Best known for playing Detective Steve Sloane for eight seasons on the popular mystery series “Diagnosis Murder,” Barry Van Dyke is the second oldest of Dick Van Dyke’s four children.
He was born in Atlanta, where his father was appearing on local television, and spent much of his early childhood in New York City. After moving with his family to Los Angeles, he made his television debut on the classic television series “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” playing a nine year-old violinist.
Barry Van Dyke has starred on series television as a pilot of a high tech helicopter in the action series “Airwolf II” and as Sergeant Dwight Stryker on “The Redd Foxx Show.” He starred in the series “Gun Shy” and was a regular on “Galactica 1980” and “Tabitha,” the follow-up to “Bewitched.” In his first series pairing with his father, he played the owner of a small regional theater in the comedy “The Van Dyke Show.”
He reprised his role as Detective Sloane in two “Diagnosis Murder” television movies, “A Town Without Pity” and “Without Warning.” His credits also include the feature film “Foxfire Light” and the television movies “The Canterville Ghost,” “Casino,” “Conquest of the Earth,” “It Happened at Lakewood Manor.” and “Stalk the Wild Child.” He has been seen frequently in guest star roles on television series.
The actor is an avid motorcyclist, dirt biker and surfer. He met his wife Mary when he was a 16-year old movie theater ticket taker and married her seven years later. They have four children: Carey, Shane, Wes and Taryn.