Dick Van Dyke


Actor, Comedian
Dick Van Dyke

About

Also Known As
Richard Wayne Van Dyke
Birth Place
West Plains, Missouri, USA
Born
December 13, 1925

Biography

Dick Van Dyke was an American actor, comedian, singer, and dancer who was one of the most well-rounded and beloved entertainers in American history. His career spanned seven decades, and saw him working in nearly every medium, from vaudeville to radio to television to Broadway and film, and find success in pretty much all of them. With his winning smile, fearless physicality, and affable...

Family & Companions

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

Bibliography

"Faith, Hope and Hilarity"
Dick Van Dyke (1970)

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.

Biography

Dick Van Dyke was an American actor, comedian, singer, and dancer who was one of the most well-rounded and beloved entertainers in American history. His career spanned seven decades, and saw him working in nearly every medium, from vaudeville to radio to television to Broadway and film, and find success in pretty much all of them. With his winning smile, fearless physicality, and affable manner, Van Dyke charmed audiences well into his nineties, and shows no signs of stopping. Richard Wayne Van Dyke was born on December 13, 1925 in West Plains, MO. Growing up in Danville, IL, Van Dyke was around a number of people who would go on to careers in show business: two of his high school pals, Donald O'Connor and Bobby Short, became an actor and a jazz singer, respectively, while one of Van Dyke's closest friends was the cousin of another famous Danville resident, Gene Hackman. Despite growing up around so many creative people, Van Dyke was originally planning to join the priesthood, inspired by his mother's devout religious belief. Eventually, a high school drama class helped him realize that acting was his true passion, and Van Dyke decided to dedicate himself to do what he had originally wanted to do through religion with his acting: touch people's lives and put smiles on their faces. In 1944, his senior year of high school, Van Dyke dropped out so that he could enlist in the Air Force and fight in World War II. After being denied a number of times (due to being underweight), he was eventually accepted for service as a radio announcer, which kickstarted his career as an entertainer. After the war, in 1947, Van Dyke was working as a radio DJ back home in Danville, when a friend of his named Phil Erickson approached him about starting a comedy duo. They soon became Eric and Van the Merry Mutes, a pair of mimes who found some level of success touring across the country, eventually settling in Atlanta, GA. The next year, Van Dyke married his first wife, Margie Willett. The couple would go on to have four children, including Van Dyke's future co-star, Barry Van Dyke. After finding success in radio and vaudeville, Van Dyke soon moved on to the nascent format known as television, appearing on WDSU-TV New Orleans Channel 6 as a comedian and later as an emcee of a comedy program. In 1954, Van Dyke made his first network TV appearance on an episode of "Chance of a Lifetime" (ABC, 1952-56). He soon landed guest spots on shows such as "The Phil Silvers Show" (CBS, 1955-59), "The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom" (ABC, 1957-1960), and "The Polly Bergen Show" (NBC, 1957-58). In 1959, Van Dyke made his Broadway debut in the show "The Girls Against the Boys." This lead director and choreographer Gower Champion to cast Van Dyke in the lead role of Albert Peterson in the musical "Bye Bye Birdie," which ran from 1960 to 1961. Despite his initial hesitations (he had never danced professionally before), the show was a smash hit, and Van Dyke won a Tony award for his performance. He would go on to reprise the role for the 1963 film adaptation, which was a hit at the box office. By this time, of course, Van Dyke was already a superstar, thanks to a groundbreaking sitcom that bore his name: "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (CBS, 1961-66). Created by Carl Reiner and based on his own career as a TV comedy writer, the show centered around the everyday lives of Van Dyke's neurotic, accident-prone comedy writer, Rob Petrie, and his eternally patient wife, Laura Petrie, played by Mary Tyler Moore. Van Dyke would go on to win three Emmy awards for his efforts, while the show would be crowned Outstanding Comedy Series four times. While "The Dick Van Dyke Show" was on the air, Van Dyke managed to pull off what was in that day impossible: he became just as big a star in the movies as he was on TV. In 1964, he pulled double duty as Bert the chimney sweep and the banker Mr. Dawes Senior in Walt Disney's adaptation of "Mary Poppins" (1964). Though Van Dyke's attempts at a cockney accent were widely mocked, the film became an instant family classic. After a cool period which saw a number of his films flop, including the likes of "The Art of Love" (1965), "Divorce American Style" (1967), and "Never A Dull