Actor/comedian Dick Van Dyke was recently spotted in Malibu handing out $5 bills to those looking for work and the homeless, chatting them up at his favorite nonprofit organization, Malibu Community Labor Exchange on Thursday morning.
The beloved 96-year-old “Mary Poppins” and “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” star was totally in character as he took the time to speak with the downtrodden, giving them a little hope and money while doing so. Van Dyke was first photographed handing out money at the center in May 2021, according to the Daily Mail.
“Whenever I have some fives I come by,” Van Dyke commented after he was getting ready to leave in his car. “You can’t do it all the time, though!”
One employee who works at the center interjected as Van Dyke was speaking with a reporter, telling him, “Just call him angel from God.” Van Dyke laughed, smiled, and shrugged off the compliment before waving goodbye and driving away. Modesty is one of Van Dyke’s widely known virtues.
(Video Credit: The Daily Mail)
For over 20 years, Van Dyke has volunteered at the Midnight Mission in Los Angeles, a homeless shelter that also provides emergency services. He’s also the national spokesperson for the Cell Therapy Foundation and the National Reye’s Syndrome Foundation. He got involved with the latter after the death of his granddaughter, Jessica Van Dyke, in 1987 according to ET.
The comedic legend proceeded to run errands at a Malibu bank and pharmacy and appeared to be in great spirits the whole time, constantly smiling.
Speaking with the Daily Mail back in June, Van Dyke told them that “I’m just glad to still be here!”
EXCLUSIVE: Dick Van Dyke, 96, is seen handing out $5 bills and spreading good cheer to job seekers and homeless https://t.co/2HC42BDhuY
— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) October 19, 2022
He is a grandfather to seven and shares four children with his ex-wife Margerie Willet. They were married on the radio show Bride and Groom in 1948 before divorcing 36 years later.
Van Dyke’s longtime companion Michelle Triola Marvin passed away in 2009 after they lived together for 30 years. He married former make-up artist Arlene Silver, 50, in 2012.
The Disney icon served in the Army during World War II. He is also an Oscar away from the industry’s elite EGOT status.
He still has moves and on Valentine’s Day 2022, Van Dyke appeared alongside his wife who is 46 years his junior in their “Everybody Loves a Lover” music video.
Wow what an incredible man
— Larry Milford (@LarryMilford5) October 19, 2022
The couple performed a Richard Adler and Robert Allen song, made popular by Doris Day in 1958, along with barbershop trio The Vantastix and trumpet player Tony Guerrero.
“I love to harmonize, so that keeps me going,” Van Dyke said in 2020. “It’s kind of my retirement amusement. I don’t play golf. I have more fun singing and dancing.”
Classy guy. His autobiography is a good read.
— Lee Shelton (@leeshelton4) October 21, 2022
Dick and Arlene met when she was working at the 13th Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2007 where he presented Julie Andrews with a lifetime achievement award.
“We got along immediately as friends, so it didn’t feel like he was so much older than me. He is the most perfect human being. I’ve never met anyone so happy, so genuine, so amazing. He’s just like a happy pill,” Arlene remarked.
The actor is liberal when it comes to politics. Van Dyke joined Danny DeVito in supporting socialist Bernie Sanders. He has spoken at a number of events for him.
(Video Credit: Truth Justice Gazette)
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