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TV comedy writer Jerry Belson dies at 68

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Emmy-winning comedy writer Jerry Belson of "The Odd Couple" and "The Dick Van Dyke Show" has died in Los Angeles at the age of 68, his daughter said.

Lennie Weinrib, 'HR Pufnstuf' voice, dies

SANTIAGO, Chile, July 2 (UPI) -- Lennie Weinrib, who supplied the voice for the title character in the children's fantasy TV series "H.R. Pufnstuf," has died at age 71. The voiceover artist and character actor died Wednesday at a hospital in Santiago, Chile, after suffering a stroke, his

Writer/producer Harvey Bullock dead at 84

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif., May 1 (UPI) -- Writer/producer Harvey Bullock, who wrote several episodes of "The Andy Griffith Show," has died in Laguna Beach, Calif., at age 84.

Robin Williams signs on for 'Museum'

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Robin Williams will star as former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt in the 20th Century Fox comedy "Night at the Museum."

The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, Dec. 13, the 347th day of 2005 with 18 to follow.
By United Press International

Dick Van Dyke stars in Hallmark series

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., July 18 (UPI) -- Hollywood veteran Dick Van Dyke is starring in a new murder mystery series for cable's Hallmark Channel, it was reported Monday.

Reiner to guest on 'Boston Legal'

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Comedy legend Carl Reiner will get a chance to show his dramatic acting skills on ABC's "Boston Legal" in March.

Mary Poppins flies again

LONDON, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- London theatergoers are hailing a $17.5 million production of "Mary Poppins" at the Prince Edward Theater, the Daily Mail reported Thursday.

The Almanac

Today is Monday, Dec. 13, the 348th day of 2004 with 18 to follow.
By United Press International

Van Dyke,Tyler Moore ideal grandparents

CHICAGO, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- A U.S. Grandparent's Day survey found actor Haley Joel Osment of "The Sixth Sense" and "Pay it Forward" the first choice for a celebrity grandson.

'Mary Poppins' coming to London stage

LONDON, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- London theater producer Cameron Mackintosh is set to bring "Mary Poppins" to West End in the 1964 Disney film's first stage production.

Nominees for 56th Prime Time Emmy Awards

LOS ANGELES, July 15 (UPI) -- Here is a list of nominees for the 56th Prime Time Emmy Awards, which were announced Thursday in Los Angeles:

'Dallas' cast to hold on-air reunion

LOS ANGELES, May 20 (UPI) -- CBS hopes for a ratings boost from two upcoming reunion specials, one of them a return to the Southfork Ranch for the cast of Dallas.

Feature: 'Van Dyke' crew back for more

LOS ANGELES, May 7 (UPI) -- As NBC gives a spectacular send-off to two classic comedy series -- "Friends" and "Frasier" -- CBS is bringing back the cast of its legendary comedy hit, "The D
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Analysis: 'Frasier' signing off

LOS ANGELES, April 29 (UPI) -- The all-time Emmy champion "Frasier," which ends its 11-year run on NBC in May, is one of the last specimens of a dying breed: sophisticated network comedies in
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter
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Actor Dick Van Dyke poses on January 24, 2006 for the media after rehearsals for the Broadway musical "Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life" Van Dyke who is doing a cameo role in the production will be reunited with Chita for the first time since their work in the 1960 musical "Bye Bye Birdie" (UPI Photo/Ezio Petersen)
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Richard Wayne "Dick" Van Dyke (born December 13, 1925) is an American actor, comedian, writer, and producer with a career spanning six decades. He is the older brother of Jerry Van Dyke, and father of Barry Van Dyke. Van Dyke starred in the films Bye Bye Birdie, Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and the television series The Dick Van Dyke Show, and Diagnosis: Murder . Van Dyke has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Blvd.

Van Dyke was born in West Plains, Missouri, to Loren (nickname "Cookie") and Hazel (born McCord) Van Dyke, but he grew up in Danville, Illinois. He is the older brother of actor Jerry Van Dyke, who is best known for his role on the TV series Coach. His grandson, Shane Van Dyke, is also an actor, and directed Titanic II. He is of Dutch descent on his father's side. His mother, as a Mayflower descendant, is of English extraction but also carries additional Scottish ancestry.

During World War II, he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps where he became a radio announcer and served in Special Services entertaining troops in the Continental United States. While Van Dyke appeared 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", in 1948. They had four children: Christian (Chris), Barry, Carrie Beth, and Stacy. They divorced in 1984 after a long separation. He lived with longtime companion Michelle Triola for more than 30 years until her death in 2009. Van Dyke's son Barry Van Dyke and grandsons Shane Van Dyke and Carey Van Dyke are also actors; both of these last two, along with other Van Dyke relations and grandchildren, appeared in various episodes of the long-running series Diagnosis: Murder. All of Van Dyke's children are married, and he has seven grandchildren. His son Chris was district attorney for Marion County, Oregon in the 1980s. In 1987, his granddaughter Jessica Van Dyke died from Reye's Syndrome which drove him to do a series of television commercials to raise public awareness of the danger to children. In 2010, he claimed to have once been rescued from drifting out to sea and possible death by a pod of porpoises.

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