Dick Van Dyke
Actor, comedian, Television producer, writer
Dick Van Dyke
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.
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The Joy Of Mary Tyler Moore And 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show'
Huffington Post - 24 days
“The Mary Tyler Moore Show” is my all-time favorite television show. It is only four months younger than I am, so I was around for every episode when they first aired. I’m sure I was watching from one of my parent’s laps many a Saturday night, but my memories of watching episodes “first run” are likely limited to the sixth and seventh seasons... and particularly the very last episode. When I was that young and the show would end, I was always confused as to why my favorite characters had to go away for another week. Part of me actually didn’t like when I’d see Mary and her “date” (actually her real life husband at the time, Grant Tinker) walking in the Minneapolis dusk during the end credits and the MTM cat would “meow,” because I knew it meant no sight of Mary, Rhoda, Lou, Ted, Murray, Sue Ann, Georgette or Phyllis for another week. I liked Bob Newhart and loved Carol Burnett, but week after week, it was Mary I looked forward to the most on Saturday nights. I was only ...
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'Dick Van Dyke Show' Creator on Casting Mary Tyler Moore
ABC News - 26 days
Carl Reiner, creator of "The Dick Van Dyke Show, has paid tribute to Mary Tyler Moore--his longtime friend and colleague who starred in the comedic sitcom.
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How Mary Tyler Moore Turned The World On With Her Style
Huffington Post - 27 days
Mary Tyler Moore, trailblazing actress and comedian who starred in one of the first shows to feature a never-married, working woman as its central character, died Wednesday at the age of 80. Having made a name for herself on both “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and later on her eponymous show “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” the star’s status as a style icon ranked right up there with her acting skills and sparkling personality. Her television persona ― charming, naive and stylish ― taught an entire viewing audience the art of layering and demonstrated just how to make a turtleneck look chic.   Off screen, Moore’s personality shone through sartorially, too. Having a penchant for bold color, pattern, chokers and form-fitting gowns, she forever had a thoroughly modern flair about her.  Here’s to throwing our hats off to Moore and her bold, brilliant style, both on screen and off.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and u ...
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Toys, brunch and Dick Van Dyke make for a festive Christmas at the Midnight Mission
LATimes - about 2 months
The line outside the Midnight Mission in downtown Los Angeles began two days ago, as hundreds of men, women and their children waited patiently for a warm meal and a toy from Santa’s Village on Christmas morning. Volunteers arrived early Sunday to greet them, handing out beanies, caps and jackets...
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Dick Van Dyke Will Appear in ‘Mary Poppins’ Sequel
New York Times - 2 months
The actor will not reprise his role as Bert the chimney sweep, he said, and there is no word on what accent he will adopt for his new role.
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Bob Dylan Sends Warm Words but Skips Nobel Prize Ceremonies - New York Times
Google News - 2 months
New York Times Bob Dylan Sends Warm Words but Skips Nobel Prize Ceremonies New York Times What's on TV Sunday: 'Frozen' and 'The Dick Van Dyke Show — Now in Living Color!' Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech · What's on TV Saturday: 'Mary Poppins' and John Cena on 'S.N.L.' · Mika Kurosawa, Leading Figure in Contemporary Dance ... Bob Dylan 'beyond words' to receive Nobel Prize for LiteratureBBC News Read Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech in FullBillboard Nobel Prize Committee Defends Bob Dylan At Award CeremonyDaily Beast New York Post -The Guardian -The Denver Post -New York Daily News all 209 news articles »
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'The Dick Van Dyke Show' is back on CBS in living color
LATimes - 3 months
Here’s a spoiler alert TV fans didn’t see coming in 2016 — the ottoman Dick Van Dyke trips over in the opening titles of his classic 1960s sitcom is olive green. Several generations of viewers have enjoyed Van Dyke and costar Mary Tyler Moore on “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” which 50 years after completing...
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Emily Blunt Thinks This 'Mary Poppins' Theory Is Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
Huffington Post - 4 months
With all the crazy stuff on the internet, a “Mary Poppins” fan theory could easily be something quite atrocious. However, even the new Mary Poppins herself thinks one popular idea sounds precocious.  Um-dittle-ittl-um-dittle-I ... In the original movie, Julie Andrews plays Mary Poppins, a magical nanny who takes the Banks kids, Michael and Jane, on wild adventures. She’s way cooler than regular nannies and encourages taking sugar with your medicine. (Mom, are you listening?) Then there’s Mary’s friend Bert (Dick Van Dyke). He also joins in on the fun, jumping into chalk drawings and singing nonsense songs with Mary and the kids. Still, questions remain. The relationship between Mary and Bert has always been a little hazy. The author of the Mary Poppins books, P.L. Travers, even reportedly wanted any notion of a romantic relationship between them removed from the film. And there’s a theory that could possibly explain why:   The theory: Mary Poppins used to be Bert ...
