Clarence Gilyard

Actor
As the son of an enlisted man, Clarence Gilyard (sometimes billed as Clarence Gilyard Jr. ) might have been expected to follow in his father's stead. Originally, he attended the US Air Force Academy, but transferred ... Read more »
Born: 12/24/1955 in Moses Lake, Washington, USA

Filmography

Actor (29)

Chasing Shakespeare 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Matter Of Faith 2013 (Movie)

Professor Portland (Actor)

Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial By Fire 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

All-American Thanksgiving Parade 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Left Behind: the Movie 2001 (Movie)

Bruce Barnes (Actor)

Walker, Texas Ranger 1992 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Coming Up Roses 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The All-American Thanksgiving Parade 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Sons of Thunder 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The All-American Thanksgiving Parade 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Orange Bowl Parade 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The All-American Thanksgiving Parade 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Walker, Texas Ranger: Sons of Thunder 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Matlock 1986 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS All-American Thanksgiving Parade 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Deadly Reunion 1994 (Movie)

James "Jimmy" Trivette (Actor)

Matlock: The Legacy 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Matlock: The Vacation 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 7th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Performer

The Big One: The Great Los Angeles Earthquake 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

L.A. Takedown 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Die Hard 1988 (Movie)

Theo--Terrorist (Actor)

Off the Mark 1987 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Karate Kid Part II 1986 (Movie)

GI (Actor)

Top Gun 1986 (Movie)

Sundown (Actor)

The Duck Factory 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Kid With the 200 I.Q. 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Things Are Looking Up (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

As the son of an enlisted man, Clarence Gilyard (sometimes billed as Clarence Gilyard Jr. ) might have been expected to follow in his father's stead. Originally, he attended the US Air Force Academy, but transferred after one year to Sterling College where he played football and first began acting. In 1980, the lanky actor relocated to L.A. and began to pursue an acting career in earnest, first in children's theater. Later, Gilyard became the first black actor to undertake the role of the cheerleader in "Bleacher Bums" before he segued into TV roles. In 1982, he joined the cast of the NBC police drama "CHiPs" for its final season before supporting Jim Carrey in the short-lived NBC sitcom "The Duck Factory" (1984).

Relationships

Cathy Gilyard

Wife

Child
has two

Sibling
has five

Clarence Gilyard

Father

EDUCATION

California State University, Dominguez Hills

Dominguez Hills, California

studied acting with Peggy Feury

United States Air Force Academy

Colorado Springs, Colorado
attended for one year

California State University, Long Beach

Long Beach, California

Sterling College

Sterling, Kansas
played football

Milestones

2000

Portrayed a minister in the direct-to-video release "Left Behind"; released theatrically in 2001

1990

Had featured role in "The Big One: The Great Los Angeles Earthquake"

1988

Portrayed one of the terrorists in the thriller "Die Hard"

1986

Feature film acting debut, "Top Gun"

1984

Co-starred in the short-lived NBC sitcom "The Duck Factory"

1980

Moved to L.A.

Began making guest appearances on shows like "227" and "Simon and Simon"

Joined cast of the NBC series "CHiPs" in its final season

Played regular role of Conrad McMaster, legman for Andy Griffith's lawyer Ben Matlock in the CBS series "Matlock"; also reprised the role in several made-for-television movies

Began acting career working in children's theater

Joined cast of "Bleacher Bums"; became first black actor to play role of the cheerleader

Raised in a military family on bases in Hawaii, Texas and Florida

Portrayed partner of "Walker, Texas Ranger" on the long-running CBS series

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