A week ago today, we reported the tragic news that beloved actor and sitcom star Alan Thicke passed away at the age of 69. The Growing Pains star suffered a heart attack while playing hockey with his 19-year-old son Carter at a Burbank, California ice skating rink. On Sunday evening, the late actor was remembered by his family and friends at a memorial service at the Thicke family home in Carpinteria, California, which was attended by the Growing Pains stars as they remembered their TV patriarch.
CNN reports that Growing Pains stars Kirk Cameron, Joanna Kerns, Tracey Gold, Jeremy Miller and Leonardo DiCaprio were among the 300 guests who came to pay tribute to the actor. The late actor's daughter-in-law, Dolly Thicke sent out a brief message on Facebook, thanking those who came out to honor her father-in-law. Here's what she had to say in her statement below.
"Tonight's memorial for Alan was just about perfect. So much family and so many historic friends came out to remember our beloved father-figure. Speaking for Alan so beautifully was (I'm realizing now) an all-star cast."
Bob Saget was also in attendance, with this report revealing that he gave a 10-minute speech at the memorial service. The actor starred alongside Alan Thicke in one of his final roles, a guest-starring spot on Fuller House Season 2, which started streaming on Netflix earlier this month. Other celebrities in attendance included Kris Jenner, Bill Maher, Alex Trebek and Rob Lowe. Alan Thicke's son, pop singer Robin Thicke also made a speech, making a joke about how his father would have thanked both of his ex-wives for coming to the ceremony.
"I'm Alan Thicke and this is exactly the way I want to go out. ... I'd like to thank all of my ex-wives for coming."
Alan Thicke was born Alan Willis Jeffrey on March 1, 1947 in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada. The late actor got his start in show business by writing for shows such as Fernwood Tonight, The Paul Lynde Show, The Bobby Derin Show, America 2-Nite and The Bobby Vynton Show. He also had a successful career composing TV theme songs, including the themes for hit 1980s sitcoms Diff'rent Strokes and The Facts of Life, along with the original theme song to Wheel of Fortune. Alan Thicke became best known for playing the beloved TV patriarch Dr. Jason Seaver for seven seasons on Growing Pains, a psychiatrist who worked from his Long Island, New York home. Joanna Kerns portrayed his wife Maggie, a journalist. Kirk Cameron, Tracey Gold, Jeremy Miller, and Ashley Johnson played the Seaver children throughout the show's seven-season run between 1985 and 1992. The show also provided an early showcase for eventual Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio, in the role of a troubled kid who the Seavers take under their wing. Take a look at a photo from the memorial service, with the Growing Pains cast paying tribute to the late great Alan Thicke.