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Dick Van Dyke

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Born Richard Wayne Van Dyke

December 13, 1925 (age 91)
West Plains, Missouri, U.S.
Residence Malibu, California, U.S.
Occupation
Actor comedian producer writer singer dancer
Years active 1947–present
Home town Danville, Illinois, U.S.
Spouses
Margie Willett
(m. 1948; div. 1984)
Arlene Silver
(m. 2012)
Partner Michelle Triola (1976–2009)
Children 4, including Barry Van Dyke
Relatives
Jerry Van Dyke (brother)
Shane Van Dyke (grandson)
Military career
Service/branch U.S. Army Air Forces
Years of service 1944–1945
Battles/wars World War II
Richard Wayne “Dick” Van Dyke (born December 13, 1925) is an American actor, comedian, singer, dancer, writer, and producer. The older brother of Jerry Van Dyke and father of Barry Van Dyke, his entertainment career has spanned almost seven decades. After gaining recognition on radio and Broadway, Van Dyke became known for his role as Rob Petrie on the CBS television sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show, which ran from 1961 to 1966. He also gained significant popularity for roles in the musical films Bye Bye Birdie (1963), Mary Poppins (1964), and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968). His other prominent film appearances include roles in The Comic (1969), Dick Tracy (1990), Curious George (2006), Night at the Museum (2006), and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014).

Recipient of five Primetime Emmys, a Tony and a Grammy Award, Van Dyke was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1995. He received the Screen Actors Guild’s highest honor, the SAG Life Achievement Award, in 2013. Van Dyke has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard and has also been recognized as a Disney Legend.

Early life

Van Dyke was born on December 13, 1925, in West Plains, Missouri, to Hazel Victoria (née McCord; 1896–1992), a stenographer, and Loren Wayne Van Dyke (1900–1976), a salesman. He grew up in Danville, Illinois. He is the older brother of actor Jerry Van Dyke, who is best known for a role on the TV series Coach. Van Dyke has Dutch, Scottish, Irish and English ancestry, with a family line that traces back to Mayflower passenger John Alden.

Among his high school classmates in Danville were Donald O’Connor and Bobby Short, both of whom would go on to successful careers as entertainers. One of Van Dyke’s closest friends was a cousin of Gene Hackman, the future Oscar-winning actor, who also lived in Danville in those years. Van Dyke’s mother’s family was very religious, and for a brief period in his youth he considered a career in ministry, although a drama class in high school convinced him that his true calling was as a professional entertainer. In his autobiography he wrote, “I suppose that I never completely gave up my childhood idea of being a minister. Only the medium and the message changed. I have still endeavored to touch people’s souls, to raise their spirits and put smiles on their faces.”  Even after the launch of his career as an entertainer, he taught Sunday school in the Presbyterian Church, where he was an elder, and he continued to read such theologians as Buber, Tillich, and Bonhoeffer, who helped explain in practical terms the relevance of religion in everyday life.

Van Dyke left high school in 1944, his senior year, intending to join the United States Army Air Forces for pilot training during World War II. Denied enlistment several times for being underweight, he was eventually accepted for service as a radio announcer before transferring to the Special Services and entertaining troops in the continental United States. He received his high school diploma in 2004.

Radio and stage

During the late 1940s, Van Dyke was a radio DJ in Danville, Illinois. In 1947, Van Dyke was persuaded by pantomime performer Phil Erickson to form a comedy duo with him called “Eric and Van—the Merry Mutes.” The team toured the West Coast nightclub circuit, performing a mime act and lip synching to old 78 records. They brought their act to Atlanta, Georgia, in the early 1950s and performed a local television show featuring original skits and music called “The Merry Mutes”.

In November 1959, Van Dyke made his Broadway debut in The Girls Against the Boys. He then played the lead role of Albert Peterson in Bye Bye Birdie, which ran from April 14, 1960 to October 7, 1961. In a May 2011 interview with Rachael Ray, Van Dyke said that when he auditioned for a smaller part in the show he had no experience as a dancer, and that after he sang his audition song he did an impromptu soft-shoe out of sheer nervousness. Gower Champion, the show’s director and choreographer, was watching, and promptly went up on stage to inform Van Dyke he had the lead. An astonished Van Dyke protested that he could not dance, to which Champion replied “We’ll teach you”. That musical won four Tony awards including Van Dyke’s Best Featured Actor Tony, in 1961. In 1980, Van Dyke appeared as the title role in the first Broadway revival of The Music Man.

