Dick Van Dyke Pays Tribute To 'Finest Generation' As He Accepts SAG Lifetime Achievement Honor

"I've been borrowing from Dick every time I step in front of the camera” said Alec Baldwin as he presented Dick Van Dyke with his Lifetime Achievement Honor at the Screen Actors Guild Awards last night (January 27, 2013), but the veteran was in just as much of a humble mood himself as he paid testament to all those who’d turned up to the event in Hollywood in his speech.

"I have to say one thing, my lord and savior Carl Reiner couldn't be here tonight," the actor said of his long-time pal and fellow actor. "There's a lot of flu going around." Van Dyke of course will be best known for his role as Bert the chimney sweep in the musical Mary Poppins, but he went on to forge a hugely successful TV career in the wake of that, his profile having a huge resurgence in the 90’s with the hospital detective drama Diagnosis Murder. "I've knocked around in this business for 70 years and I still haven't quite figured out what it is that I do” the 87 year-old said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “But the years have just been full of surprises for me and a lot of fun - aren't we lucky to have found a line of work that doesn't require growing up? I love that."

Then, in a stirring testament to those in front of him, he remarked "I'm looking at the greatest generation of actors in the history of acting. You've all lifted the art to another place now… if this very heavy object right here means that I can refer to you as my peers, then I'm a very lucky man."

Dick Van Dyke, Lifetime Achievement Honor at SAG

Dick Van Dyke poses proudly with his Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Honor


Contactmusic

Tags: Dick Van Dyke

Advertisement

More Dick Van Dyke

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Trailer

Following on from the discovery that New York Natural History Museum's exhibits come to life after dark, security guard Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) is faced...

Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Trailer

Alexander is an 11-year-old boy who experiences a series of disastrous events in just one day, from waking up with chewing gum stuck in his...

A Week in News: Tributes For Lee Thompson Young, Samantha Shannon's Bright Future and One Direction Assert Their Dominance

The Only Way Is Up: As if it ever needed confirming that One Direction are the biggest pop group in the world, 80,000 fans turned...

Dick Van Dyke And Wife Joke About Burnt Out Car Following Freeway Fire

Dick Van Dyke was involved in a potentially serious car accident on Sunday (28th August) when his car caught fire. Van Dyke was driving down...

Advertisement

Actor Dick Van Dyke Narrowly Misses Roadside Inferno, Rescued By Random Passerby

87-year-old iconic actor Dick Van Dyke was in a serious traffic accident earlier today. The news of Van Dyke’s crash and his quick rescue by...

Dick Van Dyke's Jaguar Explodes Into Flames, Actor Pulled To Safety

Dick Van Dyke's Jaguar burst into flames on the Los Angeles freeway on Monday evening (August 19, 2013), leaving the legendary 87-year-old narrowly avoiding disaster....

Dick Van Dyke Rescued By Passer-By When Car "Melted"

Dick Van Dyke has narrowly escaped a serious and, in all probabilities, fatal accident owing to the kindness of a passing stranger. Van Dyke was...

Can Anyone Out There Help Diagnose Dick Van Dyke?

Dick Van Dyke has a medical problem and needs you to help diagnose it. The legendary actor, 87, was expected to turn up to receive...

Advertisement

Comments

Dick Van Dyke Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Dick Van Dyke

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All