Beloved Hollywood icon Dick Van Dyke (Mary Poppins, The Dick Van Dyke Show), who will celebrate his 90th birthday in December of this year, won’t let aging slow him down. In fact, the multi-talented actor has just written a book on the subject entitled Keep Moving: And Other Tips About Old Age, scheduled for release Oct. 13.
“I kind of hesitated at first,” said Dick, who was approached by his publisher to write the book in 2014. “What am I gonna write about except to keep moving. But I guess they noticed I was a lot sprier than some of my contemporaries. Once I sat down and started to write, I realized how much there is to say about attitude and keeping your mind young.”
With upbeat titled chapters like “Dancing With Your Inner Child” and “Sit or Get Off the Pot Roast,” Keep Moving offers sage yet down-to-earth advice to which seniors will relate. Asked which of his tips stand out, Dick replied, “Don’t ever go down the stairs sideways; it throws off the hips and back and that’s the beginning of real trouble.”
Married to Arlene Van Dyke for the past three years, the Malibu resident was featured in the 2010 Reyes Adobe Days parade alongside actor son, Barry, and artist grandson, Wes. Still performing on occasion, he makes sure to get in daily workouts at a nearby gym. “If you only get 12 or 15 minutes, go do that … Don’t push it. The main thing is to make it a habit of getting there every day, and you’ll end up doing more than you thought,” he said, adding. “Each morning, I have my coffee and get over there, because I know I will talk myself of it and won’t go.”
To celebrate the book’s release as well as Dick’s milestone birthday, Arlene has organized the “Dick Van Dyke Art Exhibit” taking place this weekend at the Malibu Playhouse. Arlene said she has always been touched by fans who post artwork of Dick on sites like Instagram. “I’d google Dick’s name and people would be doing all these pictures of him for fun. There’s some really good art out there,” she said, which sparked the idea to do a show featuring fan art.
Arlene, who reached out to fans from all over the world, has collected works in many different media from over 30 artists, including one as young as 16, from as far away as the Netherlands. “We have someone creating a doll,” she said. “It shows that those who love him span distance and generations.”
Dick admits he’s “blown away” by the talent and devotion of his fans. “I’m looking forward to this,” he said.
The two-day event, Oct. 2-3, is a fundraiser for the landmark Malibu stage theater, which was founded in 1990. Opening night will include a private meet and greet with the Van Dykes and a first look at the art exhibit as well as a special stage performance with Dick and his Vantastix and a live, speed painting of Dick. “Dick and I will also be performing a duet,” said Arlene.
The second day includes gallery viewings and special live performances. Dick will be on-hand to sign his book Saturday afternoon.
The exhibit will be up through Oct. 11. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to malibuplayhouse.org/.
The Van Dyke’s are planning a second fan art show for December for Dick’s actual birthday. For details and submission, email [email protected]