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Dick Van Dyke –

Van Dyke in Diagnosis Murder.

About Dick Van Dyke (1925 – )

Dick Van Dyke was born Richard Wayne Van Dyke, on December 13, 1925, in West Plains, Missouri; the son of Loren Van Dyke and wife Hazel Vorice McCord.

As a sixteen year old, Dick Van Dyke had a job at Danville Illinois radio station, as an announcer; both the news, and playing music.

Dick Van Dyke enlisted in the Air Force during WW2 after finally meeting the weight requirement by the skin of his teeth. Though he hoped to become a pilot, Dick wound up being an armed forces radio announcer and never left the states.

Dick married Marjorie Willet in 1948, on the radio show, BRIDES AND GROOMS, because the show paid for necessities like wedding rings, and pluses like a honeymoon and appliances. They had four children together in their first 10 years of marriage: Barry, Carrie, Christian and Stacy. After their children were up and out, they divorced in 1984.
After the end of World War 2, Dick Van Dike started out as a stand-up comic, with a buddy in a comedy act, that lasted until 1954.

To help pay the bills during his struggling actor days, Dick Van Dike hosted game shows, being a natural with his easy-going, fun personality and charisma. He hosted Mother's Day in 1958 and Laugh Line in 1959.

The 1960s' was a marvelous time for Dick's career. Dick Van Dyke was bound for stardom in the 1960 musical Bye Bye Birdie and then later in the movie based on that play in 1963. Dick won a Tony Award for Bye Bye Birdie and a Grammy Award for the Mary Poppins soundtrack.

In 1961, he was given his own situation comedy, THE DICK VAN DIKE SHOW, playing the part of comedy writer Rob Petrie. The marvelous, talented cast, great writing and Dick Van Dyke's talents created a super hit, that lasted until 1966! It racked up the Prime Time Emmys, every year from 1962-1966, won two Golden Globes, and awards from THe Writer's Guild Of America, among others.

During the 1966 Prime Time Emmy show, most of the cast and folks behind the camera either won or were honored with a nomination. Producer Carl Reiner; (who also played Alan Brady, the comedian they were writing for), actors Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, and the show's writers; Bill Persky and Sam Denoff won, while Morey Amsterdam, Rose Marie, and director Jerry Paris were honored with nominations. Carl Reiner canceled the show, wanting to go out at its peak of popularity.

Dick stayed away from violent and gory films. Instead, Dick Van Dyke starred in a number of family-oriented films through the years, including: Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Fitzwilly.

Dick Van Dyke had a struggle with alcoholism, but finally overcame it in the 1970s'. Dick Van Dyke also quit the smoking habit that Dick had for fifty years; a feat that he said was a lot harder than quitting alcohol.

Some excellent TV movies that Dick Van Dyke had the lead role are MURDER 101: COLLEGE CN BE MURDER;(2007), MURDER 101: IF WISHES WERE HORSES;(2007) and MURDER 101: NEW AGE;(2008)

From 1993-2002, Dick Van Dyke found his career was revived by his role on the TV show,
DIAGNOSIS MURDER. Dick Van Dyke was the lead actor, playing a doctor turned detective; Dr. Mark Sloan, who solves murders, with the help of his son, a homicide detective, Steve Sloan. Barry Van Dike, who played Steve Sloan really is the son of Dick Van Dike .

In July, 1999, Dick Van Dyke became an honorary life member of The Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America (SPEBSQSA, Inc).

In 2012, Dick married a make-up artist, Arlene Silver, who is his present wife.

Dick Van Dyke's notable movie credits include...
Night At The Museum (2006)
Curious George (2006)
Dick Tracy (1990)
The Runner Stumbles (1979)
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
Mary Poppins (1964)
Bye Bye Birdie (1963)

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Dick Van Dyke in Bye Bye Birdie (1963).




Dick Van Dyke in Dick Tracy (1990).

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Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins (1964).




Dick Van Dyke in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968).


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Van Dyke in Night At The Museum (2006).




Dick Van Dyke in Diagnosis Murder (1993 - 2001 TV Series).

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Dick Van Dyke in The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-1966 TV Series).