Long-time Actor Reportedly Dies in Home
(RepublicanPress.org) – Born in Moses Lake, Washington, in 1955, Clarence Gilyard Jr. grew up to become an actor, director, and producer. The artist trained at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) College of Fine Arts and was best known for his 13-year stint as a co-star on “Walker, Texas Ranger” with actor Chuck Norris and “Matlock” with fellow thespian Andy Griffith. Sadly, his life came to an end recently at his home.
On November 28, his alma mater announced Gilyard had passed away. While the actor spent 30 years of his life on stage and in films, he also took a break to earn his master’s in fine arts. Dean Uscher expressed that the talent was an inspiration to everyone around him.
Clarence Gilyard, Jr. 'Walker Texas Ranger' and 'Die Hard' star, dies at 66. MORE: https://t.co/Cm7TvMsvA3 pic.twitter.com/D4PMx71wJO
— FOX 7 Austin (@fox7austin) November 29, 2022
According to reports, Gilyard hadn’t been well for some time, but there has been no confirmation about his cause of death. Fox News reported the actor’s representative said his last two projects were a commercial he shot with actor Bruce Willis to promote “Die Hard” batteries and a “Driving Miss Daisy” tour in 2020. Over the course of his life, he also appeared in films like The Karate Kid Part II and Left Behind: The Movie, and he had multiple small TV roles.
A few of the actor’s other works included a role in the “Die Hard” movie as the tech nerd working against Willis and a flight officer in “Top Gun” with actor Tom Cruise. Author and journalist Raymond Arroyo paid tribute to Gilyard on Twitter, calling him a “dear friend and praising his “big heart.”
Copyright 2022, RepublicanPress.org