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Comedian and Actor Jerry Van Dyke of 'Coach' Dies at 86

Comedian and Actor Jerry Van Dyke of 'Coach' Dies at 86

Jerry passed away on Friday afternoon at the couple's ranch in Arkansas, Shirley confirmed to TMZ.

Actor and comedian Jerry Van Dyke has died.

He reunited on screen with his celebrity sibling on The Middle, where Dick guest starred as the estranged brother of Van Dyke's character, Tag. He appeared as Stacey Petrie in the 1960s on The Dick Van Dyke Show, which he followed up with appearances on The Andy Griffith Show, My Mother the vehicle, and Accidental Family. The ABC sitcom ran for nine seasons, ending its run in 1997. A few of his other ill-fated projects included "Accidental Family", "Headmaster" and "13 Queens Boulevard". He also played in Las Vegas, at Playboy Clubs, and on cruise ships in a stage show in the 60s. He went to earn multiple roles on TV shows throughout his prolific career, and he even earned four Emmy nominations for his part on Coach.

It wasn't until he landed the role of Luther on Coach in 1989 that he gained prominent fame.

"Everybody talks about me making a comeback", he said. "This is as good as it's ever been'".

We just learned of Jerry Van Dyke's passing.

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