English: Dick Van Dyke in December 2007.

English: Dick Van Dyke in December 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


The January 27, 2013 Parade Magazine included a short interview with Dick Van Dyke.  Many of us (boomers and those older) remember him from the TV series “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and from the movie “Mary Poppins”.

He received the 2013 Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award for his work.  From television, to the big screen, to music, he has had an impact sure to spark memories for many boomers and those in senior living communities.

Here are some helps for the conversation.

On Life

Where was he born? (West Plains, Missouri)

Where did he grow up? (Danville, Illinois)

In his acceptance, Dick Van Dyke stated:“Aren’t we lucky to have found a line of work that doesn’t require growing up? I love that.” Explore with a group whether they think this quote is true and how they see it applying to his work.

“The Dick Van Dyke Show”

This lasted five seasons (1961-1966) and won three Emmy awards. Ask memories of the show. Share video footage found on DVDs and short segments on YouTube.

Mary Poppins

Many first heard Dick Van Dyke sing in “Mary Poppins“. Many forget he played two characters in the movie. Who were they? (Bert and Mr. Dawes Senior).

List (and sing) the songs he sang in the movie.

  • “Jolly Holiday”
  • “Supercalifragilisticexpilidocious”
  • “I Love to Laugh”
  • “Fidelity Fiduciary Bank”
  • “Chim Chim Cher-ee”
  • “Step In Time”
  • “A Man Has Dreams”
  • “Let’s Go Fly a Kite”

Other movies

List other movies he was in discussing or viewing those that interest people. A list can be found on iMDb. Two of them include Bye, Bye Birdie (1963), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) and Tubby the Tuba (1975) which contain many more songs to sing.


We know Dick Van Dyke the actor so well, the singing side often is overlooked. In addition to the soundtrack for Bye, Bye Birdie, he recorded:

  • Songs I Like By Dick Van Dyke (with Enoch Light his Orchestra/ Ray Charles Singers) (1963)
  • Put on a Happy Face (with The Vantastix) (2008)
  • Rhythm Train (with Leslie Bixler and Chad Smith)  (2010)   – * This is a fun album for children!

Congratulations Dick Van Dick! You have shared so many memorable things with us that a sure to spark some conversations.

What is your favorite Dick Van Dyke moment? Please share it in the comments below.

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