95 years ago, comedy legend Dick Van Dyke was born. Today, Twitter celebrates!
The Hollywood icon, beloved for his roles in Mary Poppins, Bye Bye Birdie, Dick Tracy, The Comic, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Night at the Museum, and oh yeah, The Dick Van Dyke Show, began trending on Sunday — to the understandable terror of many. Thankfully, it wasn’t bad news; just a reminder that Van Dyke exists in all his delightful glory and that somewhere out there he’s probably eating some birthday cake.
Mark Hamill, who once described Van Dyke as “the nicest and most talented man in show-biz,” got in on the festivities with an appreciation post rightfully dubbing Van Dyke an international treasure.
Van Dyke, who was honored as a Disney Legend in 1998, also received congratulations from the official Disney D23 account — and an onslaught of Disney fans.
It’s Dick Van Dyke’s 95th birthday, and even though his attempt at a British accent has become the cultural touchstone of how NOT to do one, his performance in Mary Poppins is still fucking magic and if you don’t love watching him dance your blood is made of ice
— Julia Claire (@ohJuliatweets) December 13, 2020
Van Dyke, of course, received well wishes from fans of all of his other work too.
Happy Birthday Dick Van Dyke. An incredible 95 years old today. Here as Bert and Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins 1964 and a reunion with them, 50 years later. Also Dick as Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 1968. I love both these classic films. pic.twitter.com/WpWK4KsKOp
— TV and Film Stars (@TVandFilmStars) December 13, 2020
Happy birthday to Dick Van Dyke! Also, Taylor Swift. (She turned 31 today!)