How rich is Dick Van Dyke’s wife Arlene Silver? Net Worth, Age

April 18, 2024
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Who is Arlene Silver?

Arlene Silver was born on 21 September 1971 under the zodiac sign of Virgo, in New York City USA. She is a 50-year-old professional make-up artist and celebrity wife, probably best recognized for being the wife of the legendary actor and comedian Dick Van Dyke.

How rich is she, as of now? Arlene Silver Net Worth

As of mid-2021, Arlene Silver’s net worth is estimated at over $1 million, acquired largely through her successful involvement in the beauty industry. It’s assumed that she now shares the wealth of her famous husband Dick Van Dyke, whose fortune is reputedly over $50 million.

Early Life, Parents, Siblings, Nationality, Ethnicity, Educationalf Background, Career

Arlene Silver spent her early years in The Bronx, where she was raised by her parents; however, there is no information about their names and professions, but it’s known that she has an elder brother named John Silver.

She holds American nationality and belongs to White Caucasian ethnic group. Regarding her education, Arlene matriculated from a local high school in The Bronx, after which she relocated to California to enroll in college.

Professional Career

Arlene Silver has made a name for herself as a professional make-up artist working in the film industry. She worked as an art department production assistant for the 2003 American-German romantic comedy film “Carolina”, after which she was a make-up artist for such short film titles as “The Men Of Delta Farce Salute The Troops” and “Hacienda Confidential” both in 2007, and “Making Witless: The Cast On The Cast” (2008). In the same year, she also did her husband’s make-up for two films of a series of four Hallmark Channel mystery films, entitled “Murder 101”. It was followed by her work on “The Caretaker 3D” (2010), and “The Men Of The Next Three Days” (2011).


Her most recent project came in 2015, when she worked in the make-up department for the short family comedy film “Merry Xmas”.

Appearance and Vital Statistics

Arlene Silver has long light brown hair and blue eyes. She stands at a height of 5ft 8ins (1.73m), however, information about her weight, vital statistics, bra, dress and shoe size isn’t disclosed.

Love Story with Dick Van Dyke

Arlene Silver met Dick Van Dyke in 2006 when both of them attended the SAG Awards dinner. Despite the 46-year age gap between the two, they became pretty close friends; subsequently, their friendship evolved into a relationship. After dating for a while, the couple exchanged their wedding vows at an intimate ceremony held in Malibu, California on 29 February 2012, when the legendary actor was 86 years old. They are still going strong.

Dick Van Dyke was previously married to Margerie Willett from 1948; they welcomed four children together, named Barry, Christian, Stacy, and Carrie Beth, but separated in 1976 when he admitted publicly that he’d become romantically involved with the late actress Michelle Triola Marvin. They eventually divorced in 1984, and he remained with Michelle until her death in 2009.

Who is her husband? Dick Van Dyke Short Wiki/Bio

Richard Wayne ‘Dick’ Van Dyke was born on 13 December 1925 under the zodiac sign of Sagittarius, in West Plains, Missouri USA. He was raised in Danville, Illinois by his father, Loren Wayne ‘Cookie’ Van Dyke, who worked as a salesman, and his mother, Hazel Victoria (née McCord), who was a stenographer. He has a younger brother, named Jerry Van Dyke, who was also an actor.


He attended a local high school, but left as a senior in 1944 to join the US Army Air Force for pilot training during World War II; however, he was denied several times since he was underweight, but was accepted to work as a radio announcer before he transferred to the Special Services to entertain troops. He finally obtained his high school diploma in 2004.

Career Beginnings

Dick Van Dyke started pursuing his professional career as a radio DJ in the late 1940s. At the time, he also formed a comedy duo with pantomime performer Phil Erickson, and they toured the West Coast nightclub circuit, and performed in a local TV show entitled “The Merry Mutes”, in Atlanta, Georgia in the early 1950s. He continued appearing on TV, including in “The Phil Silvers Show”, “The Ed Sullivan Show”, and “The Garry Moore Show”, among many others.

In 1959, he made his Broadway debut in the production of “The Girls Against The Boys”, after which he took the lead role of Albert Peterson in the musical “Bye Bye Birdie” that ran from 1960 to 1961. It won four Tony Awards, and earned him a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical.

Rise to Stardom in the 1960s

Between 1961 and 1966, Dick Van Dyke starred in the role of comedy writer Rob Petrie in his own CBS sitcom, “The Dick Van Dyke Show”. It won 15 Primetime Emmy Awards, including four in the category of Outstanding Comedy Series, and earned him three for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. Concurrently, he made his debut feature film appearance in the 1963 film version of “Bye Bye Birdie”, which was a huge success.