Moment" (1968), Van Dyke bounced back when he played Caractacus Pott in yet another instant family classic, "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" (1968). He rounded out the decade by getting dark, playing a self-destructive silent film era comedian in Carl Reiner's film "The Comic" (1969). Though it wasn't a huge hit, critics were impressed with Van Dyke's dramatic range. Van Dyke soon returned to familiar territory, starring in "The New Dick Van Dyke Show" (CBS, 1971-74). Once again developed by Carl Reiner, this series saw Van Dyke playing a local TV talk show host, with Hope Lange as his wife. Unfortunately, the creative team were unable to catch lighting in a bottle for a second time, and the series was cancelled after three seasons. Van Dyke quickly bounced back, earning an Emmy nod for his portrayal of an alcoholic businessman in the made-for-TV movie "The Morning After" (ABC, 1974). It was fitting, as Van Dyke had recently overcome a real-life drinking problem, one which sadly ended his marriage to Margie Willett, though the two would wait until 1984 to officially finalize their divorce. 1976 proved to be a banner year for Van Dyke: he lead the cast of the short-lived sketch comedy show "Van Dyke and Company" (CBS, 1976), which helped launch the careers of Andy Kaufman and Bob Einstein and won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy-Variety Series, despite being on the air for only three months. That same year he also met his long-time partner, Michelle Triola, whom he would live with for more than 30 years, until her death in 2009. The next year, Van Dyke joined the cast of "The Carol Burnett Show" (CBS, 1967-1978) just in time for the legendary sketch program's final season. After this, Van Dyke slowed down a bit, and spent most of the 80s appearing in forgettable made-for-TV movies and making one-off guest appearances on shows like "Matlock" (NBC, 1986-1992/ABC, 1992-95), "Airwolf" (CBS, 1984-87), and "The Golden Girls" (NBC, 1985-1992). However, Van Dyke was able to mount a comeback in 1990, when he earned critical acclaim for his villainous turn as D.A. Fletcher in Warren Beatty's adaptation of the pulp comic series "Dick Tracy" (1990). From there, Van Dyke also returned to TV, playing Dr. Mark Sloan on the hugely popular procedural "Diagnosis: Murder" (CBS, 1993-2001), with his real-life son Barry co-starring as Dr. Sloan's son, Lieutenant Detective Steve Sloan. After playing this character for eight seasons and multiple TV movies, Van Dyke returned to the movies, playing villainous types in the films "Curious George" (2006) and "Night at the Museum" (2006). The latter was a big hit, and Van Dyke would return for the sequel, "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" (2009). Sadly, that same year, his longtime partner, Michelle Triola, passed away. In 2012, Van Dyke remarried, this time to makeup artist Arlene Silver, a longtime friend whom he first met at the SAG Awards in 2006. Most recently, Van Dyke delighted audiences by reprising the role of Mr. Dawes Sr. in the long-awaited sequel "Mary Poppins Returns" (2018), complete with a dance number with co-stars Lin-Manuel Miranda and Emily Blunt.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Great Buster: A Celebration (2018)
Himself
Mary Poppins Returns (2018)
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014)
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)
The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story (2009)
Himself
Murder 101: The Locked Room Mystery (2008)
Murder 101: College Can Be Murder (2007)
Night at the Museum (2006)
Curious George (2006)
Voice
Diagnosis Murder: Town Without Pity (2002)
Diagnosis Murder: Without Warning (2002)
Diagnosis Murder: Deadly Mirage (2001)
A Twist of the Knife (1993)
Larry King: JFK Remembered (1993)
The House on Sycamore Street (1992)
Diagnosis of Murder (1992)
Daughters of Privilege (1991)
Dick Tracy (1990)
Ghost of a Chance (1987)
Found Money (1983)
Drop-out Father (1982)
The Runner Stumbles (1979)
The Morning After (1974)
Cold Turkey (1971)
Rev. Clayton Brooks
Some Kind of a Nut (1969)
Fred Amidon
The Comic (1969)
Billy Bright
Never a Dull Moment (1968)
Jack Albany
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
Caractacus Potts
Divorce American Style (1967)
Richard Harmon
Fitzwilly (1967)
Fitzwilliam
Lt. Robin Crusoe, U. S. N. (1966)
Lt. Robin Crusoe
The Art of Love (1965)
Paul Sloan
What a Way To Go! (1964)
Edgar Hopper
Mary Poppins (1964)
Bert/Mr. Dawes, Sr.
Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
Albert Peterson

Producer (Feature Film)

Diagnosis Murder: Without Warning (2002)
Executive Producer
Diagnosis Murder: Town Without Pity (2002)
Executive Producer
Diagnosis Murder: Deadly Mirage (2001)
Executive Producer
Cold Turkey (1971)
Executive Producer

Music (Feature Film)

Mary Poppins Returns (2018)
Song Performer
Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
Song Performer
Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World (2006)
Song Performer