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'Gilligan's Island' Star Reveals Co-Star Romance That Might Have Been
Huffington Post - 5 months
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Dick Van Dyke Is Still Going Strong At 90
NPR - 6 months
Diners at a Denny's in California were in for a real treat. Dick Van Dyke and his quartet, had finished a TV appearance and were getting a bite to eat. They broke into song: "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang."
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Dick Van Dyke Surprises Denny's Patrons With Impromptu Performance Of 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'
Huffington Post - 6 months
Dick Van Dyke still has it!  The 90-year-old entertainer recently surprised patrons at a Denny’s in Santa Monica, California, with a pitch-perfect rendition of “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.”  His a cappella quartet Dick Van Dyke and The Vantastix sang the classic to onlooking fans.  Commenters went wild for the video on Facebook, writing, “How much fun! You’re always spreading cheer.” One commenter wrote, “You are a wonderful entertainer and I want to thank you for giving all of us music to enjoy these many years.”  It’s rumored that Van Dyke and former co-star Julie Andrews will make an appearance in the upcoming reboot of “Mary Poppins.” If his performance from “The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60” in February proves anything, we expect to see him back in his tap-dancing shoes on the big screen. Dick Van Dyke, we love you!  function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!fu ...
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'I Dream Of Jeannie' Star Says The Show Was 'Never, Ever' Sexist
Huffington Post - 6 months
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If You See Something, Say Something: Garry Marshall
Huffington Post - 7 months
Garry Marshall, who died on Tuesday, was a Rolls Royce of punchlines, a wisecrack machine of the first order with impeccable class. "I like young people who are in that brief window between on their-way-up and rehab," he said to me. "In that window I can make stars." Then he admitted that the window business wasn't totally true -- but the line was just too good to give up. Now that's eating your cake and having it, too. How do you not love that? We also agreed that "Took me three hours to figure out F.U. was Felix Ungar!" is maybe the funniest punchline ever written. (It was not his, of course, but Neil Simon's. And it never made it past the ABC censors when Marshall shepherded the Broadway hit, which had been staged by Mike Nichols, into sitcom history.) "My first series was a show called Hey, Landlord," Marshall told me. "It was No. 99 in the ratings. It's pretty hard to be 99 in the ratings." That was accurate enough, though the short-lived sitcom that gave him his debut as sh ...
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'Dick Van Dyke Show,' 'The Nanny' actress dies
CNN - 8 months
Actress Ann Morgan Guilbert dies from cancer, reports her daughter. She starred in "The Dick Van Dyke Show," "The Nanny" and "Life In Pieces."
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Dick Van Dyke: Trump as president will lead to war
CNN - 9 months
Entertainer Dick Van Dyke shares why he supports Bernie Sanders, and why a Donald Trump presidency equates to the Cuban Missile Crisis. CNN's John Vause reports.
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Why Dick Van Dyke is supporting Bernie Sanders
Fox News - 9 months
The legendary entertainer explains
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Dick Van Dyke
  • 2016
    Age 90
    Van Dyke publicly endorsed Bernie Sanders as his choice for the Democratic candidate in the 2016 US presidential election.
    More Details Hide Details Van Dyke, a New Deal Democrat, had not actively campaigned for a candidate since Eugene McCarthy in 1968.
  • 2013
    Age 87
    On August 19, 2013, it was reported that the 87-year-old Van Dyke was rescued from his Jaguar by a passerby after the car had caught fire on the US 101 freeway in Calabasas, Los Angeles County.
    More Details Hide Details He was not injured in the fire, although the car burned down to its frame.
    In May 2013, he tweeted that it seemed his titanium dental implants may be responsible.
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    In April 2013, Van Dyke revealed that for seven years he had been experiencing symptoms of a neurological disorder, in which he felt a pounding in his head whenever he lay down; but despite his undergoing tests, no diagnosis had been made.
    More Details Hide Details He had to cancel scheduled appearances due to fatigue from lack of sleep because of the medical condition.
    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.
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  • 2012
    Age 86
    On February 29, 2012, Van Dyke married make-up artist Arlene Silver.
    More Details Hide Details They had met six years earlier at the SAG awards.
  • 2009
    Age 83
    Van Dyke lived with longtime companion Michelle Triola for more than 30 years, until her death in 2009.
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  • 2006
    Age 80
    Van Dyke returned to motion pictures in 2006 with Curious George as Mr. Bloomsberry and as villain Cecil Fredericks in the Ben Stiller film Night at the Museum.
