Taking after his grandfather, Shane Van Dyke has already paved a road for himself in Hollywood and has grown into a talented, handsome man.
The legendary Dick Van Dyke is perhaps best known for his role in the 1964 version of "Mary Poppins," but other performances are also hard to forget. Who wouldn't remember “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” “Dick Tracy,” “Bye Bye Birdie,” “Curious George,” or “Night at the Museum.”
Closely following in Dick’s footsteps is grandson Shane, who is a successful TV and film actor, screenwriter and director, and has even played in the same show as his grandfather.
Born on August 28, 1979, Shane became one of four children to Barry and Mary Van Dyke in Los Angeles, California. He has a sister, Taryn, and two brothers, Carey and Wes.
Shane appeared on the CBS television show, "Diagnosis: Murder" as a medical student called Alex Smith in a smaller recurring role, which launched his career. Later in 2002, he starred in "Annie," the musical.
Following the end of the show, Shane worked on television shows such as the soap opera "The Bold and the Beautiful," as well as an independent film, "Arizona Summer."
Shane rejoined his father and grandfather in the summer of 2007 where they made a series of movies titled "Murder 101" for the Hallmark Channel.
It became a busy time for Shane as he also worked on the Hallmark mini-series, "Shark Swarm" with co-stars Daryl Hannah and John Schneider.
As a screenwriter, Shane gained his literary representation with Mad Hatter Entertainment, a production and management company in Hollywood. The company has some big clients, and Shane performed screenwriter duties for films including "Street Racer," "Transformers 2," "Paranormal Entity," and "The Day the Earth Stopped."
(L-R) Barry Van Dyke, Dick Van Dyke, Carey Van Dyke, and Shane Van Dyke on June 18, 2009 in North Hollywood, California | Source: Getty Images
In 2009, Shane moved to Los Angeles, where he is also a television and film faculty member with Hollywood for Kids.
It would probably surprise many to learn that Shane was the writer and director of "Titanic II" wherein he also played the ship’s owner, Hayden Walsh.
(L-R) Dick Van Dyke, Barry Van Dyke, and Shane Van Dyke at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 12, 2007 in Beverly Hills, California | Source: Getty Images
A role later on in July 2013 saw Shane play a lifeguard named Greg in "Supershark," a SyFy film about an oil drilling rig off the California coast that released a giant shark from stone.
Grandad Dick Van Dyke had the audience laughing at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles, that took place on January 6.
He and Emily Blunt walked out on stage to present Best Picture nominee, "Mary Poppins Returns" when Dick jokingly said:
“I spotted Carol Burnett out there, and I said, my God, I know her!”