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Jerry Van Dyke (L) and Craig T. Nelson, performers nominated for this year's 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards pose for photographers
Jerry Van Dyke (L) and Craig T. Nelson, performers nominated for this year's 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards pose for photographers on August 25, 1992 at a reception in Los Angeles. Van Dyke is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and Nelson is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. Both actors co-star in the hit TV show "Coach." Emmys in 30 categories will be presented Sunday, August 30 and broadcasted on FOX. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen/Files)
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Jerry Van Dyke (born July 27, 1931) is an American comedian and actor. He is the younger brother of comedian and actor Dick Van Dyke, and made his acting debut on The Dick Van Dyke Show with several guest appearances as Rob Petrie's brother, Stacey.

Van Dyke was born in Danville, Illinois in 1931 to Loren (nickname “Cookie”) and Hazel (née McCord) Van Dyke. He is of Dutch descent on his father's side and Scottish descent on his mother's side. His mother is a Mayflower descendant.

Van Dyke began his stand-up comedy career while still in high school in Danville, and was already a veteran of strip joints and nightclubs when he joined the Air Force Tops In Blue in 1952. During the mid-Fifties, Van Dyke worked at WTHI-TV in Terre Haute, Indiana. The "Jerry Van Dyke Show," which included future CBS News Today Show news anchor Joseph Benti, Nancee South and Ben Falber, was popular fare. In the service he performed at military bases around the world, twice winning the All Air Force Talent Show. Following his first guest appearances on The Dick Van Dyke Show and two appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, CBS made him a regular on The Judy Garland Show. He was also given hosting chores on the 1963 game show Picture This. In that same year, movie audiences saw him in supporting roles in the films McLintock!, Palm Springs Weekend and The Courtship of Eddie's Father.

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