Van Dyke, Dick, 1925-

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Richard Wayne Van Dyke (born December 13, 1925), more commonly known as Dick Van Dyke, is an American actor, comedian, writer, singer, and dancer, whose award-winning career has spanned seven decades in film, television and the theatre.

Van Dyke began his career as an entertainer on radio and television, in nightclubs, and on the Broadway stage. In 1961 he starred in the original production of Bye Bye Birdie alongside Chita Rivera, a role which earned him the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. Carl Reiner then cast him as Rob Petrie on the CBS television sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966), which made him a household name. He went on to star in the motion picture musicals Bye Bye Birdie (1963), Mary Poppins (1964), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), and in the comedy-drama The Comic (1969). He made memorable guest appearances on television programs Columbo (1974) and The Carol Burnett Show (1977), and starred in The New Dick Van Dyke Show (1971–74), Diagnosis: Murder (1993–2001), and Murder 101 (2006–08). Van Dyke has also made appearances in motion pictures Dick Tracy (1990), Curious George (2006), Night at the Museum (2006), Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014), and Mary Poppins Returns (2018).

Van Dyke is the recipient of five Primetime Emmys, a Tony, and a Grammy Award, and was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1995. He received the Screen Actors Guild's highest honor, the SAG Life Achievement Award, in 2013. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard and has also been recognized as a Disney Legend. In 2021, Van Dyke was honored with the Kennedy Center Honors.

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referencedIn Frederick R. Koch collection of photographs of stage and screen actors and entertainers, ca. 1920-1979. Harvard Theater Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn DICK VAN DYKE National Archives at College Park
referencedIn John Eldon Thayer collection of motion picture memorabilia, 1916-1979. Harvard Theater Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
contributorOf Records of the U.S. Information Agency, 1900 - 2003. Moving Images Relating to U.S. Domestic and International Activities , 1982 - 1999. The Summer Fever, 1972. National Archives at College Park
Records of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1966 - 2007. Motion Pictures Relating to Assorted Crash Tests and Car Safety Promotions, 1967 - 2000. The Reliable Airbag, 1981. National Archives at College Park
creatorOf Van Dyke, Dick. Dick Van Dyke papers, 1967-1977. Univerisity of Wyoming. American Heritage Center.
referencedIn Records of the Community Services Administration. 1963 - 1981. Moving Images Relating to Anti-Poverty Programs. 1964 - 1979. THE FIRST THIRTY National Archives at College Park
referencedIn INTERVIEW WITH DICK VAN DYKE National Archives at College Park
creatorOf Paul, Byron. Van Dyke and company. [Pilot episode : script] / executive producer, Byron Paul ; producers, Allan Blye, Bob Einstein ; director, Art Fisher. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
creatorOf Van Dyke, Dick. [Dick Van Dyke audition] [motion picture] / CBS. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Records of U.S. Air Force Commands, Activities, and Organizations, 1900 - 2003. Official Military Personnel Files, 1947 - 1998. National Archives at St. Louis
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associatedWith Koch, Frederick R. (Frederick Robinson), collector. person
associatedWith Moore, Mary Tyler, 1936-2017 person
associatedWith Thayer, John Eldon, 1899-1980 person
memberOf United States. Army Air Forces person
associatedWith United States. Community Services Administration corporateBody
associatedWith United States Information Agency corporateBody
associatedWith United States. National Highway Safety Bureau corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Social Security Administration corporateBody
sibling of Van Dyke, Jerry, 1931- person
associatedWith White House (Washington, D.C.) corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
New Orleans LA US
West Plains MO US
Hollywood CA US
Male comedians--20th century
Actors--20th century
Male dancers--20th century
Television programs
Radio DJ


Birth 1925-12-13






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