DICK VAN DYKE
Date of Birth: December 13, 1925
In 1955 Dick Van Dyke hosted The CBS Morning Show in New York, with Walter Cronkite as news anchor and Barbara Walters as news copywriter. Concurrently, he landed a spot in a Broadway revue called The Boys Against the Girls.
Director/choreographer Gower Champion saw the show and signed Van Dyke to play a lead in Bye Bye Birdie, for which he won a Tony award. Not long after, Carl Reiner and Sheldon Leonard chose Van Dyke to star in a comedy series that became The Dick Van Dyke Show. Premiering in 1961 and co-starring Mary Tyler Moore, the show was a huge hit that ran for five seasons, earning Van Dyke three Emmy Awards.