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Dick Van Dyke

Van Dyke in December 2007
Born Richard Wayne Van Dyke
December 13, 1925 (1925-12-13) (age 84)
West Plains, Missouri, U.S.
Occupation Actor, comedian, producer, writer
Years active 1955–present
Spouse(s) Margie Willett (1948–1984)
Domestic partner(s) Michelle Triola (1976–2009, her death)
.Richard Wayne "Dick" Van Dyke (born December 13, 1925) is an American actor, comedian, writer, and producer with a career spanning six decades.^ Dick Van Dyke’s career has spanned six decades making him one of Hollywood’s most successful entertainers.
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^ They are Dick Van Dyke's grandchildren.
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^ Dick Van Dyke was born in West Plains, Missouri on December 13, 1925.
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[1] .He is best known for his starring roles in the films Bye Bye Birdie, Mary Poppins, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and the television series The Dick Van Dyke Show and Diagnosis Murder.^ Features four episodes taken from 'The Dick Van Dyke Show'.
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^ Actually, this post was about Dick Van Dyke's Afrikaans accent (it has to be) in the film Mary Poppins.
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^ The Dick Van Dyke Show ran for five seasons.
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[1]

Contents

Life and career

Television career

.Dick 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.^ They are Dick Van Dyke's grandchildren.
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^ Sorry there is no news for Dick Van Dyke at this time.
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^ Van Dyke: I watch television.
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[2] .Van Dyke's first network TV appearance was on The Phil Silvers Show in the 1957–1958 season.^ Van Dyke's first network TV appearance was on The Phil Silvers Show in the 1957–1958 season.
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^ Dick van dyke tv show season 2 dvd Complete Second Season with Extras .
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^ VAN DYKE: It's not a family show!
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[3]
.Van Dyke starred in the situation comedy The Dick Van Dyke Show from 1961 to 1966 in which he portrayed a comedy writer named Rob Petrie.^ They are Dick Van Dyke's grandchildren.
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^ "The Dick Van Dyke Show" aired on CBS-TV from 1961 to 1966.
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^ Much of the show’s comedy comes from Dick Van Dyke’s physical comedy and sight gags.
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.Complementing Van Dyke was a veteran cast of comedic actors including Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam, Jerry Paris, Carl Reiner (as Alan Brady), as well as television newcomer Mary Tyler Moore, who played Rob's wife Laura Petrie.^ Van Dyke: I watch television.
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^ Laura Petrie; Rob's wife .
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^ Carl said we haven't cast it yet so I said what about Morey Amsterdam?

.He won three Emmy Awards as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and the series received four Emmy Awards as Outstanding Comedy Series.^ She received three Emmy nominationsfor this role.

^ Dick Van Dyke won three Emmy Awards and the series received four Emmy Awards as outstanding comedy series.
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^ The show won four straight outstanding comedy Emmys.
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[4] .From 1971 to 1974, Van Dyke starred in an unrelated sitcom called The New Dick Van Dyke Show in which he starred as a local television talk show host.^ They are Dick Van Dyke's grandchildren.
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^ Van Dyke: I watch television.
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.He received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance, but the show was less successful than its predecessor,[5] and Van Dyke pulled the plug on the show after just three seasons.^ Van Dyke pulled the plug on the show after just three seasons.
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^ Golden Throats - Dick van Dyke .
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^ The Dick Van Dyke Show is back again, this time for the penultimate season of the show.
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[6]
.In the 1970s, Van Dyke hosted his own hour-long variety show called Van Dyke & Company on NBC.^ Starred in the short-lived NBC variety series, "Van Dyke and Company" .
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^ VAN DYKE: It's not a family show!
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^ Dick VanDyke date of birth: December 13, 1925 Who did Dick VanDyke portray in The Dick Van Dyke Show: Season 05 ?
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.It aired between September and December 1976. When Carol Burnett's main foil Harvey Korman quit her long-running variety series in 1977, Van Dyke took his place.^ In 1977, Van Dyke then joined the cast of The Carol Burnett Show after Harvey Korman left the show.
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^ VAN DYKE: It took a season.
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^ In 1977, Van Dyke then joined the cast of "The Carol Burnett Show" after Harvey Korman left the show.

.This was the first time he played second banana on television and there were very few comedic sparks between Van Dyke and Burnett.^ Sorry there is no news for Dick Van Dyke at this time.
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^ Van Dyke: I watch television.
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^ Van Dyke plays  Read More .
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.He left after three months.^ Unfortunately, his comedy style did not work as well with Burnett's, and he left the show after three months.
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From 1993 to 2001, Van Dyke portrayed Dr. Mark Sloan in the long-running television series Diagnosis Murder, a medical drama; son Barry co-starred. .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 thirty-eight years.^ "The Dick Van Dyke Show" was a great show, and is still funny today.
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^ Van Dyke lived in Carefree while producing and starring in "The New Dick Van Dyke Show" in 1971.
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.Van Dyke and his surviving cast members recreated their roles; the program was roundly panned by critics.^ Dick Van Dyke - what members say .
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^ Over three years later a revamped version with Dick Van Dyke in the Reiner role was filmed.
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^ Another role Van Dyke is well known for is as Robert Petrie in the highly rated and critically acclaimed CBS sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show , which ran from 1961 to 1966.
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.Van Dyke has made many guest appearances on other television programs throughout his lengthy career.^ Van Dyke: I watch television.
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^ He also has made many guest appearances on other television programs throughout his lengthy career.