Television
Van Dyke’s start in television was with WDSU-TV New Orleans Channel 6 (NBC), first as a single comedian and later as emcee of a comedy program. Van Dyke’s first network TV appearance was with Dennis James on James’ Chance of a Lifetime in 1954. He later appeared in two episodes of The Phil Silvers Show during its 1957–58 season. He also appeared early in his career on ABC’s The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom and NBC’s The Polly Bergen Show. During this time a friend from the Army was working as an executive for CBS television and recommended Van Dyke to that network. Out of this came a seven-year contract with the network. During an interview on NPR’s Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! program, Van Dyke said he was the anchorman for the CBS morning show during this period with Walter Cronkite as his newsman.

From 1961 to 1966, Van Dyke starred in the CBS sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show, in which he portrayed a comedy writer named Rob Petrie. Originally the show was supposed to have Carl Reiner as the lead but CBS insisted on recasting and Reiner chose Van Dyke to replace him in the role. Complementing Van Dyke was a veteran cast of comic actors including Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam, Jerry Paris, Ann Morgan Guilbert, Richard Deacon, and Carl Reiner (as Alan Brady), as well as 23-year-old Mary Tyler Moore, who played Rob’s wife Laura Petrie. Van Dyke won three Emmy Awards as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, and the series received four Emmy Awards as Outstanding Comedy Series.

From 1971 to 1974, Van Dyke starred in an unrelated sitcom called The New Dick Van Dyke Show in which he portrayed a local television talk show host. Although the series was developed by Carl Reiner and starred Hope Lange as his wife, and he received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance, the show was less successful than its predecessor, and Van Dyke pulled the plug on the show after just three seasons. In 1973, Van Dyke voiced his animated likeness for the October 27, 1973 installment of Hanna-Barbera’s The New Scooby-Doo Movies, “Scooby-Doo Meets Dick Van Dyke,” the series’ final first-run episode. The following year, he received an Emmy Award nomination for his role as an alcoholic businessman in the television movie The Morning After (1974). Van Dyke revealed after its release that he had recently overcome a real-life drinking problem. He admits he was an alcoholic for 25 years. That same year he guest-starred as a murdering photographer on an episode of Columbo, Negative Reaction. Van Dyke returned to comedy in 1976 with the sketch comedy show Van Dyke and Company, which co-starred Andy Kaufman and Super Dave Osborne. Despite being canceled after three months, the show won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy-Variety Series. After a few guest appearances on the long-running comedy-variety series The Carol Burnett Show, Van Dyke became a regular on the show, in the fall of 1977. However, he only appeared in half of the episodes of the final season. For the next decade he appeared mostly in TV movies. One atypical role was as a murdering judge on the second episode of the TV series Matlock in 1986 starring Andy Griffith. In 1987, he guest-starred in an episode of Airwolf, with his son Barry Van Dyke, who was the lead star of the show’s fourth and final season on USA Network. In 1989, he guest-starred on the NBC comedy series The Golden Girls portraying a lover of Beatrice Arthur’s character. This role earned him his first Emmy Award nomination since 1977.

His film work affected his TV career: the reviews he received for his role as D.A. Fletcher in Dick Tracy led him to star as the character Dr. Mark Sloan first in an episode of Jake and the Fatman, then in a series of TV movies on CBS that became the foundation for his popular television drama Diagnosis: Murder. The series ran from 1993 to 2001 with son Barry Van Dyke co-starring in the role of Dr. Sloan’s son Lieutenant Detective Steve Sloan. Also starring on the same show was daytime soap actress Victoria Rowell as Dr. Sloan’s pathologist/medical partner, Dr. Amanda Bentley, and Charlie Schlatter in the role of Dr. Sloan’s student, Dr. Jesse Travis. Van Dyke continued to find television work after the show ended, including a dramatically and critically successful performance of The Gin Game, produced for television in 2003 that reunited him with Mary Tyler Moore. In 2003, he portrayed a doctor on Scrubs. A 2004 special of The Dick Van Dyke Show titled The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited was heavily promoted as the first new episode of the classic series to be shown in 38 years. Van Dyke and his surviving cast members recreated their roles; the program was roundly panned by critics. In 2006 he guest-starred as college professor Dr. Jonathan Maxwell for a series of Murder 101 mystery films on the Hallmark Channel.

