"I never wanted to be an actor, and to this day I don't. I can't get a handle on it. An actor wants to become someone else. I am a song-and-dance man, and I enjoy being myself, which is all I can do."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 World War II 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 Bye Bye Birdie, 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 The Dick Van Dyke Show and Diagnosis: Murder. In film, he is well known for his roles in Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. He also had a couple of roles for Hanna-Barbera, in an episode of The New Scooby-Doo Movies and the Christmas Special The Town That Santa Forgot. He appeared in a series 4 episode of Columbo where he murdered his wife, and played an important role in the first Night at the Museum.
- The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-1966)
- Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
- Mary Poppins (1964)
- Fitzwilly (1967)
- Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
- Cold Turkey (1971)
- The Carol Burnett Show (season 11, 1977)
- Dick Tracy (1990)
- Diagnosis: Murder (1993-2001)
- Night at the Museum (2006)
- Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014)
- Mary Poppins Returns (2018)
His career provides examples of:
- Cool Old Guy: As one user noted on Twitter, "Looks like nobody told Dick van Dyke's body that he's in his 90's." At an age when most people can barely move he can still pull off more than a few dance moves. Here's the proof. Note that when he first appears, the crowd gives him a standing ovation.
- Creator Backlash: Dick Van Dyke doesn't think highly of the 1963 movie version of Bye Bye Birdie, which Retooled the script to make Ann-Margaret the indisputable star, rather than him and Janet Leigh (succeeding his on-stage Love Interest Chita Rivera).
- Game Show Host: He was the host of two obscure Short-Runners, Laugh Line and Mother's Day. He also famously turned down the hosting gig on the original The Price Is Right, saying he didn't see any entertainment value in people guessing prices for a half-hour (to be fair, that's pretty much all the original Price was, yet it still managed to last almost a full decade).
- Inherently Funny Words: Many jokes have been made about his name.
- One of Us: He's into computer animation, keeping a fleet of Amigas 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 predicts will eventually lead to injuries.
- The Von Trope Family
- World War II: He was in it.
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: His horrible British accent in Mary Poppins was vastly mocked, leading to...