    More Details Hide Details He reprised the role in a cameo for the sequel, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009), but it was cut from the film. It can be found in the special features on the DVD release. He also played the character again in the third film, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014).
    In 2006 he guest-starred as college professor Dr. Jonathan Maxwell for a series of Murder 101 mystery films on the Hallmark Channel.
    More Details Hide Details Van Dyke began his film career by playing the role of Albert J. Peterson in the film version of Bye Bye Birdie (1963). Despite his unhappiness with the adaptation - its focus differed from the stage version in that the story now centered on a previously supporting character—the film was a success. That same year, Van Dyke was cast in two roles: as the chimney sweep Bert, and as bank chairman Mr. Dawes Senior, in Walt Disney's Mary Poppins (1964). For his scenes as the chairman, he was heavily costumed to look much older, and was credited in that role as "Nackvid Keyd" (at the end of the credits, the letters unscramble into "Dick Van Dyke"). Van Dyke's attempt at a cockney accent has been lambasted as one of the worst accents in film history, cited by actors since as an example of how not to sound. In a 2003 poll by Empire magazine of the worst-ever accents in film, he came in second (Sean Connery in The Untouchables came in first despite Connery winning an Academy Award for that performance). According to Van Dyke, his accent coach was Irish, who "didn't do an accent any better than I did", and that no one alerted him how bad it was during the production. Still, Mary Poppins was successful upon release and its enduring appeal has made it one of the most famous films of all time. "Chim Chim Cher-ee", one of the songs that Van Dyke performed in Mary Poppins, won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for the Sherman Brothers, the film's songwriting duo.
  • 2004
    Age 78
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Van Dyke and his surviving cast members recreated their roles; the program was roundly panned by critics.
  • 2003
    Age 77
    In 2003, he portrayed a doctor on Scrubs.
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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.
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  • 1995
    Age 69
    Recipient of five Emmys, a Tony and a Grammy, Van Dyke was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1995.
    More Details Hide Details He received the Screen Actors Guild's highest honor, the SAG Life Achievement Award, in 2013. Van Dyke has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard and has also been recognized as a Disney Legend.
  • 1993
    Age 67
    The series ran from 1993 to 2001 with son Barry Van Dyke co-starring in the role of Dr. Sloan's son Lieutenant Detective Steve Sloan.
    More Details Hide Details Also starring on the same show was daytime soap actress Victoria Rowell as Dr. Sloan's pathologist/medical partner, Dr. Amanda Bentley, and Charlie Schlatter in the role of Dr. Sloan's student, Dr. Jesse Travis.
  • 1989
    Age 63
    In 1989, he guest-starred on the NBC comedy series The Golden Girls portraying a lover of Beatrice Arthur's character.
    More Details Hide Details This role earned him his first Emmy Award nomination since 1977. His film work affected his TV career: the reviews he received for his role as D.A. Fletcher in Dick Tracy led him to star as the character Dr. Mark Sloan first in an episode of Jake and the Fatman, then in a series of TV movies on CBS that became the foundation for his popular television drama Diagnosis: Murder.
  • 1987
    Age 61
    In 1987, Van Dyke's granddaughter Jessica Van Dyke died from Reye's syndrome, which led him to do a series of commercials to raise public awareness of the danger of aspirin to children.
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    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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  • 1977
    Age 51
    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.
    More Details Hide Details However, he only appeared in half of the episodes of the final season. For the next decade he appeared mostly in TV movies. One atypical role was as a murdering judge on the second episode of the TV series Matlock in 1986 starring Andy Griffith.
  • 1976
    Age 50
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Despite being canceled after three months, the show won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy-Variety Series.
  • 1973
    Age 47
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, he received an Emmy Award nomination for his role as an alcoholic businessman in the television movie The Morning After (1974). Van Dyke revealed after its release that he had recently overcome a real-life drinking problem. He admits he was an alcoholic for 25 years. That same year he guest-starred as a murdering photographer on an episode of Columbo, Negative Reaction.
  • 1971
    Age 45
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Although the series was developed by Carl Reiner and starred Hope Lange as his wife, and he received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance, the show was less successful than its predecessor, and Van Dyke pulled the plug on the show after just three seasons.
  • 1964
    Age 38
    Van Dyke received a Grammy Award in 1964, along with Julie Andrews, for his performance on the soundtrack to Mary Poppins.
