Dick Van Dyke honored with SAG Lifetime Achievement Award

By Sarah McClanahan,

Alec Baldwin presented Dick Van Dyke with the Lifetime Achievement Award on Sunday at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

On Sunday night, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards were presented at the Shrine Auditorium in Hollywood, California.

The night’s most prestigious honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award, was given to Dick Van Dyke, an actor whose career has spanned eight decades and is most well-known for his acclaimed role as Burt the chimney sweep in Disney’s Mary Poppins and 1960s comedy The Dick Van Dyke Show.

Alec Baldwin introduced him, commenting that he feels indebted to Van Dyke every time he appears in front of the camera. In essence, Baldwin feels as though he is “borrowing” Van Dyke’s techniques that he has honed throughout his many years in the spotlight.

Dick Van Dyke was grinning from ear to ear as he approached the stage to accept the award. He jokingly began his acceptance speech with the remark, “I’ve knocked around in this business for 70 years, and I still haven’t quite figured out what it is I do.”

Later, he commemorated the current generation of up and coming actors seated before him for their volunteer work and for “lifting the art [of acting] to another place.”

Van Dyke’s amusing discourse had started earlier on the red carpet when he commented, “They tell me you never work again once you get this award. I’ll have to let them know I’m available,” reports The Associated Press.

Dick Van Dyke currently sings with The Vantasix and is happily married to his wife of a year, make-up artist Arlene Silver.

According to CNN, the pair met at the SAG awards seven years ago. Van Dyke reminisced about the moment, revealing it was the first time he had hit on a woman, and she had no idea who he was!

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