Dick Van Dyke
Birth Name: Dick Van Dyke
Birth Place: West Plains, Missouri, USA
Born Richard Wayne Van Dyke on Dec. 13, 1925 in West Plains, MO, he was raised in Danville, IL - the same hometown as his later "Van Dyke Show" character, Rob Petrie - by his parents Hazel and Loren "Cookie" Van Dyke, with the latter being a traveling salesman with a knack for making customers laugh. Van Dyke attended high school in Danville (among his friends at the time were future actor Gene Hackman and nightclub legend Bobby Short) and was a fixture in local theater productions. He was also a devoted movie fan, with a particular fondness for the comedy of Laurel and Hardy. In fact, in later years, he would befriend the elderly Stan Laurel and even delivered the eulogy at his funeral in 1...
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