Dick Van Dyke Becomes Oldest Daytime Emmy Winner At 98 For ‘Days Of Our Lives’


Dick Van Dyke made Daytime Emmys history as the oldest winner ever.

At 98, the legendary actor and comedian won an award Friday night for his guest performance in the soap opera “Days of Our Lives.” Van Dyke’s wife, Arlene Silver, joined him on stage to accept the award. This historic win was for his role in the Peacock program last September.

Van Dyke also set a record before his win, becoming the oldest person to be nominated for outstanding guest performer in a drama series at the Daytime Emmys.

“I’m 98 years old, can you believe it?”
“I’m 98 years old, can you believe it? This tops a lifetime of 80 years in the business. I love you, God bless,” Van Dyke said.

During his appearances on “Days,” he played a man with amnesia, sharing that he had a “wonderful time” on the show as his wife looked on. Van Dyke rose to fame in the 1960s as the star of “Bye Bye Birdie” and headlined his own CBS sitcom “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” He is now known as one of Hollywood’s longest-working actors and was honored with his own CBS special “Dick Van Dyke: 98 Years of Magic” in December 2023.

The category’s other nominees included Ashley Jones as Dr. Bridget Forrester on “The Bold and the Beautiful,” Linden Ashby as Cameron Kirsten on “The Young and the Restless,” Guy Pearce as Mike Young on “Neighbours,” and Alley Mills as Heather Webber on “General Hospital.”

This year’s Daytime Emmy Awards were hosted by Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner of “Entertainment Tonight” and held at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles.