Lefty Actor Alan Thicke
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Actor Alan Thicke
Alan Thicke, born Alan Willis Jeffery on March 1, 1947, is a Canadian actor, songwriter, and game and talk show host. He is best known for his role as Jason Seaver, the Patriarch on the TV series Growing Pains on the ABC.
Before finding success with television sitcoms, he took on Johnny Carson in the late-night talk show wars with his “Thicke of the Night.”
As a theme song composer, Thicke has had a successful career. He collaborated with his wife Gloria Loring on these projects, which included the themes to the popular sitcoms Diff’rent Strokes and The Facts of Life. He wrote a number of TV game show themes, including The Wizard of Odds (for which he also sang the vocal introduction), The Joker’s Wild, The Diamond Head Game, the original theme to Wheel of Fortune, among others.
Thicke has also been a popular songwriter. For instance, he co-wrote “Sara”, a solo hit for Bill Champlin and included on the latter’s Runaway album in 1981. He also wrote the theme song for the sitcom The Facts of Life.