.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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