Dick Van Dyke, 98, Wins Oldest Daytime Emmy for 'Days of Our Lives' Role

Dick Van Dyke, 98, Sets Record as Oldest Daytime Emmy Winner.

by Nouman Rasool
Dick Van Dyke, 98, Wins Oldest Daytime Emmy for 'Days of Our Lives' Role
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At age 98, legendary actor Dick Van Dyke has made history by becoming the oldest winner of a Daytime Emmy. His award, bestowed during a spirited ceremony on Friday night, recognized his captivating guest performance as the amnesiac Timothy Robicheaux in the Peacock series "Days of Our Lives." Van Dyke, whose career spans an impressive eight decades, expressed his astonishment and delight upon receiving the award.

"I feel like a spy from nighttime television," he joked, reflecting on his age and storied career. During the star-studded event, "General Hospital" continued its streak of success, securing four awards, including the prestigious title of Best Daytime Drama for the fourth consecutive year—a feat matched only once in its 61-year run.

Among its accolades were awards for directing and writing, showcasing the show's consistent excellence in production. The night also celebrated individual achievements with "General Hospital's" Robert Gossett scoring the Supporting Actor win as Marshall Ashford for the second in a row.

Meanwhile, Thorsten Kaye from "The Bold and the Beautiful" won the Lead Actor for the second straight year in the same role as Ridge Forrester.

Emotional Victory Highlights

That doesn't mean the evening was all pomp and circumstance, far from it.

The ceremony had moving moments, such as when Michelle Stafford of "The Young and the Restless" won Best Actress for her role of Phyllis Summers, a role she first played in 2004. Visibly choked, Stafford said, "I am honoured to be an actor"—.

It is the most fantastic gig. It is a privilege." Amidst cheers and applause, Van Dyke approached the stage with the aid of a cane, his wife Arlene by his side holding the trophy. In a touching moment, he acknowledged his wife's participation in "Days of Our Lives," where she appeared as the police officer who arrested his character.

The evening also honoured other veterans and newcomers alike. Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos were named Best Daytime Talk Series Hosts for "Live with Kelly and Mark," and the Food Network's Ina Garten took the prize in the culinary arts category for her series "Be My Guest." While the industry takes stock of a year of excellence in talent and storytelling, the Daytime Emmys again spotlight why the people watching television are clinging to their favourite shows and personalities with such enthusiasm.

So the event, which returned to its regular schedule after last year's postponement due to a strike in Hollywood, remained a showpiece of resilience and creativity—both before and behind the cameras.