We've dug up some little known facts about the entertainment legend that go far beyond his title role on The Dick Van Dyke Show.
He's largely known for his title role in The Dick Van Dyke Show, but his body of work extends far beyond his run on prime time television.
In addition to countless prime time Emmys and one daytime Emmy, he's earned a Grammy for Mary Poppins and a Tony for Bye Bye Birdie, leaving him an Oscar shy of the coveted EGOT status (a term used for entertainers who have collected an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony).
Here, 7 interesting things you might not have known about Dick Van Dyke.
1. His parents lied to him about his birthday
Just before what Van Dyke thought was his 18th birthday, he became concerned about the draft and the possibility of being forced into the infantry.
To control his own fate, he debated joining the Air Force while he was still 17 and ran the idea past his mother.
Instead of advice, Van Dyke received a bombshell.
"I have something to tell you," Van Dyke recalls his mother saying in his memoir. "You're already 18."
Oddly enough, her explanation for lying was yet another lie. She told him that he was premature, and that they had changed his birth date to match the original due date.
Rightfully suspicious, Van Dyke went to who he calls the "most straight forward" person in his family, his grandmother.
"She looked like she wanted to say "bulls--t," he writes in his memoir. "She asked who had sold me a bill of goods. 'You were conceived out of wedlock.'"
His mother would later confirm the story and his birthday would be moved from March back to December.
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