Dick Van Dyke is 97 years old!
While running errands in Malibu, the Hollywood star just days before his milestone birthday paused to talk. The Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang star made a typically modest remark, saying that if he’d known he’d live this long, he’d have taken better care of himself!
When questioned what his secret to living a long and healthy life is, he smiled and replied that he doesn’t know, all his pals are dead, so he is not going to whine.
Dick, who was dressed casually in gray sweatpants and a tan shirt, claimed he had no particular preparations for his big day and will “just hide out!”
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Considering his advanced age, the actor, whose on-screen career spans seven decades, is frequently spotted out and about in his Malibu neighborhood, generally making excursions to the drugstore or grocery on his own.
Dick, like many nonagenarians, is still intellectually bright enough to drive and can often be seen behind the wheel of his silver Lexus.
In October, the popular actor was spotted in Malibu distributing cash to job searchers and conversing with the homeless.
He visited his favorite charity organization, Malibu Community Labor Exchange, which connects companies and job seekers.
The Chitty Chitty Bang Bang actor handed out $5 notes, chatted with various workers, and brought delight to homeless individuals around.
Dick has been married to Arlene Silver, a former make-up artist, since 2012. He is 46 years younger to her.
He has seven grandchildren and four kids with his ex-wife Margerie Willet, whom he married on the radio show Bride and Groom in 1948 and divorced 36 years later.
Michelle Triola Marvin, his lifelong girlfriend, died in 2009 after they had lived together for 30 years.
Since 2012, he has been married to Silver, 51.
Dick has had a full life. He served in the US Army during WWII and is only one Oscar away from being an EGOT.
He is most remembered for his parts in The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-66), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), and, most recently, Mary Poppins Returns (2018).