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Richard Wayne “Dick” Van Dyke was born December 13, 1925 and is an American actor, comedian, writer, and producer with a career spanning six decades.
   
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Richard Wayne "Dick" Van Dyke was born December 13, 1925 and is an American actor, comedian, writer, and producer with a career spanning six decades.He is best known for his starring roles in the films Bye Bye Birdie, Mary Poppins, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and the television series The Dick Van Dyke Show and Diagnosis Murder.

Dick Van Dyke's start in television was with WDSU-TV New Orleans Channel 6 (NBC), first as a single comedian and later as emcee of a comedy program.Van Dyke's first network TV appearance came on The Phil Silvers Show. He was in two episodes in the 1957-1958 season.

Van Dyke starred in the situation comedy The Dick Van Dyke Show, from 1961 to 1966 in which he played a comedy writer named Rob Petrie. Complementing Van Dyke was a veteran cast of talented comedic actors including Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam, Jerry Paris, Carl Reiner (as Alan Brady), as well as a newcomer to television Mary Tyler Moore, who played Rob's wife Laura Petrie. He won three Emmy Awards and the series received four Emmy Awards as outstanding comedy series.From 1971 to 1974, Van Dyke starred in an unrelated sitcom called The New Dick Van Dyke Show in which he portrayed a local television talk show host.

To entice Van Dyke to return to series television, CBS built a studio in Carefree, Arizona, the star's new home town, for the purpose of filming it. Reviews and ratings were generally good and the show lasted three seasons. When the network executives refused to air one episode on the grounds that it was too sexually charged, producer Carl Reiner walked out on the series; Van Dyke decided not to renew. The seventies found Van Dyke on NBC with his own hour-long variety show called Van Dyke & Company It aired between September and December 1976. When Carol Burnett's main foil Harvey Korman quit her long-running variety series in 1977, Van Dyke took his place. This was the first time he played second banana on television, and there were very few comedic sparks between Van Dyke and Burnett. He left after three months.

From 1993 to 2001, Van Dyke portrayed Dr. Mark Sloan in the long running television series Diagnosis Murder, a medical/crime drama; son Barry co-starred. A 2004 special, The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited, was heavily promoted as the first new episode of the classic series to be shown in 38 years. Van Dyke and his surviving cast members recreated their roles; the program was roundly panned by critics.

He also has made many guest appearances on other television programs throughout his lengthy career, and continues to be in demand.

Van Dyke was born in West Plains, Missouri, to Loren (nickname "Cookie") and Hazel (nee McCord) Van Dyke, but grew up in Danville, Illinois. He is of Dutch descent on his father's side and Scottish descent on his mother's side.He is the older brother of actor Jerry Van Dyke, who is best known for his role on the TV series Coach.

Van Dyke married Margie Willett in 1948, with whom he had four children: Christian (Chris), Barry, Carrie Beth, and Stacy.They divorced in 1984 after a long separation. Van Dyke's son Barry Van Dyke and grandson Carey Van Dyke are also actors; both, along with other Van Dyke relations and grandchildren, appeared in various episodes of the long-running series Diagnosis: Murder. All of Van Dyke's children are married, and he has seven grandchildren. His son Chris served as district attorney for Marion County in the 1980s. Among his cases was the so-called I-5 Killer, Randall Woodfield. Van Dyke resides with longtime companion Michelle Triola.

In 1987, his granddaughter Jessica Van Dyke died from Reye's Syndrome,which compelled him to do a series of television commercials to raise public awareness of the danger to children. He is still the National Spokesman of the National Reye's Syndrome Foundation.

Van Dyke is also an elder in the Presbyterian Church.

In 1970, he published "Faith, Hope and Hilarity: A Child's Eye View of Religion" a book of humorous anecdotes based largely on his experiences as a Sunday School teacher.

Van Dyke is a computer animation enthusiast and has displayed some of his CGI work at trade shows. This interest is referred to in the 2004 TV movie The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited, which shows that Rob Petrie has also become a CGI hobbyist. For a long time he used an Amiga 4000 with Video Toaster for creating his CG work.

As an a cappella enthusiast, Van Dyke has sung in a group called "The Vantastix" since September, 2000. The Quartet has performed several times in Los Angeles as well as on Larry King Live, The First Annual TV Land Awards, and sung the National anthem at three Los Angeles Lakers games including a nationally televised NBA Finals performance on NBC. Van Dyke was made an honorary member of the Barbershop Harmony Society in 1999.

Van Dyke has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Blvd.

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