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Jerry Van Dyke: Coach actor and comedian dies at 86

Sun Online Desk     7th January, 2018 09:56:26 printer

Jerry Van Dyke: Coach actor and comedian dies at 86


Actor and comedian Jerry Van Dyke, who won four Emmy nominations for his role in the US sitcom Coach, has died at 86.


His wife Shirley Ann Jones told US media he had died at his Arkansas ranch on Friday.


The actor's health had been waning since a 2015 traffic accident, she said.


Van Dyke was the younger brother of actor Dick Van Dyke, known for the musical films Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.


After an early career in stand-up comedy, the junior Van Dyke turned to acting, appearing on The Dick Van Dyke Show in 1962 as the sibling of his real-life brother. He went on to appear regularly on The Judy Garland Show.


To balance the critical failures, the funnyman landed perhaps his best-loved role in 1989, as Luther Van Dam in the US football comedy Coach.


He played the assistant coach of the fictional Minnesota State University Screaming Eagles, and got four back-to-back Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series from 1990-1993.


The Van Dykes played on-screen brothers well into their later years, with a 2015 turn in family sitcom The Middle. Actress Patricia Heaton, who played Jerry Van Dyke's daughter, tweeted a tribute to her "hilarious and terrifically talented" screen dad.


As well as his brother, the comedian is survived by Ms Jones - his second wife, a son and daughter from his first marriage, and two grandchildren, reports BBC.