Fast Facts

  • Was an announcer for the Armed Forces Network during World War II.
  • Made his TV debut on The Phil Silvers Show in 1957.
  • The Dick Van Dyke Show was originally titled Head of the Family and the lead was played by show creator Carl Reiner; network executives recast Van Dyke in the role after seeing his Tony-winning performance on Broadway in Bye, Bye Birdie.
  • Delivered the eulogy at the 1965 funeral for his idol, actor Stan Laurel.
  • Inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1995.
  • At the age of 80, began a new series of Hallmark Channel TV movies with Murder 101 (2006).
  • Performed with Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and singer-songwriter Leslie Bixler on the 2010 children's album Rhythm Train.


  • 1965, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Achievements in Entertainment: Winner
  • 1976, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Comedy-Variety or Music Special: Nominee
  • 1974, Emmy — Best Lead Actor in a Drama: Nominee
  • 1990, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1972, Golden Globe — Actor in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy Series or Television Movie: Nominee
  • 1963, Emmy — Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Series: Nominee
  • 1964, Grammy — Best Recording for Children: Winner
  • 1964, Emmy — Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Series: Winner
  • 1977, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy-Variety or Music Series: Winner
  • 1977, Emmy — Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Series: Nominee
  • 1966, Emmy — Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1965, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1977, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Male Performer in a New TV Program: Winner
  • 1961, Tony — Actor, Supporting or Featured (Musical): Winner
  • 2012, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Life Achievement Award: Winner
  • 1964, Grammy — Best Musical Album for Children: Winner


  • Arlene Singer — Wife
  • Barry Van Dyke — Son
  • Jerry Van Dyke — Brother
  • Stacey Van Dyke — Daughter
  • Marjorie Willett — Ex-wife
  • Hazel Van Dyke — Mother
  • Michelle Triola — Ex-significant Other
  • Carrie Beth Van Dyke — Daughter
  • Loren Van Dyke — Father
  • Christian Van Dyke — Son

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  • Birth Name: Richard Wayne Van Dyke
  • Birth Place: West Plains, MO
  • Profession: Actor, Comedian, Writer, Singer

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