Film
Van Dyke began his film career by playing the role of Albert J. Peterson in the film version of Bye Bye Birdie (1963). Despite his unhappiness with the adaptation—its focus differed from the stage version in that the story now centered on a previously supporting character—the film was a success. That same year, Van Dyke was cast in two roles: as the chimney sweep Bert, and as bank chairman Mr. Dawes Senior, in Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins (1964). For his scenes as the chairman, he was heavily costumed to look much older and was credited in that role as “Nackvid Keyd” (at the end of the credits, the letters unscramble into “Dick Van Dyke”). Van Dyke’s attempt at a cockney accent has been lambasted as one of the worst accents in film history, cited by actors since as an example of how not to sound. In a 2003 poll by Empire magazine of the worst-ever accents in film, he came in second (Sean Connery in The Untouchables came in first despite Connery winning an Academy Award for that performance). According to Van Dyke, his accent coach was Irish, who “didn’t do an accent any better than I did”, and that no one alerted him how bad it was during the production. Still, Mary Poppins was successful on release and its appeal has endured. “Chim Chim Cher-ee”, one of the songs that Van Dyke performed in Mary Poppins, won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for the Sherman Brothers, the film’s songwriting duo.
Dick Van Dyke in the 1964 film Mary Poppins
Many of the comedy films Van Dyke starred in throughout the 1960s were relatively unsuccessful at the box office, including What a Way to Go! with Shirley MacLaine, Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N., Fitzwilly, The Art of Love with James Garner and Elke Sommer, Some Kind of a Nut, Never a Dull Moment with Edward G. Robinson, and Divorce American Style with Debbie Reynolds and Jean Simmons. But he also starred as Caractacus Pott (with his native accent, at his own insistence, despite the English setting) in the successful musical version of Ian Fleming’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), which co-starred Sally Ann Howes and featured the same songwriters (The Sherman Brothers) and choreographers (Marc Breaux and Dee Dee Wood) as Mary Poppins.

In 1969, Van Dyke appeared in the comedy-drama The Comic, written and directed by Carl Reiner. Van Dyke portrayed a self-destructive silent film era comedian who struggles with alcoholism, depression, and his own rampant ego. Reiner wrote the film especially for Van Dyke, who often spoke of his admiration for silent film era comedians such as Charlie Chaplin and his hero Stan Laurel. On Larry King Live, Van Dyke mentioned he turned down the lead role in The Omen which was played by Gregory Peck. He also mentioned his dream role would have been the scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz. Twenty-one years later in 1990, Van Dyke, whose usual role had been the amiable hero, took a small but villainous turn as the crooked DA Fletcher in Warren Beatty’s film Dick Tracy. Van Dyke returned to motion pictures in 2006 with Curious George as Mr. Bloomsberry and as villain Cecil Fredericks in the Ben Stiller film Night at the Museum. He reprised the role in a cameo for the sequel, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009), but it was cut from the film. It can be found in the special features on the DVD release. He also played the character again in the third film, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014).

Other projects

Van Dyke in Mary Poppins, 1964
Van Dyke received a Grammy Award in 1964, along with Julie Andrews, for his performance on the soundtrack to Mary Poppins. In 1970, he published Faith, Hope and Hilarity: A Child’s Eye View of Religion a book of humorous anecdotes based largely on his experiences as a Sunday School teacher. Van Dyke was principal in “KXIV Inc.” and owned 1400 AM KXIV in Phoenix (later KSUN) from 1965 to 1985.