^ Jerry Van Dyke guest-stars.
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Film career

.Van Dyke began his film career by reprising his stage role in the film version of Bye Bye Birdie (1963).^ He began his film career by reprising his stage role in the film version of Bye Bye Birdie in 1963.
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^ Van Dyke's first major role was on stage in Bye Bye Birdie in 1960, for which he won a Tony Award.
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^ Van Dyke began his film career by reprising his stage role in the film version of Bye Bye Birdie in 1963.
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.Despite his unhappiness with the adaptation because the focus differed from the stage version, the film was a success.^ Although Van Dyke was unhappy with the adaptation because the focus was shifted to Ann-Margret's character, the film was a major success.
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^ Van Dyke’s success on television naturally translated to a movie career, which began in earnest with the 1963 film version of “Bye Bye Birdie” (1963).
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^ Van Dyke was reportedly unhappy with the adaptation, which shifted the musical's focus to attractive newcomer Ann-Margret and made significant changes to the score and choreography.
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.That same year, Van Dyke was cast in two roles as the chimney sweep Bert and the chairman of the bank in Walt Disney's Mary Poppins (1964).^ Copyright: Walt Disney Productions 1964 .

^ VAN DYKE: Was that two years?
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^ VAN DYKE: Oh, years later.
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.To film 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").^ Although he'd had small roles beforehand, Dick Van Dyke was launched to...
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^ They are Dick Van Dyke's grandchildren.
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^ Find where Dick Van Dyke is credited alongside another name Dick Van Dyke & .
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.Van Dyke's attempt at a cockney accent was cited as one of the worst film accents in a 2003 poll by Empire magazine.^ VAN DYKE: One, two, three.
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^ Dick Van Dyke: All but one.
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^ VAN DYKE: Well, that was a another one.
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[7] .Mary Poppins was nonetheless successful upon release and its enduring appeal has made it one of the most famous films in cinematic history.^ Mary Poppins is one of the best musicals ever!
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^ Dick Van Dyke’s career has spanned six decades making him one of Hollywood’s most successful entertainers.
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^ Unfortunately, Smith didn't reveal the most burning question -- did Van Dyke rap in his Cockney chimney sweep accent from ' Mary Poppins '?
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."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.^ More recently, Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews sang "Chim Chim Cher-ee" in "Mary Poppins."
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^ The film received an Academy Award nomination for Best...
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^ Mary Van dyke .
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Many of the comedy films in which Van Dyke starred throughout the 1960s were relatively unsuccessful at the box office, including What a Way to Go!, Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N., Fitzwilly, The Art of Love, Never a Dull Moment, and Divorce American Style. .He also starred (with his native accent, despite the English setting) in the musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), which co-starred Sally Ann Howes and featured songs by the Sherman Brothers.^ Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) .
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^ One of his showcase songs, Chim Chim Cher-ee, won the Oscar for the Sherman Brothers, the film's songwriting team.
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^ One of his showcase songs, 'Chim Chim Cher-ee', won the Oscar for the Sherman Brothers, the film's songwriting team.

Dramatic roles and career comeback

.In 1969, Van Dyke appeared in the dramedy The Comic, written and directed by Carl Reiner.^ Van Dyke appeared in his first semi-dramatic role in the comedy-drama The Comic, which was written and directed by Carl Reiner.
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^ Van Dyke: I think it would work if Carl Reiner was writing it.
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^ In 1969, Van Dyke appeared in the comedy-drama "The Comic", which was written and directed by Carl Reiner.

.Van Dyke portrayed a self-destructive silent-film era comedian who struggles with alcoholism, depression and his own rampant ego.^ In The Comic, Dick Van Dyke plays Billy Bright, silent-era film comedian.
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^ Synopsis: In The Comic , Dick Van Dyke plays Billy Bright, silent-era film comedian.
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^ Who is Barry Van Dyke dating?
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.Reiner wrote the film especially for Van Dyke, who often spoke of his admiration for silent film era comedians such as Charlie Chaplin and his hero Stan Laurel.^ In The Comic, Dick Van Dyke plays Billy Bright, silent-era film comedian.
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^ Synopsis: In The Comic , Dick Van Dyke plays Billy Bright, silent-era film comedian.
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^ Who is Barry Van Dyke dating?
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.He also began starring in a series of commercials as a spokesperson for Kodak.^ He also began starring in a series of commercials as a spokesperson for Kodak.
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.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.^ They are Dick Van Dyke's grandchildren.
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^ Sorry there is no news for Dick Van Dyke at this time.
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^ The Dick Van Dyke Show: Season 02 (1962) more movies like this .
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.The following year, he received an Emmy Award nomination for his role as an alcoholic businessman in the television movie The Morning After (1974).^ In 1974, Van Dyke received wide acclaim and an Emmy nomination for his role as an alcoholic businessman in the television movie The Morning After.
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^ In 1974, Van Dyke received wide acclaim and an Emmy nomination for his role as an alcoholic businessman in the television movie "The Morning After".

