Dick Van Dyke Makes Television History at 98!

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Dick Van Dyke as Bert the chimney sweep in Mary Poppins

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For nearly seventy years, Dick Van Dyke has been delighting audiences with a wide variety of film and television roles. From leading roles in iconic movies like Bye Bye Birdie (1963), Mary Poppins (1964), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), and Night at the Museum (2006) to beloved television shows like The Dick Van Dyke Show and Diagnosis Murder.

Dick Van Dyke is truly a spoonful of sugar and only seems to get sweeter with age, and he isn’t letting something like a number slow him down.

Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins
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On June 7, 2024, the Disney Legend made television history when he won a Daytime Emmy Award. During the ceremony, Van Dyke received the award for Best Guest Performer in a Daytime Drama Series. He won the statuette for his role as an amnesiac Timothy Robicheaux in the long-running soap opera Days of Our Lives.

What makes the win even sweeter is the fact that Mr. Van Dyke had no idea he was the oldest nominee in history. Just before the win, he spoke to Entertainment Tonight, who informed him of the record.

“Am I really the oldest? I didn’t know I was the oldest. I’ll be darn. I think I’m the last of my generation, really. I’m 98. I have almost all my marbles. I can’t remember what I had for breakfast.”

Dick Van Dyke posing with the Dapper Dans at Disneyland
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However, he did joke about his achievement during his acceptance speech, which he made with his wife, Arlene Silver, by his side.

“I don’t believe this. I feel like a spy from nighttime television. I brought this lady up because she, by trouble and strife, is the love of my life, but because she was in the show — she played the cop who arrested me. She looks better than she did as that cop and I’m the oldest nominee in history.”

“If I had known I was going to live this long I would’ve taken better care of myself. You guys are a real family and just took me in and treated me so nicely.”

“I’m 98 years old, can you believe it? This really tops off a lifetime of 80 years in the business.”

Dick Van Dyke with a carousel horse from Mary Poppins
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The Mary Poppins star has admitted that he typically gets noticed for his comedic roles, so he was excited to receive an award for a dramatic role.

If Mr. Van Dyke has his way, this Daytime Emmy win will just be the beginning. The nonagenarian also has dreams of going on the road and performing a one-man show! He has so many stories from his time in front of the camera and has had so many memorable interactions with notable names. And he would love to share those stories with fans around the world.

Dick Van Dyke after he leapt onto the desk in Mary Poppins Returns
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Unfortunately, while his long-term memory remains sharp, he did admit that he has been struggling with remembering things that happened not too long ago.

In 2018, Mr. Van Dyke returned to Disney to fill a role in the highly-anticipated sequel, Mary Poppins Returns. In the film, which also starred Emily Blunt and Lin Manuel Miranda, Van Dyke played the bank chairman, Mr. Dawes Jr. It was a role that was familiar to him since, in addition to Bert, Van Dyke had played Mr. Dawes Sr. in the original Mary Poppins film.

Dick Van Dyke as Mr. Dawes Sr. Mary Poppins
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Sadly, Mr. Van Dyke has admitted that he does not remember that role. He wishes that he did because he would love to share stories with his fans about his time on set.

In his nearly eight decades in front of the camera, he has won four Primetime Emmy Awards for Van Dyke and Company and The Dick Van Dyke Show. He was also inducted into the Television Academy’s Hall of Fame in 1995. Three years later, in 1998, he was honored with the title of Disney Legend. In 2013, the Screen Actors Guild honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dick Van Dyke with coal on his face in 'Mary Poppins.'
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Dick Van Dyke is currently the oldest living Disney Legend. That title was held by his fellow Mary Poppins co-star, Glynis Johns, but she passed away in January at the age of 100.

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