Chimney Sweep

Dick Van Dyke performs ‘Mary Poppins’ tune at Walt Disney’s birthplace

CHICAGO – Actor Dick Van Dyke visited Walt Disney’s birthplace in Chicago on Sunday and directed an impromptu performance of “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” from “Mary Poppins”.

Van Dyke, now 90, was in Chicago promoting his Dick Van Dyke Foundation for the Performing Arts. He attended The Walt Disney Birthplace, which is located in the house where Disney was born in 1901. The site houses a center for early childhood creativity and is currently being restored to its original historical state.

Van Dyke played the Cockney chimney sweep Bert in the 1964 film, which was nominated for 13 Academy Awards and won five, including Best Score.

With a small crowd gathered outside, he led a performance of “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” in front of the house with his wife Arlene and the Vantastix, his acapella singing group.

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