TV legend, Jerry Van Dyke, known for playing Luthor on Coach passed away at the age of 86 from a few complications from a car accident he had 2 years ago. Dyke was with his wife, Shirley when he passed away at Arkansas ranch on Friday.
Dyke had started his career by performing at military bases across the world in the 60s. Van Dyke then became a stand-up comic and was transitioned to work on the screen. He then landed a few small roles in Perry Mason and G.E. True. In the ’70s Dyke had appeared on 13 Queens Boulevard and Mary Tyler Moore. He appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show and The Judy Garland Show.
In the late 80s and 90s, Jerry Van Dyke had become known for his work on Coach. Here, he played assistant Coach Luther Van Dam with Craig T. Nelson. He received 4 Emmy nominations for this role, and he has loved being on this show. Jerry then had recurring roles in The Middle and Yes, Dear.
His wife had said that accident destroyed their lives. Dyke spent seven months in the hospital and his health had deteriorated and he then he passed away on Friday. The couple did not have children, though Dyke had children from his previous marriage.
Dyke’s death is really being felt across Hollywood, and many stars are reacting to this news. Patricia Heaton, who had played his daughter in The Middle, sent out a pretty touching tweet. She described Jerry as “hilarious and terrifically talented.
Condolences are being sent out through social media. TMZ had reported that the brothers spent time together over this Christmas.