^ Reiner received an Emmy Award nomination in 1954 for his supporting acting roles on the series.
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.Van Dyke revealed after its release that he had recently overcome a real-life drinking problem.^ It was at this time that Van Dyke admitted he had recently overcome a real-life drinking problem.
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^ VAN DYKE: Oh, really?
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^ Van Dyke: Oh, well, not really.
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.That same year, he guest-starred as a murdering photographer on an episode of Columbo.^ I loved the Columbo he guest-starred in.
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^ Moore earned a 1980 Oscar nomination for her role in the film "Ordinary People" and has recently guest-starred on episodes of "Lipstick Jungle" and "That '70s Show."
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^ Grandson Shane Van Dyke guest-starred in 14 episodes of "Diagnosis Murder" (1993).
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.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.^ VAN DYKE: It's not a family show!
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^ In 1988, Van Dyke returned with another sitcom called "The Van Dyke Show" which co-starred his son, Barry.

^ Van Dyke returned to comedy in 1976 with the sketch comedy show Van Dyke and Company which also starred Andy Kaufman and Super Dave Osborne.
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.Despite being cancelled after three months, the show won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy-Variety Series.^ Despite being cancelled after only three months, the show won the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy-Variety Series, beating "Saturday Night Live".

^ Despite being cancelled after only three months, the show won the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy-Variety Series, beating Saturday Night Live.
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^ Dick Van Dyke won three Emmy Awards for his role in TDVDS, and the series received four Emmy Awards as outstanding comedy series.
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.For the next decade, he appeared mostly in low-rated TV movies.^ For the next decade, he appeared mainly in low-rated TV movies.
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^ Rating: thumb up A nice feel good movie for the family from the list Christmas TV Classics A nice feel good movie for the family .
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^ TIME's Best of the Decade Richard Corliss lists his ten favorite movies of the decade, and TIME includes the Best of TV, Books, and Theater.

.One exception was an atypical role as a murdering judge on the first episode of the TV series Matlock in 1986 starring Andy Griffith.^ I remember when he guest starred in Matlock as a judge.
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^ Diagnosis Murder - tv series .
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^ One exception was another atypical role as a murdering judge on the first episode of the TV series "Matlock" in 1986 starring Andy Griffith.

.In 1989, he guest-starred on the NBC comedy series The Golden Girls, portraying a lover of Beatrice Arthur's character.^ Guest-starred on NBC's hit series, "The Golden Girls" as Dorothy's (Bea Arthur's) beau; earned an Emmy nomination .
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^ For a few years Van Dyke’s acting career slowed until his 1989 comeback when he took a guest-starring role on NBC’s hit TV series The Golden Girls .
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^ First, he took a guest starring role on NBC's hit TV series The Golden Girls playing Dorothy's (Bea Arthur's) beau, who decides to give up being a lawyer to become a circus clown.
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This role earned him his first Emmy Award nomination since 1977.
.In 1990, Van Dyke, whose usual role had been the amiable hero, took a small but villainous turn as the crooked D.A. Fletcher in Warren Beatty's film Dick Tracy.^ They are Dick Van Dyke's grandchildren.
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^ Took on a villainous turn as the crooked D.A Fletcher in Warren Beatty's movie "Dick Tracy" .
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^ Dyke Van Dick has 148 friends.
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The reviews he received for Tracy led him to star in a series of TV movies on CBS that became the foundation for his popular television drama Diagnosis Murder, which ran from 1993 to 2001. He first played the character Dr. Mark Sloan in an episode of Jake and the Fatman. .He 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.^ In 2003, Dick Van Dyke reunited with Mary Tyler Moore in a dramatically and critically successful performance of The Gin Game, produced for television.
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^ KING : Do you remember what you watched when you watched "Mary Tyler Moore Show?"
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^ He 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, a 2004 on "Scrubs", where he played a doctor who could not keep up with the changing ways of medical care, and a starring role as Dr. Jonathan Maxwell in a made-for-TV movie in 2006.

In 2003, he portrayed a doctor on Scrubs, and in 2006, he guest-starred as college professor Dr. Jonathan Maxwell for a series of Murder 101 mystery films on the Hallmark Channel.
Van Dyke returned to motion pictures in 2006 with Curious George as Mr. Bloomsberry and as Cecil Fredericks in the Ben Stiller film Night at the Museum. .He reprised the role in a cameo for the sequel, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian but it was cut from the film.^ Re-teamed with Ben Stiller for the sequel, "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" .
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^ His most recent role is Cecil in the Ben Stiller film "Night at the Museum", released in December 2006.

