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Alan Thicke is an award-winning actor of stage and screen best known for playing one of TV’s most beloved father figures, Jason Seaver on ABC’s “Growing Pains.” He is a seven-time Emmy nominee, syndicated humor columnist and regular contributor of satiric essays on NPR, but his most important role has been that of a real-life father.

Drawing on his experience as the father of a diabetic child, Thicke has written two books about parenting: How Men Have Babies: The Pregnant Father’s Survival Guide, and How to Raise Kids Who Won’t Hate You. He was named “Father of the Year” by both The Father’s Day Council and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

Thicke was raised in the gold-mining town of Kirkland Lake, Ontario in the far north of Canada. “There were two ways a guy could get out of town, play hockey or get a girl pregnant,” he said of his childhood home. “I wasn’t good enough at either.” Instead, Thicke was a stand-up comedian, a singer in a rock-and-roll band, an all-night disc jockey, and eventually a writer for the Canadian Broadcast Company.

Thicke went on to write, produce and star in dozens of TV shows in both the US and Canada. He also wrote over 45 TV theme songs, including “Facts of Life,” “Different Strokes” and “Wheel of Fortune.” These days, he spends his time writing sitcom pilot scripts for studios like Castle Rock and Warner Brothers.

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As one of television′s most beloved father figures, psychiatrist Jason Seaver on ABC′s “Growing Pains,” Alan Thicke has enjoyed an award-winning career on stage and screen. But it has been his work away from the cameras that has earned him “Father of the Year” accolades by organizations including The Father′s Day Council and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Thicke is the father of a diabetic and author of both How Men Have Babies: The Pregnant Father′s Survival Guide and How to Raise Kids Who Won′t Hate You. He is a seven-time Emmy nominee, a syndicated humor columnist, and a regular contributor of satiric essays on NPR. He is the poster boy for illness from A to Z, with family members felled by Alzheimer′s, alcoholism, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and beyond. His approach is to offer facts, data, and tips with an entertaining spin, peppered with amusing anecdotes.

Alan grew up in the rough-and tumble gold mining town of Kirkland Lake, Ontario, in the far north of Canada. “There were two ways a guy could get out of town, ” he muses, “play hockey or get a girl pregnant. I wasn′t good enough at either.” Consequently, Alan entertained his way out, doing stand-up comedy and singing in a rock-and-roll band.

After attending the University of Western Ontario with the intention of becoming a minister or a doctor, Alan graduated in English and Psychology before beginning his show biz career as an all-night disc jockey.

His television career began behind the scenes as a writer for the Canadian Broadcasting Company. That talent soon led to the U.S., where he wrote and/or produced TV specials for Bill Cosby, Flip Wilson, Richard Pryor, Bobby Darin, Kenny Rogers, Olivia Newton-John, Anne Murray and Barry Manilow, as well as the revolutionary comedies “Fernwood 2 Night”, “America 2 Night”, and the NBC movie, “The Secret She Carried”.

Alan has seven Emmy nominations (five as a writer, two as an actor). He has produced the mid-70′s NBC game show “Celebrity Sweepstakes” and “Wizard of Odds” (for which he brought his friend Alex Trebek from Canada to host) and has written over 45 television themes including “Facts of Life”, “Different Strokes”, and “Wheel of Fortune”.

From 1980-1983, he hosted “The Alan Thicke Show”, a talk-variety series that remains the biggest hit in the history of Canadian daytime television. The success of that series spawned “Thicke of the Night”, a late night show which lost its challenge to Johnny Carson′s venerable “Tonight Show”. It was a difficult year for Thicke who, as he puts it with characteristic wry humor, was “divorced and canceled in the same day.”

In 1985, Alan′s role as psychiatrist and father Jason Seaver on ABC-TV′s hit series “Growing Pains” propelled him into the international spotlight as one of television′s most beloved father figures. The series reigned for seven years earning Alan numerous awards including a Golden Globe nomination for best actor. Alan then turned 180 degrees to become Dennis Dupree, a hilariously pompous TV talk show host on the hit NBC series “Hope and Gloria”.

