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Alan Thicke’s Wife Tanya Callau – A Glimpse into the Life Beside a TV Icon

Journey through the life shared by Alan Thicke and his wife, Tanya Callau, from their romance to the handling of his estate. Gain insights into Tanya's current life, the legacy of Alan's children, and the family's homage to the star of "Growing Pains."
by Rob Gillham | Jan 4 2024
Alan Thicke's Wife Tanya Callau - A Glimpse into the Life Beside a TV Icon
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Alan Thicke, actor and TV host, known vastly for his role as Dr. Jason Seaver on the hit 80s sitcom “Growing Pains,” had quite an interesting personal life, mainly regarding his marriage. In this article, we’ll uncover the details about Alan Thicke’s wife and his family.

Alan Thicke’s Three Wives: Tanya Callau, Gloria Loring and Gina Tolleson 

Alan Thicke was married three times. His first wife was Gloria Loring, whom he married from 1970 to 1983. Gloria Loring is an actress, singer, and mother of Brennan and  Robin Thicke

After his marriage to Gloria Loring ended, Alan Thicke married his second wife, Gina Tolleson, a Miss World 1990 winner. Alan and Gina were married from 1994 until their divorce in 1999, and they had a son named Carter William Thicke. 

Lastly, Alan Thicke was married to Tanya Callau (47 years old), whom she was married to at the time of his passing. Tanya, a Bolivian-born actress, was Thicke’s third wife.

The couple tied the knot in 2005 and remained together until Alan’s untimely death in 2016. Thicke and Callau met in Miami in 1999, and their relationship blossomed over the years, leading to their happy marriage.

War Over Alan Thicke’s Estate

Alan Thicke’s will generated public interest after his death. His estate plan, created in 1988 and last updated in 2016, stated that his three sons would inherit most of his assets, including the family ranch. 

A prenuptial agreement signed by Callau before their marriage in 2005 allowed her to remain on the ranch if she took care of its expenses. This agreement’s ambiguity about the trust caused family disputes.

Brennan and Robin, Thicke’s sons, filed a legal claim stating that Callau wanted a larger share than what was outlined in the estate plan. Callau’s lawyer criticized the poorly constructed prenuptial agreement and claimed the sons had rejected mediation.

The sons’ lawyer emphasized Thicke’s intention to secure his children’s future. Eventually, a judge dismissed the lawsuit due to lack of evidence. Callau received 40% of the estate, while each son received 20%, and she got to keep their home.

Callau expressed her best wishes for her stepsons’ well-being and hoped for healing between them.

Talent Runs In The Family: Alan Thicke’s Talented Children 

Brennan Thicke: Born on December 17, 1974, Brennan Thicke is the eldest son of Alan Thicke and his first wife, Gloria Loring. Gloria is an actress and singer best known for her role as Liz Chandler on the soap opera “Days of Our Lives.” Brennan has largely stayed out of the spotlight as an adult.

Robin Thicke (46 years old): Born on March 10, 1977, is Alan Thicke’s second son with Gloria Loring. Robin is a well-known R&B and soul singer, songwriter, and record producer.

He has achieved significant commercial success in the music industry, with hits such as “Blurred Lines” featuring Pharrell Williams and T.I. He continues to be active in the music industry, has released several studio albums post his father’s passing, and remains a public figure in the entertainment world.

Robin also ventures into television, being one of the celebrities featured as a judge on “The Masked Singer.”

Carter William Thicke: Carter was born on July 10, 1997, and is Alan Thicke’s son with his second wife, Gina Tolleson. Carter is the youngest son of Alan Thicke and has made appearances on reality TV shows and occasionally on red carpets.

As the youngest and removed from the entertainment industry’s limelight, Carter’s current activities are less publicized. He has appeared with his father on reality shows, but as of the knowledge cutoff date, specific details about his recent career pursuits are limited.

Alan Thicke’s Tragic Passing 

On December 13, 2016, Alan Thicke died after collapsing while playing hockey with his son. Witnesses saw him remain communicative and even made a lighthearted request for a photo as he was removed from the ice.

Later that day, he passed away from a type-A aortic dissection at a medical center in Burbank. He was 69 years old. A week later, on December 19, the “Growing Pains” cast gathered for Thicke’s memorial service, where Bob Saget gave a heartfelt eulogy and Robin Thicke gave a lighthearted speech. Thicke is buried at the Santa Barbara Cemetery in California.

Alan Thicke’s legacy as a cherished actor and loving husband and father live on. Tanya Callau, his widow, and his children continue to honor his memory. For those interested in learning more about other celebrities’ lives, including their challenges and triumphs, the collection Celebrity Stories on Blinkist offers an extensive book list written by popular personalities.

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