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Jerry Van Dyke, ‘Coach’ star and brother of Dick, dies at 86

Actor struggled for decades to achieve his own stardom

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(FILES) This file photo taken on January 29, 2004 shows actor Jerry Van Dyke attending the game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Minnesota Timberwolves in Los Angeles. Van Dyke, younger brother of actor Dick Van Dyke, died on January 6, 2018, according to media reports. He was 86. / AFP / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / VINCE BUCCI

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 on 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.