Alan Thicke Gave An Interview About His Life Just Days Before Dying. Here’s What He Said

Katie Jerkovich | Contributor

Alan Thicke reflected on his life and career in a Hollywood Reporter interview just 10 days before he had a heart attack and died while playing hockey with his older son.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 11: Actor Alan Thicke attends The Patron Tequila Room At Carousel Of Hope held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 11, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Patron)

(Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Patron)

“There’s not much that I haven’t done in my life, but there’s lots of things that I’d like to do better,” Thicke told the Hollywood Reporter at the Whistler Film festival. “The variety of my career has been the fun of it, and I can thank Canada for that.” (RELATED: Robin Thicke Devastated By Father’s Sudden Death)

“When I started out, at the CBC in Toronto, there was so little work,” he added. “It was a different world from what it is now. Now we’re blessed with so much production in so many Canadian cities.”

Thicke appeared at the event to promote his latest two movies “It’s Not My Fault” and “I Don’t Care Anyway.” (RELATED: Alan Thicke Dead At 69)

“The movie was shot in and around Edmonton,” Alan said. “That would have been unheard of in the 1970s.”

The actor also talked about how he helped his son, Robin Thicke, get into the music business. He also reminisced about the concerts they went to, like The Rolling Stones, The Beastie Boys and Prince, where he gave him pointers on becoming a great performer.

“If this is your choice, [this is] what do you need to do: It’ll be like going to school, or becoming a doctor,” Thicke recounted. “You better focus–learn to play the piano, start writing songs, pay attention to great lyricists, like great Canadians like Gordon Lightfoot.”

The “Blurred Lines” singer shared a post on Instagram Wednesday remembering his father.

“My Father passed away today,” Thicke wrote. “He was the best man I ever knew. The best friend I ever had. Let’s all rejoice and celebrate the joy he brought to every room he was in. We love you Alan Thicke. Thank you for your love. Love, your grateful son.”

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Thicke is best known for his role on the ’80s sitcom “Growing Pains,” where he played Kirk Cameron’s father, Dr. Jason Seaver.

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