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Dick Van Dyke Biography

Birth Name:
Richard Wayne Van Dyke
Birth Place:
West Plains, Missouri, United States
Actor, comedian, writer, singer

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


  • 1977Emmy-Outstanding Comedy-Variety or Music Series: winner
  • 1977Emmy-Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Series: nominated
  • 1977People's Choice Awards-Favorite Male Performer in a New TV Program: winner
  • 1976Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Comedy-Variety or Music Special: nominated
  • 1974Emmy-Best Lead Actor in a Drama: nominated
  • 1972Golden Globe-Actor in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy Series or Television Movie: nominated
  • 1966Emmy-Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series: winner
  • 1965Emmy-Outstanding Individual Achievements in Entertainment: winner
  • 1965Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1964Emmy-Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Series: winner
  • 1964Grammy-Best Musical Album for Children: winner
  • 1964Grammy-Best Recording for Children: winner
  • 1963Emmy-Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Series: nominated


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