Jerry Van Dyke Dead at 86

Jerry Van Dyke Dead at 86

Rest in peace. Comedian and actor Jerry Van Dyke has sadly died on Friday, January 5 at 86 years old.

Van Dyke's wife, Shirley Ann Jones, told the newspapers his health had deteriorated since a vehicle accident two years ago.

He passed away at a ranch in Hot Spring County, Ark., that he and his wife have owned for 35 years, USA Today reported. The comedian made his debut on his brother's hit show, "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and also appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and "The Judy Garland Show".

He had turned down the lead role in "Gilligan's Island" in favor of the highly ridiculed "My Mother the auto", which lasted a single season. He went to earn multiple roles on TV shows throughout his prolific career, and he even earned four Emmy nominations for his part on Coach. They also appeared together on "Diagnosis Murder" and "Coach".

In his final TV role in 2015, Jerry Van Dyke reprised his role on "The Middle", guesting alongside his brother, Dick. He's best known for his role as Assistant Coach LUTHER Van Dam on ABC's series "Coach".

Dyke is survived by his brother, his wife, his two children and two grandchildren.

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