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Overview (3)

Born in West Plains, Missouri, USA
Birth NameRichard Wayne Van Dyke
Height 6' 0½" (1.84 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Dick Van Dyke was born Richard Wayne Van Dyke in West Plains, Missouri, to Hazel Victoria (McCord), a stenographer, and Loren Wayne Van Dyke, a salesman. His younger brother was entertainer Jerry Van Dyke. His ancestry includes English, Dutch, Scottish, German and Swiss-German. Although he had small roles beforehand, Van Dyke was launched to stardom in the musical "Bye-Bye Birdie" (1960), for which he won a Tony Award, and, then, later in the movie based on that play, Bye Bye Birdie (1963). He has starred in a number of films through the years including Mary Poppins (1964), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) and Fitzwilly (1967), as well as a number of successful television series which won him no less than four Emmy Awards and three made-for-CBS movies. After separating from his wife, Margie Willett, in the 1970s, Dick later became involved with Michelle Triola. 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 Van Dyke and Taryn Van Dyke (Barry's children) and family members often appear with him on Diagnosis Murder (1993).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Taiyo

Family (4)

Spouse Arlene Silver (29 February 2012 - present)
Marjorie Torrell Willett (12 February 1948 - 4 May 1984)  (divorced)  (4 children)
Children Barry Van Dyke
Stacy Van Dyke
Christian Van Dyke
Carrie Beth van Dyke
Parents Van Dyke (McCord), Hazel Victoria
Van Dyke, Loren Wayne
Relatives Shane Van Dyke (grandchild)
Jerry Van Dyke (sibling)
Wes Van Dyke (grandchild)

Trade Mark (6)

Often works with his son Barry Van Dyke.
Performed his own unique style of dancing.
Grey moustache.
Deep baritone voice.
The role of Rob Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961).
Big smile.

Trivia (125)

Often hosted game shows when he was a struggling actor. He hosted Mother's Day (1958) and Laugh Line (1959) but turned down The Price Is Right (1956).
Resided with Michelle Triola from 1976 until her death in 2009. Van Dyke had become friendly with her before his marriage ended and in his autobiography he admits that the final cause of his divorce from his wife was when he gave Michelle Triola out of his own pocket the six-figure amount she had sued for unsuccessfully in her infamous "palimony" case against Lee Marvin.
Older brother of entertainer Jerry Van Dyke.
Son Barry Van Dyke and grandson Carey Van Dyke also worked on Diagnosis Murder (1993) with him. Sons Barry and Christian Van Dyke also appeared in The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961) episode, The Dick Van Dyke Show: The Talented Neighborhood (1962).
Daughter Stacy Van Dyke guest starred on Diagnosis Murder (1993), in Diagnosis Murder: Murder in the Family (1996). Grandson Shane Van Dyke guest-starred in 14 episodes of Diagnosis Murder (1993).
According to his book "Those Funny Kids: A Treasury of Classroom Laughter", by age 11 he had grown to 6'1".
Served in the United States Air Force.
He enlisted to be a pilot in the Army Air Corps during World War II, but initially did not make the cut because he did not meet the weight requirement, as he was underweight. He tried three times to enlist, before barely making the cut. He actually served as a radio announcer during the war, and he did not leave the United States.
He and his wife Margie married on the radio show "Bride and Groom" because the show paid for the wedding rings, a honeymoon and household appliances. After their wedding, the Van Dykes were so poor that they had to live in their car for a while.
Beat out Johnny Carson for the role of Rob Petrie on what later became The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961).
Won Broadway's 1961 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Musical) for "Bye, Bye Birdie" and a Grammy Award for the Mary Poppins (1964) soundtrack.
His comic inspiration was Stan Laurel. He says he was able to find him by looking up his name in the phone book in Santa Monica, California, where Laurel resided. He called and Laurel invited him over. The two became good friends. When Laurel passed away, Van Dyke delivered his eulogy at the funeral.
Says that his most memorable role is that of Bert the chimney-sweep in Mary Poppins (1964).
Overcame alcoholism in the 1970s.
Children: Christian Van Dyke, Barry Van Dyke, Stacy Van Dyke and Carrie Beth van Dyke. Grandchildren: Carey Van Dyke, Shane Van Dyke, Wes Van Dyke and Taryn Van Dyke. Great-granddaughter: Ava Van Dyke.
