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Jerry Van Dyke: Coach actor and comedian dies at 86

Jerry Van Dyke: Coach actor and comedian dies at 86
From BBC - January 6, 2018

Actor and comedian Jerry Van Dyke, who won four Emmy nominations for his role in the US sitcom Coach, has died at 86.

His wife Shirley Ann Jones told US media he had died at his Arkansas ranch on Friday.

The actor's health had been waning since a 2015 traffic accident, she said.

Van Dyke was the younger brother of actor Dick Van Dyke, known for the musical films Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

After an early career in stand-up comedy, the junior Van Dyke turned to acting, appearing on The Dick Van Dyke Show in 1962 as the sibling of his real-life brother. He went on to appear regularly on The Judy Garland Show.

Some of his subsequent projects were mauled by TV critics - not least the fantastical sitcom My Mother the Car, a single-season flop that ran on NBC in 1965. Van Dyke played a lawyer who buys a car inhabited by the spirit of his dead mother, Gladys.

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