Dick Van Dyke Popp-ins to the supermarket… but looks a little fragile-istic


Dick Van Dyke Popp-ins to the supermarket… but looks a little fragile-istic

He swept to fame as chipper cockney chimney sweep Bert almost 50 years ago.

But these days, the loveable Dick Van Dyke is a shadow of his all-singing, all-dancing Mary Poppins alter ego.

The 86-year-old American actor looked frail and stooped as he visited his local grocery store in Malibu yesterday.

Supermarket sweep: Mary Poppins star Dick Van Dyke cut a frail figure as he ventured out to the grocery store in Malibu yesterday

Supermarket sweep: Mary Poppins star Dick Van Dyke cut a frail figure as he ventured out to the grocery store in Malibu yesterday

He was spotted hunched over his
shopping trolley as he made his way into the store, wearing a casual
ensemble of jeans, trainers and an sweater printed with the words
'Midnight Mission'.

Indeed today, Van Dyke is more akin to
another lesser know part her played in the hit 1964 Disney movie – that
of grumbling bank president Mr Dawes.

The actor did in fact reprise his role
as Dawes very recently in a stage show version of the much-loved movie,
in which he famously starred alongside Julie Andrews.

White haired wonder: The 86-year-old actor makes his way back to his car

White haired wonder: The 86-year-old actor makes his way back to his car

Class act: He was wearing a casual ensemble of jeans and a sweater emblazoned with the words 'Midnight Mission'

Class act: He was wearing a casual ensemble of jeans and a sweater emblazoned with the words 'Midnight Mission'

Van Dyke had to persuade Walt Disney
into giving him a second role as the old banker in the film – as bosses
had initially ruled he was too young to play the ancient financier.

But the actor apparently won them over
by acting a screen test, agreeing to portray Dawes for free and making a
donation to the California Institute of the Arts, which Disney
co-founded.

The character of Mr Dawes was not included in the California stage musical – but
was written into a scene so Van Dyke could reprise his role.

While his role as Bert the chimney
sweep may have warmed hearts all over the world, the actor was famously
ridiculed for his convoluted East End accent.

Seen here as Bert in the 1964 Disney movie, alongside co-stars Julie Andrews, who played Poppins and Karen Dotrice and Matthew Garber

Seen here as Bert in the 1964 Disney movie, alongside co-stars Julie Andrews, who played Poppins and Karen Dotrice and Matthew Garber