Clarence Gilyard

Born Dec 24, 1955

Clarence Darnell Gilyard, Jr. is a former American actor and a current college professor who has been featured in movies and television since 1980. He is sometimes credited as Clarence A. Gilyard.

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1955 Birth Born on December 24, 1955.


1979 23 Years Old In 1979, Gilyard moved to Los Angeles to become an actor. … Read More
1982 26 Years Old In 1982–1983, Gilyard was cast in the final season of the NBC TV series CHiPs as Officer Benjamin Webster, opposite Erik Estrada.
1984 28 Years Old He co-starred with Jim Carrey in the 1984 NBC sitcom, The Duck Factory. … Read More


1986 30 Years Old 1 More Event
Gilyard's movie debut in 1986 was as an F-14 Tomcat Radar Intercept Officer (RIO), LTJG Marcus "Sundown" Williams, in Top Gun.
1988 32 Years Old He appeared in the 1988 action film Die Hard as Theo, a computer expert and thief. … Read More
1989 33 Years Old By the end of the 1980s, after years as a struggling, unfamiliar actor, he finally found the role that would make him famous as Ben Matlock's private investigator, Conrad McMasters, on Matlock, opposite Andy Griffith, from 1989 to 1993. … Read More
1993 37 Years Old In 1993, he began another long-time co-starring role opposite Chuck Norris on Walker, Texas Ranger. … Read More


During a 2005 interview with A&E Biography, Gilyard said that Norris's Walker character was a cult-classic Western hero. … Read More


2012 56 Years Old In 2012, Gilyard began appearing in films once again, mostly in independent projects.
2014 58 Years Old In 2014, Gilyard appeared in the religious film, "A Matter of Faith," which began releasing in theaters in the fall of 2014.


2016 60 Years Old In 2016 Gilyard began performing in the role of Hoak Colburn in The Neil Simon Film Festival's Driving Miss Daisy opposite his former Walker, Texas Ranger co-star Sheree J. Wilson. … Read More
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