'Growing Pains' Patriarch Alan Thicke to Receive Banff Festival Tribute

10:07 AM PST 05/14/2014 by Etan Vlessing
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One of America's favorite TV fathers will be feted in the Canadian Rockies as he accepts an award of distinction.

TORONTO – Canadian TV actor and performer Alan Thicke is to receive an award of distinction at the upcoming Banff World Media Festival.

The Growing Pains patriarch will accept the honor at the annual awards gala.

Canadian celebrities that previously won the award include Will Arnett, Howie Mandel, Eric McCormack and Martin Short.

"Both as an actor and a proud Canadian, I am humbled to be joining such a prestigious and talented group of individuals,” said Thicke on Wednesday in a statement about news of his Banff tribute.

The award comes as Thicke heads back to TV with TVGN's Unusually Thicke, which follows the Canadian entertainer, wife Tanya and 16-year-old son Carter.

Shaw Media's Slice channel airs the series in Canada.

Besides playing Jason Seaver on Growing Pains, Thicke, as a songwriter, composed and performed the themes for Facts of Life and Diff’rent Strokes.

He also recurred on the CBS comedy How I Met Your Mother and makes regular appearances on Real Time with Bill Maher.

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