Dick Van Dyke in 'What a Way to Go!'
Dick Van Dyke (1925 - )
Brother of
Jerry Van Dyke
Father of Barry Van Dyke
Grandfather of
Carey, Shane, Wes, and Taryn Van Dyke
Mary Poppins (1964) [Bert/Mr. Dawes Sr.]: Playing a dual role, "Mr. Dawes Sr." dies (off-screen) of a heart attack during a laughing fit that causes him to float off the ground. The scene ends with him rising into the air as he laughs; his death is confirmed when his son (Arthur Malet) informs David Tomlinson. ("Bert" survives the movie.) (Thanks to Briana)

What a Way to Go! (1964) [Edgar Hopper]: Dies of a heart attack while talking on the phone to Shirley MacLaine, after declaring that "A little hard work never killed anybody." (Played for comic effect.) (Thanks to Mac, Val, and Constantine)

The Comic (Billy Bright) (1969) [Billy Bright]: Dies of unspecified natural causes; his body is shown at his funeral at the beginning of the movie, as he narrates his life story (in flashback) from beyond the grave. (Thanks to Mac)

Cold Turkey (1971) [Reverend Clayton Brooks]: Accidentally shot by Judith Lowry, who was aiming for Bob Newhart. (He's last seen alive but wounded; it's unconfirmed whether the shot was fatal.) (Played for comic effect.) (Thanks to Dave and Toby)

Dick Tracy (1990) [D.A. Fletcher]: Shot to death by Madonna, in a set-up to frame Warren Beatty. (Thanks to Briana and Toby)

Scrubs: My Brother, My Keeper (2003) [Dr. Townshend]: Stabbed in the back by Zach Braff in a daydream sequence, when Zack imagines a literal interpretation of his betrayal of Dick by reporting Dick's ordering of an outdated procedure. (Dick survives the episode in reality.) (Played for comic effect.) (Thanks to Tommy)
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