It is always sad when I hear that a celebrity I’ve interviewed over the years has passed away. The news always reminds me of how much I enjoyed the time I was given to chat with the actor.
The strangest news is when an actor dies within a few days or weeks of the interview. That happened to me with John Candy and Chris Farley. To be honest, I knew Farley was in bad shape because he couldn’t hold a coffee cup without it shaking.
Alan Thicke’s death didn’t come as quickly as some of the others, but it was less than five months ago I had my chat with the “Growing Pains” star, who was TV dad Jason Seaver. In August, we sat at a small table at a party being thrown by CBS / CW /Showtime that also included the cable channel Pop.
The interview was to talk about a second season for Thicke’s cable reality show, “Unusally Thicke,” that was to debuted a month later.
Along with talk about the show, I got to see the interaction between Thicke and his wife, Tanya. She left the table for a few minutes to find some food that had more substance than the bite-size bits being passed around by the waiters. Her quest was successful as she returned with a pizza.
During the time I got with Thicke, we talked mostly about the reality show. But we also touched on his days as one of TV’s top dads with “Growing Pains.” The conversation even got around to Thicke working with his music star son, Robin.
Unless you are my age, you might not know that Thicke has always been a talented musician especially in the world of TV theme songs. His credits include the themes to “Diff’rent Strokes,” “The Facts of Life” and “The Joker’s Wild.”
Thicke told me how much he still liked working on music, especially with with Robin.
I also got to talk to him about his appearance on the first episode of “This is Us.” It was a small part but Thicke was proud to be part of what he knew was a first-rate show.
My time with Thicke passed way too quickly. But, it was an honor and a pleasure to sit with him and talk about his long career. He has left me with a wonderful memory of talking TV and music under the stars in Los Angeles.