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Jerry Van Dyke

Birth Name:
Birth Place:
Danville, Illinois, United States
Actor, comedian

Fast Facts

  • After high school, played banjo and did stand-up comedy at strip clubs and nightclubs in the Danville area
  • Joined the Air Force, where he was a member of the entertainment group Tops in Blue
  • Appeared with Tops in Blue on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1954
  • Guest starred as the brother of his real-life brother Dick Van Dyke on The Dick Van Dyke Show and Diagnosis Murder
  • Turned down opportunities to play Gilligan on Gilligan's Island and to replace Don Knotts on the Andy Griffith Show
  • Toured with his brother Dick Van Dyke in the play The Sunshine Boys in 2011


  • 1994Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1992Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1991Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1990Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated


  • Kelly Jean Van Dyke-Nance--Daughter
  • Terri Lynn--Daughter
  • Carol--Ex-wife
  • L.W. "Cookie" Van Dyke--Father
  • Hazel Van Dyke--Mother
  • Ronald Van Dyke--Son
  • Shirley Jones--Wife