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

The Great Buster: A Celebration (2018)
Other
The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story (2009)
Other

Director (Special)

The Nancy Dussault Show (1973)
Director

Cast (Special)

The Age of Believing: The Disney Live Action Classics (2008)
Himself
The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited (2004)
The Gin Game (2003)
Lifetime's Achievement Awards: Women Changing the World (2003)
TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV (2003)
I Love Lucy -- 50th Anniversary Special (2001)
Paul Lynde: Off Center (2001)
Walt: The Man Behind the Myth (2001)
Narrator
The Great American History Quiz: 50 States (2001)
Mark Twain Prize -- Celebrating the Humor of Carl Reiner (2001)
Performer
Dick Van Dyke: Put on a Happy Face (2000)
Great American History Quiz: Americana (2000)
The Television Academy Hall of Fame (1999)
Performer
Michael Landon (1999)
CBS: The First 50 Years (1998)
67th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade (1998)
Intimate Portrait: Mary Tyler Moore (1998)
Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS) 13th Annual Hall of Fame (1998)
Performer
Behind the Laughs: The Untold Stories of Television's Favorite Comedies (1998)
50 Years of Television: A Celebration of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Golden Anniversary (1997)
The 11th Annual Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Hall of Fame (1996)
Julie Andrews: Back on Broadway (1995)
A Comedy Salute to Andy Kaufman (1995)
Carl Reiner: Still Laughing (1995)
The 21st Annual People's Choice Awards (1995)
Presenter
The Dick Van Dyke Show Remembered (1994)
The Second Annual Comedy Hall of Fame (1994)
Performer
The 8th Annual American Comedy Awards (1994)
The 7th Annual American Comedy Awards (1993)
Performer
50th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1993)
Presenter
Comic Relief V (1992)
The Best of Disney: 50 Years of Magic (1991)
The 5th Annual American Comedy Awards (1991)
Performer
The Television Academy Hall of Fame (1990)
Performer
Night of 100 Stars III (1990)
The 61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1989)
Performer
Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park Grand Opening (1989)
CBS News Special: Lucy (1989)
The 3rd Annual American Comedy Awards (1989)
Performer
The 40th Annual Emmy Awards (1988)
Performer
Roger Rabbit and the Secrets of Toontown (1988)
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College 20th Anniversary (1988)
Happy Birthday, Hollywood! (1987)
This Is Your Life (1987)
The 13th Annual People's Choice Awards (1987)
Host
NBC Presents the AFI Comedy Special (1987)
Disney's Golden Anniversary of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1987)
The 38th Annual Emmy Awards (1986)
Performer
The Television Academy Hall of Fame (1986)
Performer
The 39th Annual Tony Awards (1985)
Performer
The Night of 100 Stars II (1985)
The 37th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards (1985)
Performer
Breakfast With Les and Bess (1985)
Sylvia Fine Kaye's Musical Comedy Tonight III (The Spark and the Glue) (1985)
Battle of the Network Stars XVIII (1985)
Donald Duck's 50th Birthday (1984)
Harry's Battles (1981)
How to Eat Like a Kid (1981)
True Life Stories (1981)
CBS: On the Air (1978)
Perry Como's Spring in New Orleans (1976)
The Confessions of Dick Van Dyke (1975)
Van Dyke and Company (1975)
The John Denver Special (1974)
Julie and Dick in Covent Garden (1974)
Don't Call Me Mama Anymore (1973)
I'm a Fan (1972)
Dick Van Dyke Meets Bill Cosby (1972)
Robert Young and the Family (1971)
The First Nine Months Are the Hardest (1971)
Henry Fonda and the Family (1962)
Guest
Trouble With Richard (1960)
Richard Abernathy

Writer (Special)

Van Dyke and Company (1975)
Writer

Producer (Special)

The Gin Game (2003)
Co-Executive Producer

Music (Special)

Night of 100 Stars III (1990)
Song Performer
Disney's Golden Anniversary of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1987)
Song Performer

Special Thanks (Special)

Van Dyke and Company (1975)
Writer

Misc. Crew (Special)

The 11th Annual Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Hall of Fame (1996)
Film Clips

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

The Alan Brady Show (2003)
Voice
Arthur Hailey's "Strong Medicine" (1986)
The Wrong Way Kid (1983)

Life Events

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 his 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 his feature 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

Was cast as a wacky professor in the musical comedy "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang"

1971

Starred as Dick Preston on the CBS comedy series "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

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

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

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

Acted opposite Ben Stiller in the action-adventure-comedy "Night at the Museum"

2006

Voiced Mr. Bloomsberry in "Curious George," the big screen version of the popular children's books

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"

2016

Played the Night Owl in dramedy "Life is Boring"