^ He recently played the role of Cecil Fredericks in "Night at the Museum".

.It can be found in the special features on the DVD release.^ Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Special Edition) (2 Discs) Diagnosis Murder: The Third Season (5 Discs) Dick Van Dyke Show : Season 5 Dick Van Dyke Show: Season 1 (5 Discs) Dick Van Dyke Show: Season 2 (5 Discs) More DVDs featuring Dick Van Dyke » .
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Other work

"Van Dyke at the 40th Emmy Awards Rehearsal in August 1988"
At the 40th Emmy Awards Rehearsal, August 1988
.Van Dyke received a Grammy Award for his performance on the soundtrack to Mary Poppins.^ Van Dyke received a Grammy Award for his performance on the soundtrack to Mary Poppins.
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^ Dick Van Dyke talks about Mary Poppins .
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^ A favorite Van Dyke performance .
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[1]
.One of Van Dyke's modern passions is producing 3D computer graphics.^ One of Van Dyke's modern passions is producing 3D computer graphics.

^ Van Dyke's 3D graphics involvement ) .

^ Dick Van Dyke: All but one.
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.He is credited with the creation of a 3D rendered effect shown in Diagnosis: Murder, and continues to work with LightWave 3D.^ He created many of the 3D rendered effects shown in Diagnosis: Murder, and continues to work with LightWave 3D. .

^ Using Newtek's Lightwave 3D from home, he created and animated a CG version of himself that he danced with on The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited (2004) (TV).
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^ Son Barry Van Dyke and grandson Carey Van Dyke also worked on "Diagnosis Murder" (1993) with him.
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[8]

Personal life

.Van Dyke was born in West Plains, Missouri, to Loren (nickname "Cookie") and Hazel (née McCord) Van Dyke, but grew up in Danville, Illinois.^ Dick Van Dyke  (1925 - ) Given name: Richard Wayne Van Dyke; born in West Plains, Missouri.

^ VAN DYKE: Set them up.
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^ Filmography Biography Awards Worked With Photos Born: December 13, 1925 in West Plains, MO Occupation: Actor Biography: Born in Missouri, entertainer Dick Van Dyke was raised in Danville, Illinois, where repeated viewings of Laurel & Hardy comedies at his local movie palace inspired him to go into show business.
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.He is the older brother of actor Jerry Van Dyke, who is best known for his role on the TV series Coach.^ Van Dyke is the brother of award-winning TV personality Jerry Van Dyke , and the father of actor Barry Van Dyke .
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^ Van Dyke is the older brother of actor Jerry Van Dyke, who is best known for his role on the TV series Coach.
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^ Brother of entertainer Jerry Van Dyke .
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.Van Dyke married Margie Willett in 1948. They had four children: Christian (Chris), Barry, Carrie Beth, and Stacy.^ They are Dick Van Dyke's grandchildren.
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^ Margie and Dick had four children born during the first ten years of their marriage - Barry Van Dyke, Carrie Beth van Dyke, Christian Van Dyke and Stacy Van Dyke - all of whom are now in their forties and married themselves.
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^ VAN DYKE: They found me.
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[1] .They divorced in 1984 after a long separation.^ They divorced in 1984 after a long separation.
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^ He and Carol, by then the parents of three children, divorced in 1974, after a long separation.
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.He lived with longtime companion Michelle Triola for more than thirty years until her death in 2009.[9] Van Dyke's son Barry Van Dyke and grandsons Shane Van Dyke and Carey Van Dyke are also actors; both of these last two, along with other Van Dyke relations and grandchildren, appeared in various episodes of the long-running series Diagnosis: Murder.^ He is currently living with Michelle Triola.
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^ Dick's son Barry Van Dyke and grandson Carry Van Dyke are also actors; Barry, Carry and other Van Dyke relations and grandchildren acted with Dick on various episodes of the long-running Diagnosis: Murder series.
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^ Lived with Michelle Triola from 1976 until her death in 2009.
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.All of Van Dyke's children are married, and he has seven grandchildren.^ They are Dick Van Dyke's grandchildren.
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^ VAN DYKE: All right.
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^ Van Dyke's children all married and he has seven grandchildren.
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His son Chris served as district attorney for Marion County, Oregon, in the 1980s; among his cases was the so-called I-5 Killer, Randall Woodfield.
.In 1987, his granddaughter Jessica Van Dyke died from Reye's Syndrome,[10][11] which drove him to do a series of television commercials to raise public awareness of the danger to children.^ Van Dyke: I watch television.
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^ Great-granddaughter: Ava Van Dyke.
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^ In 1987, his granddaughter Jessica Van Dyke died from Reye's Syndrome which caused him to do a series of television commercials to raise public awareness of the danger to children.

