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Jerry Van Dyke

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).

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Jul 27, 1931 In Danville, Illinois, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series The Ed Sullivan Show 1948-06-20
Latest Project:
Movie Sid & Judy 2019-06-26
Known For
Poster of Annabelle's Wish
Poster of 13 Queens Boulevard
Poster of McLintock!
Poster of The Andy Griffith Show
Movie Sid & Judy Himself (archive footage) 2019-06-26
Series The Middle Tag Spence 2009-09-30
Series Unscripted Himself 2005-01-09
Series Committed Unknown 2005-01-04
Series My Name Is Earl Unknown 2005-09-20
Movie The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited Stacey Petrie 2004-05-11
Series Yes, Dear Big Jimmy Hughes 2000-10-02
Series The District Unknown 2000-10-07
Series Teen Angel Jerry Beauchamp 1997-09-26
Series You Wish Grandpa Max 1997-09-26
Movie Annabelle's Wish Grandpa Baker (voice) 1997-10-21
Series E! True Hollywood Story Unknown 1996-03-29
Series The Drew Carey Show Luther Van Damme 1995-09-13
Series Diagnosis: Murder Stacy Sloan 1993-10-29
Series Grace Under Fire Unknown 1993-09-29
Movie The Pelican Brief Assistant Coach Luther Horatio Van Dam in Coach (archive footage) 1993-12-16
Series Coach Luther Van Dam 1989-02-28
Movie W.A.R.: Women Against Rape Bernard Blackwell 1987-01-01
Movie Run If You Can Brian 1987-01-01
Series Fresno Tucker Agajanian 1986-11-16
Series Charles in Charge Unknown 1984-10-03
Series Newhart Unknown 1982-10-02
Series 13 Queens Boulevard Unknown 1979-03-20
Movie The Amazing Cosmic Awareness of Duffy Moon Mr. Finley 1976-02-04
Series The Headmaster Unknown 1970-09-18
Series The Mary Tyler Moore Show Unknown 1970-09-19
Movie Angel in My Pocket Emery 1969-04-02
Series Good Morning, World Unknown 1967-09-05
Series Accidental Family Jerry Webster 1967-09-15
Series That Girl Unknown 1966-09-08
Movie Love and Kisses Freddy 1965-08-05
Series My Mother the Car Unknown 1965-09-14
Series The Cara Williams Show Unknown 1964-09-23
Series Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Unknown 1964-09-25
Movie The Courtship of Eddie's Father Norman Jones 1963-03-27
Movie Palm Springs Weekend Biff Roberts 1963-11-05
Movie McLintock! Matt Douglas Jr. 1963-11-12
Series General Electric True Unknown 1962-09-30
Series The Dick Van Dyke Show Unknown 1961-10-03
Series The Andy Griffith Show Jerry 1960-10-03
Series Kraft Music Hall Self 1958-10-08
Series Perry Mason Unknown 1957-09-21
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20