Dick Van Dyke Marries 40-Year-Old Makeup Artist Arlene Silver (VIDEO)

03/09/2012 01:18 pm ET

Congratulations are in order for iconic actor Dick Van Dyke, 86, who married his 40-year-old makeup artist, Arlene Silver, on Feb. 29.

The two met six years ago at the SAG Awards, Van Dyke told RumorFix. "I was in the green room and she passed through and I was bowled over by her beauty," he said.

The "Mary Poppins" star, who has been working in Hollywood since 1957, told the website he hired Silver to be his personal makeup artist and they quickly developed a friendship. "The last couple of years we kind of fell in love," he explained. "She keeps up with me."

The couple's Leap Day nuptials were "kinda on the spur of the moment," he admitted. "We just decided Leap Day would be the best time to do it."

As for Silver, who is younger than Van Dyke's career in Hollywood, she told the website, "[Dick] is the happiest person I ever met. He's got an infectious spirit."

This is Van Dyke's second marriage. In 1948, he married Margerie Willett, with whom he had four children. After a long separation the two divorced in 1984. The actor then lived with girlfriend Michelle Triola Marvin for more than 30 years until her death in 2009. Van Dyke admits he enjoys being in a relationship, telling RumorFix, "I'm not a loner. I have to have a life partner. I found the perfect one."

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