Published: Sun, January 07, 2018
Culture | By Wayne Carr

Comedian And 'Coach' Star Jerry Van Dyke Is Dead At Age 86

Comedian And 'Coach' Star Jerry Van Dyke Is Dead At Age 86

Jerry Van Dyke, best known for his Emmy-nominated role as Assistant Coach Luther Van Dam alongside Craig T. Nelson on the sitcom "Coach", died Friday afternoon, TMZ reported Saturday afternoon.

Van Dyke married Shirley Jones of Glen Rose in 1984 and bought a ranch in Hot Spring County.

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We're told Dick visited them at the ranch over the Christmas holiday. Though an exact cause of death is unknown, the actor is said to have been involved in a vehicle accident two years ago from which he never truly recovered.

Jerry Van Dyke was the younger brother of Dick Van Dyke. Van Dyke's career included the distinction of being Judy Garland's co-star on The Judy Garland Show, the late '60s series Accidental Family and the lead human role in the infamous sitcom My Mother the vehicle.

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

Van Dyke earned four Emmy Award nominations for his role. In recent years, he was doing quietly marvelous stuff as talkative grandpa Tag Spence on The Middle.

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