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Alan Thicke, 69

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For the “Growing Pains” actor, being a dad was essential to real life and his onscreen persona.

"The one thing I’ve always done well at, and I’m most devoted to, is my children. "

- Alan Thicke

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Alan Thicke made his mark on pop culture as Jason Seaver, the wholesome dad on “Growing Pains,” which ran from 1985-1992. “I was known all those years as Kirk Cameron’s father,” he said of his castmate, with whom he’s pictured in this 1985 photo from the show.

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Thicke worked for five decades as a TV writer, actor, talk-show host, author and composer whose credits include the theme to “Diff'rent Strokes” and “Wheel of Fortune.” This 1985 photo shows Thicke at Baxter's Restaurant in Westwood, Calif.

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An Ontario native, Thicke was famously proud of his homeland and its national pastime, ice hockey. He showed his skills on the ice in the 2nd Annual “Rock N The Puck” Celebrity Hockey Game in 1993 in Los Angeles.

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Thicke is survived by his wife, Tanya Callau (right), whom he married in 2005, and his three sons, Brennan, Carter and Robin. His two previous marriages ended in divorce. The day of his death, Thicke was reportedly at his weekly game of hockey with his youngest son, Carter, in Burbank, Calif., when he collapsed. He was taken to a hospital, where he later died of a heart attack.

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