As an a cappella enthusiast, he has sung in a group called “Dick Van Dyke and The Vantastix” since September 2000. The quartet has performed several times in Los Angeles as well as on Larry King Live, The First Annual TV Land Awards, and sang the national anthem at three Los Angeles Lakers games including a nationally televised NBA Finals performance on NBC. Van Dyke was made an honorary member of the Barbershop Harmony Society in 1999.

Van Dyke became a computer animation enthusiast after purchasing a Commodore Amiga in 1991. He is credited with the creation of 3D-rendered effects used on Diagnosis: Murder and The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited. Van Dyke has displayed his computer-generated imagery work at SIGGRAPH, and continues to work with LightWave 3D.

In 2010, Van Dyke appeared on a children’s album titled Rhythm Train, with Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and singer Leslie Bixler. Van Dyke raps on one of the album’s tracks.

Personal life
Van Dyke’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
On February 12, 1948, while appearing at the Chapman Park Hotel on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, he and the former Margerie Willett were married on the radio show Bride and Groom. They had four children: Christian, Barry, Stacy, and Carrie Beth. They divorced in 1984 after a long separation.

Van Dyke lived with longtime companion Michelle Triola for more than 30 years, until her death in 2009.

He incorporated his children and grandchildren into his TV endeavors. Son Barry Van Dyke, grandsons Shane Van Dyke and Carey Van Dyke along with other Van Dyke grandchildren and relatives appeared in various episodes of the long-running series Diagnosis: Murder. Although Stacy Van Dyke was not well known in show business, she made an appearance in the Diagnosis: Murder Christmas episode “Murder in the Family” (season 4) as Carol Sloan Hilton, the estranged daughter of Dr. Mark Sloan.

All of Van Dyke’s children are married; he has seven grandchildren. His son Chris was district attorney for Marion County, Oregon, in the 1980s. In 1987, Van Dyke’s granddaughter Jessica Van Dyke died from Reye’s syndrome, which led him to do a series of commercials to raise public awareness of the danger of aspirin to children.

On February 29, 2012, at the age of 86, Van Dyke married 40-year-old make-up artist Arlene Silver. They had met six years earlier at the SAG awards.

Van Dyke was a heavy smoker for most of his adult life. In a January 2013 interview with the London Daily Telegraph, he said he had been using Nicorette gum for the past decade.

In April 2013, Van Dyke revealed that for seven years he had been experiencing symptoms of a neurological disorder, in which he felt a pounding in his head whenever he lay down; but despite his undergoing tests, no diagnosis had been made. He had to cancel scheduled appearances due to fatigue from lack of sleep because of the medical condition. In May 2013, he tweeted that it seemed his titanium dental implants may be responsible.

On August 19, 2013, it was reported that the 87-year-old Van Dyke was rescued from his Jaguar by a passerby after the car had caught fire on the US 101 freeway in Calabasas, Los Angeles County. He was not injured in the fire, although the car burned down to its frame.

Van Dyke publicly endorsed Bernie Sanders as his choice for the Democratic candidate in the 2016 US presidential election. Van Dyke, a New Deal Democrat, had not actively campaigned for a candidate since Eugene McCarthy in 1968. In July 2016 Van Dyke said of Donald Trump, “He has been a magnet to all the racists and xenophobes in the country, I haven’t been this scared since the Cuban Missile Crisis. I think the human race is hanging in a delicate balance right now, and I’m just so afraid he will put us in a war. He scares me.”

Filmography

Films

1963 Bye Bye Birdie Albert F. Peterson
1964 What a Way to Go! Edgar Hopper
Mary Poppins Bert/Mr. Dawes, Sr.
1965 The Art of Love Paul Sloane/Toulouse aka Picasso
1966 Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N. Lt. Robin Crusoe
1967 Divorce American Style Richard Harmon
Fitzwilly Claude R. Fitzwilliam
1968 Never a Dull Moment Jack Albany
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Caractacus Potts
1969 Some Kind of a Nut Fred Amidon
The Comic Billy Bright
1971 Cold Turkey Rev. Clayton Brooks
1975 Tubby the Tuba Tubby the Tuba Voice role
1979 The Runner Stumbles Father Brian Rivard
1990 Dick Tracy D.A. Fletcher
2001 Walt – The Man Behind the Myth Narrator/himself Voice role
2005 Batman: New Times Commissioner Gordon Voice role
2006 Curious George Mr. Bloomsberry Voice role
Night at the Museum Cecil Fredricks
2009 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Cecil Fredricks Scene deleted*
2014 Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Himself
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Cecil Fredricks
2015 Merry Xmas Father Short film [57]
2018 Mary Poppins Returns Cameo [58]
*Although he is not seen in the regular release of Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Van Dyke’s work can be seen in the “Deleted Scenes” section of the film’s DVD, along with Bill Cobbs and Mickey Rooney.

