1925 - Richard Wayne Van Dyke, born on the 13th of December, in West Plains, Missouri, USA.
He is an Emmy-Award winning American television and movie actor, comedian and dancer.
1948 - Married Margie Willett on the 12th of February and had 4 children.
1960 - Although he'd had small roles beforehand, Dick Van Dyke was launched to stardom in the musical "Bye-Bye Birdie" (for which he won a Tony Award).
1961-66 - in the successful television comedy series The Dick Van Dyke Show - winning several Emmy Awards.
1964 - 1968 - He has starred in a number of films throughout the years (including Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Fitzwilly, as well as a number of successful television series (which won him no less than four Emmys), and three made-for-CBS movies.
1964 - He won a Grammy Award for the Mary Poppins soundtrack.
1970 - After separating from his wife Margie Willett, He later became involved with Michelle Triola Marvin. Margie and Dick had four children born during the first ten years of their marriage - Barry Van Dyke, Carrie Beth van Dyke, Christian Van Dyke and Stacy Van Dyke - all of whom are now in their forties and married themselves. He has seven grandchildren, including Shane Van Dyke, Carey Van Dyke, Wes, and Taryn (Barry's children), and family members often appear with him on "Diagnosis Murder".
1971 - 74 - The New Dick Van Dyke Show
1976 - He was offered the role of Ambassador Thorn in The Omen (before it went to Gregory Peck), but turned it down because of the film's violent and gory content.
1999 - In July, he was made an honorary life member of The Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America (SPEBSQSA), Inc. at their annual International Convention in Anaheim, California.
2004 - He is a computer animation enthusiast and has displayed some of his CGI work at trade shows. This interest is referred to in the TV movie The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited, which shows that Rob Petrie has also become a CGI hobbyist.
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