Biography

He has that same genuine likability factor, owns that same trademark lantern jaw and is just as appealing and gifted as his older brother, Dick Van Dyke, but, for decades, Jerry Van Dyke had to bear the brunt of his brother's overwhelming shadow. The comic actor was born six years younger than Dick on July 27, 1931, in Danville, Illinois. Raised there, the crew cut blond showed an aptitude for clowning in high school. His stand-up comedy venues first took the form of dives and strip clubs throughout the Deep South in which his banjo-playing became an intricate part of the routine. At one point, Jerry was a regular on the Playboy club circuit. He then set his sights on the top showrooms in Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe and Atlantic City and became a dependable opening act.

Jerry's early career should have been rightfully interrupted when he joined the Air Force in 1952. He, instead, kept the troops laughing by performing in Special Services shows. Winning a military talent contest actually earned him a couple of appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) (aka "The Ed Sullivan Show") and resulting TV exposure. Following his tour of duty, he nabbed variety appearances and a regular comic relief role on The Judy Garland Show (1963). He found comic acting parts as well on TV. Like brother Dick, who was a huge TV star by this time, Jerry also did a stint emceeing a game show. In Jerry's case, it was Picture This (1963).

He has that same genuine likability factor, owns that same trademark lantern jaw and is just as appealing and gifted as his older brother, Dick Van Dyke, but, for decades, Jerry Van Dyke had to bear the brunt of his brother's overwhelming shadow. The comic actor was born six years younger than Dick on July 27, 1931, in Danville, Illinois. Raised there, the crew cut blond showed an aptitude for clowning in high school. His stand-up comedy venues first took the form of dives and strip clubs throughout the Deep South in which his banjo-playing became an intricate part of the routine. At one point, Jerry was a regular on the Playboy club circuit. He then set his sights on the top showrooms in Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe and Atlantic City and became a dependable opening act.

Jerry's early career should have been rightfully interrupted when he joined the Air Force in 1952. He, instead, kept the troops laughing by performing in Special Services shows. Winning a military talent contest actually earned him a couple of appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) (aka "The Ed Sullivan Show") and resulting TV exposure. Following his tour of duty, he nabbed variety appearances and a regular comic relief role on The Judy Garland Show (1963). He found comic acting parts as well on TV. Like brother Dick, who was a huge TV star by this time, Jerry also did a stint emceeing a game show. In Jerry's case, it was Picture This (1963).

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 40

Birthday 1931-07-27

Day of Death 2018-01-05

Place of Birth Danville, Illinois, USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2009 The Middle (1 episode) as Tag Spence (1 episode)
2005 My Name Is Earl (1 episode)
2005 Unscripted (1 episode)
2005 Committed (1 episode)
2004 The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited as Stacey Petrie
2000 The District (1 episode)
2000 Yes, Dear (1 episode) as Big Jimmy Hughes
1997 Annabelle's Wish as Grandpa Baker (voice)
1997 You Wish (13 episodes) as Grandpa Max
1997 Teen Angel (17 episodes) as Jerry Beauchamp
1996 E! True Hollywood Story (1 episode)
1995 The Drew Carey Show (1 episode) as Luther Van Damme
1993 Diagnosis: Murder (1 episode) as Stacy Sloan
1993 Grace Under Fire (1 episode)
1989 Coach (199 episodes)
1987 Run If You Can as Brian
1987 W.A.R.: Women Against Rape as Bernard Blackwell
1986 Fresno (4 episodes) as Tucker Agajanian
1984 Charles in Charge (1 episode)
1982 Newhart (1 episode)
1979 13 Queens Boulevard (9 episodes)
1970 The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1 episode)
1970 The Headmaster (13 episodes)
1969 Angel in My Pocket as Emery
1967 Accidental Family (16 episodes) as Jerry Webster
1967 Good Morning, World (1 episode)
1966 That Girl (1 episode)
1965 My Mother the Car (1 episode) (30 episodes) as Dave Crabtree
1965 Love and Kisses as Freddy
1964 Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. (1 episode)
1964 The Cara Williams Show (1 episode)
1963 McLintock! as Matt Douglas Jr.
1963 Palm Springs Weekend as Biff Roberts
1963 The Courtship of Eddie's Father as Norman Jones
1962 General Electric True (1 episode)
1961 The Dick Van Dyke Show (1 episode)
1960 The Andy Griffith Show (1 episode) as Jerry
1958 Kraft Music Hall (1 episode)
1957 Perry Mason (1 episode)
1948 The Ed Sullivan Show (1 episode)

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