Clarence Gilyard
American actor
Clarence Gilyard
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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Love and Life Centre at World Youth Day in Madrid to Host English-Speakers ... - Christian News Wire (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
Also scheduled to appear are: Hollywood actors Matt Marsden (Transformers, Black Hawk Down), and Clarence Gilyard (Walker, Texas Ranger); Curtis Martin, President of the Fellowship for Catholic University Students (FOCUS); renowned theology of the body
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OUTDOORS; Dead-Drift Casting Lures the Bass
NYTimes - over 15 years
For more than a week in late June, my youngest son, Jeff, and I reveled in the best fly-fishing for striped bass we had experienced in many years. We were casting from the beach at Dogfish Bar on Martha's Vineyard, where we both live. We started just before sunset and went to midnight or later. On most of those trips we caught and released between
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FILM REVIEW; A Biblically Inspired Tale About Dying and Surviving
NYTimes - about 16 years
''How do you describe both a beginning and an end?'' a narrator intones portentously over the opening credits of Vic Sarin's film ''Left Behind: The Movie.'' ''We should have known better, but we didn't.'' Those unaware of this movie's history should be forgiven if they wonder what in heaven's name might be going on. (And yes, heaven's name has
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NYTimes - about 28 years
LEAD: Die Hard Starring Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, Clarence Gilyard Jr., Alexander Godunov, Alan Rickman. Directed by John McTiernan. 1988. CBS/Fox Video. 131 minutes. $89.98. Closed captioned. Rated R. Die Hard Starring Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, Clarence Gilyard Jr., Alexander Godunov, Alan Rickman. Directed by John McTiernan. 1988. CBS/Fox
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FILM VIEW; 'Die Hard' Calls to the Kidult
NYTimes - over 28 years
LEAD: ''Die Hard,'' which sounds like a dozen other movies anyone might name, is for that reason, as well as a couple of others, a nearly perfect movie for our time. Bear with me, plot synopsis and all. ''Die Hard'' is about a New York cop, John McClane (Bruce Willis), who faces down a gang of European terrorists on the top floors of a brand-new,
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NYTimes - almost 33 years
-founded by Grant Tinker, and since Mr. Tinker is the current head of NBC-TV, it might seem a bit touchy for the network to stock up heavily on MTM products. On the other hand, MTM has an exceptionally good record for quality series, and NBC would be daft not to do business with the studio. In any event, another MTM series, ''The Duck Factory,'' is
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Clarence Gilyard
  • 2016
    Age 60
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Gilyard was born into a military family in Moses Lake, Washington, the son of Clarence Gilyard, Sr., a U.S. Air Force officer. His family was originally from New Orleans, Louisiana but Gilyard grew up on Air Force bases in Hawaii, Texas, and Florida. Raised primarily as a Lutheran, he became Catholic in the 1990s. During his young adulthood, Gilyard lived in the San Bernardino suburb of Rialto, California and attended Eisenhower High School. He was an excellent student, graduating in 1974, 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. Gilyard 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.
  • 2014
    Age 58
    In 2014, Gilyard appeared in the religious film, "A Matter of Faith," which began releasing in theaters in the fall of 2014.
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  • 2012
    Age 56
    In 2012, Gilyard began appearing in films once again, mostly in independent projects.
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  • 2005
    Age 49
    August 17, 2005, he gave his last interview, saying he had retired from acting.
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    Gilyard appeared in the 2005 television movie, Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire, but only had a cameo appearance because the filming schedule conflicted with a long-planned family vacation.
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    During a 2005 interview with A&E Biography, Gilyard said that Norris's Walker character was a cult-classic Western hero.
    More Details Hide Details Gilyard also recalled that when he and Norris were growing up, other Westerns they watched often had characters that served as surrogate father figures. He noted that he and Norris had served in the Air Force, albeit sixteen years apart. Near the end of the Walker series, Norris's character married his longtime girlfriend, an assistant district attorney (played by Sheree J. Wilson), while Gilyard's character was given a girlfriend. Gilyard remained in the Trivette role for the entire run of the series.
  • 1993
    Age 37
    In 1993, he began another long-time co-starring role opposite Chuck Norris on Walker, Texas Ranger.
    More Details Hide Details Gilyard portrayed fellow Texas Ranger and best friend of Walker, James "Jimmy" Trivette. The show proved to be a big hit. Gilyard 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.
  • 1989
    Age 33
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He replaced Kene Holliday, who was fired for his dependency on drugs and alcohol, after being three months sober. Like his co-star, Nancy Stafford, who played Michelle Thomas in the series, Gilyard had been a fan of Griffith's since the early 1960s, as a four-year-old boy. He once said that when auditioning for Conrad, he would forget the script and became Opie Taylor (played by Griffith's former co-star Ron Howard of The Andy Griffith Show). On the show, Gilyard performed some of his own stunts and had a wonderful on- and off-screen chemistry with Griffith. Unlike many of his 'Matlock' co-stars, with the exception of Holliday and Daniel Roebuck (who replaced Gilyard in 1993), Gilyard appeared in almost every Matlock episode during his first three seasons on the show. After the show moved from NBC to ABC for the series' seventh season, while Matlock moved production from Los Angeles to Wilmington. Andy Griffith, who'd been the star of the show, suggested to Gilyard, that he moved there, too, which fortunately, he did, for over a year, before he departed to work on a pilot for another series at CBS, due to his popularity on Matlock, moving back to Los Angeles. While working on plays at the Neil Simon festival in Cedar City, Utah, Gilyard received word that his longtime mentor, childhood television hero and TV lawyer, Andy Griffith, died July 3, 2012.
  • 1988
    Age 32
    He appeared in the 1988 action film Die Hard as Theo, a computer expert and thief.
    More Details Hide Details He also appeared as Reverend Bruce Barnes Left Behind: The Movie and its sequel, Left Behind II: Tribulation Force.
  • 1986
    Age 30
    He was also a military man in the 1986 film The Karate Kid, Part II.
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    Gilyard's movie debut in 1986 was as an F-14 Tomcat Radar Intercept Officer (RIO), LTJG Marcus "Sundown" Williams, in Top Gun.
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  • 1984
    Age 28
    He co-starred with Jim Carrey in the 1984 NBC sitcom, The Duck Factory.
    More Details Hide Details Aside from acting, he appeared in a commercial for McDonald's in 1987.
  • 1982
    Age 26
    In 1982–1983, Gilyard was cast in the final season of the NBC TV series CHiPs as Officer Benjamin Webster, opposite Erik Estrada.
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  • 1979
    Age 23
    In 1979, Gilyard moved to Los Angeles to become an actor.
    More Details Hide Details He became the first African American actor to undertake the role of the cheerleader in the play Bleacher Bums before he segued into television roles. As a character actor, Gilyard has made guest appearances on TV shows such as Diff'rent Strokes, The Facts of Life, 227, Simon & Simon and Riptide.
  • 1955
    Born on December 24, 1955.
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