Dick Van Dyke has been honored with many awards throughout his over 70 year career including 5 Emmys, a Tony award, and a Grammy award.
In addition, Dick has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (next to his idol Stan Laurel), has handprints and footprints at Grauman’s Chinese theatre, has been inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame (which also included the creation of a bronze statuette), and has been honored and recognized as a Disney Legend.
Dick was the subject of a Ralph Edwards’ This Is Your Life segment, and also assumed the role of the Chairman of Nick at Nite in the 1990s.
Dick and his fellow Dick Van Dyke Show cast members were honored by TV Land in 2003 through TV Land’s recognition of The Dick Van Dyke Show as the recipient of the very first TV Legend Award.
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With family members in attendance, Dick was most recently presented with the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award in January 2013.
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When Dick received the call, though instructed explicitly not to tell anyone, he immediately contacted his family with the good news, explaining, “I couldn’t hold that in.” Dick joked that the Kennedy Center “just made it”; at 95, he becomes one of the oldest recipients. He and Arlene are rightfully reluctant to travel to Washington, D.C., for the festivities, due to the health risks associated with flying during the pandemic.
Dick joining the roster of previous recipients and collaborators Julie Andrews, Chita Rivera, and Carol Burnett in this particular year of 2020 certainly seems appropriate. Danny Thomas, with 20/20/20/20 vision, would have undoubtedly approved. The Kennedy Center described Dick as “a living legend.” To that we add a big Thumbs Up!
The Kennedy Center Honors are given annually to select performing artists for their
lifetime of contributions to American culture. This year The Kennedy Center has
chosen Dick, calling him a “national treasure” and “one of the most popular and beloved
performers in show business history.” Fellow 2020 recipients include choreographer
Debbie Allen, violin virtuoso Midori, folk music icon Joan Baez, and country music
star Garth Brooks. Usually airing in late December with tributes and performances
in the main theater, the ceremony was postponed until May of 2021 due to the ongoing
2021 Kennedy Center Honoree