Clarence Gilyard Actor

Clarence Darnell Gilyard, Jr. (born December 24, 1955) 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. Gilyard is known for his roles as Ben Matlock's (played by Andy Griffith) second private investigator (and right-hand man) Conrad McMasters, on the 1980s legal drama series, Matlock: (a role he played from 1989 to 1993); as Pastor Bruce Barnes in the Left Behind movie trilogy; and as Cordell Walker's (played by Chuck Norris) partner and best friend, Texas Ranger James "Jimmy" Trivette, on the 1990s crime drama, Walker, Texas Ranger and in Top Gun. In 1980, Gilyard moved to Los Angeles to become an actor. He became the first black 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. In 1982-1983, Gilyard was cast in the final season of the NBC TV series CHiPs as Officer Benjamin Webster.

Personal details

Date of birth
December 24th, 1955
Place of birth
Moses Lake
Nationality
United States of America
Ethnicity
African American
Religion
Catholicism
Places lived
Washington , United States, with Territories
pop. 6,971,406 (2013)

Family

Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Children

Education

1. Eisenhower High School School

Dwight D. Eisenhower High School (est. 1959), is located in Rialto, California, United States on the corner of Baseline Avenue and Lilac Ave. The school is named for U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Headquarters
1321 N. Lilac Ave., 92376 - Rialto, California
Wikipedia article

Institution social analysis

Notable alumni by gender

People attended Eisenhower High School connected by profession and/or age

b. 1959., American Football Cornerback
b. 1971., Wrestler
b. 1970., Speed Skater
b. 1986., American Football Player
b. 1967., American Football Running back
b. 1987., American Football Quarterback
b. 1972., Golfer

2. Sterling College Colleges/University

Sterling College is a Christ-centered, four-year liberal arts college located in Sterling, Kansas with a mission "to develop creative and thoughtful leaders who understand a maturing Christian faith." The school is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and The Higher Learning Commission.

Type Liberal arts college
Endowment
2010. 12.4 mil. $
Institution colors
Founded
1887
Headquarters
125 W. Cooper, 67579 - Sterling, Kansas
Undergraduates
2010. 736
Acceptance rate
2010. 49.0 %
Local tuition
2010. 19 K $
Official web page www.sterling.edu
Wikipedia article
Social media

People attended Sterling College connected by profession and/or age

b. 1979., Actor
b. 1955., Politician
b. 1939., Writer
b. 1977., Judge

3. United States Air Force Academy Colleges/University

The United States Air Force Academy (USAFA or Air Force) is a military school for officer candidates for the United States Air Force. Its campus is located immediately north of Colorado Springs in El Paso County, Colorado, United States. The Academy's stated mission is "to educate, train, and inspire men and women to become officers of character, motivated to lead the United States Air Force in service to our nation." It is the youngest of the five United States service academies, having graduated its first class in 1959. Graduates of the Academy's four-year program receive a Bachelor of Science degree, and most are commissioned as second lieutenants in the United States Air Force. The Academy is also one of the largest tourist attractions in Colorado, attracting more than a million visitors each year.

Endowment
2012. 35.2 mil. $
2010. 23.7 mil. $
Institution colors
Founded
1954
Headquarters
2304 Cadet Drive, 80840 - Colorado Springs, Colorado
Undergraduates
2012. 4,120
2010. 4,619
2009. 4,634
Acceptance rate
2012. 9.9 %
2010. 11.0 %
Official web page www.usafa.edu
Wikipedia article
Social media

Institution social analysis

Notable alumni by career
Notable alumni by gender
Notable alumni by party membership

People attended United States Air Force Academy connected by profession and/or age

b. 1954., Actor
b. 1970., Actor
b. 1956., Astronaut
b. 1954., Military Person
b. 1955., Politician
b. 1959., Astronaut
b. 1957., Military Person
b. 1952., Astronaut

4. California State University, Dominguez Hills Colleges/University

California State University, Dominguez Hills (abbreviated CSUDH or CSU Dominguez Hills) is a public university located in the South Bay region of Los Angeles County and was founded in 1960. The university is part of the California State University system.

Endowment
2010. 7.87 mil. $
Institution colors
Founded
1960
Headquarters
1000 E. Victoria St., 90747 - Carson, California
Undergraduates
2010. 10,947
2009. 10,888
Postgraduates
2010. 2,907
Acceptance rate
2010. 58.0 %
Local tuition
2011. 6.1 K $
2010. 4.85 K $
2009. 4.65 K $
2008. 3.66 K $
Official web page www.csudh.edu
Wikipedia article
Social media

Institution social analysis

Notable alumni by career
Notable alumni by gender

People attended California State University, Dominguez Hills connected by profession and/or age

b. 1958., Actor
b. 1964., Actor
b. 1970., Actor
b. 1968., Actor
b. 1959., Avant-progressive rock Artist
b. 1953., U.S. Congressperson
b. 1960., Politician
b. 1957., Politician

Movie performances

Average rating by genre

GenreNum. of titlesAvg. rating
Action66.07
Thriller26.95
Romance26.3
Drama45.7
Fantasy24.95

1. Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire (2005)

Action, Thriller
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
4 Show list

Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire is a 2005 action thriller TV movie written by John Lansing and Bruce Cervi and directed by Aaron Noris.

