He's more famous to us as Doctor Mark Sloan from Diagnosis Murder and Bert the jack of all trades (most notably, a chimney sweep) in Mary Poppins, but Hollywood funnyman Dick Van Dyke's latest role has been as sidekick to Flipper. Sort of.
The 84-year-old star apparently nodded off on his surfboard during a trip to the beach not far from his home and only woke up when he was so many miles out to see that he could no longer see land.
However, a pod of porpoises (okay, Flipper was a dolphin, I know, but find me a famous porpoise!) appeared from beneath the waves and pushed Mr Van Dyke all the way back to shore.