Alan is a seven-time Emmy nominee... often referred to as “America’s Dad” for his seven-year stint as patriarch Jason Seaver on Growing Pains.
He began as a writer for TV series and specials including Richard Pryor, Flip Wilson, Bill Cosby, Fernwood Tonite, Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, Barry Manilow, Olivia Newton-John, Anne Murray, Mac Davis, and Sammy Davis Jr.
He has composed the themes for Facts of Life & Diff’rent Strokes (which he sang!)
In the Huffington Post, Alan authored the 'Boomer Humor' column which resonated well in that demographic.
In April 2014, Alan and his family starred in Global Television’s reality/comedy Unsually Thicke.
Alan starred in JPOD, a comedy-drama series for the CBC Network, and in Disney's I’m in the Band. He also appeared in the feature film, The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard, with Will Farrell and Jeremy Piven, and That's My Boy, with Adam Sandler. He had a recurring role on How I Met Your Mother and regularly appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher.
Other appearances include The LA Complex, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Who Gets the Last Laugh, Notes from Dad, Bad Management, and Let it Snow.
In live theatre, Alan appeared on Broadway as lawyer Billy Flynn in the musical Chicago. His most recent theatre appearance was as Jack Bailey in the world premiere of Queen For A Day: the Musical.
Alan’s book, How To Raise Kids Who Won’t Hate You, has been a popular sequel to his amusing How Men Have Babies: The Pregnant Father’s Survival Guide, currently printed in 5 languages.
On December 13, 2016, Thicke suffered a heart attack while playing hockey with his son Carter at Pickwick Gardens in Burbank, California. He was rushed to Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank where he underwent surgery, but later passed away at the age of 69. On December 19, 2016, the cast of Growing Pains, including Leonardo DiCaprio, reunited at Thicke's funeral; a eulogy was given by Thicke's friend Bob Saget, and his son Robin offered a humorous remembrance. He was buried at Santa Barbara Cemetery in Santa Barbara, California.
Alan is remembered as a happy husband to former Miami model Tanya Callau, a proud father to sons Brennan, Robin and Carter, and wonderful grandfather to Tyler and Julian.
Jason Seaver, Thicke's character on Growing Pains, was ranked #37 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" (June 20, 2004 issue).