Clarence Gilyard Jr. Dead: ‘Die Hard’ and ‘Top Gun’ Star Was 66

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Top Firearm and Die Hard entertainer Clarence Gilyard Jr. died Monday following a disease. He was 66.

His passing was declared by the College of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he filled in as a film and television teacher beginning around 2006.

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“It is with significant trouble that I share this news,” Dignitary Nancy J. Uscher and the UNLV School of Expressive arts said Monday.

“His understudies were profoundly motivated by him, similar to all who knew him.””He had a public and worldwide finishing his commended work in the theater, in film, and TV,” added Uscher.

“His liberality of soul was unlimited — he was dependably prepared to add to activities and exhibitions anyway conceivable.”

“Teacher Gilyard was a reference point of light and strength for everybody around him at UNLV,” added UNLV film seat Heather Addison. “Whenever we asked him how he was, he would merrily pronounce that he was ‘Honored!’ Yet we are really the ones who were honored to be his partners and understudies for such countless years. We love you and will miss you truly, Teacher G!”

A natural face in film and TV for quite a long time, Gilyard showed up as Nightfall in 1986’s TopGun, and as wretched PC virtuoso Theo in 1989’s Die Hard.

In 2020, he returned to the Die Hard job for a High level Car Parts business commending the brand’s procurement of the DieHard battery brand.


The business likewise featured Bruce Willis’ personality John McClane and was an encounter Gilyard called “dreamlike” in a meeting with Nevada Public Radio.

Gilyard additionally co-featured with Andy Griffith on the wrongdoing show Matlock from 1989-1993, playing private examiner Conrad McMasters in 85 episodes.

“Before Matlock, I truly battled with the parody part of acting,” Gilyard said, per IMDB.

“I adhered to Andy like paste during the four years we cooperated and he showed me to such an extent. Anything I do comedic I owe to working with him.”

“He was a proxy father on TV,” Gilyard added about his co-star, who he had grown up watching on The Andy Griffith Show. The pair remained companions until Griffith’s demise in 2012.

Gilyard later featured inverse Hurl Norris as Jimmy Trevette in the CBS activity experience show Walker, Texas Officer, which circulated from 1993-2001.

After the show finished, he finished a MFA (bosses of expressive arts) in Theater Execution at Southern Methodist College, later turning into a film and theater teacher at the College of Nevada, Las Vegas’College of Expressive arts. “I’m wired to educate. Furthermore, I’m an expert, however the calling needs to take care of the homeroom,” Gilyard told the Las Vegas Survey Diary in 2017.

“It animates my characters since I’m in contact with individuals’ lives in the 21st 100 years.”

At the hour of his demise, Gilyard was as yet a functioning entertainer and during the time spent recording television film Eleanor’s Seat.

He had for some time been poorly, revealed The Gatekeeper Tuesday, however no different subtleties were promptly accessible.

The paper added that he was the dad of six youngsters and wedded his subsequent spouse, Elena Gilyard in 2001.