 

Television
1955–1956 The Morning Show Host CBS
1956 CBS Cartoon Theater Host
1956–1957 To Tell the Truth Panelist 5 episodes
1957–1958 The Phil Silvers Show Pvt. Lumpkin / Pvt. “Swifty” Bilko 2 episodes
1958 The Chevy Showroom Starring Andy Williams Himself
1958–1959 Mother’s Day Host
1959 Laugh Line Host Canceled after 3 months
1961–1966 The Dick Van Dyke Show Rob Petrie + others 158 Episodes
1969 Dick Van Dyke and the Other Woman Himself Special (with Mary Tyler Moore)
1970 Dick Van Dyke Meets Bill Cosby Himself Special
1971–1974 The New Dick Van Dyke Show Dick Preston 72 episodes
1973 The New Scooby-Doo Movies Himself Voice role
1974 Julie and Dick at Covent Garden Himself With Julie Andrews
Columbo Paul Galesko Episode: “Negative Reaction”
The Morning After Charlie Lester
1976 Van Dyke and Company Himself Variety series
Lola! Cast member Series
1977 The Carol Burnett Show Cast member 11 episodes
1979 Supertrain Waldo Chase Episode: “And a Cup of Kindness Too”
1981 True Life Stories Charlie Documentary
Harry’s Battles Harry Fitzsimmons Unsold half-hour pilot
How to Eat Like a Child Himself Special
1982 The Country Girl Frank Elgin Movie
Drop-Out Father Ed McCall Movie
1983 CBS Library Father (voice) Episode: “Wrong Way Kid”
Found Money Max Sheppard Movie
1984 Duck’s 50th Birthday Himself/Host Special
1985 American Playhouse Les Dischinger Episode: “Breakfast with Les and Bess”
1986 Strong Medicine Sam Hawthorne Movie
Matlock Judge Carter Addison Episode: “The Judge”
1987 Ghost of a Chance Bill Nolan Movie
Highway to Heaven Wally Dunn Episode: “Wally”
Airwolf Malduke Episode: “Malduke”
1988 The Van Dyke Show Dick Burgess 10 episodes
1989 The Golden Girls Ken Episode: “Love Under the Big Top”
1990 Matlock Judge Carter Addison Episode: “The Kidnapper” (stock footage from episode “The Judge”)
1991 Daughters of Privilege Buddy Keys Movie
Jake and the Fatman Dr. Mark Sloan Episode: “It Never Entered My Mind” (Backdoor pilot for Diagnosis Murder)
1992 Diagnosis of Murder Dr. Mark Sloan Diagnosis Murder TV movie
The House on Sycamore Street Dr. Mark Sloan Diagnosis Murder TV movie
1993 The Town That Santa Forgot Narrator/Old Jeremy Creek Voice role
A Twist of the Knife Dr. Mark Sloan Diagnosis Murder TV movie
1993–2001 Diagnosis: Murder Dr. Mark Sloan Lead role (178 episodes); also executive producer (137 episodes)
1993 Coach Luthor Van Dam’s Cousin (uncredited) Episode: “Christmas of the Van Damned”[citation needed]
1999 Becker Fred Becker Episode: “Becker the Elder” (episode 13)
2000 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Duke Episode: “Welcome Back, Duke”
2002 A Town Without Pity Dr. Mark Sloan Diagnosis Murder movie
Without Warning Dr. Mark Sloan Diagnosis Murder movie
2003 The Gin Game Weller Martin Movie
The Alan Brady Show Webb Voice role
Scrubs Dr. Townshend Episode: “My Brother, My Keeper”
2004 The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited Rob Petrie Movie
2006 Murder 101 Dr. Jonathan Maxwell Movie
2007 Murder 101: If Wishes Were Horses Dr. Jonathan Maxwell Movie
Murder 101: College Can Be Murder Dr. Jonathan Maxwell Movie
2008 Murder 101: The Locked Room Mystery Dr. Jonathan Maxwell Movie
2011 Hollywood Treasure Himself Episode: “Chitty Chitty Bid Bid”
2012 The Doctors Himself
Fun with Dick and Jerry Van Dyke Himself Movie
2013 Brody Stevens: Enjoy It! Himself Episode: “Born in the Valley; Hollywood Finale”
2014 Signed, Sealed, Delivered Kenneth Brandt 2 episodes [59]
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Captain Goof-Beard Episode: “Mickey’s Pirate Adventure” [60]
2015 The Middle Dutch Spence Episode: “Two of a Kind”
Other works Edit