.He is still the National Spokesman of the National Reye's Syndrome Foundation.^ So affected was he by her passing, that he became the national spokesman for its foundation, and appeared in several moving television spots to bring attention to parents.
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[12][citation needed]
.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.^ He has written two books, Faith, Hope and Hilarity (1970) and Those Funny Kids , recounting amusing anecdotes from his long experience teaching Sunday school.

^ 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.
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^ 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.

[13]
.Van Dyke is a computer animation enthusiast and has displayed some of his CGI work at trade shows.^ I mean, would "The Dick Van Dyke Show' work today?
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^ RPN: What were some of your favorite Dick Van Dyke show?

^ VAN DYKE: It's not a family show!
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.This interest is referred to in the 2004 TV movie The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited, which shows that Rob Petrie has also become a CGI hobbyist.^ They are Dick Van Dyke's grandchildren.
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^ "The Dick Van Dyke Show" aired on CBS-TV from 1961 to 1966.
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^ I mean, would "The Dick Van Dyke Show' work today?
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.For a long time he used an Amiga 4000 with Video Toaster for creating his CG work.^ Using Newtek's Lightwave 3D from home, he created and animated a CG version of himself that he danced with on The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited (2004) (TV).
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^ They used what was called yellow sulphur lighting - the screen was yellow, and we worked with that all day, and by the time the day was over you couldn't see anything ...
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^ I think Ben is one of the great comedic actors working and not just now, but for a long, long time.
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[citation needed]
.As an a cappella enthusiast, Van Dyke has sung in a group called "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 sung the national anthem at three Los Angeles Lakers games including a nationally televised NBA Finals performance on NBC.^ Van Dyke was living in Arizona at the time and the show was filmed there.
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^ Dick Van Dyke: Well, it was a coup.
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^ TV Land Awards 2008 .
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Van Dyke was made an honorary member of the Barbershop Harmony Society in 1999.[14]
.Van Dyke has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Blvd.^ He finally received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1992.
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^ Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame .
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^ In 1992, he even (finally) received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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[15]

Work

Albums

  • Songs I Like By Dick Van Dyke (with Enoch Light & his Orchestra/Ray Charles Singers) (1963)
  • Put on a Happy Face (with Dick Van Dyke and The Vantastix) (2008)

Stage

  • The Girls Against the Boys (November 2, 1959 – November 14, 1959)
  • Bye Bye Birdie (April 14, 1960 – October 7, 1961) (left the show when it moved to the Shubert Theatre)
  • The Music Man (June 5, 1980 – June 22, 1980) (Revival)
  • Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life (guest star from January 24, 2006 – January 26, 2006)

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1963 Bye Bye Birdie Albert Peterson
1964 What a Way to Go! Edgar Hopper
Mary Poppins Bert/Mr. Dawes, Senior
1965 The Art of Love Paul Sloane/Toulouse aka Picasso
1966 Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N. Lt. Robin Crusoe
1967 Divorce American Style Richard Harmon
Fitzwilly Claude R. Fitzwilliam
1968 Never a Dull Moment Jack Albany
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Caractacus Potts
1969 Some Kind of a Nut Fred Amidon
The Comic Billy Bright
1971 Cold Turkey Rev. Clayton Brooks
1976 Tubby the Tuba Tubby the Tuba (voice)
1979 The Runner Stumbles Father Brian Rivard
1990 Dick Tracy D.A. Fletcher
2002 Austin Powers in Goldmember (cameo)
2005 Batman: New Times Commissioner Gordon (voice)
2006 Curious George Mr. Bloomsberry (voice)
Night at the Museum Cecil Fredricks
2009 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Cecil Fredricks Scenes deleted*
2010 Furry Vengeance post production
*Note: .Although he is not seen in the regular release of Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Dick van Dyke's work can be seen in the "Deleted Scenes" section of the film's DVD, along with Bill Cobbs and Mickey Rooney.^ Although he'd had small roles beforehand, Dick Van Dyke was launched to...
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^ I mean, would "The Dick Van Dyke Show' work today?
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^ Dick Van Dyke has 193 friends.
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Television

  • The Morning Show (1955) (host)
  • CBS Cartoon Theater (1956)
  • The Chevy Showroom Starring Andy Williams (1958)
  • Mother's Day (1958–1959)
  • Laugh Line (1959) (canceled after 3 months)
  • The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966)
  • Dick Van Dyke and the Other Woman (1969)
  • Dick Van Dyke Meets Bill Cosby (1970)
  • The New Dick Van Dyke Show (1971–1974)
  • Julie and Dick at Covent Garden (1974)
  • The Morning After (1974)
  • Columbo: Negative Reaction (1974)
  • Van Dyke and Company (1976)
  • The Carol Burnett Show (cast member in 1977)
  • Supertrain (1979)
  • The Runner Stumbles (1979)
  • True Life Stories (1981)
  • The Country Girl (1982)
  • Drop-Out Father (1982)
  • Wrong Way Kid (1983) (voice)
  • Found Money (1983)

