Jerry McCord Van Dyke was an American comedian and actor as well as the younger brother of Dick Van Dyke.
He made his television acting debut on The Dick Van Dyke Show with several guest appearances as Rob Petrie’s brother, Stacey. Later in his career from 1989 to 1997, he portrayed Luther Van Dam on the ABC sitcom Coach!
Sadly he left our world today!
He died today, according to TMZ.
Jerry Van Dyke died Friday afternoon at his Arkansas ranch with his wife, Shirley, by his side. Jerry’s health continued to deteriorate after a car accident they were involved in over two years ago, according to Shirley.
Jerry was best known for his role on “Coach” as assistant coach Luther Horatio Van Dam, earning him four Emmy Awards. He has also played major roles on “Yes, Dear,” and “The Middle.”
Dick visited his brother at the ranch around Christmas, according to TMZ:
A beloved comedian just like his brother, Jerry pursued stand-up as a young man and performed at military bases around the world. He made his acting debut on “The Dick Van Dyke” show and followed that up with appearances on “The Ed Sullivan Show” before becoming a regular on “The Judy Garland Show.”
Jerry Van Dyke was 86 years old and is survived by his wife and two children.
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