Dick Van Dyke: Life in pictures
Dick Van Dyke, 86, received the Screen Actors Guild's Life Achievement Award during SAG's annual awards ceremony Jan. 27. VIDEO: Dick Van Dyke reflects on his career
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'Diagnosis Murder'( Viacom )
Van Dyke landed his second hit television show in a roundabout way. What started as a guest role as Dr. Mark Sloane on "Jake and the Fatman" led to three spinoff TV movies featuring the character. From there, CBS signed Van Dyke to his own show, "Diagnosis Murder." The series, about a doctor who helps the police fight crime, gave Van Dyke a chance to costar with his son Barry Van Dyke. After a successful run from 1993 to 2001, Van Dyke revisited the role in several TV movies.
"'Diagnosis Murder' was mostly an adventure in nepotism. [Laughs.] My son played a regular part, my two grandsons were on, both my daughters, and at one time I think I had the whole family on. But it was that kind of a show. It always seemed to me that in murder mysteries, everybody is so icy-cool, sophisticated. We wanted this to be warm, and we kept it a loose ship. If anybody had a funny idea and we could work humor in, we did. I think that's why it lasted so long."