Dick Van Dyke Takes Ukulele Lessons at Age 97

Dick Van Dyke.
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Take it from Dick Van Dyke, outdated canine can be taught new tips.

“My first ukulele lesson with @getstartedplayingukulele @bijoubox’s third,” the 97-year-old actor captioned an Instagram video of himself strumming a tune on the ukulele on Monday, August 21. “It’s by no means too late to start out one thing new #dandyvandyclub @curedaily @alauradesign.”

Followers flooded the feedback of Van Dyke’s submit with encouraging messages. One consumer wrote, “Love that you simply’re nonetheless making an attempt new issues! A lesson in find out how to keep younger.” One other commented, “Amen! I began faucet dancing at age 60. I’ll by no means win any awards for it, however I’m having enjoyable.”

Van Dyke additionally shared a number of followers’ reactions to his ukulele lesson through his Instagram on Monday. “You’re nothing in need of wonderful @official_dick_van_dyke,” one consumer captioned a repost of the clip. “I hope you’re feeling that and I hope you understand that.”

Whereas one other fan dubbed him a “legend,” a 3rd consumer referred to as the Mary Poppins star “an inspiration for making probably the most out of life.”

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Van Dyke has maintained an energetic Hollywood profession for over six many years. Earlier this 12 months, he competed on The Masked Singer because the mascot Gnome. The star was the primary movie star in disguise to be despatched house through the present’s season 9 premiere in February and have become the oldest contestant within the present’s historical past.

“Once they requested me to do it, I had by no means seen it. So I checked out it on the air and it seemed like enjoyable,” he instructed Leisure Weekly. “And I used to be so constructive that no one would ever guess it was me, that they might have someone 97 years outdated on there. And the expertise was bizarre, as a result of they should maintain it a secret from the crew. So I walked round with my head coated with individuals main me. They’ve acquired a pleasant crew, however I by no means acquired to fulfill any of them!”

One month after his transient stint on the Fox singing competitors collection, Van Dyke sustained “minor accidents” from a automotive accident in Malibu, California. Based on CNN, he was driving a silver 2018 Lexus LS 500 when he by accident slid right into a gate on March 15.

TMZ later reported that Van Dyke was handled by paramedics on the scene and was bleeding from his mouth and nostril and had doubtlessly suffered a concussion. The outlet famous the actor didn’t want to go to the hospital for additional remedy.

Van Dyke’s most up-to-date credit score is the 2020 Jim Carrey Showtime collection, Kidding. He shares 4 youngsters — Christian, 73, Barry, 72, Stacy, 68, and Carrie, 62 — along with his ex-wife, Margie Willett, who died in 2008 on the age of 81. Van Dyke tied the knot along with his present spouse, Arlene Silver, 4 years later.