The worst of those projects was "My Mother the Car," which aired during a season on NBC from September 1965.
He played a man who buys a car that contains the spirit of his deceased mother, expressed by Ann Sothern. The plot revolved around Mr. Van Dyke's attempts to hide the conscience of the automobile from his family and to prevent it from being acquired by an unscrupulous car collector, played by Avery Schreiber.
The premise seems exaggerated, if not strange, but fantastic comedies like "I Dream of Jeannie" and "Bewitched" were made popular at the same time. "My Mother the Car" was never understood and was attacked by critics.
"When people talk about bad television," My Mother the Car "is the program that comes to mind," Van Dyke told The AP in 1990.
He went on to have prominent roles in other series that did not last long, such as "Accidental Family", "Headmaster" and "13 Queens Boulevard", and he remained largely with his show. Meanwhile, his brother enjoyed more successes, including a lead role in Disney's 1968 movie "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," a musical about a flying car.
But in 1989 Jerry Van Dyke landed the role of Luther Van Dam, the assistant coach of Craig T. Nelson's football coach, Hayden Fox, in "Coach." They worked together to direct the fictitious Screaming Eagles of Minnesota State University, often with special appearances by professional soccer figures such as Troy Aikman, Dick Butkus and Jerry Jones, as well as actors such as Lucy Liu, Drew Carey and Mary Hart.
Van Dam, a second clumsy and servile banker who occasionally had moments of pathos, was a reliable source of laughter in the show, which ran until 1997.
Mr. Van Dyke was invited to talk shows, such as "Late Show With David Letterman," and was nominated for four Emmy Awards for supporting actor by Van Dam, but never won any.
He told USA Today in 1990 that he was excited to get some recognition after his snaking career.
"Everyone talks about I'm making a comeback," he said. "I say:" Come back from what? This is as good as it always has been. "
Jerry Van Dyke was born on July 27, 1931, in Danville, Illinois, to Loren, a street vendor, and former Hazel McCord kneader. He was a little over five years younger than Dick, and like his brother he began a comedy act as a teenager, honing his skills in nightclubs and nightclubs.
"I could not do anything else," he joked in the US. Today in 1990. "I decided to be a comedian when I was 8 years old and I did not attend my studies in school, if I had known how to do something else, I would have left many times."
Acted on bases around the world for a season in the Air Force in the mid-1950s. He appeared as a guest on "The Ed Sullivan Show", had roles in "Perry Mason" and "The Andy Griffith Show" and appeared in the John Wayne and Maureen O & # 39; Hara Western "McLintock!" (1963), one of the few films in which he acted.
By the end of the 1960s, Mr. Van Dyke's television career had diminished. He maintained himself with his theatrical performance in Playboy Clubs, in Las Vegas and on cruises. He also appeared in shows like "Love, American Style", "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and, as expected, "The New Dick Van Dyke Show".
Mr. Van Dyke married Carol Johnson in the mid-1950s; they divorced in the mid-1970s. In addition to his wife, Mrs. Jones, the survivors include a daughter, Jerri Lynne, and a son, Ronald, both of their first marriage; and two grandchildren Another daughter, Kelly Jean Van Dyke-Nance, died in 1991.
After "Coach," she appeared in sitcoms such as "My Name Is Earl" and "Raising Hope." The Van Dyke brothers kept their siblings together in their old age, including the ABC comedy "The Middle" in 2015.
In 1993, just over three decades after his first guest appearance on "The Dick Van Dyke Show," Van Dyke returned the favor to his brother when Dick participated in a Christmas episode of "Coach." "
" I'm getting sick of Dick putting on his hair, "joked Van Dyke with The Toronto Star in 1994." I just can not prop up his career forever. "
At the time Dick had his own show," Diagnosis Murder, "on CBS, he played the initiative, a doctor who solved crimes, and Jerry appeared on the show in 1999.
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