Jerry Van Dyke dead at 86

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Jerry Van Dyke, the actor and comedian who played lead or second banana in such TV series as "Coach" and "My Mother the vehicle", has died.

Jerry's wife Shirley confirmed to TMZ that the showbiz veteran passed away on Friday afternoon at their Arkansas ranch at the age of 86.

Read the full story on TMZ's website here.


In the late 80s and early 90s, the younger Van Dyke became well-known for his work on the series Coach, where he played Asst.

He died at their home in Arkansas less than a month after a visit from his brother. Van Dyke's work on the show earned him four Emmy nominations for supporting actor. A few of his other ill-fated projects included "Accidental Family", "Headmaster" and "13 Queens Boulevard". His most recognizable role came in 1989, when he was cast opposite Craig T. Nelson in the aforementioned Coach (pictured right), which aired for nine seasons between 1989-1997.

Van Dyke was born in Danville, Illinois to his stenographer mother and salesman father.


"Everybody talks about me making a comeback", he said.

After "Coach" ended, Van Dyke continued to make guest appearances in sitcoms like "Yes, Dear", "Raising Hope" and "My Name is Earl".


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