Clarence Gilyard Jr., a well-liked supporting actor whose credit embody the blockbuster movies Die Hard and Top Gun and the hit tv sequence Matlock and Walker, Texas Ranger, has died at age 66.
His loss of life was introduced this week by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the place he taught stage and display appearing. Additional particulars weren’t instantly obtainable Tuesday (Nov 29).
“Professor Gilyard was a beacon of sunshine and energy for everybody round him at UNLV,” the college’s movie chair, Heather Addison, mentioned in a press release. “Whenever we requested him how he was, he would cheerfully declare that he was ‘Blessed!’ But we’re really those who had been blessed to be his colleagues and college students for thus a few years.”
Gilyard was a Moses Lake, Washington, native. He had a prolific profession as an actor, beginning within the Nineteen Eighties with appearances in Diff’rent Strokes, The Facts Of Life and different reveals.
He then appeared in two of the most important films of the last decade: Top Gun through which he performed Sundown, a radar intercept officer, and Die Hard when he was featured as a villainous laptop maven whose one liners included “You didn’t carry me alongside for my charming character.”
(*66*) the Nineteen Nineties, he was on the facet of legislation enforcement in Matlock, enjoying reverse Andy Griffith, and Walker, Texas Ranger, which starred Chuck Norris.
His different credit embody The Karate Kid: Part II, a stage manufacturing of Driving Miss Daisy and an look alongside Die Hard star Bruce Willis in a business for DieHard batteries. – AP