Full Name: Richard Wayne Van Dyke
Biography: Dick Van Dyke is best known for his role of TV comedy writer Rob Petrie in the early 1960s sitcom "The Dick Van Dyke Show", winning 3 Emmy Awards during its 5 year run.
Van Dyke dropped out of high school to join the Army Air Force, but didn't meet the physical requirements for pilot training and instead was assigned first to a radio announcer position and then transferring to Special Services as an entertainer for stateside troops. He continued in the entertainment field in civilian life as a radio DJ and nightclub entertainer.
In the late 1950's he took to the Broadway stage, and in 1960 won a Tony Award for his part in "Bye-Bye Birdie". Concurrently, through an Army connection he had a development deal with CBS television. The network suggested him as the lead for a semi-autobiographical series which Carl Reiner developed and hoped to star in, called "Head of the Family". This became "The Dick Van Dyke Show". It debuted in 1961 and ran for 5 seasons, garnering 15 Emmy Awards.
Van Dyke also juggled film work with the series, co-starring in "Bye-Bye Birdie" (1963), and "Mary Poppins" (1964), winning a Grammy for the soundtrack of the later. After the series, he concentrated on films such as "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" "The Comic", "Divorce American Style" and "Cold Turkey".
in the 1970s, he returned his focus to television again with another series, and some dramatic turns as a murderer in "Columbo" and as an alcoholic in "The Morning After". From 1993-2002, he starred in "Diagnosis: Murder" as a crime solving medical doctor.
Now in his 90's, he continues to appear in small roles, including the sequel "Mary Poppins Returns" (2018), makes records and music videos. In 2023 he performed disguised as a gnome in the celebrity singing competition show "The Masked Singer".
In 2013, he received the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, and in 2021, the Kennedy Center Honors.
Born: December 13, 1925
Birthplace: West Plains, Missouri, USA
Age: 97 years old
Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Sagittarius
- 2012-02-29 Actor Dick Van Dyke (86) weds make-up artist Arlene Silver (40) in Malibu, California
- 1960-04-14 Lee Adams and Charles Strouse's musical "Bye Bye Birdie", starring Dick Van Dyke, Chita Rivera, and Dick Gautier, opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC; runs for 607 performances
- 1960-10-03 "Flair" (CBS' answer to Monitor) premieres on radio with Dick Van Dyke
- 1961-01-19 1st episode of "The Dick Van Dyke Show" is filmed
- 1961-10-03 "The Dick Van Dyke Show" created by Carl Reiner, starring Dick van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore premieres on CBS-TV
- 1961-10-07 Charles Strouse and Lee Adams' musical "Bye Bye Birdie", starring Dick Van Dyke, Chita Rivera, and Dick Gautier, closes at Martin Beck Theater, NYC, after 607 performances and 4 Tony Awards
- 1963-05-26 15th Emmy Awards: "The Dick Van Dyke Show", E G Marshall & Shirley Booth win
- 1964-05-25 16th Emmy Awards: "The Dick Van Dyke Show", Dick Van Dyke & Mary Tyler Moore win
- 1964-08-27 Walt Disney's musical film "Mary Poppins" directed by Robert Stevenson, starring Julie Andrews and Dick van Dyke, with songs by Richard and Robert Sherman, premieres at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, California; wins 5 Academy Awards
- 1965-09-12 17th Emmy Awards: "The Dick Van Dyke Show" & Dick Van Dyke win
- 1966-05-22 18th Emmy Awards: "The Fugitive", Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore win
- 1968-12-16 Musical-fantasy film "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", co-written by Roald Dahl and director Ken Hughes, starring Dick Van Dyke and Sally Ann Howes, with songs by Sherman and Sherman, premieres at the Odeon Leicester Square theater, London
- 1968-12-18 Musical-fantasy film "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", co-written by Roald Dahl and director Ken Hughes, starring Dick Van Dyke and Sally Ann Howes, with songs by Sherman and Sherman, premieres in NYC
- 1974-04-21 "Julie and Dick In Covent Garden", music and comedy special starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, with Carl Reiner, premieres on ABC-TV