It was followed by his portrayal of Bert in Walt Disney’s 1964 musical fantasy film “Mary Poppins”, co-starring Julie Andrews, directed by Robert Stevenson and based on P. L. Travers’ book series of the same title. It achieved both critical and commercial success. He and Julie Andrews even received a Grammy Award for Best Children’s Album, for their performance on the film’s soundtrack.

Throughout the rest of the 1960s, he starred in several box office flops, such as “The Art Of Love” (1965), opposite James Garner, “Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N.” (1966), and “Divorce American Style” (1967), next to Jean Simmons and Debbie Reynolds. Nonetheless, he took the role of Caractacus Potts in the commercially successful 1968 musical-fantasy film “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, directed by Ken Hughes and based on Ian Fleming’s novel of the same title.

Dick Van Dyke

In 1969, he played William Simon aka Billy Bright in the comedy-drama film “The Comic”, written, co-produced, and directed by Carl Reiner.

Continued Success in the 1970s and 1980s

Dick Van Dyke’s next major project was another CBS sitcom, “The New Dick Van Dyke Show”, in which he landed the role of local TV talk show host Dick Preston; the show was less successful than its predecessor, lasting for only three seasons from 1971 to 1974. Concurrently, he played Rev. Clayton Brooks in the 1971 satirical comedy film “Cold Turkey”, then received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Best Lead Actor in a Drama for his portrayal of Charlie Lester in the made-for-TV drama film “The Morning After”, released on ABC in 1974.


Two years later, he hosted his own NBC variety and comedy show, “Van Dyke And Company”, for which he won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy-Variety or Music Series. In 1977, he was a series regular in the final season of the CBS comedy sketch “The Carol Burnett Show”, playing various characters. Thereafter, he starred in a number of made-for-TV film titles, such as “Harry’s Battles” (1981), “The Country Girl” (1982), and “Strong Medicine” (1986), among others. In 1988, he took the role of Dick Burgess in the short-lived CBS sitcom “The Van Dyke Show”, sharing the screen with his son Barry Van Dyke. Two years later, he played D.A. Fletcher in the Academy Award-winning action crime comedy film “Dick Tracy”, along with Al Pacino and Madonna.

Further Work

Dick Van Dyke’s next prominent role came when he was chosen to play Dr. Mark Sloan, first in an episode of the CBS crime drama series “Jake And The Fatman” (1991), and then in two CBS film titles, “Diagnosis Murder: Diagnosis Of Murder” and “Diagnosis Murder: The House On Sycamore Street”, both in 1992, that became the foundation for his highly popular CBS crime drama series “Diagnosis Murder”, which was aired for eight seasons from 1993 until 2001. Many of his family members, including his son Barry and his grandsons Shane and Carey, landed roles in the series. Following its cancelation, Dick reprised the role in two CBS film titles, “Diagnosis Murder: Town Without Pity” and “Diagnosis Murder: Without Warning”, both in 2002.

Recent Projects

Afterwards, he was praised for his performance as Weller Martin in the PBS drama film “The Gin Game” (2003), based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same title. Three years later, he landed the role of villain Cecil Fredericks in the fantasy comedy film “Night At The Museum”, opposite Ben Stiller. The film was a huge commercial success grossing over $574 million worldwide on a $110 million budget; he later reprised the role in its 2014 sequel “Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb”.

Between 2006 and 2008, he appeared next to his son Barry in a series of the Hallmark Channel mystery films “Murder 101”, portraying Dr. Jonathan Maxwell.

Recently, he featured as Mr. Dawes, Jr. in Rob Marshall’s “Mary Poppins Returns” (2018), a sequel to the original film. It is announced that he will play James Archer in the upcoming comedy film “Capture The Flag”, which is currently under pre-production.

Other Work

Apart from being an actor, Dick Van Dyke is an accomplished author, and has written five books, including “Faith, Hope And Hilarity: The Child’s Eye View Of Religion” (1970), “My Lucky Life In And Out Of Show Business” (2011), and “Keep Moving: And Other Tips And Truths About Living Well Longer” (2016).

Besides that, he is an a cappella enthusiast, who has sung in the group “Dick Van Dyke and The Vantastix” since 2000. He also released his debut solo album, entitled “Step (Back) In Time” in 2017.

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