Born December 13, 1925 in Missouri, today is Dick Van Dyke‘s 79th. Happy Birthday!
Of course, he’s best known as Rob Petrie, titular star of one of the half dozen consistently best written sitcoms in the history of television. Credit must also be given for his role as Bert the chimney sweep in Mary Poppins. Then of course, there was Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Diagnosis Murder, among other entries in a long career.
One minor bio-fact on him of some interest: As a good church going Christian, he was an elder in his church and taught Sunday school for the children right through the height of his popularity, while the Dick Van Dyke show was in production.
That probably wasn’t that big a deal 40-odd years ago, but could you imagine Raymond or Seinfeld teaching Sunday school? Bernie Mac, maybe.Powered by Sidelines