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Van Dyke, Jerry

Born: 1931 AD
Currently alive, at 84 years of age.
Nationality: American
Categories: Actors, Comedians, Entertainers

1931 – Jerry Van Dyke, born on the 27th of July in Danville, Illinois.


He was a nightclub, movie, and television entertainer.


1948 – A trip to Hollywood with his parents convinced him to become a comedian.


1952 – He joined the Air Force and won international competition for emcee of "The Tops in Blue," a service entertainment troupe.


1962-65 – Appears on his brothers sitcom, "The Dick Van Dyke Show" at least 3 times. 


1964 – He returned to nightclub performances and was invited to appear at the University of Illinois Assembly Hall to perform at the Elite Eight basketball tourney.


1965 – He had his own television series, "My Mother the Car."


1967 – He was in the "Accidental Family" television series on NBC.


1968 – He had several movie appearances, including "The Courtship of Eddie’s Father."


1988 – He joined Bobby Short, Donald O’Connor, Gene Hackman, and his brother Dick in May, in a gala fund-raising effort for the restoration of Danville’s Fischer Theater.


1989 – 1997 – His most successful TV series to date was "Coach." He prefers the nightclub circuit. "The clubs have always been my meat," he said.