Met his future wife, his longtime classmate/sweetheart, Margie Torrell Willett, while attending high school, but did not marry her until long after Van Dyke's Army service. His hobbies include golfing, sailing, spending time with his family, dancing, traveling, comedy, playing piano, using the computer, Bible, praying and singing.
He had that same genuine likability factor, owned that same trademark lantern jaw and was just as appealing and gifted as his older brother, Dick Van Dyke, but, for decades, Jerry Van Dyke bore the brunt of his brother's overwhelming shadow. Six years younger than brother Dick, the comic actor was born on July 27, 1931, in Danville, Illinois.
Van Dyke Parks (born January 3, 1943) is an American musician, songwriter, arranger, and record producer who has composed various film and television soundtracks. He is best known for his 1967 album Song Cycle and for his collaborations with Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys (particularly their unfinished album Smile).
May 28, 2021 · So did a sitcom, "The Van Dyke Show," he did in 1988 with his son, Barry. Then, in 1991, he played Dr. Mark Sloan in a guest spot on the CBS series "Jake and the Fatman."
Note: Dick Van Dyke's children Barry and Stacy, along with Garry Marshall and other writers from the show and their families, appear as background characters in this episode. This episode was the last episode of the series to be filmed.
May 13, 2021 · Van Dyke’s show business career began in 1944, when he dropped out of high school in his senior year and joined the Army Air Forces, working as an entertainer.
Jun 01, 2021 · Van Dyke goes on to say that he views himself as an "active" actor, looking back on his role in 2018's Mary Poppins Returns when he did an intricate dance sequence. He says he was given "three versions and I took the hardest one. I had to prove I could do it." "I'm looking forward to 100," he says later in the interview.
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