Dick Van Dyke Reveals His Favorite Role He Ever Played

by Madison Miller

Dick Van Dyke has had seven decades of award-winning roles and memorable moments.

While fans have their favorites, whether it be “The Dick Van Dyke Show” or “Bye Bye Birdie,” or anything else, Van Dyke has his own favorite role.

He said in an interview with CNN once, with little hesitation, that his role in “Mary Poppins” in 1964 was his favorite role he was ever in. With such a long and successful career, that’s a large statement to say.

“Probably the role in ‘Mary Poppins’ was the most fun I ever had … it was so much fun. That’s my favorite movie too,” he said.

Dick Van Dyke in ‘Mary Poppins’

Van Dyke had gotten a lot of his initial attention and praise for his days on the radio and Broadway. However, his roles in musical films such as “Bye Bye Birdie,” “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” and “Mary Poppins” were especially popular.

“Mary Poppins” is one of the most popular musical films ever and was the highest-grossing film of that year. A sequel was made just a couple of years ago in 2018 called “Mary Poppins Returns.”

The original movie was directed by Robert Stevenson and produced by Walt Disney. It has a unique combination of live-action as well as animated segments.

The movie focuses on a family in London who hire a nanny to help out. It turns out the one they picked is a little extra magical and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.”

Julie Andrews had her breakout role as Mary Poppins. As for Dick Van Dyke, he played Bert. He was Poppins’ closest friend who had grown accustomed to her magic. They have a playful friendship that seems to imply that they’ve gone through similar stories in the past.

Bert has four different jobs as a one-man band, a pavement chalk artist, a chimney sweep, and a kite seller in the movie.

Worst Accent in Film History

Clearly, Dick Van Dyke had a lot of fun with his magical friend Mary Poppins on screen. However, some viewers wish he would have spent more time learning a proper British accent for the film.

According to Insider, his accent continues to be considered one of the worst representations in film ever. A 2017 poll from Babbel ranked his fake accent in “Mary Poppins” as one of the worst.

“I appreciate this opportunity to apologize to the members of BAFTA for inflicting on them the most atrocious Cockney accent in the history of cinema,” Van Dyke said after receiving a BAFTA.

It doesn’t appear he let the criticism take away any of the positive feelings he had about his appearance in “Mary Poppins.”

Returning to ‘Mary Poppins’

Dick Van Dyke returned to the 2018 film “Mary Poppins Returns.” This time, however, he played the small role of Mr. Dawes Jr., the retired chairman of the bank.

In this movie Emily Blunt is Mary Poppins and Lin-Manuel Miranda is Jack.

While being in “Mary Poppins” was Dick Van Dyke’s favorite experience, other actors were also starstruck by his role. When he came to set for the movie, the cast was in awe.

“He is such a joy and so charismatic. I think people were very emotional that entire day that he was on. There was sort of like a lot of ugly crying that went on. When he started tap dancing on the desk I was like ‘forget it,'” Emily Blunt said in the IGN interview.