Jerry Van Dyke, 'Coach' star and brother of Dick, dies at 86


Jerry Van Dyke, the comedian brother of actor Dick Van Dyke, reportedly has died at the age of 86.

Jerry's wife, Shirley, told TMZ he died Friday afternoon.

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 auto", which has been regarded as one of the worst television shows of the era. While it is unclear if Jerry's brother Dick was present at the time of his passing, Shirley did confirm that the brothers spent time together while Dick visited them for Christmas last month.

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Jerry's best known for his role on "Coach". where he earned 4 Emmy nominations playing Asst. It ran for only one season on NBC in September 1965.

Born in 1931, Jerry began his career as a stand-up comedian, making his TV debut in the series G.E. True in 1962.

Jerry Van Dyke with the rest of the Coach cast. He also appeared on his brother's The Dick Van Dyke Show as Stacey Petrie and various other sitcoms including Accidental Family, Headmaster, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, 13 Queen Boulevard and The Drew Carey Show. "I say: 'Comeback from what?"