After an eight decade-long career, Dick Van Dyke was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards for his contribution to the American film industry. Van Dyke was accompanied by his wife, 41-year-old Arlene Silver at the event. The couple who recently got married in 2012, celebrated the honor together at this year’s event held on January 27, 2013.
The 87-year-old Van Dyke started his career in the 1940’s as a disc jockey and stand up comedian. The actor is still remembered by many for his comedy series ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show’ from 1960 and Disney’s big-screen musical Mary Poppins.
The ‘Dick Van Dyke Show’ not only got three prime time Emmys, but even after 50 years it is still considered by critics as one of the earliest models of workplace comedy.
Van Dyke’s wife congratulated him with a whole hearted kiss as the room full of actors gave him a standing ovation for receiving the honor. The visibly in love couple had even met for the first time at a SAG awards event seven years ago. In 2012, the very same award of life time achievement was presented by Dyke to his former TV co-star Mary Tyler Moore.
Presently Dyke sings with his vocal group ‘The Vantasix’ and he mentioned in his speech that this award does not signal an end to his career and that he will still be available for work.