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