Emmy-Nominated Actor Jerry Van Dyke Dies

Emmy-Nominated Actor Jerry Van Dyke Dies

Emmy-Nominated Actor Jerry Van Dyke Dies

Van Dyke, who was 86, died at his range in Arkansas, according to his manager, the AP said.

Jerry Van Dyke, the actor and comedian who played lead or second banana in such TV series as "Coach" and "My Mother the vehicle", has died.

The comedian, who is the younger brother of actor Dick, passed away on Friday afternoon at his ranch in Texas, with his wife Shirley by his side.

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. TMZ reported Dick Van Dyke visited his brother and his wife over the Christmas holiday at the ranch.

For years, Van Dyke was best known for his starring role in the television sitcom "My Mother the vehicle", before finding success as the sidekick in television's "Coach".

He's survived by his wife and 2 children.

In 1989, however, Van Dyke nabbed the role of Assistant Coach Luther Van Dam on "Coach", which ran until 1997.

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