- After high school, played banjo and did stand-up comedy at strip clubs and nightclubs in the Danville area.
- Joined the Air Force, where he was a member of the entertainment group Tops in Blue. Appeared with Tops in Blue on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1954.
- Guest starred as the brother of his real-life brother Dick Van Dyke on The Dick Van Dyke Show and Diagnosis Murder.
- Turned down opportunities to play Gilligan on Gilligan's Island and to replace Don Knotts on the Andy Griffith Show.
- Toured with his brother Dick Van Dyke in the play The Sunshine Boys in 2011.
- 1990, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
- 1991, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
- 1992, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
- 1994, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
- Dick Van Dyke — Brother
- Shirley Jones — Wife
- Hazel Van Dyke — Mother
- L.W. "Cookie" Van Dyke — Father
- Kelly Jean Van Dyke-Nance — Daughter
- Terri Lynn — Daughter
- Ronald Van Dyke — Son
- Carol — Ex-wife
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