TV Land features television moguls

NEW YORK, April 17 (UPI) -- U.S. cable's TV Land is featuring a six-part documentary series entitled "TV Land Moguls," focusing on the top producers in each decade of television.

Dick Van Dyke reunion to air on CBS

LOS ANGELES, April 14 (UPI) -- Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie and Carl Reiner have reunited for the 159th episode of the "Dick Van Dyke Show" -- 38 years after the show ended.

'Dick Van Dyke Show' returns to TV

LOS ANGELES, April 5 (UPI) -- The U.S. TV classic "The Dick Van Dyke Show" is set to return to television, picking up the story line where it left off 40 years ago.

Actress Hope Lange

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- daughter of show folk

The Almanac

Today is Saturday, Dec. 13, the 347th day of 2003 with 18 to follow.
By United Press International

Analysis: 'West Wing's' fresh start

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- "The West Wing" enters its fifth season on NBC in a curious position, trying to bounce back from a disappointing 2002-03 season even as it shoots to become the
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Analysis: 'Raymond,' 'Wing' take top Emmys

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Voters showed a distinct preference for the warm and fuzzy -- not to mention the tried and true -- as "Everybody Loves Raymond," "The West Wing" and "Door to Do
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

TV Or Not TV

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- TV, or not TV - that is the question:

Hollywood Analysis: Bringing up baby?

LOS ANGELES, May 12 (UPI) -- Sharp-eyed observers have noticed that Rachel's baby hasn't been seen much on "Friends" lately, and suggest that ratings concerns are behind the disappearance.
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Digest

What's happening in Hollywood.
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Digest

PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter


During a fitting session with a movie costume design crew, actor Val Kilmer apparently walked around naked.
DENNIS DAILY, United Press International


Actor Ben Affleck is going all out to please his fiancée Jennifer Lopez by learning Spanish.
DENNIS DAILY, United Press International


The first annual TV Land Awards have gone into the books with a bevy of classic TV stars getting a moment in the sun.
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A stage show is being planned based on the career and legend of the great entertainer Sammy Davis Jr. The former "Rat Pack" member already is the subject of a planned biopic.
DENNIS DAILY, United Press International
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Dick Van Dyke
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)

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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