Skip to main contentSkip to footer

Dick Van Dyke teases rare public appearance with wife Arlene Silver, 52, days before 98th birthday – sparks reaction

The Mary Poppins and Dick Van Dyke Show star is ramping up celebrations for his 98th!

Arlene Silver and Dick Van Dyke attend the 43rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors at The Kennedy Center on May 21, 2021 in Washington, DC.
Ahad Sanwari
Ahad SanwariOnline News WriterNew York
Share this:

Dick Van Dyke is ratcheting up the excitement for his big 98th birthday, which falls on December 13th, and is making a special appearance just in time for it.

The actor is being celebrated through a photo exhibit featuring the works of Laura Johansen titled Moments In Time, which opens on Sunday, November 19 at Malibu City Hall.

Van Dyke is slated to make an appearance at the opening alongside his wife of 11 years Arlene Silver, 52, a rare opportunity for the actor to be surrounded by his adoring fans.

Dick Van Dyke's adorable first with wife Arlene Silver

Laura's work spans the past decade of Van Dyke's life, as his personal photographer, capturing him during several important milestones like his Kennedy Center Honors ceremony in 2021.

A video featuring several pieces from the collection was shared on the actor's official Instagram account, encouraging fans to come visit and be part of the experience.

Please join us for the opening reception as we celebrate Dick Van Dyke’s personal photographer @alauradesign! So many never before seen pictures and prints will be available for purchase," the caption read, also asking fans to come dressed in their favorite Dick Van Dyke inspired outfits.

View post on Instagram

Celebrities like Wayne Coyne and Cary Elwes shared a few heart emojis, while a fan penned: "I can’t wait to see all these special moments in time."

Another also wrote: "I just know it will be a big success," with a third adding: "Happy Birthday buddy, you bring so much joy to others!"

WATCH: Dick Van Dyke marks personal first inside lush Malibu home: 'Never too late'

However, the exhibition isn't the only way fans will be able to celebrate the legendary entertainer's birthday, as CBS announced last week that they would be releasing a special titled Dick Van Dyke 98 Years of Magic to honor his six decades of work.

Dick Van Dyke and wife, Arlene Silver photographed at home during a photo shoot on April 21, 2016 in Malibu, California© Getty Images
The actor is slated to make an appearance with wife Arlene Silver

The actor himself shared in a statement obtained by Deadline: "I started with CBS under contract in 1955 with the CBS morning show, then The Dick Van Dyke Show and Diagnosis: Murder

"I've been with the CBS family for almost 70 years, and I couldn't be prouder. I'm incredibly honored that CBS will be throwing a 98th birthday special for me. Can't wait to be part of the show!"

TRENDING: Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter dies at 96 after entering hospice care

An official description of the special reads: "A Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award winner, Van Dyke has inspired generations of performers and will be honored for his contributions to the arts and entertainment. 

Dick Van Dyke, US actor, poses with a variety of kites in a publicity still for the film, 'Mary Poppins', USA, 1964. The film musical, directed by Robert Stevenson, starred Van Dyke as 'Bert'.© Getty Images
The actor is being celebrated with a CBS special honoring his six-decade long career

"The tribute will travel back in time to the iconic set of The Dick Van Dyke Show and feature music and dance, performances, special guests and a special holiday number." 

MORE: First Lady Jill Biden to lead first-ever White House Initiative on Women's Health Research

It continues: "The two-hour tribute event will also showcase songs and archival footage from the best of his nearly full-century career, encompassing Mary Poppins, Bye Bye Birdie, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and more."

THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY - Disney Legend Dick Van Dyke, who portrays Bert, the carefree Cockney chimney sweep in Mary Poppins, will host interstitials throughout Walt Disney Television via Getty Imagess broadcast of The Wonderful World of Disney Pres© Getty Images
"I'm incredibly honored that CBS will be throwing a 98th birthday special for me. Can't wait to be part of the show!"

Dick Van Dyke 98 Years of Magic will air on CBS from 9PM-11PM ET on Thursday, December 21st.

Get the lowdown on the biggest, hottest celebrity news, features and profiles coming out of the U.S. Sign up to our HELLO! Hollywood newsletter and get them delivered straight to your inbox. 

More Celebrity News

See more