Hollywood legend, Dick Van Dyke recently turned 97 on December 13. Just days before his milestone birthday, the famous actor was spotted running errands in Malibu.
The Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang actor joked in a comment to DailyMail.com, and said, “Well, if I’d known I was going to live this long I’d have taken better care of myself!”
When asked what his secret was, he laughed and said, “Well, I don’t know, all my friends are dead so I’m not going to complain!”
In a video clip captured by the Daily Mail, Mr. Van Dyke said he has no special plans for his big day and will be “just hiding out!”
Van Dyke went on to become one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood during his long career spanning over 70 years. He made recurring appearances on Diagnosis Murder (1993-2001), The Dick Van Dyke show (1961-1966), Night Court (1984-1992), Diagnosis Murder (1993-2001), and many more.
In addition to acting, Van Dyke wrote several books including My Lucky Life In And Out Of Show Business: A Memoir which was published in 2011. He still makes occasional appearances at events such as Comic-Con International where he was honored for his work for over 50 years ago for creating some of America’s most beloved characters—including Bert from Mary Poppins!
Throughout his life, Dick Van Dyke has had numerous dynamic partnerships both professionally and personally. He married Margie Willett in 1948 and in 1984, the couple divorced. They had four children together: Barry Van Dyke, Christianne Van Dyke, Stacy Van Dyke, and Carrie Beth van dyke who are all actors themselves. In 2012 he married Arlene Silver who has been by his side ever since.
Mr. Van Dyke also remains active in his community and was recently seen handing out cash to job seekers and chatting with the homeless in Malibu.
Van Dyke was spotted at the nonprofit organization, Malibu Community Labor Exchange which helps match employers and those looking for work.
The Chitty Chitty Bang Bang star was handing out $5 bills and chatting with several workers while spreading joy to homeless people nearby.
Here’s wishing many more healthy birthdays to come for Mr. Dick Van Dyke!