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Dick Van Dyke Born: 12/13/1925
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...

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