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

Coach Actor Jerry Van Dyke Dies

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Van Dyke's wife, Shirley, told the site he passed away Friday, two years after a debilitating auto accident injured them both.

Jerry Van Dyke, comedian, actor and younger brother of Dick Van Dyke, died Friday afternoon at his Arkansas home at the age of 86. She says they were involved in a vehicle accident over 2 years ago. and Jerry's health had deteriorated since.

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On his return, he started to do guest appearances on The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Ed Sullivan Show.

Van Dyke went into show business, just like his brother. A few of his other ill-fated projects included "Accidental Family", "Headmaster" and "13 Queens Boulevard".

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Jerry Van Dyke played Assistant Coach Luther Van Dam alongside Craig T. Nelson on the show "Coach" for 9 seasons.

Van Dyke was characteristically good-humored about the meandering nature of his career, telling USA Today in 1990 that the Emmy nominations he received for the role marked its peak. In recent years, he performed in roles on "Yes Dear" and "The Middle".

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