Alan Thicke was the kind of TV talent who transcended the vehicle that carried him to fame. Thicke, who died Tuesday at age 69, was the star of Growing Pains in the mid-1980s. Jason worked out of his house and took care of the kids while his wife (Joanna Kerns) went off to her job.
In a career that started in the 1950s, Vaughan had gained new renown for his role as Maester Aemon on HBO’s Game of Thrones. The actor had appeared in numerous British television series over the years and was often recognized for his performance as the menacing Harry Grout in the popular prison sitcom Porridge. Vaughan was a self-described character actor who considered himself very fortunate to have his extensive résumé.