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Dick Van Dyke Biography". The Internet Movie Database. 2008. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001813/bio. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  2. ^ New Orleans TV: The Golden Age, documentary produced by WYES-TV New Orleans Channel 12, broadcast 2009-07-18; see the documentary's web site at WYES). See also WDSU Serves New Orleans Since 1948 and Dave Walker That old-time TV: New book celebrates 60 years of local stars.
  3. ^ Van Dyke page on the Internet Movie Database.
  4. ^ "Dick Van Dyke, Awards". The Internet Movie Database. 2008. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001813/awards. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  5. ^ Brooks, Tim; Earl Marsh (2003). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows. Ballantine Books. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.
  6. ^ "Dick Van Dyke's prescription for success". CNN. 2008. http://www.cnn.com/SHOWBIZ/9803/09/vandyke.diagnosis.lat/. Retrieved 2009-10-14. 
  7. ^ Staff writers (2003-06-30). "Connery 'has worst film accent'". BBC News. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/film/3032052.stm. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  8. ^ Hill, Jim (2004-08-11). "Do you think that TV legends can't master computer animation? Well then ... You clearly don't know Dick". Jim Hill Media. http://jimhillmedia.com/blogs/jim_hill/archive/2004/08/11/443.aspx. Retrieved 2007-11-03. 
  9. ^ Globe and Mail - Palimony figure Michelle Triola Marvin Dies
  10. ^ People Magazine- Dick Van Dyke: Diagnosis Ageless
  11. ^ http://www.looktothestars.org/celebrity/1733-dick-van-dyke
  12. ^ The National Reye's Syndrome Foundation
  13. ^ Amazon page for Faith, Hope and Hilarity
  14. ^ Barbershop Harmony Society - Honorary Members
  15. ^ "Hollywood Walk of Fame". http://www.hollywoodusa.co.uk/walkoffamestarlocations.htm#V.. Retrieved 2009-01-28. 

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Dick Van Dyke
Born Richard Wayne Van Dyke
December 13, 1925 (1925-12-13) (age 85)
West Plains, Missouri, U.S.
Occupation Actor, comedian, producer, writer
Years active 1955–present
Spouse Margie Willett (1948–1984) divorced
Partner Michelle Triola (1976–2009, her death)

Richard Wayne "Dick" Van Dyke (born December 13, 1925) is an American actor, comedian, writer, and producer with a career spanning six decades.[1] He is the older brother of Jerry Van Dyke. He is arguably best known for his starring roles in the films Bye Bye Birdie, Mary Poppins, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and the television series The Dick Van Dyke Show, and Diagnosis: Murder.[1]

Contents

Life and career

Radio and stage career

During the late 1940s, Van Dyke was a radio DJ in Danville, Illinois. In 1947, Van Dyke was persuaded by Phil Erickson to form a comedy duo with him called "Eric and Van—the Merry Mutes."[2] 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 an NBC television show featuring original skits and music.[3]

Television career

Dick 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.[4] Van Dyke's first network TV appearance was on The Phil Silvers Show in the 1957–58 season.[5]

Van Dyke starred in the classic situation comedy The Dick Van Dyke Show from 1961 to 1966 in which he portrayed a comedy writer named Rob Petrie. Complementing Van Dyke was a veteran cast of comedic actors including Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam, Jerry Paris, and Carl Reiner (as Alan Brady), as well as television newcomer 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.[6] The show's second life in syndication has arguably been even more successful than the original, winning new fans with each successive generation of viewers.

From 1971 to 1974, Van Dyke starred in an unrelated sitcom called The New Dick Van Dyke Show in which he starred as a local television talk show host. He received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance, but the show was less successful than its predecessor,[7] and Van Dyke pulled the plug on the show after just three seasons.[8]

Van Dyke briefly hosted an hour-long variety show called Van Dyke & Company on NBC. It aired between September and December 1976. Then, when Carol Burnett's main foil, Harvey Korman, quit Burnett's long-running variety series in 1977, Van Dyke took his place. This was the first time he had ever played second banana on television and there were few comedic sparks between Van Dyke and Burnett. He left after three months.

From 1993 to 2001, Van Dyke portrayed Dr. Mark Sloan in the long-running television series Diagnosis: Murder, a medical drama; son Barry co-starred. 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. Van Dyke and his surviving cast members recreated their roles; the program was roundly panned by critics.

Van Dyke has made many guest appearances on other television programs throughout his lengthy career.

Film career

Van Dyke began his film career by reprising his stage role in the film version of Bye Bye Birdie (1963). Despite his unhappiness with the adaptation because the focus differed from the stage version, the film was a success. That same year, Van Dyke was cast in two roles as the chimney sweep Bert and Mr. Dawes Senior, the chairman of the bank in Walt Disney's Mary Poppins (1964). To film 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 was cited as one of the worst film accents in a 2003 poll by Empire magazine.[9] [10]Mary Poppins was nonetheless successful upon release and its enduring appeal has made it one of the most famous films in cinematic history. "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.

