Jerry Van Dyke died Friday at 86

The comedian - who is the younger brother of legendary actor Dick Van Dyke - passed away at his ranch in Arkansas on Friday (05.01.18).

Van Dyke married Shirley Jones of Glen Rose in 1984 and bought a ranch in Hot Spring County. She says they were involved in a vehicle accident over 2 years ago. and Jerry's health had deteriorated since.

The site also reported that brother Dick, 92, made a visit to his little brother during Christmastime.


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

Van Dyke appeared on The Dick Van Dyke show, one of his earliest appearances as Stacey Petrie in 1962.

Running for nine seasons, from 1989 to 1997, the show earned Van Dyke four Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.


His career started when he did stand-up comedy at high school and went on to perform at military bases around the world.

The entertainer's last role was as on the ABC sitcom The Middle where he played grandfather Tag Spence.

He is survived by wife Shirley and three children.


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