Dick Van Dyke makes history with latest Emmy win

“I don’t believe this.”

Dick Van Dyke, who’s illustrious career spans over eight decades, has just become the oldest Daytime Emmy winner in history.

During the 2024 ceremony, Dick won Best Guest Performer in a Daytime Drama Series for his performance as amnesiac Timothy Robicheaux on Days of Our Lives.

“I don’t believe this. I feel like a spy from nighttime television,” he said in his acceptance speech.

“I’m 98 years old. Can you believe it? This really tops off a lifetime of 80 years in the business. If I had known I would have lived this long I would’ve taken better care of myself.”

Dick Van Dyke at the 2024 Daytime Emmy Awards

Best known for his affable on-screen presence, comedic genius, and versatility in both television and film, Dick first broke through in 1961 thanks to the beloved sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show.

The show, which was created by Carl Reiner, was an instant hit at the time and went on to become a landmark in television history.

Dick’s portrayal of Rob Petrie, a television comedy writer, showcased his exceptional talent for physical comedy and impeccable timing, and earned him three Emmy Awards.

In 1964, Dick’s film career soared thanks to his starring role in the Disney musical Mary Poppins, opposite Julie Andrews.

Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins

Playing the charming and lively chimney sweep Bert, Dick’s energetic dance routines and endearing character work left an indelible mark on audiences.

And despite some criticism for his Cockney accent, Dick’s Mary Poppins role remains one of his most beloved.

Another significant success for the actor came with the 1993 series Diagnosis: Murder, in which he starred as Dr. Mark Sloan, a medical doctor who solves crimes.

This role reintroduced Dick to a new generation of viewers and demonstrated his continued appeal and adaptability.

Dick Van Dyke in night at the museum

Other notable movies and tv shows Dick has starred in include Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Comic, The New Dick Van Dyke Show, Night at the Museum and Mary Poppins Returns.

Despite his age, Dick shows no signs of slowing down.

The Golden Globe, Tony, Grammy and Emmy winner is set to star in the upcoming film Capture the Flag, which will follow two War Veterans as they compete in a spirited game of ‘capture the flag’.

Stream Mary Poppins, Night at the Museum and Mary Poppins Returns now on Disney Plus from $13.99/mth.

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