Emmy-Nominated Actor Jerry Van Dyke Dies


Jerry Van Dyke, comedian, actor and younger brother of Dick Van Dyke, died Friday afternoon at his Arkansas home at the age of 86.

Van Dyke was born in Danville, Illinois to his stenographer mother and salesman father. Even during his service to the country, he performed his jokes and entertainment routines, keeping everyone laughing despite the adversities.

Jerry's star turn was on his brother's own Dick Van Dyke Show in 1962, later appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show as well as The Judy Garland Show. He appeared as Stacey Petrie in the 1960s on The Dick Van Dyke Show, which he followed up with appearances on The Andy Griffith Show, My Mother the auto, and Accidental Family.

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In the late 80s and early 90s, the younger Van Dyke became well-known for his work on the series Coach, where he played Asst.

He's survived by his wife and 2 children. His daughter Kelly Jean tragically passed away in 1991.

Van Dyke married Shirley Jones of Glen Rose in 1984 and bought a ranch in Hot Spring County.