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Dick Van Dyke says wife half of his age keeps him going

Dick Van Dyke says wife half of his age keeps him going

The actor has revealed exactly what keeps him feeling so young

Dick Van Dyke has revealed that the secret to feeling young is having a younger partner.

The Marry Poppins star, 97, explained that having a wife half his age is what has kept him going all these years.

Set to celebrate his 98th birthday this year, it seems that the actor may actually have a point.

The actor revealed that having a younger wife has kept him going.
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Van Dyke has one of the most impressive filmographies in the whole of Hollywood.

His award-winning career has spanned over seven decades in film, television, and on stage with some of cinema's finest works being attributed to the talented actor.

From the hit 1964 family musical, Mary Poppins, to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in 1968 all the way through to Night at the Museum in 2006 - it's clear that Van Dyke has some killer range.

However, what seems to be almost as impressive as his portfolio of work is how he has managed to keep so young after all these years.

Now, nearly an entire century old, Van Dyke has admitted he has his wife - among some other lifestyle choices - to thank for his miraculously slow ageing.

Arlene Silver, 51, married Van Dyke back in 2012.
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Van Dyke recently appeared on an episode of The Masked Singer kicking off the ninth season as a Sinatra-singing Gnome.

Very on brand.

The pensioner stunned the judges and audiences alike leaving judge Nicole Scherzinger in tears and many in total awe of how the 97-year-old was able to remain so vibrant and youthful.

Speaking to Yahoo, the Tony, Emmy, Grammy and SAG Award-winning star disclosed that his secret was a mix of three things - with one being the key factor.

"Genes, I guess, for one thing," he began.

Then, the A-lister went on to reveal the most significant anti-ager: "Having a beautiful young wife half my age to take care of me - that works!"

This 'young wife' in question is none other than Arlene Silver, 51, who married Van Dyke back in 2012. The couple have a 46 year age-gap.

"My positive attitude," he continued, "I get that from my wife."

"My positive attitude, I get that from my wife."
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While 'good genes' and a positive partner definitely play into it, Van Dyke also noted that a solid exercise routine isn't a bad idea too.

Putting us all to shame, he revealed: "I still go to the gym three days a week and work out.

"I advise everybody to do that, because that's what ages people - it's just a stiffening up and not exercising their muscles and their lungs. Exercise is the answer."

So, there you have it; the answer to staying young is as simple as having 'good genes', working out and finding a cheery partner to keep you going.

Featured Image Credit: Barry King / REUTERS / Alamy Stock Photo

Topics: Celebrity, Sex and Relationships