->''"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 UsefulNotes/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, and played an important role in the first ''Film/NightAtTheMuseum''.
!!Filmography (partial):
* ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow'' (1961-1966)
* ''Film/ByeByeBirdie'' (1963)
* ''Film/MaryPoppins'' (1964)
* ''Film/{{Fitzwilly}}'' (1967)
* ''Film/ChittyChittyBangBang'' (1968)
* ''Film/ColdTurkey'' (1971)
* ''Series/TheCarolBurnettShow'' (season 11, 1977)
* ''Film/DickTracy'' (1990)
* ''Series/DiagnosisMurder'' (1993-2001)
* ''Film/NightAtTheMuseum'' (2006)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Curious George|2006}}'' (2006)
* ''Film/AlexanderAndTheTerribleHorribleNoGoodVeryBadDay'' (2014)
* ''Film/MaryPoppinsReturns'' (2018)
!!His career provides examples of:
* CoolOldGuy: As one user noted on Website/{{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. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIiI05uNgnI Here's the proof]]. Note that when he first appears, the crowd gives him a ''standing ovation''.
* CreatorBacklash: [[invoked]] Dick Van Dyke doesn't think highly of the 1963 movie version of ''Theatre/ByeByeBirdie'', which {{Retool}}ed the script to make Ann-Margaret the indisputable star, rather than him and Janet Leigh (succeeding his on-stage LoveInterest Chita Rivera).
* GameShowHost: He was the host of two obscure ShortRunners, ''Laugh Line'' and ''Mother's Day''. He also famously turned down the hosting gig on the original ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'', saying [[ItWillNeverCatchOn he didn't see any entertainment value in people guessing prices for a half-hour]][[note]]To be fair, that's pretty much all the original ''Price'' was, yet it still managed to last almost a full decade[[/note]].
* InherentlyFunnyWords: Many jokes have been made about his name.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: In ''Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'', he's playing a Brit but uses his natural American accent.
* OneOfUs: [[invoked]] He's into computer animation, keeping a fleet of UsefulNotes/{{Amiga}}s long after they went out of production.
* ScunthorpeProblem: Many jokes, yes, and one [[http://www.snopes.com/humor/jokes/vandyke.asp rather stupid urban legend]] too.
* {{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.
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: His horrible British accent in ''Film/MaryPoppins'' was vastly mocked. Interestingly, he also played the elder Mr. Dawes in ''Mary Poppins'' and disappeared so completely in the role that the child actors didn't even know it was him until they saw the credits.