He rose into the fame after his recognition on radio and Broadway. He makes his triumphant return to the story disguised as Mr. Dawes Sr. The iconic actor played Mr. His fans are amazed because of looking exactly the same 54 years after he starred opposite Julie Andrews in the original.
Age is just a number for Dick Van Dyke and his wife Arlene Silver , who are coming up on nearly seven years of wedded bliss. Van Dyke, 92, and Silver, 47, married in Feb. She says she first met Van Dyke when she was working as a make-up artist at the SAG awards eight years ago. She said while they became friends fairly quickly, their romantic relationship evolved more gradually. She also revealed in the interview that she and Van Dyke were working on a show about their marriage and home life, though no news has been reported on it since. At the time only two years into their marriage, it sounded like their love was only growing stronger.
By Helena de Bertodano. Meeting an actor is often a disappointing experience — usually they bear little similarity to their roles either in looks or character. Dick Van Dyke is an exception. Although 87, he still has so much exuberance and charm that, when we meet at his Malibu home, it is almost as though Bert the chimney sweep has stepped off the set of Mary Poppins. Van Dyke even looks the same as he did in his heyday — white-haired now, of course, but with that familiar larger-than-life grin and jauntiness.
Van Dyke, who was raised in Danville, Illinois , served in the military during World War II and in the s took various acting jobs and hosted a series of TV game shows. The show was the brainchild of the writer-director-producer Carl Reiner, who reportedly based the sitcom on his own experiences working as a comedy writer for Sid Caesar. The film, now a beloved cinematic classic, earned 13 Academy Award nominations and took home five Oscars, including Best Actress for Andrews. Though Van Dyke received positive reviews for his singing and dancing, critics skewered him for his bad English accent. In , Van Dyke had another hit movie musical with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, in which he plays the eccentric inventor Caratacus Potts, who develops a magic car.