At last year’s SAG Awards, Dick Van Dyke presented the lifetime achievement prize to his one-time costar Mary Tyler Moore. The actors union announced Tuesday that it is his turn to be honored this year. Van Dyke, a five-time Emmy winner as well as Tony and Grammy champ, will be feted at the 19th annual SAG Awards on Jan. 20, 2013.
In making the announcement, SAG president Ken Howard said, “Dick is the consummate entertainer – an enormously talented performer whose work has crossed nearly every major category of entertainment. From his career-changing Broadway turn in ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ and his deadpan humor in the Emmy winning ‘Dick Van Dyke Show,’ to his unforgettable performance as Bert in ‘Mary Poppins,’ he sets a high bar for actors.”
Added SAG-AFTRA co-president Roberta Reardon: “With Dick, it’s so much more than the proverbial triple threat. He started his career as a radio announcer, game show host and comedian and was a spokesman for Kodak, among numerous other roles over his nearly 60-year career.” She added: “His contributions to the success of the business and to his fellow performers is legendary as is his work with a number of the leading ladies of our times, including Julie Andrews and Mary Tyler Moore – both previous Life Achievement Award recipients.”