Facts of Jerry van Dyke
|Full Name:||Jerry van Dyke|
|Age:||88 years 0 months|
|Birth Date:||July 27, 1931|
|Death Date:||January 05, 2018|
|Birth Place:||Danville, Illinois, United States|
|Father's Name:||Loren Van Dyke|
|Mother's Name:||Hazel Van Dyke|
|Siblings:||One (Dick Van Dyke)|
|Profession:||actor, musician and comedian.|
|Education:||Danville High School|
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Jerry Van Dyke was an actor, musician as well as a comedian. He was the younger brother of Dick Van Dyke. Van Dyke who had made his television acting debut on The Dick Van Dyke Show with several guest appearances as Rob Petrie’s brother Stacey.
Jerry van Dyke: Age, Parents, Siblings, and Childhood
Jerry Van Dyke was one of the actor-comedian with the longest acting career. Jerry was born on 27 July 1931. He has acted in and done innumerable roles in films, theaters, and television. He was a fantastic stand-up comedian and also plays the banjo.
His father Loren Van Dyke (1900-1976) was of Dutch descent, while his mother Hazel Vorice (1896-1992) was an English and Scottish. She was a Mayflower descendant. He has an elder brother called Dick Van Dyke who is 6 years older to him and has a powerful personality. Jerry had stayed most of the time in Dick’s shadow.
Jerry van Dyke: Career and Professional life
Jerry had a likable factor in him. He used to jest around a lot and was considered a clown at school. He started to work as a stand-up comedian in local strip clubs and nightclubs.
Similarly, his banjo-playing was also an intricate part of the routine programs and shows. He was a regular performer in the Playboy club circuit. Jerry later moved on to the larger showrooms in Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, and Atlantic City and his acts gained a lot of fan base and support.
Likewise, his career was interrupted when Jerry joined the US Air Force in 1952. He took to doing some special shows and would entertain the troops. He won the military talent shows two times. He was far too good in his comic work. Due to these wins, Jerry got a chance to appear on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’.
He gained some TV exposure and he became a regular to feature on ‘The Judy Garland Show’. He also bagged some comic acting roles which he successfully performed. He also hosted a game show.
He got some lovely roles to play which later would have become memorable and given him much more fame. But he, unfortunately, turned them down; a decision which he regretted later in his life. He had been offered a good role in ‘Gilligan’s Island (1964) and on ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ (1965) but he declined both. It was sheer cruel luck that he took up those shows and roles which did not fetch him much fame at that time.
He also would appear on his brother’s show called as ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show’. He finally landed the role of his life; namely that of the hapless Luther van Dam’ in Coach (1989). It was this role which he could do for a longer time and also fetched him fame and money. He had continuity of money and also four consecutive Emmy Award nominations for this role.
Jerry van Dyke’s married life and retirement
Jerry was an Octogenarian. He lives a retired life with his second wife, Shirley Ann Jones on an 800-acre ranch near Malvern, Arkansas. He raises cattle. He is an avid poker player. He had married Shirley on 21 December 1977. He had three children with his first wife Carol Johnson whom he had wedded in January 1957 and divorced in 1974.
His three children with Carol were daughter Nancee Kelly, daughter Jerri Lynn Dyke, and son Ronald Dyke. His daughter Jerri is now managing his ‘Jerry Van Dyke’s Soda Shoppe’ in Benton, Arkansas. Nancee Kelly was a substance and drug user and had committed suicide in 1991.