Stage Edit
The Girls Against the Boys (November 2 – November 14, 1959)
Bye Bye Birdie (April 14, 1960 – October 7, 1961) (left the show when it moved to the Shubert Theatre)
The Music Man (June 5 – June 22, 1980) (Revival)
Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life (guest star from January 24 – January 26, 2006)
Albums Edit
Bye Bye Birdie (original cast album) (1960)
Bye Bye Birdie (soundtrack) (1963)
Mary Poppins (soundtrack) (1964)
Songs I Like By Dick Van Dyke (with Enoch Light & his Orchestra/Ray Charles Singers) (1963)
Put on a Happy Face (with Dick Van Dyke and The Vantastix) (2008)
Rhythm Train (with Leslie Bixler and Chad Smith) (2010)
Books Edit
Van Dyke, Dick (1967). Altar Egos. F. H. Revell Co. LCCN 67028866.
Van Dyke, Dick (1970). Ray Parker, ed. Faith, hope and hilarity. Phil Interlandi (drawings). Garden City, New York: Doubleday. LCCN 70126387.
Van Dyke, Dick (1975). Those Funny Kids!. Warner Books.
Van Dyke, Dick (2011). My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business. Crown Archetype. ISBN 978-0-307-59223-1. LCCN 2010043698. (Van Dyke’s memoir)
Van Dyke, Dick (2015). Keep Moving: And Other Tips and Truths About Aging. Weinstein Books.
Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Work Result
1961 Tony Awards Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical Bye Bye Birdie Won
1964 Grammy Awards Grammy Award for Best Album for Children Mary Poppins Won
1964 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Mary Poppins Nominated
1964 Emmy Awards Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series The Dick Van Dyke Show Won
1965 Emmy Awards Outstanding Individual Achievements in Entertainment The Dick Van Dyke Show Won
1966 Emmy Awards Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series The Dick Van Dyke Show Won
1971 Golden Globe Awards Golden Globe Award for Best TV Actor – Musical/Comedy The New Dick Van Dyke Show Nominated
1974 Emmy Awards Best Lead Actor in a Drama The Morning After Nominated
1977 Emmy Awards Outstanding Comedy-Variety or Music Series Van Dyke and Company Won
1976 People’s Choice Awards Favorite Male Performer in a New TV Program Van Dyke and Company Won
1984 Emmy Awards Outstanding Performer in Children’s Programming CBS Library: The Wrong Way Kid” Won
1990 Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series The Golden Girls: Love Under the Big Top Nominated
1994 American Comedy Awards Lifetime Achievement Award in Comedy Won
2003 Television Critics Association Career Achievement Won
2013 Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Won
2015 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey’s Pirate Adventure Nominated

Anna Maria Alberghetti

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Born 15 May 1936 (age 80)
Pesaro, Italy
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1942–present
Spouses Claudio Guzmán (m. 1964–74) (1964-1974) (divorced) (3 children)
Children Alexander (b. 1965)
Pilar (b. 1966)
Danielle (b. 1970)
Relatives Carla Alberghetti
Anna Maria Alberghetti (born 15 May 1936) is an Italian operatic singer and actress.

