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Clarence Gilyard Biography
Clarence Gilyard born Clarence Alfred Gilyard Jr. is an American actor, college professor, and author. He has been featured in movies, television and regional theatre since 1980. Clarence is sometimes credited as Clarence A. Gilyard.
Clarence is best known for his roles as second private investigator and right-hand man Conrad McMasters to Ben Matlock (played by Andy Griffith) on the legal drama series Matlock from 1989 to 1993; Pastor Bruce Barnes in the Left Behind movie trilogy; Cordell Walker’s (played by Chuck Norris) Texas Ranger partner, James “Jimmy” Trivette, in the 1990s crime drama Walker, Texas Ranger; Theo, the terrorist computer expert in Die Hard; and Lieutenant (junior grade) Marcus “Sundown” Williams in Top Gun.
Clarence Gilyard Age | How Old Is Clarence Gilyard
Clarence was born on December 24, 1955 in Moses Lake, Washington, U.S. He is 63 years old as of 2018.
Clarence Gilyard Family
Clarence was born in Moses Lake, Washington, on Christmas Eve into a military family. He is the son of Clarence Gilyard Sr., a U.S. Air Force officer. Clarence’s family was originally from New Orleans, Louisiana but he grew up on Air Force bases in Hawaii, Texas, and Florida. He was primarily brought up as a Lutheran and he became Catholic in the 1990s. Clarence is the second of six children. He has a younger brother who graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1985. Another brother, Milton, suffers from a moderate developmental disability and resides in an assisted-living residence.
Clarence Gilyard Education
Clarence lived in the San Bernardino suburb of Rialto, California and attended Eisenhower High School during his young adulthood. He graduated in 1974 where he was an excellent student and afterward spent a year as an Air Force Academy cadet before leaving the service to attend Sterling College. In college, he played football and he is a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He also received a tennis scholarship but dropped out of school before completing his studies.
While living with his parents in his high school years, was preoccupied with women, alcohol and, occasionally, drugs. His parents urged him to move out and he relocated to Long Beach, California with a friend. He went to California State University, Long Beach, majored in acting, and worked as a waiter while continually seeking acting opportunities. He eventually completed his bachelor’s degree at California State University, Dominguez Hills.
Clarence Gilyard Wife
Clarence has been married twice and has five children. He and his second wife, Elena, have been married since 2001.Clarence Gilyard Photo
Clarence Gilyard Death
Clarence is still alive. Currently, Clarence serves as the consultant of the Communications Committee of the U.S. Catholic Bishops.
Clarence Gilyard Movies And Tv Shows
Movies And Tv Shpws From Year 1983 to 1995
CHiPs (1982–1983, TV Series) – Officer Benjamin Webster
The Duck Factory (1984, TV Series) – Roland Culp
Top Gun (1986) – Marcus “Sundown” Williams
The Karate Kid Part II (1986) – G.I. #1
Simon & Simon (1986, TV Series) – Wally Stokes
Off the Mark (1987) – James B. White
Die Hard (1988) – Theo
L.A. Takedown (1989, TV Movie) – Mustafa Jackson
Matlock (1989-1993, TV Series) – Conrad McMasters
Walker, Texas Ranger (1993-2001, TV Series) – James “Jimmy” Trivette
Walker Texas Ranger 3: Deadly Reunion (1995) – James “Jimmy” Trivette
Movies And Tv Shpws From Year 2001 to 2016
Left Behind: The Movie (2001) – Bruce Barnes
Left Behind II: Tribulation Force (2002) – Pastor Bruce Barnes
Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire (2005, TV Movie) – James “Jimmy” Trivette
Top Gun 2: Back to Traffic School (2012, Short) – Marcus “Sundown” Williams
Little Monsters (2012) – Ben Foreman
Chasing Shakespeare (2013) – Jeremiah Ward
A Matter of Faith (2014) – Professor Portland
The Track (2015) – Psychiatrist
Rabbit Days (2016) – Auguste Porter
The Sector (2016) – Reverend Raine
Clarence Gilyard Walker Texas Ranger
He began another long-time co-starring role opposite Chuck Norris on Walker, Texas Ranger. Clarence portrayed fellow Texas Ranger and best friend of Walker, James “Jimmy” Trivette. The show proved to be a big hit. He once again enjoyed the chance to perform stunts. The chemistry between Norris & Gilyard made for memorable 1990s television and included Noble Willingham, who played C.D. Parker in the show’s six seasons. All three actors were good friends on and off the set, esp. Sheree J. Wilson.
Clarence Gilyard Net Worth
Clarence has an estimated net worth of $5 million.