Danville’s own DICK VAN DYKE LEADS THE LIST OF THE TOP 10 ACTORS IN ILLINOIS HISTORY, according to a recent survey.
Van Dyke is famous for his TV work in the Dick Van Dyke Show and Diagnosis Murder. He had major movie roles in Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Night at the Museum. He also has appeared on Broadway in Bye, Bye Birdie. He has returned to Danville for visits with friends and fund raising events.
Van Dyke says he got his start in media on radio in Danville.
Danville native Gene Hackman finished third in the voting. He has twice won Oscars for his movie roles. He has appeared in many of the best loved movies of all time. Hackman also is a successful author.