Comedian and Actor Jerry Van Dyke of 'Coach' Dies at 86

Wendy Jensen
January 7, 2018

His wife Shirley, who was with him when he passed away, said his health had been deteriorating ever since they were involved in a vehicle accident a couple of years ago, TMZ reports.

Jerry Van Dyke, the comedian brother of actor Dick Van Dyke, reportedly has died at the age of 86. His wife Shirley said that his health had gone downhill since a auto accident two years ago.

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He started his career he performing at military bases around the world before transitioning to the screen.

The younger Van Dyke made his acting debut on "The Dick Van Dyke" show, and made appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show" before joining "The Judy Garland Show" as a regular.

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In the late 80s and early 90s, the younger Van Dyke became well-known for his work on the series Coach, where he played Asst. He also appeared in "Coach" (for which he earned 4 Emmy nominations, ) "Yes, Dear", and "The Middle". Jerry Van Dyke's wife Shirley Ann Jones told the Times that his health had been deteriorating since he was in a traffic accident back in 2015.

In 1989, however, Van Dyke nabbed the role of Assistant Coach Luther Van Dam on "Coach", which ran until 1997.

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