Sunday, December 13, 2015


Today is Dick Van Dyke's 90th birthday.  I've always been a fan, and think his work on The Dick Van Dyke Show is the greatest sustained lead performance in the history of television.

He's best known for that role, but he was also a Broadway and movie star.  So let's take a little time today and enjoy his work.


Blogger ColumbusGuy said...

Wow, that's pretty high praise. I knew you liked the show but I did not realize how much so.

5:45 PM, December 13, 2015  
Blogger LAGuy said...

It's not just that he does a great job, but that he covers all the bases. As Rob Petrie, he does romantic comedy, witty banter, drama, straight man material, slapstick, singing, dancing, whatever is called for. In fact, he so good that almost everything he's done since has been a disappointment.

7:26 PM, December 13, 2015  
Blogger ColumbusGuy said...

Except for a Disney or Disneyesque musical or two, he hasn't done anything else, has he, apart from Murder She Wrote, Love Boat and a Columbo killer?

2:00 AM, December 14, 2015  
Blogger LAGuy said...

He's done a fair amount since his original sitcom. He starred in a fair number of movies, including some that weren't bad, or were at least of interest--Divorce American Style, The Comic and Cold Turkey, to name a few. However, he didn't establish himself as a movie star and even his best work wasn't comparable to his show, which was head and shoulders above any other sitcom on TV at the time. Then he starred in three separate TV series which had a combined run of over ten years, but none of them compared to his first big hit.

2:25 AM, December 14, 2015  

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