13:53 25 August 2012
Veteran entertainer Dick Van Dyke will receive a lifetime achievement award at the Screen Actors Guild Award next January.
The actor, singer, writer, and comedian is best known for his role as cockney chimney sweep Bert in Mary Poppins. After this, he was given his big break in the 1960s sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show and eventually the 1980/1990s cult TV series Diagnosis: Murder where he played his most memorable role as Dr. Mark Sloan for nearly a decade.
His career spanned a total of six decades and has won him several awards including five Emmys, a Tony award, and a Grammy.
The SAG lifetime achievement award is the highest honour given by SAG. SAG has chosen Dick Van Dyke because he fosters the ‘finest ideals of the acting profession’. The award honours both humanitarian accomplishments as well as a general show business career achievement.
SAG’s Ken Howard describes Dick as ‘the consummate entertainer, an enormously talented performer whose work has crossed nearly every major category of entertainment’.
He added: “He sets a high bar for actors. Stage, big screen, small screen, literally everywhere he has worked he has inspired millions of fans and has had a tremendously positive impact on the industry and the world.”
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