Dick Van Dyke: SAG's lifetime achievement honoree
LOS ANGELES -- He's acted, danced and sang his way through movies, television and the stage, making Dick Van Dyke an entertainment triple-threat long before Hollywood used such hyphenates.
The 87-year-old actor, best known for the 1960s hit comedy "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and Disney's big-screen musical "Mary Poppins," can now add lifetime achievement honoree. He added that honor to his resume at Sunday night's 19th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.
"They tell me you never work again once you get this award," Van Dyke said on the red carpet. "I'll have to let them know I'm available."
Van Dyke's career break came in 1960, when he landed the male lead opposite Chita Rivera in the Broadway musical "Bye Bye Birdie."
About a year later, Van Dyke was starring in his own sitcom, in the role of TV comedy writer Rob Petrie on "The Dick Van Dyke Show." Three prime-time Emmys and more than 50 years later, the series remains revered by many critics as one of the earliest models of great workplace comedy.