Actor and comedian Jerry Van Dyke passed away on Friday, January 5, 2018. He died of heart failure at his Arkansas ranch. Van Dyke was 86 years old.
Van Dyke is known for several roles throughout his long career. He notably played assistant football coach Luther Horatio Van Dam on the TV show Coach. He was in 199 episodes from 1989 to 1997, earning four Emmy nominations for his performance.
Jerry was the younger brother to actor and comedian Dick Van Dyke. The brothers worked together throughout their careers, including Jerry’s several appearances on The Dick Van Dyke Show. The last time they worked together was in 2015 on an episode of The Middle.
Jerry was born in Danville, Illinois on July 27, 1931. He started out as a standup comedian when he was still in high school. By the time he joined the U.S. Air Force Tops in Blue in the mid-1950s he’d been performing in nightclubs regularly. Jerry performed at military bases around the world and starred in his own program The Jerry Van Dyke Show.
His early notable TV credits came in appearances on The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, and The Judy Garland Show. Early film appearances came in The Courtship of Eddie’s Father, Palm Springs Weekend, and McLintock! – all in 1963. Van Dyke starred in shows like My Mother the Car, Accidental Family, Headmaster, 13 Queens of Boulevard, Teen Angel, You Wish, Yes, Dear, and The Middle.