Dick Van Dyke was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Screen Actor's Guild (SAG) Awards on 27 January.
The 87-year-old Night at the Museum star - who has been working in Hollywood since the 60s - admitted he can't wait to accept the award at the star-studded 19th annual event in Los Angeles because it means a lot to be celebrated as an actor rather than an entertainer.
Speaking to People.com before the event, the star said: "This was a surprise. People think of me as a song and dance entertainer. To be accepted by my peers as an actor is really a thrill."
The actor also revealed that he will be celebrating his seven-year anniversary with his 41-year-old wife Arlene, who he first met at the 2006 SAG Awards, where she was working as a make-up artist.
He said: "There was something about her beautiful eyes,"
The couple married in a "spur of the moment" ceremony in Malibu, California, on February 29 last year.