Jerry Van Dyke

American stand-up comedian (1931-2018)

Jerry McCord Van Dyke (July 27, 1931 – January 5, 2018)[1] was an American stand-up comedian, actor, and comedian. He performed in many television sitcoms and Big Lots commercials. His comedic acting goes back to the 1960s. He was the younger brother of Dick Van Dyke.

Jerry Van Dyke
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Van Dyke at the 1994 Emmys
Jerry McCord Van Dyke

(1931-07-27)July 27, 1931
DiedJanuary 5, 2018(2018-01-05) (aged 86)
Other namesJerry McCorn Van Dyke
OccupationStand-up comedian, actor, comedian
Years active1962–2018
Spouse(s)Shirley Ann Jones (1977–2018)
Carol Johnson (1957–1974; divorced)
RelativesDick Van Dyke (brother)

Early lifeEdit

Van Dyke was born Jerry McCord Van Dyke in Danville, Illinois on July 27, 1931. His parents were Loren (nicknamed "Cookie") and Hazel (née McCord) Van Dyke. He was of Dutch ancestry on his father's side and of English and Scottish ancestry on his mother's side. His mother is a Mayflower descendant.


On January 5, 2018, Van Dyke died of heart failure at his ranch in Malvern, Arkansas at the age of 86. He had been in declining health since being involved a car accident two years earlier.[2]


  1. "Biography for Jerry Van Dyke". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 4 January 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. "Jerry Van Dyke Dead at 86". TMZ. January 6, 2018. Retrieved January 6, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)