    More Details Hide Details In 1970, he published Faith, Hope and Hilarity: A Child's Eye View of Religion a book of humorous anecdotes based largely on his experiences as a Sunday School teacher. Van Dyke was principal in "KXIV Inc." and owned 1400 AM KXIV in Phoenix (later KSUN) from 1965 to 1985. As an a cappella enthusiast, he has sung in a group called "Dick Van Dyke and The Vantastix" since September 2000. The quartet has performed several times in Los Angeles as well as on Larry King Live, The First Annual TV Land Awards, and sang the national anthem at three Los Angeles Lakers games including a nationally televised NBA Finals performance on NBC. Van Dyke was made an honorary member of the Barbershop Harmony Society in 1999. Van Dyke became a computer animation enthusiast after purchasing a Commodore Amiga in 1991. He is credited with the creation of 3D-rendered effects used on Diagnosis: Murder and The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited. Van Dyke has displayed his computer-generated imagery work at SIGGRAPH, and continues to work with LightWave 3D.
  • 1961
    Age 35
    From 1961 to 1966, Van Dyke starred in the CBS sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show, in which he portrayed a comedy writer named Rob Petrie.
    More Details Hide Details Originally the show was supposed to have Carl Reiner as the lead but CBS insisted on recasting and Reiner chose Van Dyke to replace him in the role. Complementing Van Dyke was a veteran cast of comic actors including Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam, Jerry Paris, Ann Morgan Guilbert, Richard Deacon, and Carl Reiner (as Alan Brady), as well as 23-year-old Mary Tyler Moore, who played Rob's wife Laura Petrie. Van Dyke won three Emmy Awards as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, and the series received four Emmy Awards as Outstanding Comedy Series.
    That musical won four Tony awards including Van Dyke's Best Featured Actor Tony, in 1961.
    More Details Hide Details In 1980, Van Dyke appeared as the title role in the first Broadway revival of The Music Man. Van Dyke's start in television was with WDSU-TV New Orleans Channel 6 (NBC), first as a single comedian and later as emcee of a comedy program. Van Dyke's first network TV appearance was with Dennis James on James' Chance of a Lifetime in 1954. He later appeared in two episodes of The Phil Silvers Show during its 1957–58 season. He also appeared early in his career on ABC's The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom and NBC's The Polly Bergen Show. During this time a friend from the Army was working as an executive for CBS television and recommended Van Dyke to that network. Out of this came a seven-year contract with the network. During an interview on NPR's Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! program, Van Dyke said he was the anchorman for the CBS morning show during this period with Walter Cronkite as his newsman.
  • 1960
    Age 34
    He then played the lead role of Albert Peterson in Bye Bye Birdie, which ran from April 14, 1960 to October 7, 1961.
    More Details Hide Details In a May 2011 interview with Rachael Ray, Van Dyke noted that when he auditioned for a smaller part in the show he had no dance experience, and that after he sang his audition song he did an impromptu soft-shoe out of sheer nervousness. Gower Champion, the show's director and choreographer, was watching, and promptly went up on stage to inform Van Dyke he had the lead. An astonished Van Dyke protested that he could not dance, to which Champion replied "We'll teach you".
  • 1959
    Age 33
    In November 1959, Van Dyke made his Broadway debut in The Girls Against the Boys.
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  • 1948
    Age 22
    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.
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  • 1947
    Age 21
    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."
    More Details Hide Details The team toured the West Coast nightclub circuit, performing a mime act and lip synching to old 78 records. They brought their act to Atlanta, Georgia, in the early 1950s and performed a local television show featuring original skits and music called "The Merry Mutes".
  • 1944
    Age 18
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Denied enlistment several times for being underweight, he was eventually accepted for service as a radio announcer before transferring to the Special Services and entertaining troops in the continental United States. He received his high school diploma in 2004. During the late 1940s, Van Dyke was a radio DJ in Danville, Illinois.
  • 1925
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He grew up in Danville, Illinois. He is the older brother of actor Jerry Van Dyke, who is best known for a role on the TV series Coach. Van Dyke has Dutch, Scottish, Irish and English ancestry, with a family line that traces back to Mayflower passenger John Alden. Among his high school classmates in Danville were Donald O'Connor and Bobby Short, both of whom would go on to successful careers as entertainers. One of Van Dyke's closest friends was a cousin of Gene Hackman, the future Oscar-winning actor, who also lived in Danville in those years. Van Dyke's mother's family was very religious, and for a brief period in his youth he considered a career in ministry, although a drama class in high school convinced him that his true calling was as a professional entertainer. In his autobiography he wrote, "I suppose that I never completely gave up my childhood idea of being a minister. Only the medium and the message changed. I have still endeavored to touch people's souls, to raise their spirits and put smiles on their faces." Even after the launch of his career as an entertainer, he taught Sunday school in the Presbyterian Church, where he was an elder, and he continued to read such theologians as Buber, Tillich, and Bonhoeffer, whom he has said helped explain in practical terms the relevance of religion in everyday life.
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