Awards

Top cast

Julie
Ranger Cordell Walker
Ranger Kay Austin
Josh Whitley
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

2. Left Behind II: Tribulation Force (2002)

Action, Drama, Fantasy
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
95.0
Bill Corcoran
1 Show list $3.8M

Left Behind II: Tribulation Force is a Christian apocalyptic/thriller film, and the second in a series of films based on the Left Behind book series written by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins. It was produced and distributed by Cloud Ten Pictures and Namesake Entertainment. The film was directed by Bill Corcoran, and stars Kirk Cameron and Brad Johnson. It was released directly to home video on April 8, 2002. The film's executive producer was Andre Van Heerden. It was rated PG-13 by the MPAA.

Awards

Top cast

Cameron "Buck" Williams
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Left Behind 2: Tribulation Force: Southern Gospel
English
Canada, United States of America

3. Left Behind: The Movie (2001)

Action, Drama, Fantasy
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
99.0
, ,
Joe Goodman
1 Show list $4M

Left Behind is a Christian-based film released in 2000 and starring Kirk Cameron, Brad Johnson, Gordon Currie and Clarence Gilyard. It was directed by Vic Sarin. Left Behind was proclaimed by its creators as the biggest and most ambitious Christian film ever made. It is based on the Left Behind book series and also the first in a trilogy, followed by Left Behind II: Tribulation Force and Left Behind: World at War. The MPAA rated the film PG-13 for violence.

Awards

Top cast

Cameron "Buck" Williams
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Left Behind
English
Israel, Canada, United States of America

4. The Great Los Angeles Earthquake (1990)

Drama
played Roy Bryant
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
60.0
, ,
Susan Weber-Gold
Larry Elikann
,
Michael Petryni
,
15 Show list

The Great Los Angeles Earthquake is a 1990 television film about a massive earthquake that strikes Los Angeles, California. The movie stars Joanna Kerns in the movie's lead role, seismologist Clare Winslow, who tries to warn city leaders of the possibility that a powerful earthquake may strike southern California.

Awards

Top cast

Jerry Soloway
Kevin Conrad
Chad Spaulding
Steve Winslow
Dr. Clare Winslow
David Motubu
Laurie Parker
Ray Goodrich
Anita Parker
Matt
Mayor Frank Baldwin
Warren Cates
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Jai Galati
English
United States of America

5. Die Hard (1988)

Action, Thriller
played Theo
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
131.0
23 Show list 1 Show list $28M

Die Hard is a 1988 American action film directed by John McTiernan and written by Steven E. de Souza and Jeb Stuart, based on the 1979 novel Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp. Die Hard follows off-duty New York City Police Department officer John McClane as he takes on a group of highly organized criminals led by Hans Gruber, who perform a heist in a Los Angeles skyscraper under the guise of a terrorist attack using hostages, including McClane's wife Holly, to keep the police at bay. Die Hard is based on Nothing Lasts Forever, the sequel to Thorp's 1966 novel The Detective, which itself had been adapted into a 1968 film of the same name starring Frank Sinatra. Fox was contractually obliged to offer Sinatra the lead role in Die Hard, but he turned it down and the film was instead pitched as a sequel to the 1985 action film Commando starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. When Schwarzenegger also turned it down, the film was pitched to, and rejected by, a host of the era's action stars before Willis was chosen. The studio did not have faith in Willis' action star appeal, as at the time he was known for his comedic role on television.

Awards

1990 Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Foreign Language Film

Top cast

John McClane
Hans Gruber
Gail Wallens
Richard Thornburg
Thornburg's Assistant
FBI Agent Little Johnson
Uli
FBI Special Agent Big Johnson
Deputy Police Chief Dwayne T. Robinson
Holly Gennaro McClane
Harry Ellis
Businessman
Joseph Yoshinobu Takagi
Hostage #3
Lucy McClane
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Terrorism
Christmas
Die Hard
German, English, Italian
United States of America

6. The Karate Kid, Part II (1986)

Action, Family, Romance
played G.I. #1
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
113.0
15 Show list

The Karate Kid, Part II is a 1986 American martial arts film. A sequel to 1984's The Karate Kid, Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita reprise their respective roles as young karate student Daniel LaRusso and his mentor Kesuke Miyagi. Like the original film, the sequel was a success, earning even more at the box office than its predecessor, although it received mixed reviews from critics.

