Comedian and Actor Jerry Van Dyke of 'Coach' Dies at 86

Jerry Van Dyke- the famed younger brother of Dick Van Dyke- has died... TMZ has learned

Jerry Van Dyke- the famed younger brother of Dick Van Dyke- has died... TMZ has learned

Dick Van Dyke's younger brother - has died at 86, TMZ reports.

Jerry's wife, Shirley Ann Jones, told New York Timesthat the actor and comedian's health had been deteriorating since a 2015 traffic accident. 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 vehicle", which lasted a single season. The ABC sitcom ran for nine seasons, ending its run in 1997.

He also appeared on "My Mother the Car", "Accidental Family", "Headmaster", and "13 Queen Boulevard".

Van Dyke was characteristically good-humored about the meandering nature of his career, telling USA Today in 1990 that the Emmy nominations he received for the role marked its peak.

It wasn't until he landed the role of Luther on Coach in 1989 that he gained prominent fame.

"Everybody talks about me making a comeback", he said. "This is as good as it's ever been'".

Van Dyke maintained his reputation as a welcome variety show and comedy guest up to the point of his passing.

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