Clarence Gilyard - biography

Actor from United States of America

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; as Cordell Walker's (played by Chuck Norris) Texas Ranger partner, James "Jimmy" Trivette, on the 1990s crime drama, Walker, Texas Ranger, and as Lieutenant (junior grade) Marcus "Sundown" Williams 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. He co-starred with Jim Carrey in the  ( Wikipedia article )


Personal facts

Known as
Clarence Darnell Gilyard, Jr.,Clarence Darnell Gilyard Jr.
Date of birth
Place of birth
Moses Lake
United States of America
Elena Gilyard Catherine Gilyard


Institution From To
Sterling College
United States Air Force Academy
California State University, Dominguez Hills


Year Performance Character
2005 Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire
2002 Left Behind II: Tribulation Force
2001 Left Behind: The Movie
1990 The Big One: The Great Los Angeles Earthquake Roy Bryant
1988 Die Hard Theo
1986 The Karate Kid, Part II

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