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Also Known As: Died:
Born: July 31, 1951 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Atlanta, Georgia, USA Profession: actor, screenwriter

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A pleasant journeyman player of sitcoms and TV dramas, Barry Van Dyke lacked the originality of his famous father, Dick Van Dyke and the quirky qualities of his uncle Jerry Van Dyke, but he has carved out a niche playing supporting parts and occasional leads in a host of TV projects.The small screen career of this blond, blandly handsome actor (whose looks favor his mother) is closely tied to that of his father. Van Dyke first appeared before the camera at age nine in a brief moment on an episode of "The Dick Van Dyke Show". He can also be seen in a 1962 episode as a would-be neighborhood performer auditioning for the TV show written by Rob Petrie. He went on to make occasional appearances and served as a production assistant on "The New Dick Van Dyke Show" (CBS, 1971-74) and was a series regular on the short-lived variety series "Van Dyke & Company" (NBC, 1976). He began to move away from working with his famous father with a regular role as the boyfriend of Christine Lahti on the limited run sitcom "The Harvey Korman Show" (ABC, 1978) and as a lieutenant enlisted to prepare earth for the upcoming battle of the planets in "Battlestar Gallactica" (ABC, 1980). Van Dyke had the role of gambler Russell...

A pleasant journeyman player of sitcoms and TV dramas, Barry Van Dyke lacked the originality of his famous father, Dick Van Dyke and the quirky qualities of his uncle Jerry Van Dyke, but he has carved out a niche playing supporting parts and occasional leads in a host of TV projects.

The small screen career of this blond, blandly handsome actor (whose looks favor his mother) is closely tied to that of his father. Van Dyke first appeared before the camera at age nine in a brief moment on an episode of "The Dick Van Dyke Show". He can also be seen in a 1962 episode as a would-be neighborhood performer auditioning for the TV show written by Rob Petrie. He went on to make occasional appearances and served as a production assistant on "The New Dick Van Dyke Show" (CBS, 1971-74) and was a series regular on the short-lived variety series "Van Dyke & Company" (NBC, 1976). He began to move away from working with his famous father with a regular role as the boyfriend of Christine Lahti on the limited run sitcom "The Harvey Korman Show" (ABC, 1978) and as a lieutenant enlisted to prepare earth for the upcoming battle of the planets in "Battlestar Gallactica" (ABC, 1980). Van Dyke had the role of gambler Russell Donovan in the Western spoof "Gun Shy" (CBS, 1983), inspired by the Disney Apple Dumpling Gang features. On the short-lived "The Redd Foxx Show" (ABC, 1986), he played a local policeman hanging out in the diner run by Foxx. In 1987, Van Dyke joined "Airwolf" when it moved from CBS to the USA Network, portraying St. John Hawke, the long-lost brother of Jan-Michael Vincent.

Van Dyke first played his father's son for the cameras in 1988 on the short-lived sitcom "The Van Dyke Show" (CBS). But it was as police detective Steve Sloan that he got the opportunity to act alongside his father for a long duration. He first played the role in the TV-movie "Diagnosis of Murder" (CBS, 1992) and in two subsequent sequels before CBS added the series to its schedule in 1993.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
3.
 Diagnosis Murder: Town Without Pity (2002) Detective Steve Sloan
4.
 Diagnosis Murder: Without Warning (2002) Steve Sloan
5.
 Diagnosis Murder: Deadly Mirage (2001) Steve Sloan
6.
 Twist of the Knife, A (1993) Steve Sloan
7.
 House on Sycamore Street, The (1992) Steve Sloan
8.
 Diagnosis of Murder (1992) Steve Sloan
9.
 Conquest of the Earth (1980) Dillon
10.
 Casino (1980) Edge
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1961:
Made TV debut at age nine on father's TV series
1971:
Made occasional appearances on "The New Dick Van Dyke Show" (CBS); also worked as a production assistant
1976:
Was a series regular on the short-lived NBC variety series "Van Dyke & Company"
1978:
Co-starred on "Battlestar Gallactica" (ABC)
1980:
Made TV-movie debut, "Casino" (ABC)
1980:
Co-starred in feature film "Conquest of the Earth"
1983:
Was lead in short-lived sitcom "Gun Shy" (CBS)
1986:
Had featured role on "The Redd Foxx Show" (ABC)
1987:
Played brother to Jan-Michael Vincent on "Airwolf" (USA Network episodes only)
1988:
Played his father's son on "The Van Dyke Show" (CBS)
1992:
Originated role of Steve Sloan in the TV-movie "Diagnosis of Murder"
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Reprised role of Steve Sloan in the series "Diagnosis Murder" (CBS)
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Education

Pierce Junior College: Woodland Hills , California -

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wife:
Mary Van Dyke. Married c. 1974.

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father:
Dick Van Dyke. Actor.
mother:
Marjorie Willett. Was Dick's high school sweetheart; divorced in 1978.
uncle:
Jerry Van Dyke. Actor.
brother:
Christian Van Dyke.
sister:
Stacey Van Dyke.
sister:
Carrie Beth Van Dyke.
son:
Carey Van Dyke. Actor, screenwriter. Born c. 1975.
son:
Shane Van Dyke. Actor. Born c. 1979.
son:
Wes Van Dyke. Actor.
daughter:
Taryn Van Dyke. Actor.
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