Dick Van Dyke Biography, Age, Movies, Wife, Show cast, Death and Net worth

Dick Van Dyke Biography

Dick Van Dyke (Richard Wayne Van Dyke) is an American actor, comedian, singer, and dancer. His entertainment career has spanned seven decades.

Dick first became prominent on radio and Broadway, then he became known for his role as Rob Petrie on the CBS television sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show, which ran from 1961 to 1966.

He also gained remarkable  popularity for roles in the musical films Bye Bye Birdie (1963), Mary Poppins (1964), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), and Mary Poppins Returns (2018). Dick’s other prominent film appearances include roles in The Comic (1969), Dick Tracy (1990), Curious George (2006), Night at the Museum (2006), and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014). Other prominent TV roles include the leads in The New Dick Van Dyke Show (1971–74), Diagnosis: Murder (1993–2001), and Murder 101 (2006–08) which both co-starred his son Barry.

He has received  five Primetime Emmys, a Tony, and a Grammy Award, and  in 1995 he was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame . Dick in 2013 he received the Screen Actors Guild’s highest honor, the SAG Life Achievement Award.  Dick has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard and has also been recognized as a Disney Legend.

Dick Van Dyke Age | How Old Is Dick Van Dyke

Dick was born on December 13, 1925 in West Plains, Missouri, He is 93 years old as of 2018.

Dick Van Dyke Family | Dick Van Dyke Brother

Dick Van was born in West Plains, Missouri.  He is the son  to Hazel Victoria (née McCord; 1896 – 1992), a stenographer, and Loren Wayne “Cookie” Van Dyke (1898–1976), a salesman. Dick grew up in Danville, Illinois. He has a younger brother known as  actor Jerry Van Dyke (1931–2018), who is best known for a role on the TV series Coach. Dick has Dutch, English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry, with a family line that traces back to Mayflower passenger John Alden.

Dick Van Dyke photos
Dick Van Dyke photos

Dick Van Dyke Education

Donald O’Connor and Bobby Short were among Van Dyke’s high school classmates in Danville.  Both of whom would go on to successful careers as entertaineras.  A cousin of Gene Hackman was one of Dick’s closest friends the future actor, who also lived in Danville in those years.

His mother’s family was very religious, and for a brief period in his youth, Dick 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 he began his career as an entertainer, Dick taught Sunday school in the Presbyterian Church, where he was an elder, and he continued to read such theologians as Buber, Tillich, and Bonhoeffer, who helped explain in practical terms the relevance of religion in everyday life.

In 1944 he left high school his senior year, intending to join the United States Army Air Forces for pilot training during World War II. Dick was denied enlistment several times for being underweight, but eventually  he  was accepted for service as a radio announcer before transferring to the Special Services and entertaining troops in the continental United States. In 2004 Dick  received his high school diploma in 2004 at the age of 78.

Dick Van Dyke Wife

When he was 86 years old, Van Dyke married 40-year-old make-up artist Arlene Silver on February 29, 2012. The two had met six years earlier at the SAG awards.

His first marriage was to Margerie Willett. While appearing at the Chapman Park Hotel on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles on February 12, 1948, he and the former Margerie Willett were married on the radio show Bride and Groom. The couple had four children: Christian, Barry, Stacy, and Carrie Beth.  The two  divorced in 1984 after a long separation.

He lived with longtime companion Michelle Triola for more than 30 years, until her death in 2009.

Dick Van Dyke Children

Dick has four children  from his first marriage: Christian, Barry, Stacy, and Carrie Beth. Son Barry Van Dyke, grandsons Shane Van Dyke and Carey Van Dyke along with other Van Dyke grandchildren and relatives appeared in various episodes of the long-running series Diagnosis: Murder.

Dick Van Dyke Son

Dick has a son known as Barry Van Dyke. He was born July 31, 1951. He is  an actor and the second son of actor and entertainer Dick Van and  Margie Willett, and nephew of Jerry Van Dyke. Dick has often worked with his son Barry.  His son  is best known to audiences as Lieutenant Detective Steve Sloan, a homicide detective and the son of Dr. Mark Sloan (played by Dick Van Dyke) on Diagnosis: Murder. In the show, the characters’ relatives were frequently played by real-life family members.

Dick Van Dyke Death | Dick Van Dyke Health

Dick is still alive.  He revealed in April 2013 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. Dick had to cancel scheduled appearances due to fatigue from lack of sleep because of the medical condition.  He tweeted in May 2013 that it seemed his titanium dental implants may be responsible.

It was reported on August 19, 2013, that the 87-year-old Dick van  was rescued from his Jaguar by a passerby after the car had caught fire on the US 101 freeway in Calabasas, Los Angeles County. Dick was not injured in the fire, although the car burned down to its frame.