Became a great-grandfather on July 26, 2001, when his grandson Carey Van Dyke (Barry Van Dyke's oldest child) and his wife Anne Van Dyke had a baby girl named Ava Van Dyke.
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 25, 1993. But when the star was unveiled, his name was misspelled on the star as "VANDYKE". Being a good sport, he laughed, took a pen and drew a slash between "VAN" and "DYKE". The star was corrected soon after.
His album "Songs I Like by Dick Van Dyke" (Command Records, 1963), released at the height of his television success and just before the release of Mary Poppins (1964), was actually a bestseller, remaining on Billboard's top-40 albums chart for several weeks in late 1963-early 1964.
His attempt at a Cockney accent in Mary Poppins (1964) is so notorious that a "Dick Van Dyke accent" is an accepted slang term for an American's unsuccessful attempt at any British accent. Despite that, he is quite popular in the United Kingdom.
In July 1999, 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. He has sung in an a cappella quartet called "The Vantastix" since 2000. The group released a children's album in 2008.
The album "Songs I Like By Dick Van Dyke" was recorded on November 22, 1963. Early in the recording session, the artists and orchestra were informed of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas. In spite of the tragic news, and a deadline from Command Records that had to be met, the recording session continued to a successful conclusion - albeit in an emotionally-charged atmosphere. He said that he scarcely remembers the session because he was in such a state of shock after hearing the news.
Rob Petrie, Van Dyke's role on The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961), was ranked #22 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" [20 June 2004 issue].
Although he had light brown hair when he was in his 30s and 40s, he had blonde hair as a child.
In his 30s and 40s, he had a talent for playing crotchety, eccentric old men. He played this kind of role in Mary Poppins (1964) as Mr. Dawes Sr. and on The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961) where he played one of Rob Petrie's elderly relatives.
He played Lionel Jeffries' son in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) even though Jeffries was actually six months his junior.
Was close friends with his The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961) co-star Mary Tyler Moore.
Grew up in Danville, Illinois, with younger brother Jerry Van Dyke and fellow celebrities Gene Hackman and Bobby Short. Attended and graduated from Danville High School, where he was in the drama club.
Was offered the role of Ambassador Robert Thorn in The Omen (1976) before it went to Gregory Peck, but turned it down because of the film's violent and gory content. In a 2013 interview with "The Daily Telegraph" Van Dyke said his decision to decline the role was "stupid".
Dabbled in computer animation since the 1980s. Using Newtek's Lightwave 3D from home, he created and animated a CG version of himself that he danced with on The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited (2004).
His cockney accent in Mary Poppins (1964) was so heavily criticized that it may have cost him a Best Leading Actor Academy Award nomination the following year.
Son of Loren Van Dyke and wife Hazel Vorice McCord.
Had a brief stint as a television weatherman in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Had portrayed Albert Peterson in the original Broadway stage version of "Bye Bye Birdie" and reprised his role in the movie Bye Bye Birdie (1963).
Is a staunch Democrat and a vocal supporter of gun control. Attended some fundraisers for Eugene McCarthy in the 1968 Democratic primaries.
Was a heavy smoker for fifty years, smoking up to two packs of cigarettes a day. He finally managed to quit using gum and patches. He claimed that quitting smoking was much harder than quitting drinking.
Best known by the public for his starring roles as Rob Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961) and as Dr. Mark Sloan on Diagnosis Murder (1993).
In 1968, he departed from Hollywood and bought a ranch in Arizona.
Actively campaigned in Democrat Pierre Salinger's losing 1964 fight for senator against Republican George Murphy.
Is a huge fan of Barbra Streisand.
By the late 1980s, it seemed that Van Dyke's career was over. However, his acclaimed performance as the District Attorney in Dick Tracy (1990) led to Diagnosis Murder (1993), which proved to be a big television comeback for the 67-year-old star.
Although highly praised for his dancing in Mary Poppins (1964) and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), Van Dyke was never trained as a dancer and did not begin dancing until he was in his thirties.
He was nearly cast as Fagin in Oliver! (1968) since the Columbia producers felt that Ron Moody, who had played the part in the London stage version, wasn't famous enough to attract movie audiences. Van Dyke ultimately chose to star in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) instead.
Has English, Dutch, Scottish, German and Swiss-German ancestry. His family moved from Missouri to Danville, Illinois when Dick was quite young.
Made his acting debut playing the baby Jesus in a church Christmas pageant. Was told he cried all the way through this.
Before he was a successful actor and comedian, his first job was that of a radio announcer at a Danville, Illinois radio station at age 16. He did the news as well as spun records.
