While Thicke built a career in the USA, he was born in Kirkland Lake, Ont., and loved to represent his Canadian roots and came up here whenever he could.
Thicke was best known for giving fatherly advice as Dr. Jason Seaver on the family sitcom that ran up until 1992.
Thicke said the homegrown entertainment industry at the time was under-developed and he consistently championed Canadian talent. "Growing Pains" debuted in 1985, one year after "The Cosby Show" showed the old formula could be made new.
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Hockey was also a passion of Thicke's and he spent a lot of time cheering on teams and celebrating the Canadian pastime. The actor had Carter with his second wife, Gina Marie Tolleson, and is also dad of R&B singer Robin Thicke and Brennan Thicke from his first marriage to actress Gloria Loring.
Bure, 40, who guest starred on Growing Pains, continued: "You were a part of my family and hockey family".
His statement echoed the thoughts of his half-brother Carter, who wrote Tuesday that he'd lost his "best friend" and "idol". You are a legend and I love you Pops.
Thicke guest starred in a second-season episode of the Netflix comedy "Fuller House", which was released Friday and made a cameo appearance as himself in the premiere of the critically acclaimed NBC drama "This Is Us" on September 20.