Dick Van Dyke Biography

Dick Van Dyke is best known for his successful TV series The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-66) and Diagnosis Murder (1993-2001). A song-and-dance man who got his start in radio, Dick Van Dyke was a hit in both the Broadway and Hollywood versions of the musical Bye Bye Birdie (1960 and 1963), and co-starred in the popular Walt Disney film Mary Poppins (1964). For The Dick Van Dyke Show, Van Dyke won three consecutive Emmys and secured his place in the history of American television (Mary Tyler Moore played his wife). Known mostly for light comedy in films and on TV, Dick Van Dyke has also proven himself a capable dramatic actor in The Comic (1969, later known as Billy Bright) and The Morning After (1974). His other films include Fitzwilly (1967), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968, based on the book by Ian Fleming), Dick Tracy (1990) and Night at the Museum (2006, starring Ben Stiller). He published a memoir, My Lucky Life, in 2011.

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Dick Van Dyke was married to the former Margerie Willett from 1948 until their divorce in 1984 (including a separation for the last years of the marriage). They had four children: Chris, Barry, Carrie Beth, and Stacy... Dick Van Dyke also had a long romantic relationship with Michelle Triola Marvin, previously known for her unsuccessful 1970s palimony suit against actor Lee Marvin; Van Dyke and Triola dated and lived together, but never married, from 1976 until her death in 2009... He then married makeup artist Arlene Silver on 29 February 2012. He was 86 at the time, she was 40... The Dick Van Dyke Show was set in New Rochelle, New York; Van Dyke and Moore's characters were Rob and Laura Petrie.

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