Dick Van Dyke

American actor and comedian (born 1925)

Richard Wayne "Dick" Van Dyke (born December 13, 1925) is an American actor, comedian, dancer, producer, singer and writer with his career that has lasted 60 years. He is the older brother of Jerry Van Dyke and father of Barry Van Dyke.

Dick Van Dyke
Van Dyke in 2021
Richard Wayne Van Dyke

(1925-12-13) December 13, 1925 (age 98)
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • writer
  • singer
  • dancer
Years active1947–present
  • Margie Willett
    (m. 1948; div. 1984)
  • Arlene Silver (m. 2012)
Partner(s)Michelle Triola Marvin
(1976–2009; her death)
Children4, including Barry

Van Dyke starred in many movies; Bye Bye Birdie, Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Night at the Museum and in television series The Dick Van Dyke Show and in Diagnosis: Murder. He has a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Van Dyke was once offered the role as Ambassador Thorn in the 1976 movie The Omen, but turned it down because of the movie's violent gory content.[1]

Early life change

Van Dyke was born on December 13, 1925 in West Plains, Missouri. He was raised in Danville, Illinois. Van Dyke now lives in Malibu, California. During his early years, Van Dyke use to work as a weather man.[2]

Marriages and family change

Van Dyke has been married to Margie Willett in 1948 until they divorced in 1984. He was married to Arlene Silver since 2012.[3] Van Dyke had been partners with Michelle Triola from 1976 until her death from lung cancer in 2009. Van Dyke has 4 children and one grandson.

Awards change

He has won a Grammy Award, a Tony Award, and an Emmy Award. He has been honored a Disney Legend Award in 1999. He was given The Life Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild in 2013.[4]

In 2021, Van Dyke was honored with the Kennedy Center Honors.[5]

In 2024, at the age of 98, Van Dyke was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for a guest role he had in the soap opera Days of Our Lives.[6] This made him the oldest Daytime Emmy nominee in the award's history.[6]

Personal life change

Van Dyke was a heavy cigarette smoker for most of his life. He has been using Nicorette gum since 2003.[7]

In April 2013, Van Dyke revealed that he has been displaying symptoms of a neurological disorder since 2006, but despite undergoing tests no diagnosis has been made.[8] In 2013 the actor stated that his dental-related implants might be responsible.[9]

On August 19, 2013, it was reported that Van Dyke, age 87, was rescued from inside his Jaguar by a passerby as the actor's car caught fire on a Los Angeles-area highway. He was not injured in the fire. The car burned down to its frame.[10]

References change

  1. Richard Wayne Van Dyke biography Archived 2013-02-20 at the Wayback Machine at s9.com
  2. Dick Van Dyke trivia at WDW.com
  3. "Dick Van Dyke, 86, Marries 40-Year-Old Makeup Artist". Article and video interview with Van Dyke and Silver, RumorFix.com. 9 March 2012. Archived from the original on 12 March 2012. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
  4. "DICK VAN DYKE TO GET SAG LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD". AP. Archived from the original on 22 August 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
  5. "Bidens meet with Kennedy Center honorees, a tradition ignored by Trump". The Hill. 20 May 2021. Retrieved 21 May 2021.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Dick Van Dyke earns historic Daytime Emmy nomination at 98". Today. Retrieved 16 May 2024.
  7. Dick Van Dyke: "I’d go to work with terrible hangovers. Which if you’re dancing is hard" at telegraph.co.uk
  8. Dick Van Dyke cancels New York appearance over illness at BBC.co.uk
  9. Dick Van Dyke mystery illness at Huffington Post.com
  10. Staff (August 20, 2013). "Dick Van Dyke Helped from Burning Car". CNN. Retrieved August 20, 2013.

Other websites change

  Media related to Dick Van Dyke at Wikimedia Commons