It’s been a staggering 54 years since the iconic children’s film Kitty Chitty Bang Bang popped onto our screens, and it’s still a popular family classic even now.
Released in 1968, the film centers on a magical flying car, directed by Kalaktax Potts played by Dick Van Dyke.
Potts embarks on a magical adventure with his two children and true love, Truly Scrumptious, to a land ruled by an evil baron who locks up the children insidious child catcher.
The film is based on James Bond A novel by author Ian Fleming, with a screenplay co-written by renowned author Roald Dahl.
Here, we take a look at what has happened to the main cast of the film more than half a century after its release.
Dick Van Dyke
Dick Van Dyke played the role of inventor Caractacus Potts, and his unforgettable role meant he became one of Hollywood’s most famous actors whose career Career spanned 7 years.
The 96-year-old was already a household name when he played Burt the chimney sweep Mary Poppinsbut Kitty’s success cemented his legendary status.
Among his accolades, Dick has won a Grammy, Tony, and five Primetime Emmys, and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
He also starred in the eponymous Dick Van Dyke Show, Night at the Museum, Curious George and Dick Tracy.
recent, he was found Hang out with wife Arlene Silver, 50, who celebrated their tenth wedding anniversary earlier this year.
In his autobiography, Van Dijk It was revealed that he had repeatedly turned down Potts’ role and had to accept seven-figure bribes. He added that he didn’t like the film, saying: “I know it’s loved by a lot of people, but to me it lacks the magic of Mary Poppins that the producers wanted to emulate.”
Heather was only 8 when she played cute blonde Jemima Potts, but life after the movie was far from truly delicious.
As a teenager, Heather left her home in Dundee after her parents split, which she blamed on her global fame.
“For a long time, I blamed this movie for the division of my family,” she said later.
“As an eight-year-old, it was natural to conclude that it must be the movie’s fault.
“But I’m starting to realize now that there are issues in my family that aren’t related to movies.”
After leaving home, she became an activist and lived in a makeshift peace camp, where she raised two children, daughter Josie and son Cosmo.
She was arrested in 1984 after lying in the road blocking traffic during a protest at a nuclear submarine base in Farsland, Scotland, but was acquitted after 15 hours of detention.
She eventually settled in her native Dundee, but in 1999 she faced a legal battle with her family after her aunt and uncle tried to evict her from her grandmother’s home.
Seven years later, she was arrested for driving without a license.
The 63-year-old made a brief return to showbiz in 2020, voicing a character in a short animation called “Toilet Horror.”
Sally Ann House
Sally Ann plays the candy baron’s daughter, Truly Scrumptious, and plays classic songs in giant music boxes, including Toot Sweets and Hushabye Mountain and Doll On A Music Box.
She later told American TV presenter and actress Rosie O’Donnell that she was proud to do the music box routine in one sitting, Especially since she lied about being able to dance in order to get the part.
After the big screen success of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, she returned to her first love, the theatre.
“I wanted to pursue a career in film, but I didn’t pursue it—I just liked connecting with audiences,” she once said.
“Theatre is a drug. The problem is to be remembered, you have to make movies.”
Sally Ann adopted first husband Richard Adler’s child in 1964, but they soon divorced.
She was married to literary agent Douglas Ray in 1972 until her death in September 2021.
This British star dies In Palm Beach in December, at the age of 91.
Adrian Hall captured the hearts of the nation in his first screen role, Jeremy Potts.
He went to grammar school after his fame in the movies, and then to drama school at the age of 18.
But he later accused Chitty Chitty Bang Bang of failing to get more roles.
He said: “I know it prevents me from being considered for the role. People just think you are a child star.”
He eventually gave up acting to teach at the Guildford School of Drama.
Adrian, also 63, has two sons with former dancer wife Barbara, and most recently served as director of the London Academy of Live and Recording Arts until 2021.
Before taking on the sinister role of child catcher, Australian-born Robert was already an award-winning ballet dancer, often collaborating with the legendary Margot Fantine.
From 1933 to 1950 he was principal dancer with Sadler’s Wells Ballet and later a director of The Australian Ballet.
In 1957, he was awarded a knighthood.
During the production of Chitty, Helpmann made the young co-stars laugh in between takes, which meant they often struggled to keep their eyes on the camera as the camera rolled.
Life-time smoker Sir Robert died of emphysema in 1986 at the age of 77.
He received a rare state funeral honor in Sydney, Australia.
Despite playing Grandpa Potts, Professor Potts’ eccentric father, Lionel Jeffries is six months younger than Dick Van Dyke in real life.
When Jeffreys starred in the film, he already had a string of hits behind him, including The Trial of Oscar Wilde and Two-Way Stretch.
He went on to write and direct children’s films, including the 1970 film The Railroad Children.
Jeffreys retired in 2001, and his health began to decline in the following years. He died on 19 February 2010 in a nursing home in Purdorset at the age of 83. He had vascular dementia for the last 12 years of his life.
He was married to Eileen Mary Walsh from 1951 until his death. They have a son and two daughters.
German actor Frob played the villain Goldfinger in the 1964 James Bond film Goldfinger, opposite Sean Connery, before playing the ridiculously kid-hating Baron Bumburst in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
His other screen work includes The Magnificent Men in 1965’s Flying Machine and 1969’s Classic Monte Carlo or Bust.
After his rise to fame, he was found to have joined the Nazi Party at the age of 16, although he left in 1937, just before World War II.
Israel temporarily banned Frobe’s films until eight weeks later Jewish survivor Mario Blumenau revealed that his and his mother’s lives could have been saved after Frobe hid them from the Nazis.
He died of a heart attack in 1988 at the age of 75.
The Birmingham-born actress played Baroness Bombster and starred in James and the Big Peaches and children’s show Grub Street, and enjoyed a successful acting career.
She played the role of a nun in the “Father Charlie” series in 1982, and played Miss Monroe in “Grange Hill” from 1990 to 1994.
She died in 2019 at the age of 86 after suffering from dementia.
Although she had starred in her first Carry On film four years ago, National Treasure Babs Known simply as “The Blonde” in classic movies.
In a six-year career, the bubbly Londoner appeared in 12 Carry On Films with a raspy laugh, alongside legendary cartoonists Sid James, Kenneth Williams and Charles Hawtry.
From 1994 to 2016, she continued to shine in Queen Victoria, playing the mighty Peggy Mitchell in EastEnders.
After being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, she gave up soap and spent the last years of her life becoming a patient activist with loyal husband Scott Mitchell.
Babs died in December 2020 at the age of 83.