2018

Made a cameo appearance in Disney's revival sequel "Mary Poppins Returns"

Videos

Movie Clip

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) - Definitely Unstable Just rescued after a near-accident by friendly motorist “Truly Scrumptious” (Sally Ann Howes), Jemima and Jeremy (Heather Ripley, Adrian Hill), who never go to school, indirectly introduce their crackpot inventor father Potts (Dick Van Dyke), and later his father (Lionel Jeffries, headed to “Inja!”), early in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, 1968, from an Ian Fleming novel, and 007 producer Albert R. Broccoli.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) - She's Not Just Any Old Car After an elaborate opening confirming the (title) car’s lineage, we meet Jemima and Jeremy (Heather Ripley, Adrian Hill) at play, Victor Maddern making an offer to Coggins (Desmond Llewelyn, James Bond’s “Q”) then meeting Sally Ann Howes (as Truly Scrumptious), in the family musical and technical marvel from Bond producer Albert R. Broccoli, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, 1968, starring Dick Van Dyke.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) - Baron Bomburst, Title Song Inventor dad Potts (Dick Van Dyke) with sweetheart Truly (Scrumptious! Sally Ann Potts) on a beach picnic has just confabulated the evil Baron Bomburst (Gert Fröbe, a.k.a. Goldfinger) for the kids (Heather Ripley, Adrian Hill), cueing another Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman original and one of the first big tech sequences, in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, 1968, from James Bond producer Albert R. Broccoli.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) - Toot Sweets Joining nutty inventor Potts (Dick Van Dyke) making a pitch to candy kingpin Lord Scrumptious (James Robertson Justice), cajoled by daughter Truly (Sally Ann Howes) and his own kids (Heather Ripley, Adrian Hill), the first big production number, and another Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman original, in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, 1968.
Never A Dull Moment (1968) - Stop That Bleeding Escorted by Tony Bill as henchman Florian, who’s mistaken him for west coast hit man Ace, actor Jack (Dick Van Dyke) has found it safer to play along, as he’s introduced to art-loving mobster Joe (Edward G. Robinson, himself a noted art connoisseur) and his painting instructor Sally (Dorothy Provine), in the Disney comedy Never A Dull Moment, 1968.
Fitzwilly (1967) - I'm Not Your Social Equal With her not knowing he’s hitting on her to cause her to quit her job, or that he’s more a scam artist than butler, or that it’s all to support their eccentric and broke mutual employer, Dick Van Dyke and college-gal/secretary Juliet (Barbara Feldon) visit a restaurant run by Billy Halop, in the Mirisch company’s Fitzwilly, 1967.
Fitzwilly (1967) - The Girl From Columbia Dick Van Dyke (New York butler and title character) receives job applicant Juliet (Barbara Feldon), determined not to reveal that his employer Miss Vicky (Edith Evans) is, unknowingly, broke, in Fitzwilly, 1967.
Fitzwilly (1967) - Among The Godless! Title character Dick Van Dyke, at a New York society bar, demonstrating a basic betting scam, then conspiring with fellow domestic staffers (Sam Waterston, John McGiver) to keep their broke mistress afloat, in Delbert Mann's Ftizwilly, 1967.
Bye Bye Birdie (1963) - The Ed Sullivan Song Silly bit about turtle eggs sets up Paul Lynde (as "Mr McAfee") and family (Mary LaRoche, Ann-Margret, Bryan Russell) in Charles Strouse and Lee Adams' tune, formally titled "Hymn For A Sunday Evening," in Bye Bye Birdie, 1963.
Bye Bye Birdie (1963) - Conrad Birdie Pledge Conrad Birdie (Jesse Pearson) rides into town where Ursula (Trudie Ames) and Kim (Ann-Margret) recite the Conrad Birdie Pledge and the townsfolk (Janet Leigh, Dick Van Dyke, Bobby Rydell, Paul Lynde, etc.) reel in Bye Bye Birdie, 1963.
Bye Bye Birdie (1963) - Put On a Happy Face Albert (Dick Van Dyke) uses animation and "Put On a Happy Face" by Charles Strouse and Lee Adams to cheer up fiance` Rosie (Janet Leigh) in director George Sidney's Bye Bye Birdie, 1963.
Divorce American Style (1967) - Stop At The Bank Barbara (Debbie Reynolds) is advised (by lawyer Shelley Berman) to grab the money as she and Richard (Dick Van Dyke) near divorce, leading to a musical-financial interlude in Bud Yorkin and Norman Lear's Divorce American Style, 1967.

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Family

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

Companions

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

Bibliography

"Faith, Hope and Hilarity"
Dick Van Dyke (1970)

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.