'Growing Pains' Actor Alan Thicke Dies at 69

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Beloved Canadian singer, songwriter, actor and television dad to millions on the sitcom "Growing Pains" Alan Thicke has passed away. He was 69.

Thicke was best known for his role as Dr. Jason Seaver on "Growing Pains," which ran from 1985 to 1992. His character was a loving psychiatrist, who managed to solve the people's personal problems on the show every night. In turn, Thicke's role as Dr. Seaver made him a proverbial father figure to an entire television-viewing nation. So much so, in fact, that the actor's most famous nickname is that of "America's Dad."

Outside of acting, Thicke was a talented songwriter as well. He was a talented songwriter who wrote many famous themes songs. Thicke's most famous theme song was for "Diff'rent Strokes," widely considered to be one of the greatest theme songs of all time. Thicke wrote the theme song alongside ex-wife actress Gloria Loring, the mother of Thicke's singer son Robin.

Thicke also wrote the theme song for the long running game show "Wheel of Fortune." A true renaissance man, Thicke's career lasted more than 50 years, doing everything someone in the public eye possibly could. An actor, a singer, a songwriter, an author, Alan Thicke did it all.

According to the publicist for his son, singer Robin Thicke, the elder Thicke died of cardiac arrest. His longtime friend and agent Tracy Mapes later confirmed his death. Thicke's legacy will forever be best known as Dr. Seaver on "Growing Pains," and all his cheesy, yet sweet advice. In the days following his death, perhaps the best advice for mourning Thicke's death is from Seaver himself - "Don't waste another minute on your crying."

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