Dick Van Dyke will be honoured at the Screen Actor's Guild Awards in Los Angeles tonight (27.01.13), where he will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award
Dick Van Dyke is to be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Screen Actor's Guild (SAG) Awards tonight (27.01.13).
The 87-year-old 'Night at the Museum' star - who has been working in Hollywood since the 60s - admitted he can't wait to accept the award at the star-studded 19th annual event in Los Angeles because it means a lot to be celebrated as an actor rather than an entertainer.
Speaking to People.com before the event, the 'Diagnosis Murder' star said: ''This was a surprise. People think of me as a song and dance entertainer. To be accepted by my peers as an actor is really a thrill.''
The actor also revealed that he will be celebrating his seven-year anniversary with his 41-year-old wife Arlene, who he first met at the 2006 SAG Awards, where she was working as a make-up artist.
He said: ''There was something about her beautiful eyes,''
The couple married in a ''spur of the moment'' ceremony in Malibu, California, on February 29 last year.
'Mary Poppins' star Dick - who presented Mary Tyler Moore with the Lifetime Achievement award last year - was first married in 1948 to Margie Willett in a ceremony broadcast live on radio show 'Bride and Groom'. They have four grown up children together, but divorced in 1984 after a long separation.
The actor also had a relationship with actress Michelle Triola from 1976 until her death from lung cancer in 2009.