Dick Van Dyke Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets


15th December 2015

Quote: "I turned down some things I shouldn't have, because I always promised myself I'd never do anything my kids couldn't watch and I turned down a movie with Cary Grant. It was a Doris Day (film) - A Touch of Mink, I think - I could kill myself. Cary Grant!" Dick Van Dyke regrets turning down a few film classics.


27th October 2015

Quote: "I'm pleased they're gonna do it but traditionally sequels don't work... They don't have Walt (Disney) and Walt was the guiding spirit over the whole thing... It's supposed to be when the kids are grown up... I told them, 'Tell 'em Bert's dead!'" Dick Van Dyke has no interest in reprising his chimney sweep character in the planned Mary Poppins sequel.


15th October 2015

Fact: Veteran movie icon Dick Van Dyke has been given his own key to his local gym in California because he likes to work out before the venue opens. The 89 year old exercises every morning to help keep himself fighting fit.


23rd April 2015

Quote: "My publisher has asked me to write a book about being old, and I said it would be a very slim volume. It'll say 'keep moving' - that's it." Veteran actor Dick Van Dyke, 89, on his tips to living a long life.


11th December 2013

Quote: "She wasn't thrilled with Julie... She wanted a dumpy little Mary Poppins. She didn't want a pretty girl." Dick Van Dyke reveals author P.L. Travers wasn't fond of the casting of Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins.


24th October 2013

Quote: "The funny thing is the fire department was there in about 12 minutes, the paparazzi were there in 10. They’ve got a network." Actor Dick Van Dyke reveals photographers beat the emergency services to the site of his August (13) car fire. The Mary Poppins star had to pull over to the side of a freeway in California as his Jaguar became engulfed by flames.


12th September 2013

Quote: "Cubby Broccoli called me into his office and asked me if I wanted to be Bond." Mary Poppins star Dick Van Dyke reveals he was considered for the role of 007 when producers were looking for Sean Connery's replacement.


31st May 2013

Tweet: "It seems that my titanium dental implants are the cause of my head pounding. Has anyone else experienced this? Thanks for all your replies." Veteran actor Dick Van Dyke shares his medical drama with his Twitter.com fans on Thursday (30May13).


20th April 2013

Tweet: "Thank you for your concern & advice. I've had this condition for 7 yrs. Its not terminal, just a pain." Veteran actor Dick Van Dyke assures fans he is generally in good health after revealing he's suffering from a suspected neurological disorder.


28th January 2013

Quote: "Aren't we lucky to have found a line of work that doesn't require us to grow up?" Veteran actor Dick Van Dyke, the recipient of this year's (13) Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award, still enjoys playing dress up after more than five decades in Hollywood.


25th October 2012

Fact: MARY POPPINS star Dick Van Dyke is producing a new stage version of hit musical Cabaret in Malibu, California. The Malibu Stage Company show is set to open on 2 November (12).


5th May 2011

Fact: Mary Poppins star Dick Van Dyke suffers from claustrophobia.


6th November 2010

Quote: "The sun never shines in the British Isles... It rained in England every day, we had to go to France... It's not England." Dick Van Dyke reveals much of classic 1967 family movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was shot in the South of France, even though it's set in England.


6th November 2010

Quote: "The British have been kidding me about my Cockney accent for 40 years. You know why? They gave me a coach who was Irish - Pat O'Malley." Actor Dick Van Dyke on his efforts to play a London chimney sweep in Mary Poppins.


7th June 2010

Fact: Stars including Kelly Clarkson, Lionel Richie, and Dick Van Dyke turned out to perform at the Lincoln Medal presentation ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Sunday evening (06Jun10). The gala, held at the historic Ford's Theatre where former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in 1865, saw President Barack Obama hand prizes to South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu and South African Constitutional Court Justice Albie Sachs.


16th June 2009

Fact: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang star Dick Van Dyke will tell all about his lengthy career in showbusiness in an upcoming autobiography. The 83-year-old actor has signed a deal with Harmony Books to publish his memoirs, which is scheduled to hit book stores in 2010.


16th February 2007

Quote: "My natural body is like (skinny Mary Poppins star) Dick Van Dyke's, so it's a lot of eating for me - a lot of protein. Shift a large bovine into my living room and I'll just take a fork and knife to it." Actor Ryan Reynolds on how he bulks up for action man roles.


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