It’s the Mary Poppins effect! Dick van Dyke is not yet 56 years old because he is strikingly similar to his character from the 1964 film
- Dick Van Dyke played chimney sweep Bert and Mr Dawes Snr in Mary Poppins
- Star – then 39 years old – hid under makeup and silver hair for the cameo
- Van Dyke, 94, to be seen in LA after performing Stings musical, The Last Ship
Unless you are a bit of an anorak from Mary Poppins, chances are you won’t be aware that Dick van Dyke had two roles in the movie of the same name.
A world away from the cheerful chimney sweep Bert, the star played the grumpy banker Dawes Sr., who picked up poor George Banks, the employer of Julie Andrews’ almost perfect babysitter.
The star – then 39 years old – hid under makeup and silver hair from the sneaky cameo and was credited in the 1964 film as Navckid Keyd, an anagram of his name.
Now: Dick Van Dyke backstage after a performance of The Last Ship of 94 years (left). 1964: Dick Van Dyke as Mr. Dawes Sr. in Mary Poppins (right)
Fifty-six years later, it cannot be concealed that he now takes on the shape of the character, complete with the required white beard, in real life. Van Dyke, now 94, showed his new look in a radiant snap with Sting, posted on the singer’s Instagram page.
The pair was backstage at the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles after a performance of Stings musical, The Last Ship.
Van Dyke was back in the make-up chair for a cameo such as Mr Dawes Jr., the son of the tyrannical banker, in the highly anticipated sequel of 2018, Mary Poppins Returns, starring Emily Blunt.
Dick van Dyke played two roles in the film of the same name, Mary Poppins, in which he played Bert and Mr Dawes Sr.
He revealed: “When they invented me as the old man in it [the original movie], I had to go to Walt Disney and ask him for the part, he didn’t give it to me.
“I said,” I do it for nothing. ” I actually had to give him $ 4000 dollars. I had to pay him to do the part. “And I would do it again.” The money went to the California Institute of the Arts, the visual and performing arts academy founded by Disney in 1961.
“That’s the first time I ever bought a part. This time I got paid, “Van Dyke added.