Awards

Top cast

Chozen
Boy on Street
Kumiko
Mr. Kesuke Miyagi
John Kreese
Daniel Larusso
Johnny Lawrence
Referee #1
Announcer
Jimmy
Dutch
Stewardess #1
G.I. #4
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
James Crabe
Mary Malin
The Karate Kid I-II-III-IV, The Karate Kid Part II
English
United States of America

7. Top Gun (1986)

Action, Drama, Romance
played Sundown
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
110.0
18 Show list 1 Show list $15M

Top Gun is a 1986 American action drama film directed by Tony Scott, and produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, in association with Paramount Pictures. The screenplay was written by Jim Cash and Jack Epps, Jr., and was inspired by the article "Top Guns" written by Ehud Yonay for California magazine. The film stars Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, and Tom Skerritt. Cruise plays Lieutenant Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, a young Naval aviator aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise. He and his Radar Intercept Officer Nick "Goose" Bradshaw are given the chance to train at the Navy's Fighter Weapons School at Miramar in San Diego. The movie title comes from this school's nickname, "TOPGUN".

Awards

1987 People's Choice Award for Favorite Movie

Top cast

Lt. Sam 'Merlin' Wells
Lt. Tom 'Iceman' Kazansky
Lt. Cmdr. Rick 'Jester' Heatherly
Cmdr. 'Stinger' Jordan
Cmdr. Mike "Viper" Metcalf
Carole Bradshaw
LTJG Nick 'Goose' Bradshaw
Cmdr. Phillips
Lt. Rick 'Hollywood' Neven
Charlotte 'Charlie' Blackwood
Chipper
Wolfman
Air Boss Johnson
Sprawl
Lt. Davis
Mary Metcalf
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Cold War
Aviation
Jeffrey L. Kimball
Top Gun
English
United States of America

TV program created 1

Title Year Network Num. of seassons Num. of epizodes Co-creators First epizode air date Last epizode air date Languages External resources
Walker, Texas Ranger 1993
CBS
10 203
Leslie Greif
September 25th, 1993 August 25th, 2001
English
Movie IMDB page

Starring TV roles

1. The Duck Factory

Comedy
Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages

NBC
April 12th, 1984 1
Jim Carrey
English

2. Left Behind

Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages
1
Krista Bridges
David Macniven

3. Matlock

Crime, Drama, Mystery
Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages

American Broadcasting Company
NBC
September 23rd, 1986 May 28th, 1996 10 English

4. Walker, Texas Ranger

Action, Crime, Drama
Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages

CBS
Leslie Greif
September 25th, 1993 August 25th, 2001 10
English

Guest TV appearances

227

Program genre

Sitcom
Comedy

External resources

227 is an American situation comedy that originally aired on NBC from September 14, 1985, until May 6, 1990. The series stars Marla Gibbs as a sharp-tongued, inner-city resident gossip and housewife, Mary Jenkins. It was produced by Embassy Television from 1985 to 1986 and by Embassy Communications from 1986 until 1988; then ELP Communications through Columbia Pictures Television produced the series in its final two seasons.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S02-E10 January 3rd, 1987 Harold Bailey
Al Gordon

Diff'rent Strokes

Program genre

Family
Sitcom
Comedy

External resources

Diff'rent Strokes is an American television sitcom that aired on NBC from November 3, 1978, to May 4, 1985, and on ABC from September 27, 1985, to March 7, 1986. The series stars Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges as Arnold and Willis Jackson, two African American boys from Harlem who are taken in by a rich white Park Avenue businessman and widower named Phillip Drummond and his daughter Kimberly, for whom their deceased mother previously worked. During the first season and first half of the second season, Charlotte Rae also starred as the Drummonds' housekeeper, Mrs. Garrett.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S04-E02 November 5th, 1981
S04-E04 November 19th, 1981 Frank Simpson

Simon & Simon

Program genre

Crime Fiction
Drama

External resources

Simon & Simon is an American detective television series that originally ran from November 24, 1981 to January 21, 1989. The series was broadcast on CBS and starred Gerald McRaney and Jameson Parker as two brothers who run a private detective agency together.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S06-E02 October 2nd, 1986 Wally Stokes

Sons of Thunder

Program genre

Action/Adventure
Drama

External resources

Sons of Thunder is a television show that ran from March to April 1999 on CBS. It was a spin-off of Walker, Texas Ranger.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S01-E02 March 13th, 1999 Ranger James 'Jimmy' Trivette
Michael Preece

Soul Train

Program genre

Music
Variety show

Official site

External resources

Soul Train is an American musical variety television program, which aired in syndication from 1971 until 2006. In its 35-year history, the show primarily featured performances by R&B, soul, and hip hop artists, although funk, jazz, disco, and gospel artists have also appeared. The series was created by Don Cornelius, who also served as its first host and executive producer.nProduction was suspended following the 2005–06 season, with a rerun package airing for two years subsequently.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S25-E28 May 11th, 1996

The Facts of Life

Program genre

Comedy
Drama
Sitcom

External resources

The Facts of Life is an American sitcom that originally ran on the NBC television network from August 24, 1979, to May 7, 1988, making it one of the longest running sitcoms of the 1980s. A spin-off of the sitcom Diff'rent Strokes, the series' premise focuses on Edna Garrett as she becomes a housemother at the fictional Eastland School, an all-female boarding school in Peekskill, New York.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S09-E07 November 21st, 1987 Matt

Awards won

2000 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Awarded for Presented by Discipline Award shared with
Walker, Texas Ranger TV Police Procedural
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Wikipedia

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