Dick Van Dyke Movies

Year

Title

Role

2018
Buttons
Unexpected visitor
2018
Mary Poppins Returns
Mr. Dawes Jr.
2017
If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast
Himself
2016
Trolland
Yusop (voice)
2015
Merry Xmas
Father
2014
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Himself
2014
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
Cecil Fredricks
2009
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
Cecil Fredricks
2006
Curious George
Mr. Bloomsberry (voice)
2006
Night at the Museum
Cecil Fredricks
2005
Batman: New Times
Commissioner Gordon (voice)
2001
Walt: The Man Behind the Myth
Narrator (voice)
1990
Dick Tracy
D.A. Fletcher
1979
The Runner Stumbles
Father Brian Rivard
1975
Tubby the Tuba
Tubby the Tuba (voice)
1971
Cold Turkey
Rev. Clayton Brooks
1969
Some Kind of a Nut
Fred Amidon
1969
The Comic
Billy Bright
1968
Never a Dull Moment
Jack Albany
1968
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Caractacus Potts
1967
Divorce American Style
Richard Harmon
1967
Fitzwilly
Claude R. Fitzwilliam
1966
Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N.
Lt. Robin Crusoe
1965
The Art of Love
Paul Sloane/Toulouse aka Picasso
1964
What a Way to Go!
Edgar Hopper
1964
Mary Poppins
Bert/Mr. Dawes Sr.
1963
Bye Bye Birdie
Albert F. Peterson

Dick Van Dyke Tv Shows

Year

Title

Role

2015
The Middle
Dutch Spence
2014
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Kenneth Brandt
2014
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
Captain Goof-Beard (voice)
2013
Brody Stevens: Enjoy It!
Himself
2012
The Doctors
Himself
2012
Fun with Dick and Jerry Van Dyke
Himself
2011
Hollywood Treasure
Himself
2008
Murder 101: The Locked Room Mystery
Dr. Jonathan Maxwell
2007
Murder 101: If Wishes Were Horses
Dr. Jonathan Maxwell
2007
Murder 101: College Can Be Murder
Dr. Jonathan Maxwell
2006
Murder 101
Dr. Jonathan Maxwell
2004
The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited
Rob Petrie
2003
The Gin Game
Weller Martin
2003
The Alan Brady Show
Webb (voice)
2003
Scrubs
Dr. Townshend
2002
A Town Without Pity
Dr. Mark Sloan
2002
Without Warning
Dr. Mark Sloan
2000
Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Duke
1999
Becker
Fred Becker
1993–2001
Diagnosis: Murder
Dr. Mark Sloan
1993
The Town Santa Forgot
Narrator/Old Jeremy Creek (voice)
1993
A Twist of the Knife
Dr. Mark Sloan
1993
Coach
Luthor Van Dam’s Cousin (uncredited)
1992
Diagnosis of Murder
Dr. Mark Sloan
1992
The House on Sycamore Street
Dr. Mark Sloan
1991
Daughters of Privilege
Buddy Keys
1991
Jake and the Fatman
Dr. Mark Sloan
1990
Matlock
Judge Carter Addison
1989
The Golden Girls
Ken
1988
The Van Dyke Show
Dick Burgess
1987
Ghost of a Chance
Bill Nolan
1987
Highway to Heaven
Wally Dunn
1987
Airwolf
Malduke
1986
Strong Medicine
Sam Hawthorne
1986
Matlock
Judge Carter Addison
1985
American Playhouse
Les Dischinger
1984
Donald Duck’s 50th Birthday
Himself/Host
1983
CBS Library
Father (voice)
1983
Found Money
Max Sheppard
1982
The Country Girl
Frank Elgin
1982
Drop-Out Father
Ed McCall
1981
True Life Stories
Charlie
1981
Harry’s Battles
Harry Fitzsimmons
1981
How to Eat Like a Child
Himself
1979
Supertrain
Waldo Chase
1977
The Carol Burnett Show
Cast member
1976
Van Dyke and Company
Himself
1976
Lola!
Cast member
1974
Julie and Dick at Covent Garden
Himself
1974
Columbo
Paul Galesko
1974
The Morning After
Charlie Lester
1973
The New Scooby-Doo Movies
Himself (voice)
1971–1974
The New Dick Van Dyke Show
Dick Preston
1970
Dick Van Dyke Meets Bill Cosby
Himself
1969
Dick Van Dyke and the Other Woman
Himself
1961–1966
The Dick Van Dyke Show
Rob Petrie + others
1959
Laugh Line
Host
1958–1959
Mother’s Day
Host
1958
The Chevy Showroom Starring Andy Williams
Himself
1957–1958
The Phil Silvers Show
Pvt. Lumpkin / Pvt. “Swifty” Bilko
1956–1957
To Tell the Truth
Panelist
1956
CBS Cartoon Theatre
Host
1955–1956
The Morning Show
Host

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