Clarence Gilyard, a professor, and actor, died on November 28 at the age of 66. He was well-known for his roles in films such as Matlock, Walker, Texas Ranger, Die Hard, and Top Gun. Clarence’s passing was mourned by Nancy J. Usher, Dean of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas College of Fine Arts, who described him as an inspiration to students and a bright guy. In her statement, Nancy claimed that Clarence liked both his employment at the university and his profession in the entertainment sector. She stated:
“His attitude of giving was limitless; he was always willing to contribute to projects and performances in whatever manner he could. We remember Clarence with delight and appreciation for all he gave to the College of Fine Arts, the UNLV community, and the globe via his tremendous personal accomplishments.”
It’s sad that Alan Rickman, Alexander Godunov and Clarence Gilyard are all gone now. While Hans on his own is a fantastic villain, the level of care and specifics given to his whole team (and the terrific performances by all of them) are a huge part of why Die Hard is so special. pic.twitter.com/oNU4lVHZfl
— Eric Goldman (@TheEricGoldman) November 30, 2022
We remember Clarence Gilyard Jr., who sadly passed away yesterday. He was 66. Mr. Gilyard was featured as James “Jimmy” Trivette in getTV staple Walker, Texas Ranger. Rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/0RZ9xbQeAu
— getTV (@gettv) November 29, 2022
Clarence Gilyard played Theo In Die Hard.
Clarence Gilyard has long been recognized for his immaculate performances in cinema and television. He will, however, be recognized for his role as Theo in the 1988 action thriller Die Hard. Theo was a terrorist and hacker who was a member of Hans Gruber’s organization. The fundamental concept of the film is Hans Gruber holding everyone at gunpoint in Nakatomi Plaza. Despite knowing all that was going on, Theo was solely concerned with his job and had no regard for others. He was the sole American terrorist in the organization, along with Eddie, and he tended to make jokes after someone was murdered.
In the picture, the African-American made his debut appearance in a formal suit. He subsequently changed into a white sweater and was seen wearing it till the very finish. Die Hard, directed by John McTiernan, was released on July 15, 1988. Despite the fact that reviewers dismissed it, it was a box office hit. Between 1990 and 2013, four sequels to Die Hard were released.
Clarence Gilyard performed in films, plays, and television shows.
Clarence Gilyard, born on December 24, 1955, graduated in 1974. Gilyard was a standout in both football and tennis. He used to work in a clothes shop and sell industrial chemicals before becoming an actor.
Clarence made his theatrical debut in 1979, which led to appearances in television series such as The Facts of Life, Riptide, The Duck Factory, and others. He subsequently started to feature in movies like Top Gun, The Karate Kid Part II, and Left Behind: The Movie, among others. After a lengthy absence, he returned to acting in 2012. He was well-known for his participation in the computer game Madden NFL, in addition to his successful film, theater, and television ventures. He previously married Catherine Dutko, from whom he divorced. Clarence’s wife Elena and six children survive him.