Information On The Show

Here you will find information on many things. Please keep in mind that most of these I gathered from other pages to complete this section thank you.

About the Show:

 There were 158 Episodes

 Producers of the show originally considered casting Johnny Carson as Rob Petrie

 More than 60 actresses were interviewed before settling on Mary Tyler Moore.

The first episode aired 8 p.m. on Tuesday, 3 October, 1961. However Sheldon Leonard thought the show was to early for an "adult" sitcom and convinced CBS to move it to Wednesdays at 9.30 p.m. (which put it against the Perry Como Show).

The last episode aired on 1 June 3, 1966

The show followed the Beverly Hillbillies

The Dick Van Dyke Show premiered on Nick at Nite in September of 1991

In the opening, when Dick Van Dyke doesn't trip over the ottoman, he shakes Buddy's hand two times.

It was cancelled after it's first season, but there are two different versions of the show's stay; Sheldon Leonard convinced the network to let the show go on and that Proctor and Gamble threatened to pull all of its daytime advertising off CBS soap operas unless the network found a spot for the program on the fall 1962 schedule.

About Dick Van Dyke: ( Also See IMDb )

He was Born, 13 December 1925 in West Plains, Missouri USA.

Jerry Van Dyke (from Coach) is his brother, and also played his brother "Stacey" on The Dick Van Dyke Show.

His wife's name is Marjorie Willett.

He has four kids; Christian, Barry, Stacey, and Carrie Beth.

Dick Van Dyke often hosted game shows when he was a struggling actor. He hosted "Mother's Day" in 1958 and "Laugh Line" in 1959 but turned down "The Price Is Right" in 1956.

His romantic companion for the last couple decades has been Michelle Triola Marvin.

Brother of entertainer Jerry Van Dyke.

Son Barry and Grandson Carry also work on Diagnosis Murder with him.

Daughter Stacy guest starred on Diagnosis Murder in Murder in the Family. Grandson Shane guest starred in two episodes of Diagnosis Murder.

According to "Those Funny Kids: A Treasury of Classroom Laughter" by Dick Van Dyke, by age eleven Mr. Dick Van Dyke had grown to 6'1"

Mini biography

Although he'd had small roles beforehand, Dick Van Dyke was launched to stardom in the 1960 musical "Bye-Bye Birdie" (for which he won a Tony Award), and then later in the movie based on that play. He has starred in a number of films throughout the years (including "Mary Poppins", "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", and "Fitzwilly"), as well as a number of successful television series' (which won him no less than four Emmys), and three made-for-CBS movies. After separating from his wife Margie Willett in the 1970's, who he wed in 1948, Dick later became involved with Michelle Triola Marvin. Margie and Dick had four children born during the first ten years of their marriage -- Barry, Carrie, Chris, and Stacey -- all of whom are now in their forties and married themselves. He has seven grandchildren, including Shane, Carey, Wes, and Tanya Van Dyke (Barry's children), and family members often appear with him on "Diagnosis Murder".

About Mary Tyler Moore: ( Also See IMDb )

She was born on the 29th of December in 1936.

Her first TV appearance was in 1955 as "Happy Hotpoint" the Hotpoint Appliance elf, in commercials aired during the "Ozzie and Harriet Show".

Broke a bone in her wrist while filming _Mary & Rhoda (2000)_

Left dancing for acting because it "lacked the spotlight, " and she "really wanted to be a star."

Strong animal rights activist.


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