49th Life Achievement Recipient, 2012
Dick Van Dyke
You know, I’ve knocked around in this business 70 years, and I still haven’t quite figured out what it is I do. But it’s been – the years have just been full of surprises for me. And a lot of fun. Aren’t we lucky to have found a line of work that doesn’t require growing up? [applause] I love that. [laughs]
I have my wonderful family here tonight, guaranteed non-toxic absolutely to the rest of the world. My beautiful wife, Arlene. I’m still singing and dancing. I’m world famous for my Cockney accent. [laughter]
You know, I have to say this: I am looking at the greatest generation of actors in the history of acting. You’ve all lifted the art, I don’t know, to another place now. And besides that, you’re everywhere. You’re in Darfur, Somalia, Haiti, New Orleans, you’re all over the place. Try to do what’s right. [applause]
You know, I have to thank my volunteer here –Tony Bent… Alec Baldwin, sorry. [laughs] Who volunteered the last minute to come in. Thank you so much. And for that nice introduction. And all I have to say is if this very heavy object means that I can refer to you as my peers, I’m a happy man. Thank you. God bless. [applause]"