EXCLUSIVE: ‘I’m just glad to still be here!’ Dick Van Dyke, 96, is upbeat as ever as he admits he’s happy to be alive while leaving lunch in LA
DailyMail.com spotted Dick Van Dyke Thursday as he emerged from lunch with a friend in Los Angeles


The 96-year-old Mary Poppins legend was in an upbeat mood
Asked by well-wishers last week if he had plans for Father’s Day, the beloved dad-of-four said, ‘I’m just glad to still be here’
Dick kept it casual and wore a long sleeve grey shirt with navy blue pants
He was later spotted picking up fake tanning spray at a Malibu pharmacy

Dick Van Dyke says he’s just happy to be alive at 96 years old.

DailyMail.com spotted the Mary Poppins legend Thursday as he emerged from lunch with a friend in LA and appeared in an upbeat mood.

The beloved dad-of-four was asked by well-wishers last week if he had plans for Father’s Day, and he suggested that the weekend was going to be a low-key one, joking: ‘I’m just glad to still be here,’ before taking the wheel of his car and heading off to run errands.

Dick is a grandfather to seven and shares four children with ex-wife Margerie Willet – who he married on the radio show Bride and Groom in 1948 before divorcing 36 years later.

His longtime companion Michelle Triola Marvin passed away in 2009 after living together for 30 years and he has been married to Arlene Silver, 50, since 2012.

Dick sported a thick white beard and kept it casual, wearing a long sleeve grey shirt with navy blue pants.

Dick also offered a glimpse into his secrets for eternal youth as he was spotted picking up fake tanning spray at a Malibu pharmacy.

He purchased a can of Neutrogena micro-mist self-tanning spray, which promises customers the ability to create a tan two or three shades darker than your natural skin tone, according to the product description.

Dick is only an Oscar away from elite EGOT status and served in the US Army during World War II.

Aside from Mary Poppin, he is also known for his memorable roles in The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-66), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) and, most recently, Mary Poppins Returns (2018).

On Valentine’s Day this year, Dick proved he could still act, sing, and dance alongside his wife 46 years his junior, former make-up artist Arlene Silver, 50, in their Everybody Loves a Lover music video

The duo performed a cheery cover of a Richard Adler and Robert Allen song, made popular by Doris Day in 1958, alongside barbershop trio the Vantastix and trumpet player Tony Guerrero.

‘I love to harmonize, so that keeps me going,’ the seven-time grandfather said of the group he formed in 2020.

‘It’s kind of my retirement amusement. I don’t play golf. I have more fun singing and dancing.”

Dick originally met Arlene when she was working at the 13th Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2007 where he presented Julie Andrews with a lifetime achievement award.

‘He said, “Hi, I’m Dick.” The first thing I asked him was, “Weren’t you in Mary Poppins?”‘ she recalled.

‘We got along immediately as friends, so it didn’t feel like he was so much older than me.’

Arlene gushed: ‘He is the most perfect human being. I’ve never met anyone so happy, so genuine, so amazing. He’s just like a happy pill.’

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