Who is Barry Van Dyke?
Barry Van Dyke is an American actor, director, writer, and presenter. He is best known to the audiences as Detective Steve Sloan in the TV series ‘Diagnosis: Murder’ and as Stuart Stafford in ‘The Harvey Korman Show’. He is also known for appearing in ‘The New Dick Van Dyke Show’, ‘Galactica 1980’, ‘Gun Shy’ and ‘Airwolf’. The actor has guest-starred in several TV shows including ‘Gemini Man’, ‘Wonder Woman’, ‘Mork& Mindy’, ‘The MacKenzies of Paradise Cove’ and ‘The Powers of Matthew Star’. Dyke,who is known for his brilliant acting skills, has also worked in numerous television movies such as ‘Diagnosis: Murder: A Town Without Pity’, ‘Murder 101’, ‘The Canterville Ghost’ and ‘The House on Sycamore Street’, to name a few. Coming to his personal life, Dyke is a happily married man and has four children including film and television actor Shane Van Dyke. The American actor was very close to his father Dick Van Dyke and considers him his favorite acting mentor.
Barry Van Dyke landed a major TV role in 1971 in ‘The New Dick Van Dyke Show’. He then appeared in the TV film ‘Stalk the Wild Child’ following which he appeared in an episode of ‘Wonder Woman’ and ‘Tabitha’. In 1978, the actor was cast as Stuart Stafford in ‘The Harvey Korman Show’. Two years later, he joined the cast of ‘Galactica 1980’. He also did the TV movie ‘Casino’ the same year.
Soon after this, he guest-starred in the TV shows ‘The Powers of Matthew Star’ and ‘Remington Steele’.He then played Russell Donovan in the series ‘Gun Shy’ in 1983. Three years later, Dyke landed a recurring role in ‘The Redd Foxx Show’. After this he got the opportunity to play the role of Saint John Hawke in the drama ‘Airwolf’. He then appeared as Matt Burgess in ‘The Van Dyke Show’.
In 2002, the actor performed in the television films ‘Diagnosis: Murder: A Town without Pity’ and ‘Diagnosis: Murder: Without Warning’. He then began playing Mike Bryant in the TV film series ‘Murder 101’. In 2008, Dyke was cast as Colonel Burke in the feature film titled ‘Light Years Away’. Two years later, he appeared in the direct-to-video film ‘6 Guns’.
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Barry Van Dyke was born on July 31, 1951 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA to actor/producer Dick Van Dyke and his first wife Margie Willett. He has two younger sisters named Stacy and Carrie Beth as well as an older brother named Christian. The actor also has a stepmother, Arlene Silver-Van Dyke, who is a makeup artist and his father’s second wife.
Dyke studied at Pierce Junior Collegelocated in Los Angeles and majored in theater arts. He married his wife Mary Carey in 1974. The couple has four kids: Carey, Shane, Wes and Taryn.