Many of the comedy films in which Van Dyke starred throughout the 1960s were relatively unsuccessful at the box office, including What a Way to Go!, Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N., Fitzwilly, The Art of Love, Some Kind of a Nut, Never a Dull Moment, and Divorce American Style. He also starred (with his native accent, despite the English setting) in the musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), which co-starred Sally Ann Howes and featured songs by the Sherman Brothers.

Dramatic roles and career comeback

In 1969, Van Dyke appeared in the dramedy The Comic, written and directed by Carl Reiner. Van Dyke portrayed a self-destructive silent-film era comedian who struggles with alcoholism, depression, and his own rampant ego. Reiner wrote the film especially for Van Dyke, who often spoke of his admiration for silent film era comedians such as Charlie Chaplin and his hero Stan Laurel. He also began starring in a series of commercials as a spokesman for Kodak.

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. 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. That same year, he guest-starred as a murdering photographer on an episode of Columbo.

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. Despite being canceled after three months, the show won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy-Variety Series. For the next decade, he appeared mostly in low-rated TV movies. One exception was an atypical role as a murdering judge on the first episode of the TV series Matlock in 1986 starring Andy Griffith. In 1989 he guest-starred on the NBC comedy series The Golden Girls, portraying a lover of Beatrice Arthur's character. This role earned him his first Emmy Award nomination since 1977.

In 1990, Van Dyke, whose usual role had been the amiable hero, took a small but villainous turn as the crooked D.A. Fletcher in Warren Beatty's film Dick Tracy, The reviews he received for Tracy led him to star in a series of TV movies on CBS that became the foundation for his popular television drama Diagnosis: Murder, which ran from 1993 to 2001. He first played the character Dr. Mark Sloan in an episode of Jake and the Fatman. He 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. In 2003, he portrayed a doctor on Scrubs, and in 2006 he guest-starred as college professor Dr. Jonathan Maxwell for a series of Murder 101 mystery films on the Hallmark Channel.

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. He reprised the role in a cameo for the sequel, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian but it was cut from the film. It can be found in the special features on the DVD release.

Other work

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At the 40th Emmy Awards Rehearsal, August 1988

Van Dyke received a Grammy Award for his performance on the soundtrack to Mary Poppins.[1]

One of Van Dyke's modern passions is producing 3D computer graphics. He is credited with the creation of a 3D rendered effect shown in Diagnosis: Murder, and continues to work with LightWave 3D.[11]

In 2010, Van Dyke appeared on a children's album titled Rhythm Train, with Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and singer Leslie Bixler. Van Dyke raps on one of the album's tracks. The album is available through the Internet.[12]

Personal life

Van Dyke was born in West Plains, Missouri, to Loren (nickname "Cookie") and Hazel (née McCord) Van Dyke, but he grew up in Danville, Illinois. He is the older brother of actor Jerry Van Dyke, who is best known for his role on the TV series Coach. His grandson, Shane Van Dyke, is also an actor, and directed Titanic II. He is of Dutch descent on his father's side. His mother, as a Mayflower descendant, is of pure English extraction but also carries additional Scottish ancestry.[citation needed]

During World War II, he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps where be became a radio announcer and served in Special Services entertaining troops in the Continental United States.[13]

Van Dyke married Margie Willett in 1948. They had four children: Christian (Chris), Barry, Carrie Beth, and Stacy.[1] They divorced in 1984 after a long separation. He lived with longtime companion Michelle Triola for more than 30 years until her death in 2009.[14] Van Dyke's son Barry Van Dyke and grandsons Shane Van Dyke and Carey Van Dyke are also actors; both of these last two, along with other Van Dyke relations and grandchildren, appeared in various episodes of the long-running series Diagnosis: Murder. All of Van Dyke's children are married, and he has seven grandchildren. His son Chris served as district attorney for Marion County, Oregon, in the 1980s; among his cases was the so-called I-5 Killer, Randall Woodfield.

In 1987, his granddaughter Jessica Van Dyke died from Reye's Syndrome,[15][16] which drove him to do a series of television commercials to raise public awareness of the danger to children.

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.[17]

Van Dyke is a computer animation enthusiast and has displayed some of his CGI work at trade shows. This interest is referred to in the 2004 TV movie The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited, which shows that Rob Petrie has also become a CGI hobbyist. For a long time he used an Amiga 4000 with Video Toaster for creating his CG work.[citation needed]

As an a cappella enthusiast, Van Dyke has sung in a group called "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 sung 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.[18]

Van Dyke has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Blvd.[19]

Work

Albums

Stage

  • The Girls Against the Boys (November 2, 1959 – November 14, 1959)
  • Bye Bye Birdie (April 14, 1960 – October 7, 1961) (left the show when it moved to the Shubert Theatre)
  • The Music Man (June 5, 1980 – June 22, 1980) (Revival)
  • Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life (guest star from January 24, 2006 – January 26, 2006)

