Dick Van Dyke

Dick Van Dyke

Richard Wayne Van Dyke (born December 13, 1925) is an American actor, comedian, singer, dancer, writer, and producer.

He is the older brother of Jerry Van Dyke and father of Barry Van Dyke, and his entertainment career has spanned seven decades. He first gained recognition on radio and Broadway, then he became known for his role as Rob Petrie on the CBS television sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show, which ran from 1961 to 1966. He also gained significant popularity for roles in the musical films Bye Bye Birdie (1963), Mary Poppins (1964), and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968). His other prominent film appearances include roles in The Comic (1969), Dick Tracy (1990), Curious George (2006), Night at the Museum (2006), and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014). Other prominent TV roles include the leads in The New Dick Van Dyke Show (1971–74), Diagnosis: Murder (1993-2001), and Murder 101 (2006–08) which both co-starred his son Barry.

Van Dyke was the recipient of five Primetime Emmys, a Tony, and a Grammy Award, and was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1995.[1] He received the Screen Actors Guild‘s highest honor, the SAG Life Achievement Award, in 2013.[2] He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard and has also been recognized as a Disney Legend.[3]



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1963 Bye Bye Birdie Albert F. Peterson
1964 What a Way to Go! Edgar Hopper
Mary Poppins Bert/Mr. Dawes, Sr.
1965 The Art of Love Paul Sloane/Toulouse aka Picasso
1966 Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N. Lt. Robin Crusoe
1967 Divorce American Style Richard Harmon
Fitzwilly Claude R. Fitzwilliam
1968 Never a Dull Moment Jack Albany
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Caractacus Potts
1969 Some Kind of a Nut Fred Amidon
The Comic Billy Bright
1971 Cold Turkey Rev. Clayton Brooks
1975 Tubby the Tuba Tubby the Tuba Voice role
1979 The Runner Stumbles Father Brian Rivard
1990 Dick Tracy D.A. Fletcher
2001 Walt: The Man Behind the Myth Narrator/himself Voice role
2005 Batman: New Times Commissioner Gordon Voice role
2006 Curious George Mr. Bloomsberry Voice role
Night at the Museum Cecil Fredricks
2009 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Cecil Fredricks Scene deleted*
2014 Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Himself
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Cecil Fredricks
2015 Merry Xmas Father Short film [57]
2018 Mary Poppins Returns Mr. Dawes, Jr. Cameo [58]

*Although he is not seen in the regular release of Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Van Dyke’s work can be seen in the “Deleted Scenes” section of the film’s DVD, along with Bill Cobbs and Mickey Rooney.


