Jerry Van Dyke – Another Great “Act” Lost

By | January 10, 2018

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LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 1: THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW. Episode: 'Stacey Petrie Part II.' Featuring Jerry Van Dyke (as Stacey Petrie). Image dated December 1, 1964. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)

As early as high school age, Jerry Van Dyke endeavored to be a stand-up comedian. He was known to perform anywhere and everywhere, including nightclubs and strip clubs. He wasn’t too proud to do whatever it took to get exposure to an audience. After high school, he enlisted in the armed forces and was associated with the United States Air Force, Tops In Blue. Tops In Blue was an assembly of active duty airmen who traveled around the world to entertain their fellow airmen and their families.

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Comedian, Jerry Van Dyke, made his television premiere on The Dick Van Dyke Show in 1964, as Stacey Petrie, Rob Petrie’s brother. It should come as no surprise that Jerry Van Dyke and Dick Van Dyke were brothers; Dick being the eldest of the two. As if the last name didn’t give it away, they could have been mistaken for each other if not for the height difference.