Actress Rumer Willis (Always Woodstock, Sorority Row, The House Bunny...) & Golden Globe Nominated Actor/Writer/Producer Alan Thicke (Bank$tas, Growing Pains...) join us on The Matthew Aaron Show this Wednesday (11/5) as we broadcast from Chicago starting at 5pm PT / 7pm CT.
Rumer joins us to discuss her career as well as her new film ALWAYS WOODSTOCK where she appears alongside Katey Sagal & Jason Ritter. (In limited theaters as well as VOD & iTunes on November 14th.)
ALAN THICKE has earned a Golden Globe “Best Actor” nomination and seven Emmy Award nominations (five for writing, two for acting.)
Television audiences know Thicke best as psychiatrist and father Jason Seaver from ABC’s Growing Pains, now syndicated in over 65 countries. Last year’s Growing Pains: The Reunion was one of Disney’s highest-rated TV Movies. He starred as the dim-witted diva ‘Dennis Dupree’ on the NBC series HOPE & GLORIA, and has guested on countless episodics ranging from Just Shoot Me, Arliss, Son of the Beach, and Married with Children to Seventh Heaven and Outer Limits. He has also appeared on the CBS hit comedy How I Met Your Mother.
Other TV Movies and Feature Films include Disney’s Not Quite Human trilogy; The Calendar Girl Murders; Windsor Protocol; Rubdown; Any Place But Home; Obsessed; Betrayal Of The Dove; Ice Angel; Crossroads; and Teddy Bear’s Picnic.
In theatre, Alan received rave reviews opposite Jason Alexander in the Neil Simon/Burt Bacharach musical Promises, Promises and for his Broadway debut as ‘Billy Flynn’ in CHICAGO – The Musical.
One of America’s most sought-after emcees, Alan has hosted event specials including THE EMMY AWARDS; ABC’s OLYMPIC KICK-OFF GALA; CBC’s NHL AWARDS; ABC’s DISNEY CHRISTMAS and EASTER PARADES; ABC’s and NBC’s FALL PREVIEW SPECIALS; the MISS UNIVERSE, MISS WORLD USA, and MISS USA Pageants; SHOWTIME’S COMEDY ALL-STARS; TV’s FUNNIEST FAMILIES and NBC’s WORLD’S GREATEST MAGIC.
His series hosting includes ABC’s ANIMAL CRACK-UPS; the EMMY-nominated PICTIONARY; A&E’s TRAVELQUEST; Game Show Network’s ALL NEW 3’S A CROWD; and the current MIRACLE PETS for PAX-TV, and TODAY’S MAN airing on CNBC.
From 1980 to 1983, THE ALAN THICKE SHOW became (and remains) the biggest hit in the history of Canadian daytime television. The American late-night entry THICKE OF THE NIGHT followed...(with less success!)
As a headliner and speaker, Alan’s distinctive charm and humor have established him as one of America’s all-purpose entertainers. Motivational lectures: including IBM, Ford, Borland Technologies, Slim-Fast.
Keynote speaker: including Utah Governor’s Conference, Humana Hospitals, Ortho Biotech Industries, Des Moines Medical Society, Miami Health Day, Sacramento Earth Day.
Host/Comic: includes everything from Awards Ceremonies for California’s Building Industry and Atlanta’s Real Estate Conference to The Chiropractic Centennial Celebration and the NHL’s All-Star Banquet.
As a headliner, Alan has played the main Vegas showrooms of the Hilton, Desert Inn and Sands, as well as Atlantic City’s Resorts International, numerous cruise ships, and corporate events for Borden, Nestle, Mattel, Baskin-Robbins, Brite-Smile, and the Tournament Golf Association.
As an author, Alan has recently come full circle, realizing a lifelong dream by signing a publishing deal for his first novel – LOVELY PARTING GIFTS. In the meantime, watch for his second humor book – HOW TO RAISE KIDS WHO WON’T HATE YOU – the sequel to HOW MEN HAVE BABIES – The Pregnant Father’s Survival Guide, a perennial favorite since its release in 1999 and now translated into Spanish, German, and Chinese. (Alan’s recorded version won an AUDIE AWARD, the Oscar for Books-On-Tape).
Alan has written sitcoms for Castle Rock, Warner Bros., and Viacom, and the feature film scripts NOONE HOUR for Steve Tisch Productions, BEAUTY QUEENS MUST DIE for Allegro Films, and TRAVELS WITH DAD for TVA. He was Executive Producer for the NBC Movie of the Week – THE SECRET SHE CARRIED, and penned his nationally syndicated humor column for the Toronto Sun. In fact, his television career began behind the scenes as a writer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. That talent soon led to the U.S. where he wrote and/or produced comedy specials and series for BILL COSBY, FLIP WILSON, KENNY ROGERS, OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN, ANNE MURRAY, and BARRY MANILOW. He produced and wrote the revolutionary comedies FERNWOOD 2NIGHT and AMERICA 2NIGHT for Norman Lear.
Alan’s background in game shows is extensive. He produced CELEBRITY SWEEPSTAKES and WIZARD OF ODDS, launching the career of his friend Alex Trebek. WHEEL OF FORTUNE and THE JOKER’S WILD are among over 45 television theme songs composed by Alan, including FACTS OF LIFE and DIFF’RENT STROKES.
RUMER WILLIS was born in Paducah, Kentucky, while her father, Bruce Willis, was filming In Country. She was named after British author Rumer Godden. Her mother, actress Demi Moore, hired a cameraman to videotape her birth. She has two younger sisters, Scout LaRue Willis (born 1991), and Tallulah Belle Willis (born 1994), as well as two younger paternal half-sisters from her father's marriage to model Emma Heming, Mabel Ray Willis (born 2012) and Evelyn Penn Willis (born 2014).
Raised in Hailey, Idaho, Willis enrolled as a freshman at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan. In January 2004, she enrolled as a sophomore at Wildwood Secondary School in Los Angeles, California. She attended the University of Southern California for one semester before dropping out.
In 1995, Willis made her film debut alongside her mother in Now and Then. The following year she appeared in Striptease (1996). She has worked with her father twice in The Whole Nine Yards in 2000 and Hostage in 2005.
In 2008, Willis ventured into the role of spokesperson for Ocean Pacific. That same year, she was featured in the comedy The House Bunny and the horror film From Within. In 2009, she co-starred in Sorority Row. It was announced she joined the cast of the independent film Wild Cherry, starring opposite Tania Raymonde and Kristin Cavallari.
Willis' television credits include guest appearances on Miss Guided, Army Wives, CSI: NY, Medium, 90210, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Hawaii Five-0 and Workaholics.
In May 2013, it was announced that Willis would portray Zoe, an organizer in a worldwide charity, in the fourth season of Pretty Little Liars.