Is Dick Van Dyke Still Alive? Update On His Health 2023

By Aarone Hernandez | Published on: February 25, 2024 | Updated on: February 25, 2024
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Dick Van Dyke is a popular actor, entertainer, and comedian. He is an award-winning actor best known for playing roles in movies like Bye Bye Birdie, Mary Poppins, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. With his active involvement in the industry, his well-wishers want to know about his whereabouts. Besides, the actor lost control of his car and got into an accident on March 2023, in California for which his fans wonder if Dick Van is still alive or not.  

Also, a decade ago in 2013, his car caught fire while Dyke was driving on the 101 freeway near Los Angeles. So, here we will talk about his latest health update and more.

Key Takeaways:

  • Dick Van Dyke is still alive in 2023 with a good health condition.
  • The actor was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and suffered from an undiagnosed Neurological Disorder.
  • He is set to make a guest appearance for the television soap ‘Days of Our Lives.’
  • Currently, Dyke resides in Malibu, California with his wife.
  • He got in a car accident in Malibu and suffered minor injuries in 2023.
  • He is now 97 years old.


Yes, Dick is still alive in 2023. Born on December 13, 1925, the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang actor is 97 years and is still in good shape. He regularly goes to the gym, goes to dance rehearsal, and takes a properly balanced diet food.

Although Dyke is in his late 90s, the nonagenarian is still active and has even been a part of a couple of non-profit organizations.

However, in 2022, false news about his death even circulated in the media.

Dick Van Dyke’s Health Update 2023

As of 2023, Dick is still in good health condition. He once stated that the old man takes blueberries every morning as they are good anti-oxidants.

Before going to bed, Dyke enjoys having ice cream. His favorite meal is fried chicken with corn on the cob, mashed potatoes, and peas. Regarding his age, Dyke stated that,

Age is more than a number, it’s a mindset

He Was Diagnosed With Rheumatoid Arthritis

Dick got pain in the leg while dancing for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and was later diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis at the age of 42 in 1967. The doctor estimated that Van would need to use a wheelchair for the next five years.

Van Dyke Suffered From An Undiagnosed Neurological Disorder

He suffered from a neurological disorder and subsequently faced problems like pounding his head whenever the actor lay down. Later on, Dyke also went for a check-up but no diagnosis was made. The doctor advised him to rest and avoid traveling in a plane.

Also, regarding his health, Dick once updated a post on his Twitter account,

My head bangs every time I lay down. I’ve had every test come back that I’m perfectly healthy. Anybody got any ideas?

Because of his undiagnosed neurological disorder, Van had to cancel his event at New York’s 92nd Street Y in 2013. Besides, the Golden Globe-winning star was a chain smoker and drinker in the past but quit it all after knowing he has emphysema scars on his lung.

Is Dick Van Dyke Retired?

No, Dyke is not retired. He is still active in the industry and is set to appear as a guest star in the television series ‘Days of Our Lives’ and play a role of a man with amnesia.

Before, he made his last appearance in the film Poppins Returns in 2018.

Dyke Got Into A Car Accident in 2023

Dyke lost control of his car and crashed into the block wall at the gate of Malibu on March 15, 2023. After the accident, he got bleeding from his nose and mouth and got two stitches on his lower lips.

In an interview with FoxNews when he was questioned how he was doing after the accident, he answered ‘Pretty Good. I’m sore all over.’ He also appreciates his wife Arlene Silver for taking good care of him.

Prior to that, Dyke also got involved in another accident in 2013 while he was driving his Jaguar car on the 101 freeway in Los Angeles. His car caught fire and luckily he wasn’t hurt.

Where Is Dick Van Dyke Now In 2023?

He currently resides in Malibu, California at his mansion located in the hills above the Pacific Ocean with his wife Arlene. He purchased the residence for $750,000 in 1986 where it has 2,200 sq feet of living space and three bedrooms.

Similarly, his pal Clint Eastwood, 93 also lives in California.