Jerry Van Dyke, 'Coach' star and brother of Dick, dead at 86
- Author: Theresa Obrien Jan 07, 2018,
Jan 07, 2018, 0:59
Van Dyke's wife, Shirley, told the site he passed away Friday, two years after a debilitating vehicle accident injured them both.
Coach Luther Van Dam on the ABC sitcom Coach, has died at the age of 86. His wife Shirley said that his health had gone downhill since a vehicle accident two years ago.
A beloved comedian just like his brother, Jerry pursued stand-up as a young man and performed at military bases around the world.
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Jerry's star turn was on his brother's own Dick Van Dyke Show in 1962, later appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show as well as The Judy Garland Show.
"I looked up to him as a kid", Van Dyke remarked of his brother Dick to The Los Angeles Times in 2015.
He also acted in the thriller Run If You Can opposite Oscar victor Martin Landau and the 1969 comedy Angel In My Pocket with star Andy Griffith.
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Family reports Van Dyke had suffered health issues related to a auto accident in 2015.
Van Dyke maintained his reputation as a welcome variety show and comedy guest up to the point of his passing.
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