Dick Van Dyke shares surprising confession about long Hollywood career Celebrity News | Showbiz and TV

Dick Van Dyke, 98, has had a hugely successful career starring in films like Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and most recently Night at the Museum.

The Hollywood actor has an upcoming special to celebrate his career at CBS and he met with the channel to reflect on his career.

Sitting down with CBS News correspondent Tracy Smith, the legendary actor was asked if he planned on his career spanning seven decades in film, television and the stage.

Surprisingly, Dick admitted that his career was just “luck” due to his “lazy” attitude.

He said: “No. I've never done that. As a businessman, I'm not very good. I'll do a movie or something and come home and just sit and wait for the phone to ring.”

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“I wasn't aggressive. So I was out of work a lot of the time because I didn't go out and look for it.”

Presenter Tracey asked: “And how was it for you?”

Then Dick quipped: “Well, I don't mind that. I'm really very lazy. When I'm having fun, you know, okay. But I'm a lazy person.”

Surprised, Tracy smiled and said: “Really?”

Dick added: “I lack a lot of drive. I'm very lucky. There's always someone to pick me up and keep me there.”

Tracey said: “It's amazing, it just happened.”

Dick concluded: “It happened. It just happened.”

The actor starred in the beloved Disney films Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as well as his own TV sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show.

He will soon be celebrated in a two-hour tribute on CBS titled 'Dick Van Dyke: 98 Years of Magic', in which the old set of his show will be recreated for the special.

Dick attended the special taping with his wife of 52 years, Arlene Silver, whom Dick had previously credited for his good health at this age.

When asked “what is the secret to staying so young” Dick told Yahoo: “Having a beautiful young wife half my age to look after me – it works!”

He credited his wife for helping him maintain a “positive attitude” as well as going to the gym to work out “three days a week.”

You can watch Dick Van Dyke: 98 Years of Magic Thursdays on CBS and Paramount Plus

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