Born in Pesaro, Marche, in central Italy, she starred on Broadway and won a Tony Award in 1962 as Best Actress (Musical) for Carnival! (she tied with Diahann Carroll for the musical No Strings).

Alberghetti was a child prodigy. Her father was an opera singer and concert master of the Rome Opera Company. Her mother was a pianist. At age six, Anna Maria sang in a concert on the Isle of Rhodes with a 100-piece orchestra. She performed at Carnegie Hall in New York at the age of 13.

Alberghetti appeared twice on the cover of Life magazine. Her brother was named Gorge.[citation needed] She appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show more than 50 times. She guest-starred in 1957 on NBC’s The Gisele MacKenzie Show. That same year, she performed in the premiere episode of The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom on ABC.

She co-starred with Dean Martin in 1957’s Ten Thousand Bedrooms and with Jerry Lewis in Cinderfella, not long after the Martin and Lewis comedy team parted ways.

In 1959, the 22-year-old Alberghetti played the lead in “The Conchita Vasquez Story” of NBC’s Wagon Train. She was cast as part of a gang of Comancheros who intend to attack the wagon train to steal rifles headed to the United States Army. Instead, she decides to leave the Comancheros and move west after she falls in love with scout Flint McCullough, played by Robert Horton. Tragically, as the episode ends, Conchita is killed by a bullet from her own people when they ambush the wagon train.

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On March 1st, 1961, she appeared as a guest contestant on the television series I’ve Got A Secret

Alberghetti has toured in many theatrical productions and continues with her popular one-woman cabaret act. She had roles in a pair of 2001 films, The Whole Shebang and Friends & Family.

Her sister, Carla, also became a musical artist who appeared in many stage productions. She eventually became Anna Maria’s replacement in her Tony Award-winning role on Broadway.

Alberghetti appeared in television commercials for Good Seasons salad dressing during the 1970s.

She was married to television producer-director Claudio Guzmán from 1964 to 1974.

She was referenced in Ira Levin’s book Rosemary’s Baby and T. C. Boyle’s short story “Sorry Fugu”.

She was referenced also in an episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, in which her name was the beginning of a knock-knock joke that Ted Baxter had yet to finish. The joke wound up ending this way: “Anna Maria Alberghetti WHO?” “Anna Maria Alberghetti in a taxi honey …” (to the tune of “Darktown Strutters’ Ball”).

Alberghetti currently serves on the Artistic Advisory Board of Gulfshore Playhouse, Southwest Florida’s premier professional theatre.

Films

The Medium (1951)
Here Comes the Groom (1951)
The Stars Are Singing (1953)
The Last Command (1955)
Duel at Apache Wells (1957)
Ten Thousand Bedrooms (1957)
Cinderfella (1960)
Friends & Family (2001)
The Whole Shebang (2001)

Plays
Alberghetti in Carnival!
Rose-Marie (1960)
Carnival! (1961)
Fanny (1963)
West Side Story (1964)
Fanny (1968)
The Fantasticks (1968)
The Most Happy Fella (1969)
Cabaret (1970)
Kismet (1971)
The Student Prince (1976)
The Sound of Music (1978)
Side by Side by Sondheim (1980)
Camelot (1981)
The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies (2000)
Senior Class (2007)

