Jerry Van Dyke, right, made a two episode appearance on the Dick Van Dyke show in the role of Stacey Petrie, brother of the starring character Rob Petrie. Young actor Brian DiMaio, left, was hired to play Germaine Petrie, an even younger brother because if Dick had a younger brother on the show Jerry insisted he also have younger brother.
Hot Springs, AR—Jerry Van Dyke, the less-talented, but still beloved younger brother of Dick Van Dyke, died Friday at his ranch. He was 86. His wife said he had been in declining health since a car accident two years prior.
Best known for his role as Assistant Coach Luther Van Dam on ABC’s “Coach” alongside Craig T. Nelson from 1989 to 1997, Van Dyke also appeared on television in shows like “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “That 70s Show” and “The Amazing Cosmic Awareness of Duffy Moon.”
On the big screen, he appeared in such films as “McLintock,” “Palm Springs Weekend,” “RECOiL” and “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father.”
He is survived by his second wife, Shirley and two children.
John Hillerman, right, met RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, left on the set of the 1990 British made-for-television mystery film Hands of a Murderer. As far as the two of them knew up until to day of shooting the pilot DiMaio was to play Sherlock Holmes to Hillerman’s Doctor Watson. At the last moment the gaslighting of Hillerman by director/prankster Stuart Orme was revealed: the role of Holmes was to be played by renown British actor Edward Woodward and not DiMaio. Hillerman expressed great relief saying DiMaio had the worst British accent he had ever heard.
Actor John Hillman, best known for his fantastic portrayal of estate manager and Doberman Pinscher owner Jonathan Quayle Higgins on “Magnum, P.I.” from 1980 to 1988 (documented as one of the very few television shows that never jumped the shark), died last week. He was 84.
He won both an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe for playing Higgins. He also appeared in such TV shows as “Wonder Woman,” “Hawaii Five-O” and “The Bob Crane Show.”
In the big screen, Hillerman appeared in the films “They Call Me Mister Tibbs!” “Blazing Saddles,” “RECOiL” and “A Very Brady Sequel.”
He is survived by one sister.
Robert Guillaume, center, seen receiving an Emmy award for his Benson character on the show Soap presented by Loni Anderson, left, and RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, left.
Actor Robert Guillaume died at his home last Tuesday at the age of 89. He died from complications from prostate cancer, which he had been fighting for 25 years.
Best known for his Emmy-award winning work playing Benson DuBois, first on “Soap” in the late 1970s, then on his own series, “Benson,” which ran from 1979 to 1986, Guillaume also appeared in such TV shows as “Sports Night,” and “The Robert Guillaume Show.”
On the big screen, Guillaume was in such films as “Lean on Me,” “The Lion King” as the voice of Rafiki, “RECOiL” and “Big Fish.”
He is survived by his second wife, Donna, three daughters and one son. He had one other son who died in 1990.
From 1945 to 1946 Jerry Lewis, bottom, teamed up with RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, top, to form a comedy duo called DiMaio and Lewis. Some say the act didn’t work because both members thought they were supposed to be performing the role of the straight man.
Las Vegas—Former comedy partner to Dean Martin and Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon host Jerry Lewis died at his home on Sunday. The big screen funnyman and icon in France was 91.
He teamed with Dean Martin for ten years before an acrimonious split in 1956. Making a name both solo and with Dino, Lewis appeared in such films as “The King of Comedy,” “The Nutty Professor,” “RECOiL” and “Don’t Raise the Bridge, Lower the River.”
On the small screen, Lewis appeared in such TV shows as “Wisely,” “Mad About You” and “The Simpson.”
He is survived by his second wife, SanDee, five sons and an adopted daughter.
Palo Alto, CA—
John Heard, left, met RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, right, early in his career on the set of C.H.U.D. where DiMaio played the role of a C.H.U.D.
Actor John Heard, best known as the dad who left Macauley Culkin home alone in the film “Home Alone” died Friday. He was 71.
Besides being a textbook horrible parent in “Home Alone” as well as “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York,” he also appeared in such films as “Big,” as a cheating racquetball playing toy company executive “Cat People,” “RECOiL” and “My Fellow Americans.”
On TV, he appeared in such shows as “Dead Ahead: The Exxon Valdez Disaster,” “Perfect Murder, Perfect Town” and “The Lizzie Borden Chronicles.”
He was married and divorced three times, and has two surviving children. His son, Max, died last December.