Barry Van Dyke

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Barry Van Dyke
Barry Van Dyke 1980.JPG
Van Dyke in 1980
Born (1951-07-31) July 31, 1951 (age 66)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Occupation Actor, writer, director, presenter
Years active 1962–present
Spouse(s) Mary Carey
Children 4, including Shane Van Dyke
Parent(s) Dick Van Dyke
Margie Willett
Stepmother-Arlene Silver-Van dyke

Barry Van Dyke (born July 31, 1951) is an American actor and the second son of actor and entertainer Dick Van Dyke as well as the stepson of makeup artist Arlene Silver-Van Dyke and nephew of Jerry Van Dyke. He was best known to audiences as Lieutenant Detective Steve Sloan, a homicide detective and the son of Dr. Mark Sloan (played by Dick Van Dyke) on Diagnosis: Murder. In the show, the characters' relatives were frequently played by real-life family members.[1]

Biography[edit]

Barry Van Dyke was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of Dick Van Dyke and his first wife, Margie Willett (1926-2008). He had one older brother, Christian, and two younger sisters, Stacy and Carrie Beth.

Van Dyke's TV debut was as Florian, a violin-toting nine-year-old in "The Talented Neighborhood" episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show alongside big brother Christian. However, Dick Van Dyke advised his son Barry to wait before pursuing a show business career. Barry Van Dyke later told a reporter, "He told me that if I still wanted to act after I graduated high school, then it would be OK."[2]

Later, Barry Van Dyke worked as a "go-fer" on his father's television series, The New Dick Van Dyke Show, which debuted in 1971 and aired until 1974. While working on that show, he secured a part as an extra.[3]

He worked with his father again in the short-lived series The Van Dyke Show (which was canceled after six episodes in 1988) and then the long-running series Diagnosis: Murder, which aired from 1993-2001.[4] In both series, he had major roles. He also wrote and directed several episodes of Diagnosis: Murder. After Diagnosis: Murder ended, Barry appeared in the Murder 101 television films, again alongside his father.

Barry Van Dyke also appeared in many other television shows over the course of his long career. His other television work includes a starring role in the short-lived Galactica 1980 as Lieutenant Dillon, and appearances in Remington Steele, The Love Boat, Magnum, P.I., The Dukes of Hazzard, as Ace Combat Pilot and former M.I.A. soldier St. John Hawke in the fourth and final season of Airwolf, The A-Team, Gun Shy, Murder, She Wrote, Mork & Mindy, and The Redd Foxx Show.[5]

Marriage and children[edit]

In 1974, he married Mary Carey; the couple had 4 children: Carey (born February 25, 1976), Shane (born August 28, 1979), Wes (born October 22, 1984), and Taryn (born June 1, 1986).


Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1962 The Dick Van Dyke Show Florian Episode: "The Talented Neighborhood"
1971–1974 The New Dick Van Dyke Show Various characters 7 episodes
1976 Stalk the Wild Child Volleyball Player Television film
1976 Gemini Man Steward Episode: "Escape Hatch"
1976 Van Dyke and Company Computer Date #1 Episode #1.6
1977 Wonder Woman Freddy Episode: "Wonder Woman in Hollywood"
1977 Tabitha Roger Bennett Episode: "Tabitha"
1977 Ants Richard Cyril Television film
1978 The Harvey Korman Show Stuart Stafford Main cast (5 episodes)
1978 Eight Is Enough Larry Phenton Episode: "Cinderella's Understudy"
1978 Mork & Mindy Dan Phillips Episode: "A Mommy for Morky"
1978 What's Up, Doc? Howard Bannister Television pilot
1979 The MacKenzies of Paradise Cove Eric Episode: "Bridget's Romance"
1980 Galactica 1980 Lieutenant Dillon Main cast (10 episodes)
1980 Casino Edge Television film
1981 Ghost of a Chance Wayne Clifford Television pilot
1980 The Love Boat Scott Hanson Episode: "Boomerang"
1982 The Powers of Matthew Star Coach Curtis Episodes: "Winning" and "Endurance"
1982 Remington Steele Creighton Phillips Episode: "Steele Belted"
1982 Foxfire Light Linc Wilder Feature film
1983 Magnum, P.I. Duke Davis Episode: "The Big Blow"
1983 Gun Shy Russell Donovan Main cast (6 episodes)
1983 The Love Boat Joey Gardiner Episode: "When the Magic Disappears"
1984 The A-Team Dr. Brian Lefcourt Episodes: "The Bend in the River" (Parts 1 & 2)
1984 The Dukes of Hazzard Brock Curtis Episode: "The Dukes in Hollywood"
1984 Mr. Mom Jack Butler Television pilot
1985 The Canterville Ghost John Otis Television film
1985 The Love Boat Roger DeConte Episode: "Love Times Two"
1986 The Redd Foxx Show Sgt. Dwight Stryker Recurring role (4 episodes)
1986 T.J. Hooker George Collins Episode: "Shootout"
1986 The Love Boat Brandon Cobb Episode: "Hello Emily/The Tour Guide/The Winner Number"
1987 Airwolf Saint John Hawke Main cast (Season 4: 24 episodes)
1988 The Van Dyke Show Matt Burgess Main cast (10 episodes)
1990 Full House Eric Trent Episode: "No More Mr. Dumb Guy"
1990 Murder, She Wrote Buddy Black Episode: "How to Make a Killing Without Really Trying"
1991 She-Wolf of London Alan Decker Episode: "Habeas Corpses"
1992 Diagnosis of Murder Detective Steve Sloan Television film
1992 The House on Sycamore Street Detective Steve Sloan Television film
1993 A Twist of the Knife Detective Steve Sloan Television film
1993–2001 Diagnosis: Murder Detective Steve Sloan Main cast (178 episodes)
2002 Diagnosis: Murder: A Town Without Pity Detective Steve Sloan Television film
2002 Diagnosis: Muder: Without Warning Detective Steve Sloan Television film
2006 Murder 101 Mike Bryant Television film
2007 Murder 101: College Can Be Murder Mike Bryant Television film
2007 Murder 101: If Wishes Were Horses Mike Bryant Television film
2008 Murder 101: The Locked Room Mystery Mike Bryant Television film
2008 Light Years Away Colonel Burke Feature film (released in 2015)
2010 6 Guns Frank Allison Direct-to-video film
2012 Strawberry Summer Jim Landon Television film
2015 Dad Dudes Principal Miller Television pilot
2017 Heavenly Deposit Roland Feature film (post-production)
2017 The Untold Story Edward Feature film (post-production)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WITH AN EYE ON . . . : Diagnosis: Here's a part that came very naturally to actor Barry Van Dyke – Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. 1994-/06-05. Retrieved 2012-11-23.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ Mendoza, N.F. (June 5, 1994). ""Diagnosis: Here's a part that came very naturally to actor Barry Van Dyke"". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 21, 2017. 
  3. ^ Mendoza, N.F. (June 5, 1994). ""Diagnosis: Here's a part that came very naturally to actor Barry Van Dyke"". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 21, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Dick Van Dyke's prescription for success – March 9, 1998". CNN. 1998-03-09. Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  5. ^ "Barry Van Dyke - Filmography - Movies & TV - NYTimes.com". Movies.nytimes.com. 2007-01-18. Retrieved 2012-11-23. 

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