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'''Richard Wayne "Dick" Van Dyke''' is an American comedian, actor, writer and producer who has worked on stage, screen and television.

Born December 13, 1925, in West Plains, Missouri, he grew up in Danville, Illinois. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WorldWarII and was made a radio announcer; he continued working in radio after the war, as well as in nightclubs and on television. He made his Broadway debut in 1959, soon landing the role of Albert Peterson in ''Theatre/ByeByeBirdie'', for which he won a Tony. This role, in turn, landed him in Hollywood when a film adaptation of the play was made. The remainder of his career has been in movies and television.

Van Dyke is best known on television for ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow'' and ''Series/DiagnosisMurder''. In film, he is well known for his roles in ''Film/MaryPoppins'' and ''Film/ChittyChittyBangBang''. He also had a couple of roles for Creator/HannaBarbera, in an episode of ''[[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo The New Scooby-Doo Movies]]'' and the ChristmasSpecial ''The Town That Santa Forgot''. He appeared in a series 4 episode of ''Series/{{Columbo}}'' where he murdered his wife.
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!!His career provides examples of:
* GameShowHost: He was the host of two obscure ShortRunners, ''Laugh Line'' and ''Mother's Day''.
* InherentlyFunnyWords: Many jokes have been made about his name.
** ScunthorpeProblem: Many jokes, yes, and one [[http://www.snopes.com/humor/jokes/vandyke.asp rather stupid urban legend]] too.
* OneOfUs: He's into computer animation, keeping a fleet of UsefulNotes/{{Amiga}}s long after they went out of production.
* {{Slapstick}}: Many of his comedy routines. Van Dyke was, in fact, a master of slapstick, and has criticized some modern comedians for not knowing how to ''fall'' properly, which he speculates he will eventually lead to injuries.
* TheVonTropeFamily
* WorldWarII: He was in it.
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: His horrible British accent in ''Mary Poppins'' was vastly mocked, leading to...
** NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: In ''Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'', even though he's still playing a Brit.
** Interestingly, he also played the elder Mr. Dawes in ''Film/MaryPoppins'' and disappeared so completely in the role that the child actors didn't even know it was him until they saw the credits.
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