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How Alan Thicke Scored His Role in Growing Pains — and the Hollywood Action Star Who Almost Got the Part

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How Alan Thicke Scored His Role in Growing Pains — and the Hollywood Action Star Who Almost Got the Part
Alan Thicke, who died Tuesday at the age of 69, was widely known for his starring role as Dr. Jason Seaver on Growing Pains — but it was a role he almost didn’t get.

When the role first came up, Thicke was coming off the failure of his 1983 syndicated late night talk show Thicke of the Night — which was meant to rival Johnny Carson’s The Tonight Show but ended up being canceled within its first year. His reputation damaged, Thicke was worried the show’s demise might have actually marked the end of his on-camera career.

“Every time I read about it,
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