Legendary actor Dick Van Dyke is one of the most valuable American actors. He is 95 years old, but his age does not slow him down. He recently talked about his health.
Dick Van Dyke was born on December 13, 1925 and had a younger brother, Jerry, who also became an actor. From an early age, Dick was drawn to a career on stage, in front of an audience, but he was sure that was what he wanted when he joined his high school drama club.
During World War II, Dick worked as a radio announcer. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in Special Services, entertaining the troops. He said that he really liked this bass and wanted to become a television announcer. In 1945, Dick worked a little in advertising, but did not like his job and decided to move to California, where he unfortunately faced financial and professional problems.
He married his first wife, Margie, on a radio show called Bride and Groom. They chose to do this because the show paid for their wedding and honeymoon.
In the following years Dick had several jobs to support himself, such as radio and television jobs in Atlanta and New Orleans, a contract with CBS and formed a comedy act with his friend Phil Erickson. Dick said it was a difficult time, especially since his two sons, Christian and Barry, were born and had to sleep on mattresses on the way to work.
Looks like New York was the perfect city for Dick and his family. He starred in the shows Girls Against the Boys and Bye, Bye Birdie. Comedian and producer Carl Reiner had written a brand new show in the late 1950s, and he was supposed to be the star of the show, but he decided to give up and offer this job to Dick, and that was the best decision. The Dick Van Dyke Show was a success!
Although he was successful, Dick wanted more. He managed to land a role in the film Mary Poppins. Walt Disney offered him the role without the need for an audition. His role in Mary Poppins was legendary.
When the sequel Mary Poppins Returns (2018) was released, Dick Van Dyke returned to film and is very proud of it.
New health update
Although he is 95 years old, Dick always says that he likes to work. He said he still dances a little every day. He also said he dances even in stores if he hears a song he likes.
Dick said that he is starting to feel that he is old and can no longer play tennis and he misses this, but he is grateful because he can still run, sing and dance. He advises us to enjoy everything we do, to find a hobby and to be able to enjoy it as much as possible.
Dick said he has a whole workout routine in the garden. Many of his friends don’t do this and that’s why they feel worse than Dick. He tells us that if we have an active life we can keep going for a long time.