Performed in several variety shows while serving in the United States Army during World War II.
Formed a nightclub stand-up comedy act in the late 1940s with his friend from Danville, Phil Erickson. They toured the country as the slapstick, lip-syncing "Merry Mutes". The act eventually broke up in 1954 and Dick went solo, finding work on New Orleans local television.
Buster Keaton and Stan Laurel were two of his comedy idols. Both became fans of Dick's classic television series.
The adult Broadway cast (Dick, Paul Lynde, Maureen Stapleton) who recreated their roles for the film version of Bye Bye Birdie (1963) were generally disappointed in the film. It was felt that director George Sidney placed far too much focus on Ann-Margret's teen role, a role that was secondary in the stage hit. Ann-Margret was at the time experiencing a meteoric rise in films.
Uncle of Kelly Van Dyke.
Received a lemon cake every Christmas from Charles Bronson, who resided nearby in Malibu, for 16 years.
Underwent spinal surgery. [April 2011]
Although Van Dyke is now a committed non-smoker, he admits that he used to smoke 20-40 cigarettes a day.
His Diagnosis Murder (1993) co-star, Charlie Schlatter, would reprise his role on an episode of The Sopranos (1999), in 2000.
Is one of the two actors to have appeared in every episode of Diagnosis Murder (1993).
Went into semi-retirement in the mid-1970s.
His mother, Hazel McCord Van Dyke, passed away in 1994 at age 95.
Almost graduated from Danville High School in Danville, Illinois (1944). He received his high school diploma when he was age 78 (2004).
Was born just six months after his parents wedding that same year. Van Dyke was 18 years old when he found out he was born in December 1925 and not March 1926, as he had been previously told. At first, his mother informed him that he had been born prematurely. Later, he learned that he had been conceived out of wedlock.
Before he was a successful actor and comedian, he did everything from working in an advertising agency to becoming a disc jockey.
His mother, Hazel Voice McCord, was a Sunday School teacher (before her son) and a housewife, and his father, Loren Van Dyke, was a baseball player for the Terre Haute Huts, and tenor saxophonist for the Danville Schoenbeck Orchestra.
Before being an actor and comedian, he was also a Sunday School teacher and an elder at a Presbyterian church, who ministered every Sunday.
Created most of his own comedy routines and physical schticks on The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961).
Helped his ex-The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961) co-star, Mary Tyler Moore get her own sitcom, in the 1970s.
Moved to Atlanta, Georgia, with his best friend, Phil Erickson, and wife Margie, in 1948, after he and Erickson grew weary of the West Coast circuit. This was where Marjorie gave birth to two sons, Christian Van Dyke and Barry Van Dyke, within a year.
Until he reached age 30, he lived in five states.
His situation comedy The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961) was based on the series "Head of the Family".
Met Byron Paul in the United States Army, who offered him a seven-year contract with CBS in 1955.
At the beginning of the third season, The New Dick Van Dyke Show (1971) had moved production from Phoenix to Hollywood, where the change made a big improvement in the ratings, but was canceled because he no longer enjoyed working away from his home and did not want to continue the show without Carl Reiner.
His future Diagnosis Murder (1993) co-star and son, Barry Van Dyke, is associated with his father's productions, and other shows. He began working alongside his father, since he was age 10.
Before he was a successful actor and comedian, he used to work in a hotel.
Did not begin dancing until he was age 34, and did not appear in his first movie until he was age 36.
Got the lead role of Rob Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961), after producer Sheldon Leonard was so impressed with Van Dyke's performance in the stage production of "Bye, Bye Birdie".
Before he became a successful actor and comedian, he was also a two-time children's host.
Once rapped and danced with Michele Lee, about who would have won the People's Choice Awards in 1962.
Received a phone call from his son and future Diagnosis Murder (1993) co-star, Barry Van Dyke, who asked him to play Dr. Mark Sloan, which he accepted after guest-starring on an episode of Jake and the Fatman (1987).
He threatened to leave his role on Diagnosis Murder (1993), at the end of the second season, but CBS insisted that he came back, which fortunately he did, and stayed on the show, for the next six seasons.
Separated from his wife, Margie Willett, after 30 years of marriage - they would later divorce in 1984.
Remained good friends with son Barry Van Dyke, Victoria Rowell and Charlie Schlatter during and after Diagnosis Murder (1993).
