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Jerry Van Dyke Dead at 86

Jerry Van Dyke Dead at 86

Jerry Van Dyke, the younger brother of actor Dick Van Dyke and a four-time Emmy nominee, died Friday in Arkansas. According to the website, she noted his health had been deteriorating since they were both in a vehicle accident more than two years ago.

Van Dyke's television career began in tandem with his brother's, as one of his earliest appearances was on "The Dick Van Dyke Show" in 1962 as Stacey Petrie. He also made appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and played Assistant coach Luther Van Dam on the series, "Coach".

Jerry's best known for his role on "Coach". where he earned 4 Emmy nominations playing Asst.

Refresh for updates Craig T. Nelson and Patricia Heaton are among the costars, friends and collaborators remembering Jerry Van Dyke today.

He also acted in the thriller Run If You Can opposite Oscar victor Martin Landau and the 1969 comedy Angel In My Pocket with star Andy Griffith. In recent years, he was doing quietly marvelous stuff as talkative grandpa Tag Spence on The Middle.

Jerry Van Dyke is survived by wife Shirley, their three kids, and his brother Dick.


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