An Emmy-Nominated Comedy Writer
Actually, he's a twice-nominated Emmy writer. Before he became known as a talk show host/actor, Thicke was a sought-after writer/producer for the CBC and, later, U.S. TV. He was eventually hired by Norman Lear (All In The Family) to be head writer for "Fernwood Tonight", a daily talk show spoof starring Martin Mull and Fred Willard. "Fernwood Tonight" -- and its sequel "America Tonight" -- didn't last very long but have a cult following to this day.
Thicke Wrote Themes Songs!
Thicke dabbled in songwriting over the years. He wrote the themes for numerous game shows (including "The Joker's Wild", "Celebrity "Sweepstakes", and the original "Wheel of Fortune" theme). But he most famously put pen to paper (with first wife Gloria Loring) to compose the themes for "Diff'rent Strokes" and "The Facts of Life". You Take The Good/You Take The Bad/You Take Them Both/And There You Have/The Facts of Life...
Available For Parties
Thicke has always had a lucrative side career as an affable host for parades, award shows and beauty pageants. You might remember him as the co-host of the annual Disney Christmas Parade with Joan Lunden back in the 1980s. He has also hosted the Miss Universe pageant, and The Canadian Comedy Awards, billing himself as 'the affordable Shatner'.
Thicke Once Tried To Knock Off Johnny Carson
After a successful run as daytime talk show host in Canada, Thicke took his act to America in 1983 with "Thicke of The Night". A curious mix of talk, sketch comedy and stand-up, the show was heavily promoted, but failed to capture an audience. Critics weren't kind. Though it was cancelled after only one season, the show did help launch the career of talk-show-host-to-be Arsenio Hall.
TV Father Knows Best..
While playing Jason Seaver on the long-running "Growing Pains" (1985-92), Thicke had to occasionally offer up some fatherly advice to his young cast. As the story goes, Thicke had to step in when his TV son, Kirk Cameron, embraced Christianity and started demanding changes to the scripts. Thicke suggested to Cameron he might want to consider a different career, as "Growing Pains" was about as straight-laced as it got. Good point. Cameron has since apologized to his TV family for his immaturity.
Alan Was An Avid Hockey Fan
Not only was he a hockey fan, he was good friends with Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky. The most famous story has Gretzky and wife Janet babysitting Alan's son Robin at the moment Gretzky found out he'd been traded to the L.A. Kings.
Thicke Did Soap Operas
Thicke didn't just make a cameo on a daytime soap, he had a recurring role on "The Bold and The Beautiful". Actually, it wasn't much of a stretch for Thicke. He played sleazy talk show host Rich Ginger for seven episodes from 2006 to 2009.
He Made Four Appearances on 'How I Met Your Mother'
Playing himself - an old friend of character Robin - Thicke was hilarious. His best moment came in 2010 with his sweater-wearing appearance in "Space Teens", a supposed Canadian TV show with Robin that taught you about math, but came off as something akin to bad porn (its song 'Two Beavers Are Better Than One' being a good example). The parody was funny because, well, maybe Thicke actually did a show like "Space Teens" during his CBC days.
Thicke Is On The Canadian Walk of Fame
In 2013, Thicke was honoured with a star on the Canadian Walk of Fame for his decades of acting and writing. 'We started in northern Ontario in a small town where I didn>t even see a television set until I was seven-years-old,' Thicke said at the unveiling. 'So when you take that moment and fast forward to what I>m experiencing today with my family here and feeling embraced by my country-that>s unique."
Thicke Once Swapped Wives With Gilbert Gottfried!
That's right. Thicke and Gottfried -- the loud-talking comic -- once swapped wives. But it's not as interesting as it sounds. The pair exchanged their better halves in a 2013 installment of the reality show "Celebrity Wife Swap". Actually, Gottfried's wife Dara seemed relatively normal considering whom she married. Much of the humour came from the differences between Thicke's large ranch home and Gottfried's small, New York apartment. At the very least, the series gave Thicke's wife Tanya and stepson Carter a chance to practise their reality show chops prior to Unusually Thicke.