Leonardo DiCaprio on late actor Alan Thicke: ‘When he walked in the room, no one was cooler’

'The Revenant' star appeared alongside him in 'Growing Pains'

Leonardo DiCaprio has paid tribute to late actor and songwiter Alan Thicke.

The Revenant star appeared alongside Thicke in the early part of his career in the US sitcom Growing Pains.

The late father of ‘Blurred Lines’ star Robin Thicke was best know for playing the character Jason Seaver in the sitcom alongside other huge roles – including starring in the Netflix original series Fuller House, a sequel to the 1987–95 sitcom Full House.

DiCaprio took to Facebook to post his respects, praising him for his “tremendous class” and “huge heart”.

He wrote: “Alan was a devoted father, husband, friend and role model. He knew how to harness the power of the entertainment industry to be a positive influence in so many lives – including mine. I will be forever grateful for the opportunity I had to work with Alan early in my career. He had tremendous class, a huge heart, and he taught me and so many others the valuable lessons about humility and gratitude.”

Di Caprio continued: I’ve seen him a number of times over the years and when Alan Thicke walked in the room, quite frankly, no one was cooler.

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Thicke was said to have suffered a heart attack while playing hockey with his son Carter – and that among his last words were complimenting him on a “nice shot”.

His other son Robin described him as “the greatest man I ever met” and “always a gentleman.”

Robin and Alan Thicke

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“The good thing was that he was beloved and he had closure,” he said. “I saw him a few days ago and told him how much I loved and respected him.”

While his son would go on to have a much more successful music career, Alan himself was a celebrated songwriter. As well as writing a number of well-known TV theme songs for the likes of Growing Pains, Diff’rent Strokes, and The Facts Of Life, he also co-wrote the hit single ‘Sara’ for Chicago guitarist Bill Champlin’s 1981 solo album ‘Runaway’.