Thesp to receive life achievement award

Dick Van Dyke is set to be honored with SAG-AFTRA’s highest accolade, the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment, the body announced Tuesday.

“Dick is the consummate entertainer, an enormously talented performer whose work has crossed nearly every major category of entertainment,” said SAG-AFTRA co-prexy Ken Howard. “Stage, big screen, small screen, literally everywhere he has worked he has inspired millions of fans and has had a tremendously positive impact on the industry and the world.”

Over more than five decades, Van Dyke starred in many long-running television skeins, including “The Dick Van Dyke Show” from 1961 to 1966, “The New Dick Van Dyke Show” from 1971 to 1974, and “Diagnosis Murder” from 1993 to 2002, which followed the 1992 TV Movie “A Diagnosis Of Murder” and co-starred his son Barry Van Dyke.

On the big screen, Van Dyke was most recently seen in a cameo role in 2006’s “Night at the Museum.” His best-known movie roles are in perennial family classics “Mary Poppins” and “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.”

Van Dyke’s breakthrough came in 1960 when he was cast in “Bye Bye Birdie” on Broadway, earning him a Tony Award. This led directly to his involvement with “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” which brought him three of his five Emmy Awards.

He also won a Grammy Award, with Julie Andrews, for his work on “Mary Poppins.”

SAG-AFTRA co-prexy Roberta Reardon said: “His contributions to the success of the business and to his fellow performers is legendary as is his work with a number of the leading ladies of our times, including Julie Andrews and Mary Tyler Moore — both previous Life Achievement Award recipients. His infectious laugh has warmed audiences for decades and is an unforgettable facet of his fabulous personality.”

The kudo will be presented on Jan. 27 at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which premieres live on TNT and TBS.

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