Veteran showman Dick Van Dyke reflects on lifetime's work
By Jill Jacobs
(Reuters) - From "Mary Poppins" to "Night at the Museum" and his own long-running TV comedy, Dick Van Dyke has done it all during a show business career spanning seven decades.
On Sunday, Van Dyke, 87, gets a lifetime achievement award from the Screen Actors Guild in Los Angeles, just a year after his 1960s "Dick Van Dyke Show" co-star Mary Tyler Moore received the same honor.
Reuters spoke to Van Dyke about his career, his thoughts on today's comedies and being a newlywed in his 80s.
Q: Was it really as much fun working on "The Dick Van Dyke Show" as it seemed?
A: "It was just absolutely wonderful. (Co-star) Morey Amsterdam used to say it was like going to a party every morning. It was the perfect improv group. I think it was the best five years of all of our lives."
Q: Do you have a favorite episode?
A: "'Coast-to-Coast Big Mouth,' where Mary gives away that Alan Brady, Dick's boss (played by show creator Carl Reiner) is bald, is one that comes to mind. I tend to like the ones that I had the most fun on, and I think the one I recall immediately is 'Where Did I Come From?,' the story of Richie's birth, and all the hijinks that happen with the nervous father. A lot of crazy things happened, a lot of slapstick, which, of course, I love to do. It was a farce, but I just had so much fun on that one."
Q: How have sitcoms changed since "The Dick Van Dyke Show's" run from 1961-66? Continued...