Other starring roles include the Disney Channel′s “Not Quite Human” trilogy. Alan has played dramatically against type in bad guy roles including “Obsessed”, “Shadow of the Bear”, “Any Place But Home” and “The Windsor Protocol”. Leading ladies have included Kelly LeBrock, Michelle Phillips, and Sharon Stone.

One of the most sought-after hosts in the business, Thicke emceed the 1987 Emmy Awards, ABC′s Disney Christmas and Easter Parades, ABC′s Fall Preview Special, ABC′s “Animal Crack-Ups”, the Miss Universe, Miss World USA and Miss USA pageants, Showtime′s “Comedy All-Stars”, Olympics Kick-Off Gala, TV′s “Funniest Families”, NBC′s “Worlds Greatest Magic” and the Emmy nominated, “Pictionary”.

Alan’s early training in musical theater paid off in 1997 when he co-starred with Jason Alexander in “Promises, Promises” and just recently ended a critically acclaimed role as Billy Flynn in the musical “Chicago”.

Recently, Alan has revisited his writing craft to create sitcom pilot scripts for studios including Castle Rock and Warner Brothers, as well as a television movie, “When Love Grows Old” for the Family Channel, a feature film, “The Noone Hour” for Steve Tisch Productions, and the comedy for Allegro Films, “Beauty Queens Must Die”.

Suggested Program Topics

  • How to Raise Kids Who Won′t Hate You
  • Coping with Cancer, Diabetes, & Alcoholism
  • Connected by Cancer
  • The Pregnant Father′s Survival Guide


Alan Thicke Speaker Videos Back to top

2013 Canada's Walk of Fame Awards - Alan Thicke


In 2013, Thicke received an award on Canada’s Walk of Fame Tribute Show. In his acceptance speech, he thanked the hosts, including his on-screen wife, Joanna Kerns, saying, “We syndicated four children together.” He held back tears as he announced that two of his sons were in the audience, and joked about how “the controversial one” was in Asia.

Thicke concluded his speech by expressing his love for his fellow Canadians, saying that his “grand reward” was “to visit every corner of our country,” adding, “If there’s a Canadian heart, it beats in me.”

Alan Thicke - Funny or Die Clip



Speeches / Speaking Engagements Back to top


Thicke’s approach is to offer facts, data and tips with an entertaining spin peppered with amusing anecdotes from his family life and long career in show business. He has given motivational lectures for IBM, Ford, Borland Technologies and Slim-Fast; and keynotes at events like the Utah Governor’s Conference, Miami Health Day and Sacramento Earth Day. He has hosted everything from awards ceremonies to banquets, as well as Atlanta’s Real Estate Conference and The Chiropractic Centennial Celebration.

One of America’s most sought-after emcees, Alan has hosted event specials including THE EMMY AWARDS; ABC’s OLYMPIC KICK-OFF GALA; CBC’s NHL AWARDS; ABC’s DISNEY CHRISTMAS and EASTER PARADES; ABC’s and NBC’s FALL PREVIEW SPECIALS; the MISS UNIVERSE, MISS WORLD USA, and MISS USA Pageants; SHOWTIME’S COMEDY ALL-STARS; TV’s FUNNIEST FAMILIES and NBC’s WORLD’S GREATEST MAGIC. His series hosting includes ABC’s ANIMAL CRACK-UPS; the EMMY-nominated PICTIONARY; A&E’s TRAVELQUEST; Game Show Network’s ALL NEW 3’S A CROWD; and the current MIRACLE PETS for PAX-TV, and TODAY’S MAN airing on CNBC.

As a headliner and speaker, Alan’s distinctive charm and humor have established him as one of America’s all-purpose entertainers. Motivational lectures: including IBM, Ford, Borland Technologies, Slim-Fast.

Keynote speaker: including Utah Governor’s Conference, Humana Hospitals, OrthoBiotech Industries, Des Moines Medical Society, Miami Health Day, Sacramento Earth Day.

