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Also Known As: Died:
Born: July 27, 1931 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Danville, Illinois, USA Profession: comedian, actor

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For decades, actor and comedian Jerry Van Dyke was largely relegated to footnote status in the annals of entertainment history. He was the younger brother of Dick Van Dyke, and for most of his early career, endured a string of failed television jobs, including the notorious "My Mother the Car" (NBC, 1965-66), which many went on to credit as the worst series ever made. However, his fortunes rebounded in the late 1980s when he was cast as the befuddled Luther Van Dam on "Coach" (ABC, 1989-1997), which earned him four Emmy nominations, as well as long-overdue respect from the industry. While his five-decade career may have had its share of ups and downs, Van Dyke weathered it with good humor, which, in the end, proved to be his lasting legacy.

For decades, actor and comedian Jerry Van Dyke was largely relegated to footnote status in the annals of entertainment history. He was the younger brother of Dick Van Dyke, and for most of his early career, endured a string of failed television jobs, including the notorious "My Mother the Car" (NBC, 1965-66), which many went on to credit as the worst series ever made. However, his fortunes rebounded in the late 1980s when he was cast as the befuddled Luther Van Dam on "Coach" (ABC, 1989-1997), which earned him four Emmy nominations, as well as long-overdue respect from the industry. While his five-decade career may have had its share of ups and downs, Van Dyke weathered it with good humor, which, in the end, proved to be his lasting legacy.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Annabelle's Wish (1997) Voice Of Grandpa
2.
4.
 Angel in My Pocket (1969) Bubba
5.
 Love and Kisses (1965) Freddy
6.
 The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1963) Norman Jones
7.
 Palm Springs Weekend (1963) Biff Roberts
8.
 McLintock! (1963) Matt Douglas, Jr.
9.
 Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited, The (2004) Stacey Petrie
10.
 Dick Van Dyke: Put on a Happy Face (2000) Interviewee
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Milestones close milestones

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Began on the club circuit, often using a banjo as a comic prop
1963:
Served as emcee for the quiz show, "Picture This"
1963:
Appeared as a regular on "The Judy Garland Show"
1963:
Acted in the films "McLintock!", "Palm Springs Weekend"
1965:
Played the role of Dave Crabtree on TV sitcom, "My Mother the Car"
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Played the role Jerry Webster in TV comedy, "Accidental Family"
1968:
Largest film role, supporting Andy Griffith in "Angel in My Pocket"
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Acted the role of Coach Jerry Brownell in the TV drama series, "The Headmaster"
1979:
Appeared on short-lived TV sitcom "13 Queens Boulevard" as Steven Winters
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Played role of Assistant Coach Luther Van Dam on the popular ABC sitcom, "Coach"
1997:
Had featured role as a genie on the short-lived ABC comedy "You Wish"
1997:
Opened Jerry Van Dyke's Soda Shoppe and Guesthouse in Fort Worth, Texas
1998:
Joined cast of the ABC sitcom "Teen Angel"
2004:
Revised role of Stacy Petrie, Rob's brother in "The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited", a television special which brought together the old cast of the 1960's hit show
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Notes

Nominated several times for an Emmy as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for "Coach".

"Jerry just blunders through. He blurts and he blunders and somehow comes out on top." --Hazel Van Dyke on her son's success (from PEOPLE, November 12, 1993)

Van Dyke revitalized the downtown area of Benton, AR by rerfurbishing a movie theater, restaurant, candy store, antique shop and hotel.

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wife:
Carol Van Dyke. Divorced in 1974; mother of three children with Van Dyke.
wife:
Shirley Jones. Singer. Met in 1970 when Van Dyke was working at a supper-club; married in 1977; not to be confused with the Oscar-winning singer-actor.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Loren Van Dyke. Deceased.
mother:
Hazel Van Dyke. Died September 27, 1992; age 95.
brother:
Dick Van Dyke. Actor, comedian. Born December 13, 1925; star of "The Dick Van Dyke Show" on which Jerry had a recurring role--playing the brother (Stacy Petrie) to Dick's character (Rob Petrie).
daughter:
Kelly Jean Van Dyke-Nance. Secretary. Born June 5, 1958 in Illinois; committed suicide by hanging herself November 17, 1991; married actor Jack Nance six months prior to suicide.
daughter:
Jerri Lynn Van Dyke. Loan processor. Born c. 1963.
son:
Ronald A Van Dyke. House painter. Born in March 1967.
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