Danville native Jerry Van Dyke dies at 86


Jerry Van Dyke, the actor and comedian who played lead or second banana in such TV series as "Coach" and "My Mother the vehicle", has died.

Van Dyke's manager, John Castonia, said Van Dyke's wife, Shirley Ann Jones, was by his side.

We're told Dick visited them at the ranch over the Christmas holiday. He also made appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and played Assistant coach Luther Van Dam on the series, "Coach".

Jerry received four consecutive Emmy nominations for the part.

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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.

His career started when he did stand-up comedy at high school and went on to perform at military bases around the world.

While another wrote: "Rest In Peace Jerry Van Dyke". "Coach" co-star Craig T. Nelson released a statement to Eyewitness News, saying he is incredibly sad to hear of his passing. He had three children with his first wife Carol - his daughters Jerri Lynn and Kelly Jean and son Ronald.