Host/Comic: includes everything from Awards Ceremonies for California’s Building Industry and Atlanta’s Real Estate Conference to The Chiropractic Centennial Celebration and the NHL’s All-Star Banquet.

As a headliner, Alan has played the main Vegas showrooms of the Hilton, Desert Inn and Sands, as well as Atlantic City’s Resorts International, numerous cruise ships, and corporate events for Borden, Nestle, Mattel, Baskin-Robbins, Brite-Smile, and the Tournament Golf Association.

Health Care and Health Careless
A popular luncheon address for health-related groups such as cancer, diabetes, heart foundations, and care-givers of all descriptions. Alan is the self-appointed poster boy for affliction, from Alzheimer′s to Alcoholism, Stroke, Leukemia, Heart Disease and Diabetes, he′s seen it all in his family. Prevention is Rule One...then...."Making the best decisions on treatment, therapy, rehab, and recovery...or..." The Psychology of Disease: When the medics have done what they can and science ends, there are endless lifestyle adjustments affecting the entire network of loved ones....including an emotional toll for everyone. Alan even gets laughs on this serious subject with anecdotes about "Sickos and Psychos and the Families who Love Them"....and his own experience with kidney surgery, knee replacement, having teeth knocked out, etc.

"BOOMEROLOGY"
A humorous look at the transition in World Dominance from Baby Boomers to the Obama Boomers. "Passing the torch so no one gets burned," "Lessons the Now Generation needs to learn from our triumphs and tragedies with money...parenting...health care...sex....technology...government...environment...and Reality Television."...From Stephen Hawking to the Kardashians....

How to Raise Kids that Won′t Hate You
Based on Alan′s book of the same title...-what "Cool Parents" need to know about potty-training, T-Ball, bullies, swear words, church, puberty, sexting, and Miley Cyrus. (Includes tips on Raising a Rock Star, which Alan has done, and the challenges faced by the parents of Britney, Lindsay Lohan, Chris Brown, etc.)



Alan Thicke Speaker Testimonials Back to top

    "Alan was an absolutely perfect fit. He was excellent. Accommodating and just outstanding!"
    Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors

    "We had a fantastic chat with Al Thicke today. He was TOTALLY prepared and had even read the docs we sent him -- that may be a Wynford first. He′d given it some thought and had a couple of bits for us to use ... man oh man, what a pro this guy is. Really sounded like he was looking forward to the gig."
    Wynford Group and TD Canada Trust

    "The compliments keep coming in. You spoke with humor and grace and were straightforward about a very serious subject. Any group who invites you as a speaker will be rewarded with a very successful event."
    JFK Medical Center




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    "Alan was an absolutely perfect fit. He was excellent. Accommodating and just outstanding!"
    Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors

    "We had a fantastic chat with Al Thicke today. He was TOTALLY prepared and had even read the docs we sent him -- that may be a Wynford first. He′d given it some thought and had a couple of bits for us to use ... man oh man, what a pro this guy is. Really sounded like he was looking forward to the gig."
    Wynford Group and TD Canada Trust

    "The compliments keep coming in. You spoke with humor and grace and were straightforward about a very serious subject. Any group who invites you as a speaker will be rewarded with a very successful event."
    JFK Medical Center


