NEW YORK (AP) The younger brother of Dick Van Dyke, who struggled for decades to achieve his own stardom before clicking as the dim-witted sidekick in television’s “Coach,” has died in Arkansas. Jerry Van Dyke was 86.
Van Dyke’s manager, John Castonia, said Van Dyke died Friday at his ranch in Hot Spring County. His wife, Shirley Ann Jones, was by his side. No cause was immediately known.
Until “Coach” came along in 1989, Van Dyke was best known to critics as the guy who had starred in one of television’s more improbable sitcoms, 1965’s “My Mother the Car.”
Antenna TV will be airing a Johnny Carson episode featuring Van Dyke tonight on WHNT3 at 10:30. The episode originally aired on February 20, 1975. The episode will re-air Sunday at 2:30 a.m. To learn where you can find WHNT3 in your area click here.
WHNT3 also airs Coach weeknights at 10 p.m.