Dick Van Dyke makes history at 98

When the Daytime Emmy nominations were announced Friday, history was made.

Dick Van Dyke became the oldest nominee when he was nominated for his guest role on Days of Our Lives.

The 98-year-old actor and comedian made his debut as Timothy Robicheaux, an elderly man with amnesia, on Days of Our Lives in September 2023. He acted alongside his real-life friend Drake Hogestyn, who starred on Days on and off since the late 1980s.

“I said, ‘Don’t you have any parts for old people? Come on give me one.’ And he took me seriously and got me a part!” Van Dyke told Access Hollywood.

American actor Dick Van Dyke, circa 1960. )Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Van Dyke was excited to play the role on the soap opera, saying, “I have played old men before, but ‘comedy old men,'” he said last year. “This is the first time I ever just played my 97-year-old self.”

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – OCTOBER 27: Dick Van Dyke accepts the Britannia Award for Excellence in Television presented by Swarovski onstage at the 2017 AMD British Academy Britannia Awards Presented by American Airlines And Jaguar Land Rover at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 27, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/BAFTA LA/Getty Images for BAFTA LA)

While Van Dyke is the oldest Daytime Emmy nominee, Norman Lear was the oldest Primetime Emmy nominee at 100 in 2022.

Congratulations to Dick Van Dyke! A well-earned nomination!


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