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Dick Van Dyke Celebrates 98th Birthday, Shares Secret to Living Well

Dick Van Dyke Celebrates 98th Birthday, Shares Secret to Living Well

It’s a special day for a special guy as Dick Van Dyke celebrates his 98th birthday and drops some wisdom about living well.

Van Dyke, a veteran of stage, movies, and television, recently posted an Instagram video of him doing a little dance step. What in the world is this amazing man’s philosophy? It comes down to three little words. “Just keep moving,” according to the Instagram post. There’s a little bit more for us to comprehend.

“Dick’s secrets to living well: Positivity, don’t go down the stairs sideways, and just keep moving!” the post also reads.

Dick Van Dyke has been making people laugh for decades. Of course, millions became fans through his portrayal of Bert the chimney sweeper in Mary Poppins. Many more have been entertained through The Dick Van Dyke Show as he’s comedy writer Rob Petrie. Then again, another generation grew up with Van Dyke in a more serious role through Diagnosis Murder.

Wherever you’ve seen him perform, he’s always provided a top-notch effort.

Dick Van Dyke Pays Sweet Compliment to Wife

Dick Van Dyke has been married to Arlene Silver since February 2012. He’s 98; she’s 52. Still, there is a love there that remains deep. Van Dyke recently paid her yet another compliment about her beauty.

“You look like a movie star,” Van Dyke said to her in a clip photographer Laura Johansen shared on her Instagram story. Silver was getting ready to take part in Van Dyke’s upcoming CBS special.

CBS will be airing Dick Van Dyke 98 Years of Magic on Dec. 21. It will be a two-hour special celebrating Van Dyke’s decades-long career on the stage and screen.

“I started with CBS under contract in 1955 with the CBS morning show, then ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show’ and ‘Diagnosis Murder,’” Van Dyke said in a statement. “I’ve been with the CBS family for almost 70 years, and I couldn’t be prouder. I’m incredibly honored that CBS will be throwing a 98th birthday special for me. Can’t wait to be part of the show.”

The ‘Mary Poppins’ Star Has Received Top Honors For His Work

Dick Van Dyke and Silver will have some part to play in the special. Also, expect some different highlights and guests spotlighting different elements of Van Dyke’s successful career.

And what a career it has been. Van Dyke won a Tony Award for the stage version of Bye Bye Birdie and an Emmy for his TV show. Toss in a Grammy Award for the soundtrack to Mary Poppins and that’s a solid group right there. In addition, he was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1995.

Speaking of his TV show, PlutoTV has a sole channel totally devoted to The Dick Van Dyke Show. All five seasons run on there continuously with all of your favorite episodes popping up. Diagnosis Murder also can be found on one of PlutoTV’s drama channels.

Well, here’s 98 candles to you, Mr. Van Dyke.