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Dick Van Dyke proves his humour is as sharp as ever, joking he’s ‘glad to still be here’ aged 96


We want Dick Van Dyke’s humour if we make it to 96! (Picture: Getty)

Dick Van Dyke may be 96 years old, but he’s still as witty as ever.

It’s rare for the American actor to not be spotted in a chipper mood these days, which is exactly how he was when he left lunch with a friend in LA recently.

The Mary Poppins icon was seen just before Father’s Day and, when asked if he had any plans for the occasion, he had an even more iconic comeback.

Dad-of-four and grandfather-of-seven Dick couldn’t help but beam as he emerged from a restaurant to chat with Daily Mail reporters.

‘What’s going on?’, he asked, before a journalist replied: ‘Nothing, just wanted to wish you a happy Father’s Day weekend coming up.’

‘Oh my god, is that on Sunday, this Sunday?’, The Chitty Chitty Bang Bang star replied, before exclaiming: ‘Oh jeez.’

Dick may be approaching 100, but his wit is as sharp as ever (Picture: Backgrid)

‘We just wanted to wish you a happy Father’s Day weekend,’ the reporter repeated.

‘Thank you, I’m just glad to still be here,’ the actor said back.

He couldn’t help but chuckle when the cameraman told him he looks ‘great’ for his age, while he sported a casual ensemble.

Dick was later spotted picking up fake tan from a pharmacy, offering an insight into the secrets of his eternal youth and showing you’re never too old to enjoy a bit of pampering.

The film star celebrated his 96th birthday back in December and, while his public appearances are more rare now, they still make us smile when they come along.

Just last month he was seen sporting what can only be described as the most brilliant sweatshirt, which had ‘A spoonful of sugar’ written on the front, in reference to the 1964 movie in which he starred alongside the now equally as iconic, Dame Julie Andrews.

Mary Poppins made Dick and Dame Julie Andrews Disney icons (Picture: Silver Screen Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty)

Mary Poppins wasn’t the star’s only Disney role, as he appeared in Mary Poppins Returns and put us all to shame by having a boogie on a table at the age of 92.

He also starred in Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, where he voiced Goofy’s grandfather, Captain Goof-Beard.

And, you know you’ve made it when you can play yourself in a film, which is just what he did in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. 

In 1998, Van Dyke was named a Disney legend alongside Roy E. Disney, Hayley Mills, Kurt Russell, and more.

As for his personal life, Dick has been married twice – once to Margerie Willett from 1948 to 1984 and later to Arlene Silver in 2012.

He welcomed four children with Margerie – Christian, Barry, Stacy and Carrie Beth.

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