Actor Jerry Van Dyke, Coach actor and comedian brother of Dick Van Dyke dies at 86.
Jerry Van Dyke, the younger brother of fellow comedian and actor Dick Van Dyke, died Friday at his Arkansas ranch, his wife Shirley Ann Jones told reporters. He was 86.
She said he died of heart failure. She told his health was not so good since the traffic accident in 2015 in which he was injured badly.
Jerry Van Dyke was known for several roles, most notably for playing the assistant football coach in 1989, as Luther Van Dam in the Us football comedy coach.
In 2015, Dick and Jerry reunited on the screen on ABC’s sitcom “The Middle,” playing a pair of fighting brothers. Jerry told the Los Angeles Times that he always looked up to his older brother.
In the same interview, Dick Van Dyke described:
“I didn’t realize hoe good he was,” Dick said. “The main thing about Jerry is that he’s funny from the inside out.”
Jerry, though, never achieved the kind of mainstream success his brother did.
When people talk about the bad television show “My Mother the Car” was the infamous show that aired on NBC for one season starting in 1966. “My Mother the Car” show, which starred Jerry as a man whose mother is quite literally reincarnated as an automobile, was named as the second worst television show of all time by TV Guide.
During one appearance of Jerry Van Dyke on the “Late Show with David Letterman” in the 1990s, Van Dyke joked about reaching the apex of his career in his later years.
“It’s better that way,” he said. “When you make ir as an older then people know you as being older… I don’t have to worry about people saying, ‘Jeez, he’s getting old.'”
Much love to my wonderful TV dad #jerryvandyke and condolences to my TV dad-in-law #dickvandyke. Jerry, you were hilarious and terrifically talented – what an honor to be able to watch up close as you and your brother create your special magic. Rest In Peace Jerry… pic.twitter.com/O5Sx12vK3q
— Patricia Heaton (@PatriciaHeaton) January 6, 2018