Met his future wife, his longtime classmate/sweetheart, Margie Torrell Willett, while attending high school, but did not marry her until long after Van Dyke's Army service.
His hobbies include golfing, sailing, spending time with his family, dancing, traveling, comedy, playing piano, using the computer, Bible, praying and singing.
Is close friends and dance partners with Chita Rivera.
When The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961) started, he actually had a crush on Mary Tyler Moore, who played his wife on the series.
His ex-wife, Marjory Willett, detested Hollywood and passed away in 2008.
Attended high school with Donald O'Connor.
Was about to open at a theater, and what was supposed to be a one-man show, with his quartet backing him up, but was canceled because of his torn Achilles heel in 2011.
Is a huge fan of the situation comedy The Office (2005).
After his divorce with Marjory Willett, he remained close friends with her.
Alongside Angela Lansbury, Norman Lloyd, William Daniels, Christopher Lee, Mickey Rooney, Ernest Borgnine, Betty White, Ed Asner, Adam West, Marla Gibbs, William Shatner, Larry Hagman, Florence Henderson, Shirley Jones, Hal Linden and Alan Alda, Van Dyke is one of the few actors in Hollywood who lives into their 80s and/or 90s without ever either retiring from acting or having stopped getting work.
Attended Michael Landon's funeral in 1991.
Met makeup artist, Arlene Silver, at the SAG Awards in 2006, where he was bowled over by her beauty. Six years later, he married her.
His ex-Diagnosis Murder (1993) co-star, Victoria Rowell, attended the 2012 wedding of Van Dyke and Arlene Silver, and frequently visits them.
Guest-starred on the second episode of Matlock (1986)'s first season, with his old friend Andy Griffith. Eleven years later, Griffith would return the favor by appearing in a two part episode of Diagnosis Murder (1993), reprising his role of Ben Matlock.
Acting mentor and friends of Fannie Flagg, his son, Barry Van Dyke, Victoria Rowell and Charlie Schlatter.
Made a comeback to television, for the first time in 27 years, with Diagnosis Murder (1993).
Began his television series Diagnosis Murder (1993) at age 67.
Was rescued from his Jaguar, as it was burning on the Ventura Freeway in Los Angeles, California on August 19, 2013.
Met Andy Griffith in 1954, in New York City. The two men became friends for over 58 years, until Griffith's death in 2012.
Was longtime friends with Buddy Ebsen. Van Dyke hosted Ebsen's memorial service on August 30, 2003.
Announced he would retire from acting and would leave Diagnosis Murder (1993) at the end of Season 8 (2000-2001). [October 2000]
Treated for bronchitis but was not hospitalized. [September 2008]
Like was the case with his best friend Andy Griffith, Van Dyke is known to be a very private man.
Although he played Maureen Stapleton's son in Bye Bye Birdie (1963), he was only six months her junior in real life.
Endorsed Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential election of the United States.
In 1961, there was talk of Dick Van Dyke playing Stan Laurel in a biopic. However, Laurel himself was against the idea, as he noted that while there was a certain facial resemblance Van Dyke was much taller and had entirely different comedic mannerisms.
On Diagnosis Murder (1993), his co-star (Barry Van Dyke) played a police sergeant (before lieutenant) for the Los Angeles Police Department who was the doctor's son, in real-life, Barry is Dick's son.
Is the surrogate grandfather to all three of Charlie Schlatter's children: Julia Marie, Quinn and Beck Fredrick.
Is a self-described Roosevelt New Deal Democrat.
Met Michele Lee in the movie The Comic (1969), where the two embarked on a lifelong friendship, for over 45 years.
Before supporting Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic primaries, Van Dyke had not actively campaigned for a candidate since Eugene McCarthy in 1968.
Strongly opposed United States involvement in the Vietnam War.
Van Dyke was guest on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005) and claimed that "years ago", he had fallen asleep on a surfboard and drifted out to sea so far that could not see land and that he had been rescued by a pod of porpoises that had pushed him all the way back to shore. [November 2010]
During the 1960s, along with Carl Reiner and Robert Vaughn, he was a founding member of Dissenting Democrats.
Wrote in his autobiography that he respected Walt Disney, but strongly disagreed with the filmmaker's political views.
Had always wanted to meet Gene Wilder, believing they would have been friends.
Major supporter of the NOH8 Campaign (NOH8 meaning "No Hate"), a charitable organization whose mission is to promote LGBT marriage, gender and human equality through education, advocacy, social media, and visual protest.
