Former Coach Star And Longtime Comedian Jerry Van Dyke Dead At 86

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The famed younger brother of Dick Van Dyke and a longtime actor on Coach and other projects, Jerry Van Dyke has died.

He was 86 years old.

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The longtime showbiz performer (pictured above, left, next to his brother Dick) died on Friday afternoon at his ranch in Arkansas with his wife Shirley by his side, according to TMZ.

Jerry had been involved in a car accident two years ago, and apparently his health had been deteriorating ever since.

The younger Van Dyke was a beloved comedian in his day, just like his older brother, and performed stand-up as a young man at military bases all around the world before making his acting debut on The Dick Van Dyke Show.

He transitioned from that into appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, and eventually worked his way into becoming a regular on The Judy Garland Show.

Of course, Jerry was best known for his role on Coach. The comedian-turned-actor earned four Emmy nominations for playing assistant coach Luther Van Dam on the show alongside star Craig T. Nelson.

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Jerry also more recently enjoyed roles on shows like Yes, Dear, and The Middle.

He is survived by Shirley and their two children.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all his friends and loved ones.


[Image via Getty Images.]

Jan 6, 2018 1:57pm PDT

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