Dick Van Dyke

Lowest Rated: 0% The Art of Love (1965)
Birthday: Dec 13, 1925
Birthplace: West Plains, MO, USA
Born in Missouri, entertainer Dick Van Dyke was raised in Danville, Illinois, where repeated viewings of Laurel & Hardy comedies at his local movie palace inspired him to go into show business. Active in high school and community plays in his teens, Van Dyke briefly put his theatrical aspirations aside upon reaching college age. He toyed with the idea of becoming a Presbyterian minister; then, after serving in the Air Force during World War II, opened up a Danville advertising agency. When this venture failed, it was back to show biz, first as a radio announcer for local station WDAN, and later as half of a record-pantomime act called The Merry Mutes (the other half was a fellow named Philip Erickson). While hosting a TV morning show in New Orleans, Van Dyke was signed to a contract by the CBS network. He spent most of his time subbing for other CBS personalities and emceeing such forgotten endeavors as Cartoon Theatre. After making his acting debut as a hayseed baseball player on The Phil Silvers Show, Van Dyke left CBS to free-lance. He hosted a few TV game shows before his career breakthrough as co-star of the 1959 Broadway review The Girls Against the Boys. The following year, he starred in the musical comedy Bye Bye Birdie, winning a Tony Award for his portrayal of mother-dominated songwriter Albert Peterson (it would be his last Broadway show until the short-lived 1980 revival of The Music Man). In 1961, he was cast as comedy writer Rob Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show, which after a shaky start lasted five seasons and earned its star three Emmies.He made his movie bow in the 1963 filmization of Bye Bye Birdie, then entered into a flexible arrangement with Walt Disney Studios. His best known films from that era include Mary Poppins (1964), Lt. Robin Crusoe, USN and The Comic, in which he played an amalgam of several self-destructive silent movie comedians. His TV specials remained popular in the ratings, and it was this fact that led to the debut of The New Dick Van Dyke Show in 1971. Despite the creative input of the earlier Dick Van Dyke Show's maven Carl Reiner, the later series never caught on, and petered out after three seasons. A chronic "people pleaser," Van Dyke was loath to display anger or frustration around his co-workers or fans, so he began taking solace in liquor; by 1972, he had become a full-fledged alcoholic. Rather than lie to his admirers or himself any longer, he underwent treatment and publicly admitted his alcoholism -- one of the first major TV stars ever to do so. Van Dyke's public confession did little to hurt his "nice guy" public image, and, now fully and permanently sober, he continued to be sought out for guest-star assignments and talk shows. In 1974, he starred in the TV movie The Morning After, playing an ad executive who destroys his reputation, his marriage and his life thanks to booze. After that Van Dyke, further proved his versatility when he began accepting villainous roles, ranging from a cold-blooded wife murderer in a 1975 Columbo episode to the corrupt district attorney in the 1990 film Dick Tracy. He also made several stabs at returning to weekly television, none of which panned out--until 1993, when he starred as Dr. Mark Sloan in the popular mystery series Diagnosis Murder. He made a few more movie appearances after Diagnosis Murder came to an end, most notably as a retired security guard in the hit family film Night at the Museum. As gifted at writing and illustrating as he is at singing, dancing and clowning, Van Dyke has penned two books, Faith, Hope and Hilarity and Those Funny Kids. From 1992 to 1994, he served as chairman of the Nickelodeon cable service, which was then sweeping the ratings by running Dick Van Dyke Show reruns in prime time. Van Dyke is the brother of award-winning TV personality Jerry Van Dyke, and the father of actor Barry Van Dyke.


Highest Rated Movies



79% Mary Poppins Returns Mr. Dawes Jr. 2018
89% Wait for Your Laugh Actor 2017
95% Gilbert Actor 2017
100% If You're Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast Actor 2017
No Score Yet Stars In Shorts: No Ordinary Love Actor 2016
No Score Yet Trolland Actor 2016
47% Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Cecil $81.6M 2014
No Score Yet Pioneers of Television Actor 2008
No Score Yet Murder 101: If Wishes Were Horses Dr. Jonathan Maxwell 2007
42% Night at the Museum Cecil Fredricks $249.4M 2006
70% Curious George Mr. Bloomsberry $58.4M 2006
No Score Yet Murder 101 Dr. Jonathan Maxwell 2006
No Score Yet PBS Hollywood Presents Weller Martin 2003
No Score Yet Walt: The Man Behind the Myth Narrator 2001
No Score Yet The Town Santa Forgot Old Jeremy Creek 1993
No Score Yet A Twist of the Knife Dr. Mark Sloan 1993
No Score Yet The House on Sycamore Street Dr. Mark Sloan 1992
No Score Yet Diagnosis Murder Actor 1992
63% Dick Tracy D.A. Fletcher 1990
No Score Yet American Playhouse Actor 1984
No Score Yet The Country Girl Actor 1982
50% The Runner Stumbles Father Rivard 1979
No Score Yet Tubby the Tuba Actor 1977
50% Cold Turkey Rev. Clayton Brooks 1971
No Score Yet The Comic William Simon aka Billy Bright 1969
No Score Yet Some Kind of a Nut Fred Amidon 1969
67% Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Caractacus Potts 1968
No Score Yet Never a Dull Moment Jack Albany 1968
No Score Yet Fitzwilly Claude R. Fitzwilliam 1967
100% Divorce American Style Richard Harmon 1967
No Score Yet Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N. Lt. Robin Crusoe 1966
0% The Art of Love Paul Sloane 1965
100% Mary Poppins Bert 1964
25% What a Way to Go! Edgar Hopper 1964
89% Bye Bye Birdie Albert Peterson 1963


No Score Yet Sunday Morning
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No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
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No Score Yet The Middle
Dutch Spence
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No Score Yet The Talk
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No Score Yet Conan
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No Score Yet Inside Comedy
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No Score Yet Pioneers of Television
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No Score Yet Great Performances
  • 2013
No Score Yet Hollywood Treasure
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
  • 2011
84% Scrubs
Dr. Townshend
  • 2003
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No Score Yet Diagnosis Murder
Dr. Sloan Mark Sloan Dr. Mark Sloan Mark
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No Score Yet Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
  • 2000
No Score Yet Becker
Fred Becker
  • 1999
No Score Yet The Golden Girls
  • 1989
No Score Yet Highway to Heaven
  • 1987
No Score Yet American Playhouse
  • 1985
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No Score Yet Columbo
  • 1974
No Score Yet The Dick Van Dyke Show
Rob Petrie
  • 1966
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No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
  • 1960
No Score Yet The Phil Silvers Show
Hank Lumpkin
  • 1957
No Score Yet The Carol Burnett Show