Dick Van Dyke
Dec. 13th, 1925
West Plains, Missouri, USA
Dick Van Dyke's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2006 - Curious George
2006 - Night at the Museum
1990 - Dick Tracy
1971 - Cold Turkey
1968 - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
1968 - Never a Dull Moment
1964 - Mary Poppins
1964 - What A Way to Go!
1963 - Bye Bye Birdie
Guest TV Roles
Judge Carter Addison
Pvt. Swiftington 'Swifty' Bilko
Dr. Mark Sloan
Although he'd had small roles beforehand, Dick Van Dyke was launched to stardom in the 1960 musical "Bye-Bye Birdie", for which he won a Tony Award, and then later in the movie based on that play, Bye Bye Birdie (1963). He has starred in a number of films throughout the years including Mary Poppins (1964), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) and Fitzwilly (1967), as well as a number of successful television series which won him no less than four Emmys and three made-for-CBS movies. After separating from his wife Margie Willett in the 1970s, Dick later became involved with Michelle Triola. 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. He has seven grandchildren, including Shane Van Dyke, Carey Van Dyke, Wes Van Dyke and 'Taryn Van Dyke' (Barry's children) and family members often appear with him on "Diagnosis Murder" (1993).
- Overcame alcoholism in the 1970s.
- Rob Petrie, Van Dyke's role on _"The Dick Van Dyke Show" (1961)_ (qv), was ranked #22 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" [20 June 2004 issue].
- According to his book "Those Funny Kids: A Treasury of Classroom Laughter", by age 11 he had grown to 6'1".
- The album "Songs I Like By Dick Van Dyke" was recorded on Friday, November 22, 1963. Early in the recording session the artists and orchestra were informed of the assassination of President 'John F. Kennedy' (qv) in Dallas, Texas. In spite of the tragic news, and a deadline from Command Records that had to be met, the recording session continued to a successful conclusion - albeit in an emotionally-charged atmosphere. He said that he scarcely remembers the session because he was in such a state of shock after hearing the news.
- In July, 1999 he was made an honorary life member of The Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America (SPEBSQSA), Inc. at their annual International Convention in Anaheim, California. He has sung in an a cappella quartet called "The Vantastix" since 2000. The group released a children's album in 2008.
- Beat out 'Johnny Carson (I)' (qv) for the role of Rob Petrie on what later became _"The Dick Van Dyke Show" (1961)_ (qv) .
- Won Broadway's 1961 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Musical) for "Bye, Bye Birdie." and a Grammy Award for the _Mary Poppins (1964)_ (qv) soundtrack.
- In Britain, his attempt at a Cockney accent in _Mary Poppins (1964)_ (qv) is so notorious that a "Dick Van Dyke accent" is an accepted slang term for an American's unsuccessful attempt at a British accent. Despite that, he is quite popular in Britain.