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1955–1956 The Morning Show Host CBS
1956 CBS Cartoon Theater Host
1956–1957 To Tell the Truth Panelist 5 episodes
1957–1958 The Phil Silvers Show Pvt. Lumpkin / Pvt. “Swifty” Bilko 2 episodes
1958 The Chevy Showroom Starring Andy Williams Himself
1958–1959 Mother’s Day Host
1959 Laugh Line Host Canceled after 3 months
1961–1966 The Dick Van Dyke Show Rob Petrie + others 158 Episodes
1969 Dick Van Dyke and the Other Woman Himself Special (with Mary Tyler Moore)
1970 Dick Van Dyke Meets Bill Cosby Himself Special
1971–1974 The New Dick Van Dyke Show Dick Preston 72 episodes
1973 The New Scooby-Doo Movies Himself Voice role
1974 Julie and Dick at Covent Garden Himself With Julie Andrews
Columbo Paul Galesko Episode: “Negative Reaction
The Morning After Charlie Lester
1976 Van Dyke and Company Himself Variety series
Lola! Cast member Series
1977 The Carol Burnett Show Cast member 11 episodes
1979 Supertrain Waldo Chase Episode: “And a Cup of Kindness Too”
1981 True Life Stories Charlie Documentary
Harry’s Battles Harry Fitzsimmons Unsold half-hour pilot[citation needed]
How to Eat Like a Child Himself Special
1982 The Country Girl Frank Elgin Movie
Drop-Out Father Ed McCall Movie
1983 CBS Library Father (voice) Episode: “Wrong Way Kid”
Found Money Max Sheppard Movie
1984 Duck’s 50th Birthday Himself/Host Special
1985 American Playhouse Les Dischinger Episode: “Breakfast with Les and Bess”
1986 Strong Medicine Sam Hawthorne Movie
Matlock Judge Carter Addison Episode: “The Judge”
1987 Ghost of a Chance Bill Nolan Movie
Highway to Heaven Wally Dunn Episode: “Wally”
Airwolf Malduke Episode: “Malduke”
1988 The Van Dyke Show Dick Burgess 10 episodes
1989 The Golden Girls Ken Episode: “Love Under the Big Top”
1990 Matlock Judge Carter Addison Episode: “The Kidnapper” (stock footage from episode “The Judge”)
1991 Daughters of Privilege Buddy Keys Movie
Jake and the Fatman Dr. Mark Sloan Episode: “It Never Entered My Mind” (Backdoor pilot for Diagnosis Murder)
1992 Diagnosis of Murder Dr. Mark Sloan Diagnosis Murder TV movie
The House on Sycamore Street Dr. Mark Sloan Diagnosis Murder TV movie
1993 The Town That Santa Forgot Narrator/Old Jeremy Creek Voice role
A Twist of the Knife Dr. Mark Sloan Diagnosis Murder TV movie
1993–2001 Diagnosis: Murder Dr. Mark Sloan Lead role (178 episodes); also executive producer (137 episodes)
1993 Coach Luthor Van Dam’s Cousin (uncredited) Episode: “Christmas of the Van Damned”[citation needed]
1999 Becker Fred Becker Episode: “Becker the Elder” (episode 13)
2000 Sabrina the Teenage Witch Duke Episode: “Welcome Back, Duke”
2002 A Town Without Pity Dr. Mark Sloan Diagnosis Murder movie
Without Warning Dr. Mark Sloan Diagnosis Murder movie
2003 The Gin Game Weller Martin Movie
The Alan Brady Show Webb Voice role
Scrubs Dr. Townshend Episode: “My Brother, My Keeper”
2004 The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited Rob Petrie Movie
2006 Murder 101 Dr. Jonathan Maxwell Movie
2007 Murder 101: If Wishes Were Horses Dr. Jonathan Maxwell Movie
Murder 101: College Can Be Murder Dr. Jonathan Maxwell Movie
2008 Murder 101: The Locked Room Mystery Dr. Jonathan Maxwell Movie
2011 Hollywood Treasure Himself Episode: “Chitty Chitty Bid Bid”
2012 The Doctors Himself
Fun with Dick and Jerry Van Dyke Himself Movie
2013 Brody Stevens: Enjoy It! Himself Episode: “Born in the Valley; Hollywood Finale”
2014 Signed, Sealed, Delivered Kenneth Brandt 2 episodes [59]
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Captain Goof-Beard Episode: “Mickey’s Pirate Adventure” [60]
2015 The Middle Dutch Spence Episode: “Two of a Kind”

Other works



  • Bye Bye Birdie (original cast album) (1960)
  • Bye Bye Birdie (soundtrack) (1963)
  • Mary Poppins (soundtrack) (1964)
  • Songs I Like By Dick Van Dyke (with Enoch Light & his Orchestra/Ray Charles Singers) (1963)
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (soundtrack) (1968)
  • Put on a Happy Face (with Dick Van Dyke and The Vantastix) (2008)
  • Rhythm Train (with Leslie Bixler and Chad Smith) (2010)
  • Step (Back) In Time BixMix Records (2017)
  • We’re Going Caroling (with Jane Lynch) KitschTone Records (2017)


Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Work Result
1961 Tony Awards Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical Bye Bye Birdie Won
1964 Grammy Awards Grammy Award for Best Album for Children Mary Poppins Won
1964 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Mary Poppins Nominated
1964 Emmy Awards Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series The Dick Van Dyke Show Won
1965 Emmy Awards Outstanding Individual Achievements in Entertainment The Dick Van Dyke Show Won
1966 Emmy Awards Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series The Dick Van Dyke Show Won
1971 Golden Globe Awards Golden Globe Award for Best TV Actor – Musical/Comedy The New Dick Van Dyke Show Nominated
1974 Emmy Awards Best Lead Actor in a Drama The Morning After Nominated
1977 Emmy Awards Outstanding Comedy-Variety or Music Series Van Dyke and Company Won
1976 People’s Choice Awards Favorite Male Performer in a New TV Program[citation needed] Van Dyke and Company Won
1984 Emmy Awards Outstanding Performer in Children’s Programming CBS Library: The Wrong Way Kid” Won
1990 Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series The Golden Girls: Love Under the Big Top Nominated
1994 American Comedy Awards Lifetime Achievement Award in Comedy Won
2003 Television Critics Association Career Achievement Won
2013 Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Won
2015 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey’s Pirate Adventure Nominated

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