Dick Van Dyke to be honored with SAG lifetime achievement award

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.

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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.”

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