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Also Known As: Richard Wayne Van Dyke Died:
Born: December 13, 1925 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: West Plains, Missouri, USA Profession: actor, comedian, singer, writer, radio announcer, advertising agency owner

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Much loved by generations of fans for his comic - as well as sometimes underestimated song and dance talents - and a seemingly endless supply of joie de vivre, Dick Van Dyke was a multiple Emmy winner and television legend for his work on the beloved sitcom, "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (CBS, 1961-66). The Illinois native had already endeared himself to audiences as the star of the hit Broadway musical "Bye Bye Birdie," which earned him a Tony Award in 1961, and he continued to delight audiences during the series' network run with films like "Mary Poppins" (1964) and "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" (1968), but it was his famous sitcom which defined him. Van Dyke struggled to find a quality project after the series left the air, but remained a welcome presence in TV movies and guest shots until the early 1990s, when he scored again as a doctor-turned-sleuth on "Diagnosis Murder" (CBS, 1993-2001). Predictably, the indefatigable Van Dyke never adhered to the concept of retirement and continued to pop up in such projects as the animated feature "Curious George" (2006) and a new series of made-for-TV mysteries, beginning with "Murder 101" (Hallmark, 2006). A consummate entertainer and ambassador of goodwill for...

Much loved by generations of fans for his comic - as well as sometimes underestimated song and dance talents - and a seemingly endless supply of joie de vivre, Dick Van Dyke was a multiple Emmy winner and television legend for his work on the beloved sitcom, "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (CBS, 1961-66). The Illinois native had already endeared himself to audiences as the star of the hit Broadway musical "Bye Bye Birdie," which earned him a Tony Award in 1961, and he continued to delight audiences during the series' network run with films like "Mary Poppins" (1964) and "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" (1968), but it was his famous sitcom which defined him. Van Dyke struggled to find a quality project after the series left the air, but remained a welcome presence in TV movies and guest shots until the early 1990s, when he scored again as a doctor-turned-sleuth on "Diagnosis Murder" (CBS, 1993-2001). Predictably, the indefatigable Van Dyke never adhered to the concept of retirement and continued to pop up in such projects as the animated feature "Curious George" (2006) and a new series of made-for-TV mysteries, beginning with "Murder 101" (Hallmark, 2006). A consummate entertainer and ambassador of goodwill for more than 50 years, Van Dyke never failed to put a smile on the faces of audiences of all ages.

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 Curious George (2006)
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 Diagnosis Murder: Town Without Pity (2002) Dr Mark Sloan
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 Diagnosis Murder: Without Warning (2002) Dr Mark Sloan
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 Diagnosis Murder: Deadly Mirage (2001) Dr Mark Sloan
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 Twist of the Knife, A (1993) Dr Mark Sloan
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Served with the U.S. Air Force during World War II
1947:
Toured with the nightclub act The Merry Mutes and as half of 'Eric and Van' with friend Philip Erickson
1948:
Married his wife Marjorie on the radio show "Bride and Groom" in order to afford a ring and a honeymoon
1953:
Hosted the local TV show "The Music Shop" in Atlanta, GA
1955:
Hosted "The Morning Show" on CBS
1956:
Hosted "CBS Cartoon Theatre"
1958:
Was a regular on ABC's "The Andy Williams Show"
1959:
Made Broadway debut in "The Girls Against the Boys"
1960:
Co-starred in the Broadway musical "Bye, Bye Birdie"
1961:
Starred as Rob Petrie, the head writer of a comedy variety show filmed in Manhattan, on the CBS sitcom "The Dick Van Dyke Show"
1963:
Made film debut in the film version of "Bye, Bye Birdie"
1964:
Played Burt the Chimney Sweep opposite Julie Andrews in the family classic "Mary Poppins"
1968:
Cast as a wacky professor in the musical comedy "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang"
1971:
Starred as Dick Preston on the CBS comedy, "The New Dick Van Dyke Show"
1974:
Acted in first TV-movie, "The Morning After" (ABC)
1976:
Starred in the short-lived NBC variety series "Van Dyke and Company"
1977:
Joined the final season of "The Carol Burnett Show" (CBS) as a regular
1979:
Returned to feature films in a leading role in the disastrous "The Runner Stumbles"
1980:
Starred on Broadway in a short-lived revival of the musical "The Music Man"
1986:
First TV miniseries, Arthur Hailey's "Strong Medicine"
1988:
Had a short-lived return to TV with "The Van Dyke Show" on CBS
1989:
Guest starred on NBC's hit sitcom "The Golden Girls" as Dorothy's (Bea Arthur's) beau; earned an Emmy nomination
1990:
Took on a villainous turn as the crooked D.A Fletcher in Warren Beatty's movie "Dick Tracy"
1992:
Names spokesman for the cable channel Nickelodeon's "Nick at Night" programming
1993:
First played Dr. Mark Sloan in the TV-movie "Diagnosis Murder" (CBS); later made two follow-up movies before reprising the role on a weekly series; also executive produced the series
1993:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
2004:
Revised his role as Rob Petrie in "The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited" (CBS), a television special which brought together the old cast of the 1960s hit show
2006:
Voiced Mr. Bloomsberry in "Curious George," the big screen version of the popular children's books
2006:
Acted opposite Ben Stiller in the action-adventure-comedy "Night at the Museum"
2006:
Took a starring role as college professor Dr. Jonathan Maxwell for a series of "Murder 101" mystery films on the Hallmark Channel
2009:
Re-teamed with Ben Stiller for the sequel "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian"
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Notes

Van Dyke's younger brother Jerry Van Dyke played Rob Petrie's accident-prone younger brother Stacy on "The Dick Van Dyke Show".

Van Dyke has been very open about his alcoholism and his participation in recovery programs.

Inducted to the Television Academy Hall of Fame (1995).

Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore reprised their characters of Rob and Laura Petrie in Moore's 1979 short-lived variety series. In the sketch, Alan Brady had died and Rob had to write his eulogy.

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wife:
Marjorie Van Dyke. High school sweethearts; married on February 12, 1948; separated c. 1978; reconciled briefly; separated.
companion:
Michelle Triola. Former girlfriend of Lee Marvin.

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mother:
Hazel Van Dyke. Died in September 1992 at age 95.
father:
Loren W Van Dyke. Deceased.
brother:
Jerry Van Dyke. Actor. Born on July 27, 1931; appeared in a number of episodes of "The Dick Van Dyke Show".
son:
Christian Van Dyke.
son:
Barry Van Dyke. Actor. Born on July 31, 1951; co-starred with father in TV mystery "Diagnosis Murder" (1992).
daughter:
Stacey Van Dyke.
daughter:
Carrie Beth Van Dyke.
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