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

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

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

His wife Shirley, who was with him when he passed away, said his health had been deteriorating ever since they were involved in a auto accident a couple of years ago, TMZ reports.

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

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.

Van Dyke's television career began in tandem with his brother's, as one of his earliest appearances was on "The Dick Van Dyke Show" in 1962 as Stacey Petrie.


With scores of TV and movie appearances, Van Dyke scored his greatest success with the long-running ABC comedy "Coach", playing assistant coach Luther Van Dam opposite series star Craig T. Nelson.

Running for nine seasons, from 1989 to 1997, the show earned Van Dyke four Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

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.

He is survived by his wife and two children. In recent years, he performed in roles on "Yes Dear" and "The Middle".

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