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Dick Van Dyke will make soap opera debut in Days of Our Lives at age 97

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Dick Van Dyke will make his soap opera debut days of Our Lives,

The 97-year-old is set to guest star in an upcoming episode of the long-running series.

van dyke told reach hollywood This role came after he met days of Our Lives star Drake Hogestyn at the gym and asked him to participate in the show.

“I used to joke with him, ‘Don’t you have any parts for old men? Come on, give me one. And he took me seriously and got me a part! ‘” he told the outlet in a video interview.

The episode – which will air in the autumn – will see Van Dyke play a man with amnesia, appearing in a scene with cast members Hogestyn and Deirdre Hall.

during reach hollywood segment, Carol Burnett gave Van Dyke some advice. Burnett previously had a recurring role all my Children In the eighties.

“Make sure you know all your lines because they don’t do retakes,” he advised her.

van dyke said he saw an episode of days of Our Lives as “homework” to prepare for his role.

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“Some people have been doing it for 20 years,” said the Tony and Emmy winner.

“All I can do is do the homework, watch one and see how they do it. The other thing, you have to catch, ‘Duh duh,’ the music stings and we’ve said something exciting.”

Hollywood veteran stunned in February masked singer viewers when he was exposed in the show’s “biggest reveal ever”.

He later said that he stays young because of his wife of 51 years, Arlene Silver.

When asked what his “secret” was, he said, “Having a beautiful young wife half my age to take care of me – it works!”

He credits his wife for helping him maintain a “positive attitude”, as well as going to the gym “three days a week” to exercise.