Dick Van Dyke's Rob Petrie: 5 little-known facts

Mary Tyler Moore and Dick Van Dyke reprise

Mary Tyler Moore and Dick Van Dyke reprise their roles as Laura and Rob Petrie in this scene from the "Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited," a TV special that aired in 2004. (Credit: AP)

Dick Van Dyke and his stage, movie and TV career gets major props Sunday (at 8 on TBS and TNT) when he's honored with the Life Achievement Award at the "19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards" ceremony. (He'll be presented the award by Alec Baldwin and Carl Reiner, creator of "The Dick Van Dyke Show"). That beloved '60s sitcom, of course, featured Van Dyke's most indelible TV work. ("Diagnosis Murder" fans are free to disagree, but you'd be wrong.) So, in honor of tonight's festivities, here are five things you may not have known about Van Dyke's character, TV comedy writer Rob Petrie:

1. His middle name is Simpson.

2. Rob, wife Laura (Mary Tyler Moore) and son Ritchie (Larry Mathews), lived at 448 Bonnie Meadow Rd. in New Rochelle.


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3. He was originally from Danville, Ill., which is where Van Dyke grew up.

4. He had served in the U.S. Army (he met Laura, a USO dancer, while in the service)

5. Before he was hired by Alan Brady (Reiner), Rob worked as a disc jockey and was known for breaking the "no-sleep" DJ record of staying awake for 100 hours on the air.

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