Announced he would vote for Hillary Clinton after Bernie Sanders failed to win the Democratic nomination in 2016.
Accused CNN of "extreme bias" in its coverage of the 2016 US presidential election.
In the 2016 race for the White House Van Dyke said he was willing to do "anything to keep Trump out of there".
He was classmates with Bobby Short.
His younger brother, Jerry Van Dyke, passed away on January 5, 2018 at age 86. He changed his twitter account name to "JerryVanDykesbrother" and used a photo of him as his display picture in tribute.
He worked with his best friend's Andy Griffith former acting student Kene Holiday, on both episodes of Matlock (1986), in 1986, and Diagnosis Murder (1993), ten years later, in 1996.
He never retired from acting.

Personal Quotes (30)

I've retired so many times now it's getting to be a habit.
I remember in the book that Caractacus was married. There was no love interest, no love story. So I think bringing Truly Scrumptious in works very well because we had assumed he was a widower. And they couldn't have picked a better Truly Scrumptious than Sally [Sally Ann Howes]. They came up with Sally Ann and I heard her voice, and it was the richest contralto. She auditioned with "The Lovely Lonely Man" and I thought, "My God, this girl is great!" and then she was stunningly beautiful. She loved those kids and they loved her, which I think comes across on the screen. They just thought a great deal of her and she spent a lot of time with them, you know, between shots - telling stories and playing games during all those long waiting periods.
I never wanted to be an actor and to this day I don't. I can't get a handle on it. An actor wants to become someone else. I am a song-and-dance man and I enjoy being myself, which is all I can do.
I've made peace with insecurity... because there is no security of any kind.
In the best of all worlds the producers would take some responsibility for the kinds of things they're putting out. Unfortunately, they don't. And then I-- they keep saying we can't have our First Amendment rights abridged and we can't have censorship. Well we had it back in the Hays days [Production Code Administration, headed by 'Will H. Hays', the official Hollywood censor office], in the Johnson office days. And I think they should--maybe the American people might bring it back if things get bad enough.
I think it's such a shame that [Walt Disney] didn't live to see computer animation, because he would have had a good time with it . . . In those days it was before the blue screen. They used what was called yellow sulphur lighting--the screen was yellow, and we worked with that all day, and by the time the day was over you couldn't see anything . . . It was just an empty soundstage. And sometimes we didn't even have the music--we would just dance to a click rhythm. But I think technically it holds up today just as well as anything.
[about Mary Poppins (1964)] I thought Walt Disney hired me because I was such a great singer and dancer. As it turns out, he had heard me in an interview talking about what was happening to family entertainment. I was decrying the fact that it seemed like no holds were barred anymore in entertainment . . . That's why he called me in, because I said something he agreed with. And I got the part.
It was a marvelous relaxer . . . Jack Daniels (Tennessee Whiskey) became my good friend. Then sometime in my early forties he turned on me.
But at the time, I thought I would come out, because there was such a strange perception about alcoholism that people had serious character flaws, you know. They had weak wills or something. They had this image of, you know, a guy laying in on the street and skid row, whereas it can happen to normal, average middle-class guy.
I think that cigarettes are worse. I think that nicotine ... I've heard heroin addicts and cocaine addicts say it was nothing compared to getting off cigarettes.
I'm really in retirement. My career is over. I'm just playing now and having a great time. I like to keep busy, and I'm doing what's fun for me.
We had a little ranch way out in the middle of nowhere. My wife didn't like showbusiness - as most spouses don't: they get shunted aside. But it was too soon for me. I could not afford either emotionally or financially to quit and retire. Not in my forties. We finally parted company because of that. And now another forty years have gone by and I've been very busy. I still am.
I asked Fred Astaire once when he was about my age if he still danced and he said 'Yes, but it hurts now.' That's exactly it. I can still dance too but it hurts now! I've always kept moving. I was at the gym at six this morning. Of course marrying a beautiful young woman has been a big help. There are so many years between us and we don't feel it. I'm emotionally immature and she's very wise for her age so we kind of meet in the middle.
I've found a home here because actors have always said, 'He's really a dancer', and dancers said, 'No, no he's a singer', and singers said, 'No I think he's an actor.' I don't know, I was never that good at anything but I did a little bit of it all. I've never studied dancing but I've always loved to dance. I never sang anywhere except the shower and it took me forever to get into the high school choir. When I auditioned for Bye Bye Birdie (1963) I did a song and a little soft-shoe and for some reason they saw I could move. And I've never studied acting - which is maybe lucky otherwise I'd just be a copy of everybody else.
