Alan Thicke, who died on December 13th, was best known as the conservative psychiatrist dad on the Reagan Era warmedy Growing Pains (1985-1992), but he was most at ease as a mc.
He got his start as a talk show host, with The Alan Thicke Show (1980-82), renamed Thicke of the Night (1983-84), and through his career he hosted many specials, from the Emmies and the Golden Globes to The Barry Gibb Love and Hope Festival, and narrated many documentaries, from When Mom and Dad Break Up to How Canada Invented Hollywood.
And his nephew Creighton Thicke-Rattray (second from left), a college swimming star.
Handsome but not muscular, Alan was a more of a lady's man than a gay fave rave. He did get a photo shoot in Playgirl. No nude shots.
And you could see a bulge here and there, leading to lots of jokes about just how thick Alan was.
Today we might make the same speculation about his sons.
He has obviously inherited his father's looks and...um...other things.
Carter (born 1997) has appeared with his father in Celebrity Wife Swap, Celebrity Family Feud, Unusually Thicke, and the movie It's Not My Fault and I Don' Care Anymore (2015).
He is active in social media, where he has expressed strong support of the LGBT community.
See also: Growing Pains