NEW YORK • He was not as well-known as his older brother, however Jerry Van Dyke ultimately emerged from the shadow of Dick.
The 86-year-old Jerry, nominated 4 instances for an Emmy for his function in ABC sitcom Coach, died final Friday at his Arkansas ranch. His spouse stated his well being had deteriorated since a visitors accident in 2015.
From the start, his tv profession was intertwined with Dick’s. One of his earliest TV appearances was in 1962 in a two-part episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show because the would-be comic brother of Dick’s character.
A boisterous performer who supported himself with a banjo-and-comedy stage act when tv or movie roles had been scant, Jerry was a ham to his brother’s extra dignified persona. But whereas Dick had runaway success early on, with the Broadway present and movie Bye Bye Birdie, the musical Mary Poppins and The Dick Van Dyke Show, his brother’s profession was outlined by a string of short-lived tasks.
Jerry was good-humoured about his failures. “If I had to do it over again, I definitely would have turned things down,” he stated in 1994. “Almost everything I did.”
In 1989, he landed the function of assistant coach Luther Van Dam on Coach. Van Dam, a bumbling, subservient second banana who had occasional moments of pathos, was a dependable supply of guffaws on the present, which ran till 1997.
Jerry was nominated for 4 Emmys for Best Supporting Actor however by no means received. He stated in 1990 that he was thrilled to get some recognition after his meandering profession.
“Everybody talks about me making a comeback,” he added. “I say: ‘Comeback from what? This is as good as it’s ever been.'”