Jun 8, 2024

Dick Van Dyke Makes History Winning Daytime Emmy at 98

Legendary actor Dick Van Dyke made Daytime Emmys history this week, becoming the oldest winner ever at 98.

The  “Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series” win came for his performance on the long-running soap opera “Days of Our Lives.” Van Dyke played a mystery man with amnesia in a special four-part story arc.

Van Dyke took to the stage alongside his wife Arlene Silver to accept the award, stating “I feel like a spy from nighttime television. I’m the oldest nominee in history. I can’t believe it. I was playing old men all my life. If I had known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself… I’m 98 years old, can you believe it? This tops a lifetime of 80 years in the business. I love you, God bless.”

Van Dyke is best known for his CBS sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show. His career started in the 1960s as the star of Bye, Bye Birdie and he has since had one of the longest careers as a working actor in Hollywood with projects including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Mary Poppins, Night at the Museum and more. CBS celebrated Van Dyke with a special titled 98 Years of Magic which aired in December 2023.

The Daytime Emmy awards were hosted by Entertainment tonight’s Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.