Jane Seymour Recounts Dick Van Dyke Transforming Local Grocery Store Into His Personal Stage for Impromptu Song and Dance


Dick Van Dyke, the evergreen entertainer, continues to make every mundane place his own stage, as witnessed by Jane Seymour during a chance encounter at her local supermarket. Recalling the delightful episode during the Dick Van Dyke 98 Years of Magic tribute special on CBS, Seymour recounted her surprise at seeing the Hollywood legend transformed into a spontaneous performer right in the aisles of the convenience store.

Her disbelief faded as onlookers gathered around the charismatic Van Dyke, who effortlessly broke into a spontaneous song and dance routine. Seymour marveled at the impromptu performance, explaining, “I thought it was amazing. But anyway, I went back the next day, and he was back again, and I said, ‘What’s going on?’ And he said, ‘My wife always needs something. She sends me out every day.’ He loved it. He turned the grocery store into his stage.”

Van Dyke, now 98 years old, and Seymour, 72, shared the screen in 2018’s Buttons: A Christmas Tale. Their camaraderie extends beyond professional collaborations, as evidenced by their recent Halloween festivities alongside theater star Amy Manford and musician William Joseph.


Seymour also lauded Van Dyke’s passion for creating a spectacular Halloween haunted house, praising it as an extraordinary production. She recalled her recent visit, expressing awe at the sheer magnificence of the spooky setup.

Approaching his 98th birthday, Van Dyke emphasized his dedication to physical fitness, crediting his wife Arlene Silver for encouraging him to maintain a rigorous exercise routine. His commitment to hitting the gym three times a week contributes to his robust physical and mental health, a fact he proudly shares, stating, “I think I’m in better shape than most of my fellow nonagenarians.”

Expressing immense gratitude for his life’s blessings, Van Dyke radiates joy daily, cherishing the loving care provided by his wife Arlene in their Southern California home. He humorously confessed, “My wife brings me a cup of coffee in the morning. I get it in bed. I get treated like a king around here.”

While the tribute special was a jubilant celebration, it also brought moments of reflection. Van Dyke expressed sorrow over outliving dear friends, including the recent passing of Norman Lear at 101. Reflecting on this loss, he acknowledged the void left by departed friends such as Mary Tyler Moore, Morey Amsterdam, Rose Marie, Carl Reiner, and Norman Lear, yet remains open to forging new friendships.

Thankfully, Van Dyke finds solace in the fact that companionship comes effortlessly to him, stating, “I’m happy to say people come to me. I don’t have to go out looking.”