It’s the Mary Poppins Effect! Dick van Dyke hasn’t aged in 56 years as he looks remarkably similar to his character from the 1964 film
- Dick Van Dyke played Chimney Sweep Bert and Mr Dawes Snr in Mary Poppins
- Star – 39 years old at the time – hid under makeup and silver hair for the cameo
- Van Dyke, 94, seen in LA after the performance of Sting’s musical The Last Ship
Fortunately, unless you’re a bit of a Mary Poppins anorak, you probably didn’t know that Dick van Dyke had two roles in the film of the same name.
The star played a world apart from the cheerful chimney sweep Bert and played the belligerent banker Mr. Dawes Sr., who chose poor George Banks, the employer of Julie Andrews’ practically perfect nanny.
The then 39-year-old star hid under makeup and silver hair for the sneaky cameo and was referred to as Navckid Keyd, an anagram of his name, in the 1964 film.
Now: Dick Van Dyke backstage after a performance of The Last Ship at the age of 94 (left). 1964: Dick Van Dyke as Mr. Dawes Sr. in Mary Poppins (right)
Fifty-six years later, there is no hiding from the fact that now in real life he appears to be taking the form of the character with the required white beard. Van Dyke, now 94, showed off his new look in a glowing snap with Sting posted on the singer’s Instagram page.
The couple went backstage at the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles after a performance of Sting’s musical The Last Ship.
Van Dyke was back in the makeup chair for a cameo as Mr. Dawes Jr., son of the tyrannical banker, in Mary Poppins Returns, the long-awaited 2018 sequel that starred Emily Blunt.
Dick van Dyke had two roles in the film of the same name, Mary Poppins, in which he played Bert and Mr Dawes Sr.
He revealed, ‘When they invented me as the old man in [the original movie]I had to go to Walt Disney and ask him about the part, he didn’t give it to me.
I said, “I will do it for nothing.” I actually had to give him $ 4,000. I had to pay him to do the part. “And I would do it again.” The money went to the California Institute of the Arts, the visual and performing arts school founded by Disney in 1961.
“This is the first time I’ve bought a part. This time I got paid, ”added Van Dyke.