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Bruce Lee

Chinese name 李小龍 (traditional)
Chinese name 李小龙 (simplified)
Pinyin Lǐ Xiǎolóng (Mandarin)
Jyutping Lei Siu Long (Cantonese)
Birth name Lee Jun-fan
李振藩 (Traditional)
李振藩 (Simplified)
Lǐ Zhènfān (Mandarin)
Lei Jun Fan (Cantonese)
Ancestry Shunde, Guangdong, China
Origin Hong Kong
Born November 27, 1940
Chinatown, San Francisco, California, U.S.
Died July 20, 1973 (aged 32)
Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong
Resting place Lakeview Cemetery
Occupation Martial artist, martial arts instructor, actor, film director, screenwriter, producer
Years active 1941–73
Spouse Linda Emery (1964–73)
Children Brandon Lee (1965–93)
Shannon Lee (born 1969)
Parents Lee Hoi-chuen (1901–65)
Grace Ho (1907–96)
Alma mater University of Washington, Seattle
Official website Bruce Lee Foundation
Bruce Lee official website
Awards
Hong Kong Film Awards
Lifetime Achievement Award
1994
Golden Horse Awards
Best Mandarin Film
1972 Fist of Fury
Special Jury Award
1972 Fist of Fury
Bruce Lee (Chinese: 李小龍; born Lee Jun-fan, Chinese: 李振藩; November 27, 1940 – July 20, 1973) was a Hong Kong American martial artist, action film actor, martial arts instructor, philosopher, filmmaker, and the founder of Jeet Kune Do. Lee was the son of Cantonese opera star Lee Hoi-Chuen. He is widely considered by commentators, critics, media and other martial artists to be one of the most influential martial artists of all time, and a pop culture icon of the 20th century. He is often credited with helping to change the way Asians were presented in American films.

Lee was born in Chinatown, San Francisco on November 27, 1940 to parents from Hong Kong and was raised in Kowloon with his family until his late teens. He was introduced to the film industry by his father and appeared in several films as a child actor. Lee moved to the United States at the age of 18 to receive his higher education, at the University of Washington, at Seattle and it was during this time that he began teaching martial arts. His Hong Kong and Hollywood-produced films elevated the traditional Hong Kong martial arts film to a new level of popularity and acclaim, sparking a surge of interest in Chinese martial arts in the West in the 1970s. The direction and tone of his films changed and influenced martial arts and martial arts films in the United States, Hong Kong and the rest of the world.

He is noted for his roles in five feature-length films: Lo Wei’s The Big Boss (1971) and Fist of Fury (1972); Golden Harvest’s Way of the Dragon (1972), directed and written by Lee; Golden Harvest and Warner Brothers’ Enter the Dragon (1973) and The Game of Death (1978), both directed by Robert Clouse. Lee became an iconic figure known throughout the world, particularly among the Chinese, as he portrayed Chinese nationalism in his films. He trained in the art of Wing Chun and later combined his other influences from various sources, in the spirit of his personal martial arts philosophy, which he dubbed Jeet Kune Do (The Way of the Intercepting Fist). Lee held dual nationality of Hong Kong and the United States. He died in Kowloon Tong on July 20, 1973 at the age of 32.

Roger Moore

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Born Roger George Moore
14 October 1927 (age 88)
Stockwell, London, England, UK
Nationality British
Occupation Actor
Years active 1945–1985, 1990-present
Political party Conservative Party
Spouses Doorn van Steyn (m. 1946–53)
Dorothy Squires (m. 1953–68)
Luisa Mattioli (m. 1969–96)
Kristina Tholstrup (m. 2002)
Website www.roger-moore.com
Sir Roger George Moore KBE (born 14 October 1927) is an English actor. Moore played the British secret agent James Bond in seven feature films between 1973 and 1985; he remains the oldest actor to have played the character. Moore worked as a model and made several appearances in minor films and television dramas before finding more substantial roles in the television serials Ivanhoe (1958–1959), The Alaskans (1960–1961) and Maverick (1961). Moore’s most significant television work came with his portrayal of Simon Templar in The Saint from 1962 to 1969 and his starring alongside Tony Curtis in the television drama The Persuaders! (1971).

Moore was cast as Bond in 1973 and portrayed him in Live and Let Die (1973); The Man with the Golden Gun (1974); The Spy Who Loved Me (1977); Moonraker (1979); For Your Eyes Only (1981); Octopussy (1983); and A View to a Kill (1985). Moore worked regularly throughout his Bond era, and has worked sporadically since. He is a Goodwill Ambassador for the charity organization UNICEF, and has demonstrated against the production of foie gras. Moore has been a tax exile from the United Kingdom since the 1970s. Moore has been married four times, including to the Welsh singer Dorothy Squires and the Italian actress Luisa Mattioli, with whom he had three children. Moore published an autobiography in 2008, and has written other books of reminiscences of his career and filming Bond.

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