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1963 Bye Bye Birdie Albert Peterson
1964 What a Way to Go! Edgar Hopper
Mary Poppins Bert/Mr. Dawes, Senior
1965 The Art of Love Paul Sloane/Toulouse aka Picasso
1966 Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N. Lt. Robin Crusoe
1967 Divorce American Style Richard Harmon
Fitzwilly Claude R. Fitzwilliam
1968 Never a Dull Moment Jack Albany
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Caractacus Potts
1969 Some Kind of a Nut Fred Amidon
The Comic Billy Bright
1971 Cold Turkey Rev. Clayton Brooks
1976 Tubby the Tuba Tubby the Tuba (voice)
1979 The Runner Stumbles Father Brian Rivard
1990 Dick Tracy D.A. Fletcher
2002 Austin Powers in Goldmember (cameo)
2005 Batman: New Times Commissioner Gordon (voice)
2006 Curious George Mr. Bloomsberry (voice)
Night at the Museum Cecil Fredricks
2009 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Cecil FredricksScenes deleted*
2010 Furry Vengeance Carl Sanders

*Note: Although he is not seen in the regular release of Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Dick van Dyke's work can be seen in the "Deleted Scenes" section of the film's DVD, along with Bill Cobbs and Mickey Rooney.

Television

  • The Morning Show (1955) (host)
  • CBS Cartoon Theater (1956)
  • The Chevy Showroom Starring Andy Williams (1958)
  • Mother's Day (1958–1959)
  • Laugh Line (1959) (canceled after 3 months)
  • The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966)
  • "Dick Van Dyke and the Other Woman" (1969)
  • "Dick Van Dyke Meets Bill Cosby" (1970)
  • The New Dick Van Dyke Show (1971–1974)
  • "Julie and Dick at Covent Garden" (1974)
  • The Morning After (1974)
  • Columbo: Negative Reaction (1974)
  • Van Dyke and Company (1976)
  • The Carol Burnett Show (cast member in 1977)
  • Supertrain (1979)
  • The Runner Stumbles (1979)
  • "True Life Stories" (1981)
  • The Country Girl (1982)
  • Drop-Out Father (1982)
  • Wrong Way Kid (1983) (voice)
  • "Found Money" (1983)
  • "Breakfast with Les and Bess" (1985)

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Dick Van Dyke Biography". The Internet Movie Database. 2008. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001813/bio. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  2. ^ http://www.museum.tv/eotvsection.php?entrycode=vandykedic
  3. ^ "Welcome to Wits' End Productions—Your Figment...Our Imagination!". Wits' End Productions. Retrieved June 4, 2010.
  4. ^ New Orleans TV: The Golden Age, documentary produced by WYES-TV New Orleans Channel 12, broadcast 2009-07-18; see the documentary's web site at WYES. See also WDSU Serves New Orleans Since 1948 and Dave Walker That old-time TV: New book celebrates 60 years of local stars.
  5. ^ Van Dyke page on the Internet Movie Database.
  6. ^ "Dick Van Dyke, Awards". The Internet Movie Database. 2008. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001813/awards. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  7. ^ Brooks, Tim; Earl Marsh (2003). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows. Ballantine Books. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.
  8. ^ "Dick Van Dyke's prescription for success". CNN. 2008. http://www.cnn.com/SHOWBIZ/9803/09/vandyke.diagnosis.lat/. Retrieved 2009-10-14. 
  9. ^ Staff writers (2003-06-30). "Connery 'has worst film accent'". BBC News. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/film/3032052.stm. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  10. ^ "How not to do an American accent," BBC News online 21 July 2008, accessed 22 Sept. 2010
  11. ^ Hill, Jim (2004-08-11). "Do you think that TV legends can't master computer animation? Well then ... You clearly don't know Dick". Jim Hill Media. http://jimhillmedia.com/blogs/jim_hill/archive/2004/08/11/443.aspx. Retrieved 2007-11-03. 
  12. ^ "Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Has Dick Van Dyke Rapping On His New Album". MusicRooms.net. April 12, 2010.
  13. ^ p.219 Adir, Karin The Great Clowns of American Television McFarlanc
  14. ^ "Palimony figure Michelle Triola Marvin Dies". Globe and Mail. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/palimony-figure-michelle-triola-marvin-dies/article1347805/. Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  15. ^ People Magazine- Dick Van Dyke: Diagnosis Ageless[dead link]
  16. ^ "Dick Van Dyke's Charity Work, Events and Causes". Looktothestars.org. http://www.looktothestars.org/celebrity/1733-dick-van-dyke. Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  17. ^ "Amazon page for Faith, Hope and Hilarity". Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/dp/0385000510. Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  18. ^ Barbershop Harmony Society - Honorary Members
  19. ^ "Hollywood Walk of Fame". http://www.hollywoodusa.co.uk/walkoffamestarlocations.htm#V.. Retrieved 2009-01-28. 

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Actor to portray Caractacus Potts
1968
Succeeded by
Michael Ball


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