Dick Van Dyke is a favorite person in Hollywood: he sings, dances, makes us laugh and was the main character for almost all of our childhood years. And now, after the heartbreaking news, the star said that he was just happy that he was alive …
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Dick Van Dyke is a true icon.
He was born on December 13, 1925 and has a career spanning over seven decades.
He became famous on Broadway.
But ended up getting my own show on CBS The Dick Van Dyke Show which lasted from 1961 to 1966.
You may also know him for his incredible movie roles.
Van Dyke was the star of such classics as Mary Poppins as well as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
His accolades speak for themselves.
He has received five Emmy Awards, a Tony Award, and a Grammy Award, and was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1995.
In 2013, he received the Screen Actors Guild’s highest honor, the SAG Life Achievement Award…
And even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard.
Since his first films, Van Dyke has continued to have a prolific career.
Most recently, he had roles in Night at the Museum in 2006 and Mary Poppins is back in 2018.
Van Dyke had 3 wives and 4 children.
He also has 7 grandchildren!
And, despite his advanced age, it seems that Van Dyke is not going to slow down.
In an interview with CBS this morningThe 96-year-old movie star spoke about the aging process…
And he believes to stay active absolutely key.
Promising the world that he is “still dancing”. Well, we didn’t expect anything less!
He also has an intense fitness regimen.
What he proudly showed on the show.
He began by demonstrating his squat prowess.
“I’m 95 and a lot of my friends won’t do that,” he said during an interview.
“So all you old guys, listen to me, I’m telling you: you can go on.”
“I’m still dancing! And sing!”
And he puts his money where his mouth is, doing an intricate routine in Mary Poppins is back.
Van Dyke claims he was given “three versions and I picked the hardest one. I had to prove that I could do it.”
He also talked about his hopes for the future.
“I’m looking forward to 100,” he said.
“George Burns did it, and I’ll do it too!”
However, Van Dyke has been less positive about aging in the past.
2015 NPR interviewthe star spoke about “giving up on what you love to do”.
“I can’t handle the tennis court anymore. I can still run and dance and sing.”
He also offered several more philosophical points of view.
“You know, I used to ask other people in their old age: of all the things that you liked to do when you were younger, what can you no longer do, what do you lack?”
“Some mention golf or tennis. One woman said, “I miss having lunch with the girls.”
“But people who say I wish I could make smarter business decisions, I think they’re missing the point.”
So what is the meaning of life?
The point is to enjoy, Van Dyke thinks.
“You have to choose what you like to do, what satisfies you, what interests you.”
“And I understand that this is not possible for many people. As Thoreau said, many people live in quiet desperation.”
“But almost anyone can find that one exciting hobby or pastime that they enjoy.”
The tragic news befell the fans of the star.
And our hearts are broken.
Although Van Dyke claims to be in good health, he took to Twitter to discuss the health issue.
“My head is pounding every time I lay down,” he said. wrote.
“I had all the tests that showed that I am perfectly healthy. Does anyone have any ideas?”
“A strange sound like a heartbeat” reportedly baffled medical professionals who tested the star but were unable to find the source of the problem.
And now, after sharing the heartbreaking news…
Van Dyke said he was just happy to be alive.
Van Dyke who was seen daily mail last Thursday he had a thick white beard and a wide grin on his face.
When the star was wished a happy Father’s Day weekend, he said: “Oh my God, is it really Sunday?” and smiled, waving his hand to people passing by.
Then, when the star was once again wished a happy Father’s Day weekend, he said the sweetest thing…
“Thank you, I’m just glad I’m still here,” he told the news.
Many people have taken to social media to share their love for the ninety-six-year-old…
“Dick Van Dyke is an American treasure,” said one person. wrote on Twitter.
Anyone else said that Van Dyke was also a “father” to them.
People definitely love the star a lot.
We’re glad Van Dyke is ok!
And we love you!