Actor Dick Van Dyke, best known for his roles in the Disney classic Mary Poppins, the Broadway production Bye Bye Birdie, and the TV series The Dick Van Dyke Show and Diagnosis Murder, will be receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 19th Annual SAG Awards taking place next January.
SAG-AFTRA Co-President Ken Howard explains why he felt Van Dyke earned this award by saying, “Dick is the consummate entertainer — an enormously talented performer whose work has crossed nearly every major category of entertainment.”
86-year-old Van Dyke, whose range of performances over a five decade career has earned him five Emmys, a Tony, and a Grammy, actually presented Mary Tyler Moore (his onscreen wife from The Dick Van Dyke Show) the same award last year. While it hasn’t been confirmed, we wouldn’t be surprised to see her return the favor to her “husband” in January.
The SAG Awards hold special meaning for Van Dyke, who met his now second wife there six years ago when she worked as a makeup artist. Van Dyke married his now personal assistant, 40-year-old Arlene Silver, earlier this year on Leap Day, in a spontaneous wedding ceremony.
Van Dyke, a father of four from his first marriage, will accept his award on January 27, 2013, when the SAG Awards ceremony will air live on TNT and TBS at 8PM/7PMc.