Dick Van Dyke is "looking forward" to turning 100
The 95-year-old actor is determined to make it to his milestone birthday in 2025 and is enjoying his elderly years
21 June 2021
Dick told Closer US magazine: "The point is to enjoy.
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"I'm looking forward to 100. George Burns made it, and I'm gonna do it too!"
Dick also revealed that The Who's famous lyric from the song 'My Generation' – 'I hope I die before I get old' – has always bothered him because he has embraced old age.
He explained: "The song says, 'I hope I die before I get old.'
"I thought, 'What a sad thing.' Old age can be a great time!"
While he's getting older, the 'Mary Poppins' star has no plans to retire and would like to return to the stage in a Shakespeare play.
Dick said: "I'd like to Shakespeare. I love the rhythms of it. I'm old enough to do 'King Lear'.
"I didn't know how much I would miss it. I really miss getting up in front of an audience."
The star, who found fame in the TV sitcom 'The Dick Van Dyke Show'
during the 1960s, explained that taking a "childlike attitude" to life has served him well through the years.
Dick said: "I like to play, and I don't take too many things seriously.
"To take oneself seriously will age you pretty quick. It's not what's happening to you, it's the attitude you take toward it. If you can stay optimistic – about life and relationships – you'll be much happier."
He also described how he maintains an exercise regime including sit-ups and stretches to keep himself active.
Dick advised: "It's going to hurt a little, but do what you can and then quit. It'll get better."