I was a Laurel & Hardy nut. I got to know Laurel at the end of his life and it was a great thrill for me. He left me his bow tie and derby and told me that if they ever made a movie about him, he'd want me to play him.
It's quite hard to act yourself all the time. My first wife, Margie, used to say she could see no difference between Rob [the husband he played on The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961) for five years] and me. She said 'You're not acting. You are exactly the same on screen as you are at home.'
People from the UK love to tease me. I invented a whole new dialect. I never could do a British accent, not even in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968).
[on turning down The Omen (1976)] My god, that was stupid. Gregory Peck got the part, but at that time there was a lot of violence in it - people impaled on things. I was pretty puritan at the time, a goody-two-shoes, I felt I'd put myself in a position where the audience trusted me. I turned down several things for that reason - either taste or violence or sex or something.
My whole generation has disappeared on me. My contemporaries, not in talent but in age, were Paul Newman, Jack Lemmon, Rock Hudson. All gone.
I was an alcoholic for about twenty-five years. In the Fifties and Sixties, everybody had their martini, everybody smoked incessantly. The funny thing is that all through my twenties and early thirties I didn't drink at all. Then we moved to a neighborhood full of young families with the same age kids and everyone drank heavily, there were big parties every night. I would go to work with terrible hangovers which if you're dancing is really hard. I was in deep trouble, you get suicidal and think you just can't go on. I had suicidal feelings, it was just terrible. But then suddenly, like a blessing, the drink started not to taste good. I would feel a little dizzy and a little nauseous and I wasn't getting the click. Today I wouldn't want a drink for anything. But I do occasionally think of taking a nice drag. I've been on this gum for ten years and it's just as addictive but at least it's not hurting my lungs. (2013)
It took Walt twenty years to talk Travers [P.L. Travers, author of the Mary Poppins novels] into giving him the rights for the picture and then she fought him tooth and nail all the way through it. She hated me, she hated Julie Andrews, she didn't think either one of us were right. After the premiere she met Walt in the lobby and said, 'All the animation has to go.' Walt said, 'Pamela, the boat has sailed.'
Last night CNN International CNN gave me ten minutes live to talk about Bernie Sanders who has been scantily covered by them in favor of the Donald J. Trump circus. It was pre-empted completely to cover another outburst by Trump. This pandering to the scandal hungry public is a total lack of responsible journalism. I accuse CNN of extreme bias.
[on Donald Trump] He has been a magnet to all the racists and xenophobes in the country. I haven't been this scared since the Cuban Missile Crisis. I think the human race is hanging in a delicate balance right now, and I'm just so afraid he will put us in a war. He scares me.
[on the death of Mary Tyler Moore]: There are no words. She was the best! We always said that we changed each other's lives for the better.
People in the UK love to rib me about my accent, I will never live it down. They ask what part of England I was meant to be from and I say it was a little shire in the north where most of the people were from Ohio. I was working with an entire English cast and nobody said a word, not Julie, not anybody said I needed to work on it so I thought I was alright.
I appreciate this opportunity to apologize to the members of Bafta for inflicting on them the most atrocious cockney accent in the history of cinema.
I almost killed myself stopping. I got the gum and I was chewing the gum and I was wearing the patch ... My heart rate was about 140 all the time. Thank God I survived that.
I would like to say a word about age. I'm 15 years older than Bernie. I've always admired Bernie and I've followed his career. He's never been - to me - a career politician. He's just a patriot who worked as hard as he could.
I'm Dick Van Dyke and I'm a very enthusiastic supporter of Bernie Sanders. The age question keeps coming up. I know that I'm 20 years older than Bernie. I have all my marbles! I could run for office if I wanted to. So I don't think age - it really doesn't matter, except for his experience and the years he's put in. I can't understand why, according to the polls, he's having problems with older citizens, like me. Why wouldn't an older citizen vote for somebody with that kind of a record, and that kind of experience and honesty? It just doesn't make sense to me that he's not getting my generation. And I want to urge my generation to get out and vote for him, please.
Another four years of the current administration and we won't have democracy anymore. Bernie has been consistent with his policies ever since I met him when he was in the Senate. He never has changed his attack because of outside pressure from the outside or when he felt the wind was blowing in another way. He stuck with who he is and what he believes in. I think somebody younger like Bernie, is just a perfect candidate. Yeah, I think he'll be around a long time.

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