Dick Van Dyke Celebrates His 96th Birthday

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Happy Birthday to the most wonderful man in Hollywood!

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Dick Van Dyke is a true icon.

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Born December 13, 1925, his career has spanned more than seven decades.

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He rose to fame on Broadway.

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But eventually got his own CBS show, The DIck Van Dyke Show, which ran from 1961 to 1966.

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You may also know him from his incredible movie roles.

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Van Dyke was the star of classics like Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

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His accolades speak for themselves.

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He’s received five Primetime Emmys, a Tony, and a Grammy Award, and was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1995.

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He received the Screen Actors Guild’s highest honor, the SAG Life Achievement Award, in 2013 …

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And even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard.

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Since his early movies, Van Dyke has continued to have a prolific career.

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More recently, he’s had roles in Night at the Museum in 2006, and Mary Poppins Returns in 2018.

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Van Dyke has had 3 wives and has 4 children.

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He also has 7 grandchildren!

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And in spite of his advancing age, it seems Van Dyke has no intention of slowing down.

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In an interview with CBS This Morning, the 96-year-old movie star opened up about the ageing process…

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And he believes staying active is absolutely key.

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Promising the world he’s “still dancing.” Well, we wouldn’t expect anything less!

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He also has an intense fitness regimen.

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Which he proudly demonstrated on the show.​

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He began by showing off his sit-up prowess.

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“”I’m 95, and a lot of my friends won’t do these,” he said at the time of the interview.

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“So all you old guys out there, listen to me, I’m telling you: You can keep going.”

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“I’m still dancing! And singing!”

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And he puts his money where his mouth is, doing an intricate routine in Mary Poppins Returns.

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Van Dyke claims he was given “three versions and I took the hardest one. I had to prove I could do it.”

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He also opened up about his hopes for the future.

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“I’m looking forward to 100,” he says.

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“George Burns made it, and I’m gonna do it too!”

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In the past, Van Dyke had had less of a positive attitude to getting older, however.

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2015 NPR interview, the star opened up about “giving up the things that you enjoy doing.”

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“I can’t handle the tennis court anymore. I can still run and dance and sing.”

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He also offered some more philosophical perspectives.

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“You know, I made a habit of asking other people in their old age: of all the things you enjoyed doing when you were younger that you can’t anymore, what do you miss?”

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“Some people mention golf or tennis. One woman said, ‘I miss having lunch with the girls.'”

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“But the people who said I wish I had made smarter business decisions, I think they’re missing the point.”

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So, what’s the meaning of life?

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“The point is to enjoy,” thinks Van Dyke.

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“You have to pick what you enjoy doing, what fulfills you, what interests you.”

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“And I realize that’s not possible for a lot of people. As Thoreau said, a lot of people are living lives of quiet desperation.”

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He continued.

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“But almost anyone can find that one immersing hobby or pastime that they love to do.”

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Watch his incredible workout below.

Look at him go!

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Happy birthday to a true icon.

Thank you for the laughs!

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