Breaking: Comedian And ‘Coach’ Star Jerry Van Dyke Dies At Age 86

by Phil Mutz
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Comedian and actor Jerry Van Dyke passed away on January 5, 2018, at the age of 86.

Shirley, Jerry’s wife, confirmed his death to TMZ, saying that he died Friday afternoon at his ranch in Arkansas.

Also according to his wife, his health had begun to deteriorate after a car accident two years ago.

Jerry was younger brother to Dick Van Dyke, but distinguished himself with quite the illustrious career as both a comedian and actor.

Jerry made his television debut on his brother’s classic sitcom, The Dick Van Dyke Show. He worked as a stand-up comedian performing at military bases, and even appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show. He later became a regular on The Judy Garland Show.

But he is perhaps best known for his work on the sitcom Coach, where he played the character Luther Van Dam opposite Craig T. Nelson. The show ran from 1989 to 1997, and Jerry earned four Emmy nominations for his role.

Jerry is survived by his wife and two children. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

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