Dick Van Dyke’s Wife Speaks Out on Their 46-Year Age Gap

by Madison Miller

Dick Van Dyke has proved that his acting in TV and films is timeless.

“The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “Mary Poppins,” and “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” are just a few examples of how everlastingly popular Van Dyke’s work has proven to be.

Dick Van Dyke and his wife, Arlene Silver, have the same thought process when it comes to love. That is, “love is ageless” and similar to his films and shows, timeless.

Dick Van Dyke And Arlene Silver

The couple has been married for nearly seven years now. Van Dyke, who is 95, and Silver, who is 49, exchanged vows and said “I Do” in February 2012. According to a Huffington Post interview from 2013, the couple believes their love is a Hollywood fairytale.

“I haven’t been married before so it’s wonderful. He’s the perfect human being but he’s also the perfect partner. I went through a lot of frogs to get my prince,” Arlene Silver said.

The couple met when she was working as a make-up artist at the SAG awards about eight years ago. The two started as friends before eventually realizing the sparks were deeper than friendship.

Despite the 46-year age gap, the two followed their hearts and began dating romantically. She revealed that the age gap was never once an issue for them.

“[Van Dyke] is a lot of fun. He’s not immature in a bad way. He’s immature in a good way with the wonder of a child … just fun, he’s open-minded. He’s not stuck in his ways at all. We’re both like children. We feel like we’re both having a second childhood,” Silver said.

Fans of Dick Van Dyke and Arlene Silver will soon possibly get to see more of their daily interactions together. According to Parade, the couple is working on a show that will detail their marriage, life at home, and all-around adventures as a couple. It isn’t a reality show necessarily but will depict a realistic depiction of their love. There has not been a lot of news related to the project and if or when it’s really happening. The show was originally just going to be about the timeless work and life of Dick Van Dyke, but they realized their love and marriage is a story people needed to hear.

Silver said it is becoming a “portrait of an unusual relationship and how well it works … just that love is ageless.”

Van Dyke and Silver are trying to prove that “age is just a number.”

Dick Van Dyke Looking Forward To 100

In an interview with CBS This Morning, Dick Van Dyke shows off that lively and fun personality his wife is so fond of.

Van Dyke explained his at-home workout routine that he does in the warmth of his Malibu backyard. When he’s not doing sit-ups and working out, Van Dyke is dancing like he’s still in “Mary Poppins.”

“I’m 95, and a lot of my friends won’t do these … So all you old guys out there, listen to me, I’m telling you: You can keep going for a long— I’m still dancing! And singing!” Dick Van Dyke said regarding his fitness routine.

Van Dyke is passionate about his routine and health because he’s hoping to make it to 100. He said he’s “looking forward to 100” and that if George Burns can do it, he wants to also do it.