Among the few surviving cast members of the 60's hit "The Dick Van Dyke Show" is actor Larry Mathews, the man who played the role of Richie Petrie in the sitcom.
Born on August 15, 1955, in California, Mathews is best known for his role in "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and "The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited."
Larry Mathews as Richie Petrie from the television program "The Dick Van Dyke Show." | Source: Wikimedia Commons
A decade later, the actor graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles. Although his acting career had come to an end, he still cherishes the memories he made during his time on "The Dick Van Dyke Show."
Larry Mathews attends a preview of The Hollywood Museum's "Child Stars - Then And Now" exhibit at The Hollywood Museum. | Source: Getty Images
On January 25, 2017, actress Mary Tyler Moore left the world after a struggle with pneumonia. Hundreds of fans around the world were saddened by the news of her departure, including her on-screen son.
Moore's character Laura Petrie was the on-screen mother of Mathews. She was not only his maternal role model but also a supportive peer throughout his adult life.
A portrait of actress Mary Tyler Moore. | Source: Getty Images
“She was like a mother in a lot of ways…she was the figure there that I grew up with as a child…I’m lucky enough to have two wonderful families and Mary being a huge part of that."
On the set of "The Dick Van Dyke Show," Mary was a teacher, a mother, and a big sister to Mathews. The duo didn't see much of each other after the show ended, but they met in 2004 for "The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited."
During that time, Moore praised Mathews for his acting skills and his character. She even told his mother that he was an amazing man and that she was proud of him.
Dick VanDyke and Mary Tyler Moore from the television program "The Dick VanDyke Show." | Source: Getty Images
The way she praised Mathews touched his heart and he would go on keep those words in the bottom of his heart.
"It was such a wonderful piece of closure…It overwhelmed me and I think of it all the time actually," Mathews fondly reminisced how he felt after hearing those kind words from Moore.