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Dick Van Dyke Defies His Age at 96: Married to 46-Year-Younger Wife and Praised by Fans for Looking 'Amazing'

Oyin Balogun
Jun 24, 2022
07:30 A.M.
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Dick Van Dyke has continually stunned fans with the way he perpetually defies his age, and he has credited the remarkable feat to being married to a woman 46 years younger than he is. Here are some other things he does to remain fit as a fiddle.


Dick Van Dyke, famously known for his show "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and for playing Mary Poppins's closest friend, Bert, in "Mary Poppins," was recently pictured looking fit at 96 as he left lunch with a friend in Malibu recently.

After lunch, he was spotted running errands, including picking up a bottle of Neutrogena self-tanning spray from a local store. He was dressed casually in a light gray, long-sleeved sweater, navy pants, and a pair of slip-on shoes for the outings.

Dick Van Dyke on October 27, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California | Source: Getty Images

Dick Van Dyke on October 27, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California | Source: Getty Images


He also carried a stylish leather shoulder bag, and after finishing his errand, he proved he was still as upright as ever when he got into his Lexus and drove home. The way he continually defies his age has been a source of joy and inspiration to his fans.

As Dick left his lunch date with his friend, passers-by asked him what he had planned for father's day, but all he told them was that he was just "glad to be here."


Later on, pictures from his outing that captured him grinning heartily were shared on Twitter, and they elicited a lot of praise from users who were blown away by the life in his eyes at 96. One fan wrote:

"And he looks great! We are glad you are still here too!"

A different tweep wrote: "Imagine looking that good at 96." Many other users echoed the same sentiment, with one claiming that he is a "national treasure" and another confessing that the veteran actor was her "childhood hero."



Dick Van Dyke has been married to Arlene Silver, a woman more than four decades younger than him, for several years. The bubbly old man was captured attempting to cover up a nude statue's private parts with a scarf.

He attended the event to present Julie Andres with a lifetime achievement award, and while Arlene, who was there as a make-up artist, powdered his nose, they started talking.


He introduced himself as Dick to her, and the first thing she did was confirm if he was the Dick from "Mary Poppins." It was the beginning of something neither party saw coming.

Silver said, "We got along immediately as friends, so it didn't feel like he was so much older than me." Their friendship evolved into something more as time passed, and they let it happen. She once said:

"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."


Dick, who had enjoyed two long relationships with different women, confessed that he never expected ever to find love again. As things got even more serious, the talented actor started to worry about what people would say about the 46-year gap between them. He said:

"I thought there would be an outcry about a gold digger marrying an old man, but no one ever took that attitude."



Dick is very popular because of his acting talent; however, these days, hardly anybody can successfully describe him without mentioning his age-defying habits. Indeed, despite his age, the actor has told Closer Weekly that he still visits the gym up to three times per week. He said in 2019:

"I've always been an exerciser and still am … I get in the pool and exercise. At my age, they say to keep moving. Put me on solid ground and I'll start tapping."


To remain active, he does water aerobics, lifts weights, and walks a treadmill, but he has also credited his fit figure to good genes. His younger partner, Silver, keeps him on his toe when he's not doing any of that. He once gave her credit for his happiness and vitality as a nonagenarian. In his words:

"We share an attitude. She can go with the flow. She loves to sing and dance, which we do almost every day. She's just delightful."


They showcased a slice of how they get down on the dancefloor when they teamed up with Silver's band, The Vantastix, and Tony Guerrero for a rendition of a 1958 Doris Day song titled "Everybody Loves a Lover."

The music video was shared on Silver's Youtube channel and attracted over a million views and more than ten thousand likes. It began with Silver singing the lovely song while observing herself before a mirror and slowly heated up when she sashayed over to where her husband was seated cross-legged in a chair.


After crooning a few verses, Dick walked up to his wife, after which they started performing the two-step and other steps in perfect synchronization while displaying their beautiful bond for all to see. The actor looked quite happy and very much in love, but the best thing about it was that the look was mirrored in Silver's eyes.

Throughout the performance, the couple kissed and hugged each other, and as it ended, the bubbly old man was captured attempting to cover up a nude statue's private parts with a scarf. It had viewers impressed, not only by the fact that the nonagenarian could still dance but also because of the evident love between the two.

The footage was posted on the internet just before Dick and Silver's 10th wedding anniversary on February 29. Aside from Silver, he has been in love once before; his relationship with Margie Willett, his first wife and mother of his four kids, ended in 1984 after more than three decades.

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