Mary Poppins star Dick Van Dyke, 96, rocking ‘spoonful of sugar’ jumper while leaving gym proves he’s still as cheeky as ever
Posted by  badge Boss on May 19
Dick was in great spirits as he stepped out in Malibu (Picture: Backgrid)

Dick Van Dyke may be 96 but his humour is still just as sharp after he was spotted wearing a ‘spoonful of sugar’ jumper. 

The Chitty Chitty Bang Bang actor was spotted out and about in Malibu, California on Wednesday during a busy day of running errands. 

First stop was a session at the gym, which he was spotted leaving with a pep in his step, explaining exactly how he remains nimble in his golden years. 

He later met up with his wife Arlene Silver and the two headed to a lunch date, with the actor still rocking his gym attire, which included a grey jumper with ‘spoonful of sugar’ printed on the front alongside a picture. 

It was, of course, a cheeky nod to Dick’s famous role as jack-of-all-trades Bert in the 1964 children’s classic Mary Poppins, in which the titular character sings the famous song. 

Dick was in cheerful spirits as he was seen laughing around with others while heading into the restaurant with Arlene. 

He treated wife Arlene Silver to a lunch for two (Picture: Backgrid)
Dick shot to fame starring alongside Julie Andrews in 1964 classic Mary Poppins (Picture: Rex Features)

The couple have been married for 10 years and celebrated their anniversary in February. They met in 2007 when Arlene was working at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, and Dick took to the stage to present Mary Poppins actress Julie Andrews with a lifetime achievement award. 

Arlene, a former make-up artist and singer, previously recalled their first meeting and shared: ‘He said, “Hi, I’m Dick”. The first thing I asked him was, “Weren’t you in Mary Poppins?”’ 

Dick and Arlene celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary in February (Picture: Getty Images)

‘We got along immediately as friends, so it didn’t feel like he was so much older than me,’ she added of the 46-year age gap between them. 

‘He is the most perfect human being. I’ve never met anyone so happy, so genuine, so amazing. He’s just like a happy pill,’ she added.

Although Dick is mostly retired from acting, he has made few on-screen appearances in recent years, including Mary Poppins Returns and the upcoming Capture The Flag, which will follow two US Korean War Veterans who hilariously recreate their wartime experiences. 

They challenge one another to a spirited game of paintball ‘capture the flag’ for the right to raise the American flag each morning in their retirement community.