Jerry Van Dyke

Highest Rated: 67% McLintock! (1963)
Lowest Rated: 67% McLintock! (1963)
Birthday: Jul 27, 1931
Birthplace: Not Available
Stocky comedic actor Jerry Van Dyke -- the younger brother by several years of actor Dick Van Dyke -- achieved some of the success of his older sibling, albeit with a somewhat lower profile and his own distinct persona. Time and again, Jerry specialized in portrayals of flustered, befuddled, and slightly klutzy goofballs who projected grating angst. (His typical characterizations could be contrasted with the "laid-back everyman" qualities and smoothness required by many of Dick's roles.) Raised in Danville, IL -- a community about 130 miles south of Chicago -- Van Dyke evinced a flair for comedic buffoonery and loved to entertain audiences as early as high school, then spent several years touring the country and performing in every comedy club he could find that agreed to book him. His career only began to take off, however, following his decision to join the Air Force Special Services in 1952 (during the Korean War) -- which, in turn, provided him with the opportunity to travel around the world and entertain the troops. His act soon caught the eye of Ed Sullivan, who booked Jerry for two popular engagements on his iconic variety series, and in the mid-'60s he began appearing alongside his brother on The Dick Van Dyke Show (conveniently playing Rob Petrie's brother, Stacey Petrie). In the years that followed, Jerry Van Dyke began associations with two key television producers -- relationships that would serve him well in the years to come. The first -- a collaboration with Grant Tinker (off-camera husband of Mary Tyler Moore from The Dick Van Dyke Show) led to Van Dyke's starring role in the 1965 fantasy-tinged sitcom My Mother the Car, which cast him as Dave Crabtree, a fellow revisited by his deceased mother -- in the form of an automobile. That program failed within a year, but the actor and producer would team up again nearly a decade later when Tinker and Co. cast Van Dyke in a brief multi-episode stretch of The Mary Tyler Moore Show as Wes Callison, an ex-boyfriend of Mary Richards who is plagued by complications when he happens to take a job in the same newsroom as Mary. During the same decade, Van Dyke also turned up as a guest star on series including That Girl, Love, American Style, and Fantasy Island. Van Dyke then tried out for the role of dim-witted Vermont handyman George Utley on the seminal '80s sitcom Newhart. Producer/creator Barry Kemp felt that the actor would be the wrong choice for the part (and eventually handed it to Tom Poston instead), but also felt so impressed by Van Dyke's talents that he both cast the actor in a guest-starring role on a season-one episode of that series (he played a flustered travel agent named Roy Herzog), and promised Van Dyke a more substantial recurring assignment on a sitcom. Kemp realized that promise five years later, by enlisting Van Dyke to play spaced-out assistant football coach Luther Van Dam on the top-tiered sitcom Coach (1989-1997). For that portrayal, the actor received numerous Emmy nominations. In subsequent years, Van Dyke continued his television work (he enjoyed a lengthy run on the sitcom Yes, Dear as Big Jimmy Hughes), did standup comedy bookings around the country, and emceed advertisements for various brands, products, and companies, including Big Lots.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Surviving Gilligan's Island Actor 2002
No Score Yet Annabelle's Wish Actor 1997
No Score Yet To Grandmother's House We Go Harvey 1992
No Score Yet Run If You Can Actor 1987
No Score Yet Lethal Victims Actor 1987
No Score Yet W.A.R. Actor 1987
No Score Yet The Amazing Cosmic Awareness of Duffy Moon Finley 1976
No Score Yet Angel in My Pocket Emery 1969
67% McLintock! Matt Douglas Jr. 1963
No Score Yet Palm Springs Weekend Biff Roberts 1963
No Score Yet The Courtship of Eddie's Father Norman Jones 1963
No Score Yet Judy Garland Christmas Show Actor 1963


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47% The Millers
Bud Carol's Dad
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No Score Yet Diagnosis Murder
Stacy Sloan
  • 1999
No Score Yet Teen Angel
Grandpa Beauchamp
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No Score Yet The New Addams Family
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No Score Yet The Drew Carey Show
Jerry Van Dyke
  • 1997
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Asst. Coach Luther Van Dam
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No Score Yet Newhart
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No Score Yet House Calls
Dr. Duane Kellogg
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No Score Yet The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Wes Wes Callison
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No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show
Jerry Miller
  • 1965
No Score Yet The Dick Van Dyke Show
Stacy Stacey Stacey Petrie
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No Score Yet Charles in Charge
Marvin Merken


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