Icon Dick Van Dyke has been acting in Hollywood for the last six decades, but the Mary Poppins alum never hesitated to put fatherhood at the top of his list. Throughout the years he starred on The Dick Van Dyke Show, Diagnosis: Murder and more, Dick always made his four kids, Christian Van Dyke, Barry Van Dyke, Carrie Beth Van Dyke and Stacy Van Dyke, his No. 1 priority.
Dick experienced parenthood shortly after he married his first wife, Margie Willett, in 1948. The couple welcomed their eldest son, Christian, followed by son Barry. They later became the dad and mom of their daughters, Carrie Beth and Stacy.
Throughout the ’50s and ’60s, Dick pursued his career as a Hollywood star while raising his kiddos alongside Margie. However, once their children were all grown up and off on their own, the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang actor and his love ended their marriage after 36 years in 1984.
Following his divorce, Dick focused on being a good dad to his kids while still juggling his job as an actor. Once Christian, Barry, Carrie Beth and Stacy all got into performing, the Night at the Museum star teamed up with his kids on the small screen. In fact, Christian appeared alongside his famous father on The Dick Van Dyke Show, while Barry and Stacy acted in Diagnosis: Murder.
As the years went on, Dick’s children paved quite the successful careers for themselves. Considering the Emmy Award winner is their dad, it doesn’t come as a surprise that Christian, Barry, Carrie Beth and Stacy are all very talented.
Nowadays, Dick is still enjoying watching his kids succeed while also being the best husband to his second wife, Arlene Silver, whom he married in 2012. Reflecting back on the day he fell in love with the Welcome Home, Dick Van Dyke star, Dick praised his spouse for giving him “[another] life.”
“She’s just delightful, a great cook and a woman of great patience,” the SAG Award winner exclusively gushed to Closer Weekly in July 2020. “I’m tickled to death with it.”
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