Many of us remember late actor Alan Thicke, who died Tuesday, Dec. 13, as the dad they grew up watching on TV, thanks to his “Growing Pains” role as Jason Seaver. His career stretched far beyond his on-screen roles, though.
In addition to acting, Thicke was also an accomplished composer of music — that’s right, long before Robin Thicke was advocating for “Blurred Lines,” his father was the resident musician in the family.
While Thicke will surely be most fondly remembered for his acting — including recent appearances on “Fuller House,” “This Is Us,” “Grandfathered” and “Scream Queens” — his contributions to the landscape of TV theme songs are also well worth noting.
For instance, did you know that Thicke is responsible for two of television’s most iconic theme songs? He composed the introductions for both “Diff’rent Strokes” and “The Facts of Life,” two songs that stand the test of time.
Additionally, Thicke wrote the music for a slew of game shows in the 1970s. Those he contributed music to include “The Wizard of Odds,” “The Joker’s Wild,” “Celebrity Sweepstakes,” “The Diamond Head Game,” “Animal Crack-Ups,” “Blank Check,” “Stumpers!” and “Whew!”
Thicke is also the man behind the original “Wheel of Fortune” theme song, which was used from 1975 until 1983, when a new version was composed that is still used today.
Ironically, Thicke was not the composer of the “Growing Pains” theme. That song comes from Steven Dorff, who’s also responsible for the themes to “Murphy Brown,” “Just the 10 of Us” and “Major Dad.”