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Just about a year later, Van Dyke was starring 2013 his own sitcom, in the role of a television-comedy writer on "The Dick Van Dyke Show. During the series' run, Van Dyke also enjoyed big-screen hits, including the "Birdie" movie and the all-star comedy, "What a Way to Go!
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The first sitcom and "Poppins" are likely to be his most enduring works, but Van Dyke has never stopped working, with other TV series including a short-lived variety show, "Van Dyke and Company," which earned him a fourth prime-time Emmystage appearances and films.
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