Dick Van Dyke Describes His Over 60-Year Career as ‘Lazy’: Acknowledges Fortunate Journey

Dick Van Dyke Describes His Over 60-Year Career as ‘Lazy’: Acknowledges Fortunate Journey: Renowned entertainer Dick Van Dyke has divulged the surprising secret behind his enduring 60-year career. In a preview for CBS’ “Dick Van Dyke: 98 Years of Magic,” he candidly admitted to not being a go-getter when it comes to securing roles.

“I would do a movie or something and come home, and just sit down, wait for the phone to ring. I wasn’t aggressive,” he confessed. “So, I was out of work a lot because I didn’t go out and look for it.”
Remarkably unfazed by the occasional gaps in work, Van Dyke shared, “I didn’t mind it. I’m pretty lazy. When I’m having fun, you know, all right. But I’m a lazy person,” he chuckled. “I don’t have a lotta drive. I’ve been very lucky.”

Dick Van Dyke soared to fame with iconic roles in the 1964 movie musical “Mary Poppins,” where he starred alongside Julie Andrews, and the 1968 musical “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” opposite Sally Ann Howes. His success extended to television with notable appearances on “The Carol Burnett Show,” as well as his own comedy series “The Van Dyke Show,” and the long-running “Diagnosis Murder.”
“It just happened!” exclaimed Van Dyke when reflecting on his illustrious career.

In his earlier years, Van Dyke grappled with alcoholism during periods of unemployment. Reflecting on that time, he candidly expressed, “If I’d known I was going to live this long, I would’ve taken better care of myself. I went through that whole period of alcoholism.” Nowadays, he shared that he prioritizes his health by frequently hitting the gym.

Dick Van Dyke’s Evergreen Career at 98: From “The Masked Singer” to Ukulele Adventures

At 98 years old, Dick Van Dyke shows no signs of formal retirement, evident in his recent appearance on “The Masked Singer” in February and continued musical endeavors with the group The Vantastix.
In a testament to his vibrant spirit, Van Dyke even picked up a new skill, learning the ukulele at the age of 97, proving that it’s never too late to start something new.
Maintaining a philosophy of joy, Van Dyke emphasized the importance of having fun in his work, stating, “My whole career has depended on (having fun). If I’m not enjoying myself, I’m really bad, I am.”

“It’s such a blessing to find a way of making a living that you love, that you’d do for nothing. I feel so sorry for people who hate their job. I look forward to going to work every morning,” added Van Dyke.

The CBS two-hour tribute schedule is set to air on December 21 at 9 p.m. EST.

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