TV and movie legend Dick Van Dyke will receive a life-achievement honour at Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards.
But the 87-year-old veteran – best known for The Dick Van Dyke Show and key roles in Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – has played down the award, saying: “They must’ve gotten to the ’V’s.”
Reflecting on a lengthy and varied career that saw him act in comedy, musicals, as well as drama, he said: “I kind of find a home. I’ve always been a bit of an orphan, because actors say, ‘Well, he’s more of a dancer.’
“And dancers say, ‘No. He’s really a singer.’ And singers say, ‘No. He’s an actor.’ So, now I’ve got a home. I can actually refer to these people as my peers.”
Van Dyke also admits that he still gets stick for his less-than-successful attempt at a cockney accent in Mary Poppins.
But the veteran actor believes his Irish voice coach must share some of the blame.
“I had an Irish coach,” he recalls, “so he wasn’t any better than me.”
Click here to see Dick Van Dyke dancing to Me Ole Bamboo in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.