Dick Van Dyke used to enjoy surfing but then abandoned it after a terrifying brush with death. The actor has revealed that one day, he awoke out on the waves with no land in view. He began to paddle in the hope of making it back to safety – but his heart stopped when he spotted some creatures coming towards him.
Van Dyke was born in West Plains, Missouri, in December 1925. He finished his high school studies early in order to sign up with the United States Army Air Forces. However, they wouldn’t accept him because he was underweight.