Dick Van Dyke

Actor + Comedian + Television Producer and Writer
Born Dec 13, 1925

Richard Wayne Van Dyke, known professionally as Dick Van Dyke, is an American actor, comedian, writer, and producer with a career spanning seven decades. He is the older brother of Jerry Van Dyke and father of Barry Van Dyke. Van Dyke starred in the films Bye Bye Birdie, Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and in the TV series The Dick Van Dyke Show and Diagnosis: Murder. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard.… Read More

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1925 Birth Van Dyke was born on December 13, 1925, in West Plains, Missouri, to Hazel Victoria (née McCord; 1896–1992), a stenographer, and Loren Wayne Van Dyke (1900–1976), a salesman. … Read More


1944 18 Years Old Van Dyke left high school in 1944, his senior year, intending to join the United States Army Air Forces for pilot training during World War II. … Read More


1947 21 Years Old In 1947, Van Dyke was persuaded by pantomime performer Phil Erickson to form a comedy duo with him called "Eric and Van—the Merry Mutes." … Read More
1948 22 Years Old On February 12, 1948, while appearing at the Chapman Park Hotel on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, he and the former Margerie Willett were married on the radio show Bride and Groom. They had four children: Christian, Barry, Stacy, and Carrie Beth. They divorced in 1984 after a long separation.


1959 33 Years Old In November 1959, Van Dyke made his Broadway debut in The Girls Against the Boys.
1960 34 Years Old He then played the lead role of Albert Peterson in Bye Bye Birdie, which ran from April 14, 1960 to October 7, 1961. … Read More
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That musical won four Tony awards including Van Dyke's Best Featured Actor Tony, in 1961. … Read More
1964 38 Years Old Van Dyke received a Grammy Award in 1964, along with Julie Andrews, for his performance on the soundtrack to Mary Poppins. … Read More


1971 45 Years Old From 1971 to 1974, Van Dyke starred in an unrelated sitcom called The New Dick Van Dyke Show in which he portrayed a local television talk show host. … Read More
1973 47 Years Old In 1973, Van Dyke voiced his animated likeness for the October 27, 1973 installment of Hanna-Barbera's The New Scooby-Doo Movies, "Scooby-Doo Meets Dick Van Dyke," the series' final first-run episode. … Read More


1976 50 Years Old Van Dyke returned to comedy in 1976 with the sketch comedy show Van Dyke and Company, which co-starred Andy Kaufman and Super Dave Osborne. … Read More
1977 51 Years Old After a few guest appearances on the long-running comedy-variety series The Carol Burnett Show, Van Dyke became a regular on the show, in the fall of 1977. … Read More


1987 61 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1987, he guest-starred in an episode of Airwolf, with his son Barry Van Dyke, who was the lead star of the show's fourth and final season on USA Network.
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Van Dyke continued to find television work after the show ended, including a dramatically and critically successful performance of The Gin Game, produced for television in 2003 that reunited him with Mary Tyler Moore.
2004 78 Years Old A 2004 special of The Dick Van Dyke Show titled The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited was heavily promoted as the first new episode of the classic series to be shown in 38 years. … Read More
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In 2006 he guest-starred as college professor Dr. Jonathan Maxwell for a series of Murder 101 mystery films on the Hallmark Channel. … Read More
2009 83 Years Old Van Dyke lived with longtime companion Michelle Triola for more than 30 years, until her death in 2009.
2012 86 Years Old On February 29, 2012, Van Dyke married make-up artist Arlene Silver. … Read More
Van Dyke was a heavy smoker for most of his adult life. In a January 2013 interview with the Daily Telegraph he said he had been using Nicorette gum for the past decade.
2016 90 Years Old Van Dyke publicly endorsed Bernie Sanders as his choice for the Democratic candidate in the 2016 US presidential election. … Read More
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