Richard Wayne Van Dyke born December 13, is an American actor, comedian, writer, singer, and dancer, whose award-winning career has spanned seven decades. Among Van Dyke's high school classmates in Danville were Donald O'Connor and Bobby Short , both of whom would go on to successful careers as entertainers. Only the medium and the message changed. I have still endeavored to touch people's souls, to raise their spirits and put smiles on their faces. Denied enlistment several times for being underweight, he was eventually accepted for service as a radio announcer before transferring to the Special Services and entertaining troops in the continental United States.
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Van Dyke, who was raised in Danville, Illinois , served in the military during World War II and in the s took various acting jobs and hosted a series of TV game shows. The show was the brainchild of the writer-director-producer Carl Reiner, who reportedly based the sitcom on his own experiences working as a comedy writer for Sid Caesar. The film, now a beloved cinematic classic, earned 13 Academy Award nominations and took home five Oscars, including Best Actress for Andrews. Though Van Dyke received positive reviews for his singing and dancing, critics skewered him for his bad English accent. In , Van Dyke had another hit movie musical with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, in which he plays the eccentric inventor Caratacus Potts, who develops a magic car.
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