Who is Carrie Beth Van Dyke?
Carrie was born in the USA in 1961 – her exact date of birth remains undisclosed, but her zodiac sign is said to be Gemini, and she holds American nationality. She’s a bit of an actress, as she has only a single acting credit, while she’s probably only known for being a daughter of Richard Wayne ‘Dick’ Van Dyke, a famous American actor and singer.
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Carrie’s today leading a peaceful life with her husband, away from the media’s attention, in Los Angeles, California.
Early life and education
Carrie was raised in Los Angeles, alongside her siblings Stacy, Barry and Christian, by their father and their mother Marjorie ‘Margie’ Willett, the late American housewife who passed away in 2008, aged 81.
Carrie became interested in acting at a very early age, and began appearing in theatre plays when she was six; her father often took her to his movie sets, and she thus had an opportunity to practice acting with some of the most famous actors and actresses of that time.
She was only 10 when she was cast to play Carrie in the 1971 episode “Everything from ‘A to Z’”, and she then also played Girl Scout in the 1973 episode “The Power of the Bleep” of the comedy series “The New Dick Van Dyke Show”. It was created by Carl Reiner, starred her father Dick, Hope Lange and Marty Brill, and follows a married couple as they’re raising their teenage daughter; the series was nominated for a 1972 Golden Globe for Best TV Actor – Comedy or Musical (Dick Van Dyke).
Carrie was physically highly active while attending a local high school, as she played soccer and basketball with her peers, and also enjoyed running track. She matriculated in 1979, and as she hasn’t spoken of further education, it’s believed that Carrie didn’t attend college.
Carrie hasn’t shared many details about her career, and it’s only known that she spent some time in the ‘80s working at the Windmill Dinner Theater in Scottsdale, Arizona. However, it’s widely believed that she was a theatre actress for more than 30 years, and that she has only recently retired.
Love life and husband
Carrie prefers to keep the details of her love life to herself, but has still allowed her fans to have a glimpse into it.
She exchanged vows with American actor and comedian Kevin McNally, on 23 May 1983, in a private ceremony attended by only the closest of their friends and family members; they met three years earlier, while they were both acting at Windmill Dinner Theater, and they have two children. Kevin is not to be mistaken for the British actor of the same name, who played Joshamee Gibbs in the film franchise “Pirates of the Caribbean”.
Carrie’s Kevin is perhaps still known best for his portrayal of a prisoner in the critically acclaimed 1999 thriller movie “Instinct”, which starred Anthony Hopkins and Cuba Gooding Jr., and follows Dr. Ethan Powell who has been sent to jail for murder.
Neither Carrie nor Kevin have spoken of any other people whom they have perhaps been with, and as of May 2022, Carrie’s married to Kevin McNally, and they have two children together.
Hobbies and other interests
Carrie was physically highly active when she was in her 20s and 30s, as she had multiple training sessions at the gym every week, and occasionally played sports with her friends; while she was still attending high school, Carrie wanted to become a professional soccer player, but eventually chose theatre over soccer.
She’s a huge lover of animals, and has volunteered at a couple of animal shelters, while she today has two pet dogs, both rescues.
Carrie has also donated money to a couple of charity organizations, and after her mother suffered and died from cancer, she donated to a cancer research program.
She has her own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Jim Carrey, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, while a couple of her favorite movies include “Bruce Almighty”, “Sleepless in Seattle” and “Saving Private Ryan”.
Age, height and net worth
Carrie is either 60 or 61-years-old. She has long blonde hair and blue eyes, her height is 5ft 5ins (1.65m) and she weighs around 130lbs (60kgs).
As of May 2022, Carrie’s net worth stands at more than $100,000, while her father Dick’s net worth has been estimated at over $50 million.
Who is her father, Dick Van Dyke?
Dick was born in West Plains, Missouri USA on 13 December 1925 – his zodiac sign is Sagittarius, and he holds American nationality. He’s appeared in close to 100 movies and TV series, while he’s perhaps still known best for his portrayal of the main character Bert in the hit 1964 family fantasy comedy movie “Marry Poppins”.
It was directed by Robert Stevenson, also starred Julie Andrews and David Tomlinson, and follows a nanny who, with the help of magic, is trying to help a father become closer to his two children; the movie won 27 awards, including five Oscars, while it was nominated for 17 other awards.
Dick was raised in West Plains alongside his younger brother Jerry Van Dyke, who was also an actor, and who passed away in 2018, aged 87; their father Loren Wayne ‘Cookie’ Van Dyke was a salesman, while their mother Hazel Victoria (nee McCord) was a stenographer.
He grew up dreaming of joining the US Army, and quit school in 1944, aged 18, when he was allowed to join the US Army Air Force as a radio announcer, having previously been rejected a couple of times because he was underweight; Dick only received his high school diploma in 2004, at the age of 78.
He launched his career in 1946, when he began working at the radio station WDAN as a DJ, for which Dick had to move to Danville, Illinois. The following year saw him and Phil Erickson form the comedy duo Eric and Van – the Merry Mutes.
Dick appeared in his first Broadway play, “The Girls Against the Boys” in November 1959, while he had begun appearing in TV series two years earlier. After having gained recognition with his performance in “Mary Poppins” and “The Dick Van Dyke Show”, which aired from 1961 to 1966, Dick was cast to play lead characters in a number of critically acclaimed movies, such as the 1966 family adventure comedy “Lt. Robin Crusoe, US N”, the 1967 comedy “Divorce American Style” and the 1968 family adventure fantasy “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, which was nominated for an Oscar for Best Music, Original Song.
Dick played a supporting character in the 1977 comedy series “The Carol Burnett Show”, and the ‘80s then saw him star in several hit movies, including the 1982 drama “The Country Girl” and the 1987 fantasy comedy “Ghost of a Chance”.
Between 1993 and 2001, Dick starred as Dr. Mark Sloan, as well as played various other characters in all the 178 episodes of the mystery crime series “Diagnosis Murder”, created by Joyce Burditt, and which also starred Barry Van Dyke and Victoria Rowell. It follows Dr. Mark Sloan who’s helping his homicide detective son Steve solve crimes; it was nominated for six awards, including a Primetime Emmy.
Dick hasn’t had many roles since then, while a couple of his most recent have been in the 2018 family fantasy “Buttons, A New Musical Film”, the 2020 comedy series “Kidding” and the 2022 drama “The 90s Club”.
He has won 21 awards, including four Primetime Emmys, three of which were for his performance in “The Dick Van Dyke Show”, and the fourth for “Van Dyke and Company”; Dick has also been nominated for 20 other awards.
He has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.