Dick Van Dyke

Dick Van Dyke


12/13/1925, West Plains, Missouri,USA

Birth Name

Richard Wayne Van Dyke


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Richard Wayne Van Dyke was born in West Plains, Missouri but actually grew up in Danville, Illinois, the very same birthplace that he used for his most popular and well known character, Robert Petrie from his titular sitcom, "The Dick Van Dyke Show". Growing up Mr. Van Dyke…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • After the disastrous attempt at impersonating a native North London accent in "Mary Poppins," when he was picked up for "Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang," his only requirement was that he not attempt a British accent.

    • Dick Van Dyke's children are named Carrie, Stacey, Barry and Christian.

    • Dick is a big fan of computer animation and he would like to direct a computer-animated feature someday.

    • Dick turned down the role of the TV repairman in the movie Pleasantville which was actually specifically for him. The original script still shows the name of the repair company as "Rob's TV Repair" after Van Dyke's character in 'the Dick Van Dyke Show,' Rob Petrie. The role instead went to Don Knotts.

    • In 1959 Dick was in the stage production, The Girls Against the Boys.

    • People in Britain use the term a "Dick Van Dyke accent" to convey an American's failed try at a British accent, because of his effort at a Cockney accent in Mary Poppins.

    • Dick states that by the time he was 11 he was already 6'1" as said in his book, "Those Funny Kids: A Treasury of Classroom Laughter".

    • Shortly after WW2, he and childhood pal, Philip Erickson, formed a nightclub comedy pantomime act, "The Merry Mutes" starring the comedy duo "Eric and Van."

    • He was offered the role of Ambassador Thorn in the movie "The Omen" but turned it down due to its gore and violence. He didn't want to do that kind of movie. The role would go to Gregory Peck.

    • There was a typo on his Hollywood Walk of Fame star given to him in 1992. The space between Van and Dyke was missing, reading "VanDyke". An embarrased mayor, said that it would be corrected the second the ceremony was over.

    • Dick beat out Johnny Carson for the role of Robert Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show, after being suggested by producer Sheldon Leonard.

    • Dick's character, Rob Petrie, was named named number 78 on "Bravo's 100 Greatest TV Characters". Mary Tyler Moore's character, Laura, also shares the same spot.

    • His star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is next to Stan Laurel's star.

    • He has served as an elder in the Presbyterian Church.

    • Dick was a great admirer of comedian Stan Laurel and even gave the eulogy at his funeral.

    • Dick turned down an offer to be the host of the game show The Price is Right.

    • Dick says that his favorite role was that of Burt the chimney sweep in the 1964 film Mary Poppins.

    • Dick sings bass in a barbershop quartet called "The Vantastix" with his ex- wife's stockbroker.

    • In July 1999, Dick was made an honorary lifetime member of The Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America, also known as the SPEBSQSA.

    • He is still very close friends with his The Dick Van Dyke Show co-star Mary Tyler Moore.

    • In 1968, he portrayed Lionel Jeffries's son in the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang even though Jeffries is actually six months younger than him.

    • He won a Grammy Award for his work on the soundtrack to the movie Mary Poppins.

    • He and his now ex- wife, Margie, married on the radio show "Bride and Groom" because the show paid for the wedding rings, a honeymoon, and household appliances.

    • In 1992, Dick received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It is located at 7021 Hollywood Blvd.

    • In 1944, he graduated from Danville High School in Danville, IL.

    • In 1994, Dick received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Comedy at the American Comedy Awards.

    • In 1960, Dick won the Theatre World Award for his performance in The Girls Against the Boys.

    • In 1961, Dick won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for Bye Bye Birdie.

    • Dick is ambidextrous.

    • The Hallmark movie Murder 101 is the first time he has done a series for Cable TV.

    • In 2006, Dick began starring in the Hallmark Channel's movie series "Murder 101".

    • Dick is described by family and friends as being private.

    • Dick is the brother of Jerry Van Dyke.

  • Quotes

    • Dick Van Dyke: You know, I'm almost out of the habit of watching episodic television now.

    • Dick Van Dyke: I took a few too many falls in my life.

    • Dick Van Dyke: I've retired so many times now it's getting to be a habit.

    • Dick Van Dyke: I was the class clown, you know, that kind of thing, and I gathered around me a group of guys who also were silly.

    • Dick Van Dyke: I was in all the plays and everything. But I don't know, at that time show businesses looked like the moon, you know, it was so far away.

    • Dick Van Dyke: I don't have any children, I have four middle-aged people.

    • Dick Van Dyke: I cannot tell you what it means when children recognize. This is about the third generation for me. And when kids that small recognize me, it really pleases me, very gratifying.

    • Dick Van Dyke: I learned everything that I know about comedy and about show business and a lot about life from Carl Reiner.

    • Dick Van Dyke: Women will never be as successful as men because they have no wives to advise them.

  • True fans...

    Hello fellow Dick Van Dyke fans, I am currently producing the short film Moving Millie, and thought you might be interested. Moving Millie is a romantic, fun, and inspiring short film paying homage to some of the great classic sitcom comedies like Dick Van Dyke and I Love Lucy.

    Why are we producing this film? is something about the great classic sitcoms of the 1950/60s that stand the test of time. The wholesome jokes and high energy physical comedy has made audiences laugh for over fifty years. It is no wonder that Dick Van Dyke is being honored this year with the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award (not to mention last years recipient Mary Tyler Moore).

    As young artists, we have always admired, and tried to emulate the comedic styling's of these great performers. We found ourselves in an age where crude, edgy, and/or slacker humor is the focus of mainstream comedy, searching for something more truthful.

    We are currently raising money for the project. Please help support our efforts by spreading the word and/or donating to our indiegogo campaign. Find us on under Moving Millie.moreless
  • Watch out for that ottoman!

    Accent be damned, I first saw and loved Dick Van Dyke as Bert the chimney sweep in "Mary Poppins." As a kid, I caught the Nick at Nite reruns of "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and watched the early seasons of his long-running whodunit "Diagnosis Murder" and he was and is one of my favorite TV performers. No one else I can think of can so effortlessly combine physical comedy, wordplay and genuine dramatic chops and do it as well or for as long as Mr. Van Dyke has over his long career.

    It's naive to assume that actors in reality display the traits of their characters, but from what I have seen of Dick Van Dyke in interviews and appearances, he looks to be the laid-back, funny guy that Bert, Rob Petrie and Mark Sloan were. He seems like he would be a great guy to visit with, an ideal "grandfather" figure if ever there was one.

    Like many other performers of his generation, Dick Van Dyke occasionally seems to be in "retirement" until a new project pops up. Whether it was a sizable supporting role in "Night at the Museum" or his new regular "Murder 101" TV movie series, it's always nice to see Dick Van Dyke on screen. It's almost like catching up with a family member you haven't seen in a while.moreless