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Jerry Van Dyke (born July 27, 1931) is an Americanmarker comedian and actor. He is the younger brother of comedian and actor Dick Van Dyke, and made his acting debut on The Dick Van Dyke Show with several guest appearances as Rob Petrie's brother, Stacey.

Early career

Van Dyke began his stand-up comedy career while still in high school in Danvillemarker, and was already a veteran of strip joints and nightclubs when he joined the Air Force Special Services in 1952. During the mid-Fifties, Van Dyke worked at WTHI-TVmarker in Terre Haute, Indianamarker. The "Jerry Van Dyke Show," which included future CBS News Today Show news anchor Joseph Benti, Nancee South and Ben Falber, was popular fare. In the service he performed at military bases around the world, twice winning the All Air Force Talent Show. Following his first guest appearances on The Dick Van Dyke Show and two appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, CBS made him a regular on The Judy Garland Show where he was given the astounding task of insulting Judy. Audiences cringed. He was also given hosting chores on the 1963 game show Picture This. In that same year, movie audiences saw him in supporting roles in the films McLintock!, Palm Springs Weekend and The Courtship of Eddie's Father.

Television career

Eager to capitalize on his exposure, CBS made plans to set him up in his own series. After turning down the role of Gilligan in Gilligan's Island, and also turning down the chance to replace Don Knotts on The Andy Griffith Show (both moves he would later regret), he accepted the lead role in the short-lived My Mother the Car (1965), the misadventures of a man whose deceased mother is for some unfathomable reason reincarnated into a restored antique car. Although the series was a historic and spectacular failure, Van Dyke continued to work steadily in supporting roles in television and film throughout the rest of the decade.

During the 1970s, Van Dyke returned to stand-up comedy virtually full time. He spent much of the decade touring Playboy Clubs around the country, and headlining at venues in Las Vegas, Nevadamarker, Renomarker and Atlantic Citymarker, returning to television for guest appearances on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Love, American Style and Fantasy Island, and roles in The Amazing Cosmic Awareness of Duffy Moon (1976) and 13 Queens Boulevard (1979).

In 1989 Jerry Van Dyke began entertaining a new generation of fans with his work as Luther Van Dam the beloved, yet befuddled assistant coach on the long running series Coach (1989-1997) for which he received four consecutive Emmy nominations for "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series" (1990, 1991, 1992, 1993).

Later career

Jerry Van Dyke continues to make frequent television appearances and performs stand up comedy in major venues around the country. In 1995 he appeared in a series of Hardee's commercials to promote the Big Hardee, then in the late 1990s acted as the spokesperson for Big Lots. He appeared in the 2000s sitcom Yes, Dear as a recurring character, "Big Jimmy," the father of Jimmy Hughes. He made a guest appearance on a September 2008 episode of My Name Is Earl.

When not performing, Jerry Van Dyke spends his time on his ranch in Arkansasmarker, where he raises "everything from horses to llamas," and where he evidently picked up his oddly Southern accent.

He was referenced by the Pennsylvania band "The Clarks" in a 2000 pop-culture oriented song, "Born Too Late".

Personal life

Van Dyke was born in Danville, Illinoismarker, to Loren (nickname “Cookie”) and Hazel (née McCord) Van Dyke. He is of Dutch descent on his father's side and Scottish descent on his mother's side.

Van Dyke has married twice, and has three children from the first - daughters Jerri Lynn and Kelly Jean, and son Ronald A.

His daughter Kelly Jean Van Dyke, who worked in the adult film industry under the name Nancee Kelly, committed suicide in 1991, after an emotional phone call with her husband Jack Nance.

Van Dyke is an avid poker player and announced a number of poker tournaments for ESPN in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Van Dyke is a talented 4-string banjo player with several performances on the "Dick Van Dyke Show" to his credit.

References

  1. Press release discussing poker commentating


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