'Glad to still be here': Dick Van Dyke looks happy at 96 as he's spotted outside LA restaurant
The dad-of-four and grandfather-of-seven was beaming as he emerged from a restaurant to chat with reporters
Dick Van Dyke was spotted on Thursday after his lunch with a friend in Los Angeles. He seemed to be in quite an upbeat and joyous mood. The 96-year-old legend said he is just glad to be alive. This globally-loved father of four was asked if he had some special plans for Father's Day that fell on Sunday, June 19.
He shared that the celebration of Father's Day during the weekend would be a low-key one and continued to joke, "I’m just glad to still be here." He then took off in his car and headed to run errands.
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In addition to being a father to four, Dick is a grandfather to seven. He shares the children with his ex-wife Margerie Willet who he got married to after the radio show Bride and Groom in 1948. However, he divorced her 36 years later. After this, his longtime companion Michelle Triola Marvin passed away in 2009. He was with Marvin for almost three decades. He has been married to Arlene Silver since 2012.
When DailyMail spotted Dyke, he was sporting a thick white beard and was dressed in a long gray sleeved tee shirt with a pair of navy blue pants. When asked the secret of his youth, Dyke chuckled and showed a fake tanning spray. This can be picked up from a local Malibu pharmacy, which was Neutrogena's micro-mist self-tanning spray that promises consumers to create a tan two or three shades darker than their original skin tone, as described by the brand.
The star of the Dick Van Dyke show is only one Oscar away from receiving the elite EGOT status as he also served in the US Army during the Second World War. Apart from his iconic role in Mary Poppin, his other memorable roles include one in The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-1966), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), and the most recent Mary Poppins Returns (2018).
On Valentine’s Day this year, Dick proved he could still act, sing, and dance alongside his wife 46 years his junior, former make-up artist Arlene Silver, 50, in their 'Everybody Loves a Lover' music video. The couple performed a heart-warming cheery cover of a Richard Adler and Robert Aleen song that was popularised by Doris Day in 1958, alongside the barbershop trio, the Vantasix and trumpet player Tony Guerrro. He said in 2020, "I love to harmonize, so that keeps me going. It’s kind of my retirement amusement. I don’t play golf. I have more fun singing and dancing."
Dick met Arlene in 2007. She recalled, "He said, “Hi, I’m Dick.” The first thing I asked him was, “Weren’t you in Mary Poppins?”' She added, "We got along immediately as friends, so it didn’t feel like he was so much older than me. He is the most perfect human being. I’ve never met anyone so happy, so genuine, so amazing. He’s just like a happy pill."