Clarence Gilyard Jr. From “Walker, Texas Ranger” Passes Away At 66
Sad News From The World Of Entertainment To Share As A Well-Known And Reliable Character Actor In TV And Film As Passed Away.
If you grew up watching the hit TV series "Walker, Texas Ranger" from then you're familiar with the character of Jimmy Trivette, Chuck Norris' partner on the show. The man who played in that legendary role has unfortunately passed away.
Gilyard’s career spanned more than 30 years in film, television and theater.
According to Dateline, Gilyard was born in 1955 in Moses Lake, WA, and attended high school in California. He earned a BA in Theatre Arts from California State University, moving to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career in the late ’70s.
His first movie role was as Sundown in the original Top Gun (1986)
He later made a lasting impression in 1988’s Die Hard as Theo, the wise-cracking computer whiz baddie.
On television, Gilyard co-starred opposite Andy Griffith in legal drama Matlock from 1989-93, appearing in 85 episodes as private investigator Conrad McMasters.
After Walker, Texas Ranger, Gilyard took a sabbatical from acting and completed an MFA in Theatre Performance at Southern Methodist University, later joining the UNLV College of Fine Arts as a film and theatre professor.
UNLV Fine Arts Memorialized Gilyard In A Post On Instagram.
His cause of death was not shared publicly. We send our condolences to the friends and fans of this legendary actor and scholar.