Dick Van Dyke
Dick Van Dyke
There he participated in stage shows and worked as a radio DJ. Van Dyke began his film career by reprising his stage role in the film version of Bye Bye Birdie in 1963. Although Van Dyke was unhappy with the adaptation because the focus was shifted to Ann-Margret's character, the film was a major success. He followed that up with Walt Disney's Mary Poppins in 1964, in which he played Bert, a Cockney chimney sweep, and also, in heavy disguise, the bank's elderly chairman, credited in that role as "Nackvid Keyd" (an anagram for "Dick Van Dyke"). Van Dyke's attempt at a cockney accent was cited as one of the worst film accents in a BBC poll. But the film was very popular and innovative and also showed his versatility as a singer and dancer.
One of his showcase songs, "Chim Chim Cher-ee", won the Oscar for the Sherman Brothers, the film's songwriting team. Van Dyke made several more comedy movies throughout the 1960s including What a Way to Go!, Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N., Fitzwilly, The Art of Love, Never a Dull Moment, and Divorce American Style. Although most of his movies from this era were relatively unsuccessful, the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was a worldwide success. In later years, Van Dyke would complain that he had "never made a good movie." Read more on Last.fm.
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