Dick Van Dyke, 86, Weds 40-Year-Old Girlfriend

03/09/2012 at 12:35 PM EST

Dick Van Dyke Marries Girlfriend Arlene Silver
Arlene Silver and Dick Van Dyke
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It was a Leap Day wedding!

Actor Dick Van Dyke, 86, tied the knot with Arlene Silver, 40, on Feb. 29, reports RumorFix.com.

The Diagnosis Murder star met Silver, a makeup artist, six years ago at the SAG Awards. After being "bowled over by her beauty," he hired her to be his personal makeup artist and the two became friends.

"The last couple of years we kind of fell in love," he tells RumorFix.com. "She keeps up with me."

As for their unique wedding date, Van Dyke says, "It was on the spur of the moment, we just decided Leap Day would be the best time to do it."

Van Dyke has four children from his first marriage, which ended in divorce. He later lived with longtime love Michelle Triola for more than 30 years, until her death in 2009.

The actor admits he's a relationship type of guy: "I'm not a loner. I have to have a life partner. I found the perfect one."

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