    How to Raise Kids Who Won′t Hate You: Bringing Up Rockstars and Other Forms of Children
    It’s a question parents have asked since the beginning of time: Is it possible to raise a child that doesn’t blame you for everything? According to actor, author, and real-life father of three Alan Thicke, the answer is a resounding “Maybe!” With chapters like “Honey, I Screwed Up the Kids!,” “Why Does Daddy Throw Like a Girl?,” and “When Grownups Go Bad,” How to Raise Kids Who Won′t Hate You takes the reader on a wild yet informative ride through the perils of parenthood. Thicke tackles everything from homework to the prom, fist fights to unrequited love, dead pets to peer pressure, with humor and grace, and with the insight gleaned by one who has been there, done that — and survived. In a bonus chapter, Thicke covers a topic close to home: how to raise an international pop music über-sensation. This entertaining yet thoughtful guide offers a fresh look at a serious subject.
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One of America’s most sought-after emcees, Alan has hosted event specials including THE EMMY AWARDS; ABC’s OLYMPIC KICK-OFF GALA; CBC’s NHL AWARDS; ABC’s DISNEY CHRISTMAS and EASTER PARADES; ABC’s and NBC’s FALL PREVIEW SPECIALS; the MISS UNIVERSE, MISS WORLD USA, and MISS USA Pageants; SHOWTIME’S COMEDY ALL-STARS; TV’s FUNNIEST FAMILIES and NBC’s WORLD’S GREATEST MAGIC. His series hosting includes ABC’s ANIMAL CRACK-UPS; the EMMY-nominated PICTIONARY; A&E’s TRAVELQUEST; Game Show Network’s ALL NEW 3’S A CROWD; and the current MIRACLE PETS for PAX-TV, and TODAY’S MAN airing on CNBC.

As a headliner and speaker, Alan’s distinctive charm and humor have established him as one of America’s all-purpose entertainers. Motivational lectures: including IBM, Ford, Borland Technologies, Slim-Fast.

Keynote speaker: including Utah Governor’s Conference, Humana Hospitals, OrthoBiotech Industries, Des Moines Medical Society, Miami Health Day, Sacramento Earth Day.

Host/Comic: includes everything from Awards Ceremonies for California’s Building Industry and Atlanta’s Real Estate Conference to The Chiropractic Centennial Celebration and the NHL’s All-Star Banquet.

As a headliner, Alan has played the main Vegas showrooms of the Hilton, Desert Inn and Sands, as well as Atlantic City’s Resorts International, numerous cruise ships, and corporate events for Borden, Nestle, Mattel, Baskin-Robbins, Brite-Smile, and the Tournament Golf Association.

Health Care and Health Careless
A popular luncheon address for health-related groups such as cancer, diabetes, heart foundations, and care-givers of all descriptions. Alan is the self-appointed poster boy for affliction, from Alzheimer′s to Alcoholism, Stroke, Leukemia, Heart Disease and Diabetes, he′s seen it all in his family. Prevention is Rule One...then...."Making the best decisions on treatment, therapy, rehab, and recovery...or..." The Psychology of Disease: When the medics have done what they can and science ends, there are endless lifestyle adjustments affecting the entire network of loved ones....including an emotional toll for everyone. Alan even gets laughs on this serious subject with anecdotes about "Sickos and Psychos and the Families who Love Them"....and his own experience with kidney surgery, knee replacement, having teeth knocked out, etc.

"BOOMEROLOGY"
A humorous look at the transition in World Dominance from Baby Boomers to the Obama Boomers. "Passing the torch so no one gets burned," "Lessons the Now Generation needs to learn from our triumphs and tragedies with money...parenting...health care...sex....technology...government...environment...and Reality Television."...From Stephen Hawking to the Kardashians....

How to Raise Kids that Won′t Hate You
Based on Alan′s book of the same title...-what "Cool Parents" need to know about potty-training, T-Ball, bullies, swear words, church, puberty, sexting, and Miley Cyrus. (Includes tips on Raising a Rock Star, which Alan has done, and the challenges faced by the parents of Britney, Lindsay Lohan, Chris Brown, etc.)


2013 Canada's Walk of Fame Awards - Alan Thicke


In 2013, Thicke received an award on Canada’s Walk of Fame Tribute Show. In his acceptance speech, he thanked the hosts, including his on-screen wife, Joanna Kerns, saying, “We syndicated four children together.” He held back tears as he announced that two of his sons were in the audience, and joked about how “the controversial one” was in Asia.

Thicke concluded his speech by expressing his love for his fellow Canadians, saying that his “grand reward” was “to visit every corner of our country,” adding, “If there’s a Canadian heart, it beats in me.”

Alan Thicke - Funny or Die Clip