Jerry Van Dyke of 'Coach' Dead at 86

Anita Tucker
January 7, 2018

Actor and comedian Jerry Van Dyke has died.

We're told Dick visited them at the ranch over the Christmas holiday. According to the website, she noted his health had been deteriorating since they were both in a auto accident more than two years ago.

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.

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Van Dyke first became known to audiences in 1962 when he began a recurring role as Stacey Petrie in his brother Dick Van Dyke's eponymous CBS sitcom. "Coach" co-star Craig T. Nelson released a statement to Eyewitness News, saying he is incredibly sad to hear of his passing.

Van Dyke earned four Emmy Award nominations for his role. (1963), "Angel in My Pocket" (1969) and his final film, "Moon Ring" (2010).

He was the younger brother of Dick Van Dyke, and was also a comedian who pursued stand-up while still a young man, performing often at the world's military bases. In recent years, he was doing quietly marvelous stuff as talkative grandpa Tag Spence on The Middle.

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