Actor and comedian Dick Van Dyke has had a long and incredible career in Hollywood. But his younger brother Jerry, also an actor and comedian, left a mark of his own in the entertainment world before his passing on Friday afternoon at his ranch in Texas at the age of 86.
You might remember Jerry from his hilarious debut on his brother’s “The Dick Van Dyke Show playing the character of Rob Petrie’s goofy younger brother. According to the UK’s The Sun, he also appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and “The Judy Garland Show.”
From 1989 to 1997, he starred in the ABC sitcom “Coach,” according to IMDB. He’s acted in numerous TV shows from “G.E. True” in 1962 to “The Middle” in 2015.
Jerry appeared in “Perry Mason,” “The Andy Griffith Show,” “Mary Tyler Moore,” “Fantasy Island,” “Fresno,” “The Drew Carey Show,” and “Diagnosis Murder. He starred in “My Mother the Car.”
He also entertained U.S. troops with his comedic acts around the world, according to Fox News. But after a serious car accident two years ago, Jerry’s health began to deteriorate. His older brother Dick, 92, visited him in Texas for Christmas.
Jerry died on Friday with his wife by his side. He is also survived by three adult children.
Please pray for Jerry’s and Dick’s families as they deal with this loss. In other news, an astronaut legend died on Friday, too, after a long legacy of “firsts” in space flight.