Richard Wayne Van Dyke is the full name of Dick Van Dyke. He is a famous American Actor, Singer, and Dancer. His fans call him Dick Van Dyke for short. He was born on December 13, 1925, in West Plains, Missouri, to a couple, Hazel Victoria and Loren Wayne Van Dyke. He was born to a crazy combination of stenographer (mother) and salesman (Father). Van Dyke is a Dutch surname, but he has English, Irish and Scottish Ancestry. He is having only a brother who is older than him, Jerry Van Dyk. And who appeared as his brother in the film ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show’ He grew up in Danville, Illinois, in a country called Vermilion.
In his youth, he was very fascinated to make a career in the ministry, but later one day attended a drama class in high school and changed his decision to be a professional entertainer. He starred in the original production of Bye Bye Birdie, which earned him a name and fame, along with the Tony Award for Best Actor in a musical. He was then cast as Rob Petrie on the CBS Television Sitcom “The Dick Van Dayke show”. He made guest appearances in several television programs like Columbo and The Carol Burnett Show.
Dick Van Dyke’s Early Life:
His early life: Dick Van Dyke was born to a couple, Hazel Victoria and Loren Wayne Van Dyke, in West Plains, Missouri, in the country of vermillion. His full name is Richard Wayne Van Dyke. He is a famous American Actor, Singer, and Dance.
He is adorably addressed as Dick Van Dyke by his fans. His mother was a stenographer and his father was a salesman. Van Dyke is a Dutch surname, though He has English, Irish and Scottish Ancestry. He is having only one brother who is older than him, Jerry Van Dyke. He grew up along with Jerry in Danville, Illinois. There is no information available about his schooling and college life.
In his youth, Van Dyke was very passionate to make his career in Ministry, although his drama class in high school convinced him to become a Professional Entertainer. Throughout his acting career, He used to teach Sunday school in a Presbyterian Church as an elder and continued to read such theologians as Martin Buber, Paul Tillich, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He faced so many financial problems and struggles but managed to cope up all and become a highly successful Actor.
Dick Van Dyke’s Career:
Van Dyke started his career as an entertainer on radio, television, in nightclubs, and on the Broadway stage. He starred in the Original Production of Bye Bye Birdie alongside Chita Rivera, a role which earned him name and fame along with the Tony Award for Best Actor in Musicals in 1961. Carl Reiner took him to cast Rob Petrie on the CBS television sitcom ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show’, which made him a household man. He went on to star in the motion picture musicals Bye Bye Birdie in 1963, Mary Poppins in 1964, and Chitty Bang Bang in 1968, and in the comedy-drama The Comic in1969.
He made special appearances on television programs Columbo in 1974 and The Carol Burnett Show in 1977 and starred in The New Dick Van Dyke Show from 1971 to 1974, Diagnosis: Murder from 1993 to 2001, and Murder 101 from 2006 to 2008. Van Dyke has portrayed various roles in the motion pictures Dick Tracy in 1990, Curious George in 2006, Night at the Museum in 2006, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb in 2014, and Mary Poppins Returns in 2018. He has got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard and has also been well known as a Disney Legend.
Dick Van Dyke’s Wife:
In 1948, He got married to Margerie Willett and gave birth to four children: Christian, Barry, Stacy, and Carrie Beth and got divorced in 1984 after a long separation. In 1976, Van Dyke began started dating and relationship with longtime companion Michelle Triola Marvin. They lived together for more than 30 years until she died in 2009. On February 29, 2012, at the age of 86, as his loneliness made him terrible, he decided to have a companion and married 40-year-old make-up artist Arlene Silver.