Comedian Jerry Van Dyke Dies at 86

Jan 07, 2018, 00:58
Comedian Jerry Van Dyke Dies at 86

"Coach" actor Jerry Van Dyke has died, his family confirmed.

According to TMZ, Van Dyke died on Friday afternoon at his Arkansas ranch.

It's said that the actor's health has been on the decline since being involved in a serious vehicle accident about two-years ago.

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Throughout his television career, Van Dyke gravitated towards projects that would go on to be short-lived, turning down a starring role in "Gilligan's Island" to work on "My Mother the vehicle", which has been regarded as one of the worst television shows of the era.

The younger Van Dyke made his acting debut on "The Dick Van Dyke" show, and made appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show" before joining "The Judy Garland Show" as a regular. 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. This role earned Van Dyke four Emmy nominations. 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.