Dick Van Dyke turned 90 Sunday: The actor tweeted, “I am very grateful that at 90 years old, I can still go out and play!!” and shared a video of a flash mob at the Grove in Los Angeles where the crowd sang “Chim Chim Cher-ee” and “Step In Time” from “Mary Poppins.”
The celebrated song-and-dance funnyman is best known for his TV show “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” which ran from 1961 to 1966, but also made several memorable movies.
He made his film debut in 1963’s “Bye Bye Birdie,” reprising his stage role of Albert, which earned him a Tony Award. He also became a Disney favorite, with roles in “Mary Poppins” (1964) and “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” (1968), as well as “Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N.” (1966) and “Never A Dull Moment” (1968).
In his long career, he’s five received Emmys, a Tony and a Grammy. He was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1995, received the SAG Life Achievement Award in 2013, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1993, and was named a Disney Legend in 1998.
He also served his country during World War II by enlisting in the United States Army Air Corps, where he became a radio announcer, later transferring to the Special Services entertaining troops across the U.S.
He married Margerie Willett on the radio show “Bride and Groom” in 1948. They had four children: Christian (Chris), Barry, Carrie Beth, and Stacy. They divorced in 1984. He lived with longtime companion Michelle Triola for more than 30 years, until her death in 2009. In 2012, he married make-up artist Arlene Silver, 40.
He’s continued to act, appearing in this year’s short film “Merry Xmas,” and in last year’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” and all three “Night at the Museum” films. This year he also guest-starred on the ABC series “The Middle.”
We wish him many happy returns!