Van Dyke followed his older brother Dick into show business in the 1950's, performing standup comedy, appearing on the Judy Garland Show, the Dick Van Dyke Show, and many others. No cause of death was immediately reported.
As a high school student, Van Dyke was known as a class clown, according to a talent bio. Jerry lived with his wife Shirley in Malvern, Arkansas on their 800-acre ranch. According to the website, she noted his health had been deteriorating since they were both in a vehicle accident more than two years ago. This role earned Van Dyke four Emmy nominations.
He reunited on screen with his celebrity sibling on The Middle, where Dick guest starred as the estranged brother of Van Dyke's character, Tag. He had three children with his first wife Carol - his daughters Jerri Lynn and Kelly Jean and son Ronald.