Happy Birthday to Disney Legend Dick Van Dyke!
Disney Legend Dick Van Dyke is 93 years old today! He portrayed Bert and Mr. Dawes Sr. (for which he was credited as Navckid Keyd as an anagram of his name) in the 1964 musical film Mary Poppins. He was also in the 1966 movie Lt. Robin Crusoe USN and the 1968 movie Never a Dull Moment. Additionally, he played D.A. Fletcher in the 1990 film Dick Tracy. He also inducted Walt Disney into the American Television Hall of Fame. He was the guidance of Donald’s 50th Birthday. His role as Robinson Crusoe was later spoofed by Genie in the Aladdin TV series. He also appeared on “Mickey’s Pirate Adventure”, an episode of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse as the voice of Goofy’s grandfather, Captain Goof-Beard. He made a cameo appearance as himself in the 2014 film Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. He will play Mr. Dawes Jr. in Mary Poppins Returns.
In 1998, Van Dyke was inducted as a Disney Legend
Dick Van Dyke visits the Disney Vault:
Dick has remained in the Disney family over the decades, continuing to appear in various documentaries and television specials, all of which has earned him the company’s highest honor, the prestigious Disney Legends Award. Born on this day in 1925, Dick still fondly recalls the day he saw the first Mickey Mouse cartoon short, Steamboat Willie. He later remembered,
“I was captivated by that. I didn’t know how they did it, but I made up my mind right then and there I was going to be an animator, and I spent my childhood with Geppetto and Pinocchio and the dwarfs and all those people and I practiced every day. I drew and I drew and I got to the place where I could draw them pretty good! Little did I know I was going to grow up and be one of those characters! Talk about a dream come true!”
Today, Dick continues to make public and television appearances, performing with his barbershop quartet, The Vantastix, and singing some of his favorite songs, including one that describes him perfectly, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.”
On Dick Van Dyke’s 90th Birthday, he was treated to a very talented flash mob!
One of my favorites:
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