Dick Van Dyke is an American actor, comedian, writer, singer, dancer, and producer whose career in entertainment has spanned almost seven decades.
During the late 1940s, Van Dyke was a radio DJ in Danville, Illinois. In November 1959, Van Dyke made his Broadway debut. His start in television was with WDSU-TV New Orleans Channel 6 (NBC), first as a single comedian and later as emcee of a comedy program. Van Dyke’s first network TV appearance was with Dennis James on James’ Chance of a Lifetime in 1954.
The American actor began his film career by playing the role of Albert J. Peterson in the film version of “Bye Bye Birdie” in 1963. That very same year he played the chimney sweep Bert, and as bank chairman Mr. Dawes Senior, in Walt Disney’s “Mary Poppins” (1964).
As an a cappella enthusiast, he has sung in a group called “Dick Van Dyke and The Vantastix” since September 2000. The quartet has performed several times in Los Angeles as well as on Larry King Live, and sang the national anthem at three Los Angeles Lakers games.
Van Dyke was made an honorary member of the Barbershop Harmony Society in 1999.
When Hollywood legend Dick Van Dyke turned 90-years old, fans in Los Angeles gathered together to honor and celebrate the beloved entertainer. Dressed like chimney sweeps as a nod to his character Bert from “Mary Poppins,” a group of fans performed a flash mob choreographed dance to a medley of the film’s songs, including “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” much to Van Dyke’s delight!
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