Clarence Darnell Gilyard Jr. December 24, 1955 – November 28, 2022, was an American university professor, actor, and author. As a performer, he appeared in film, television, and stage productions, sometimes credited as Clarence A. Gilyard.
Gilyard was known for his roles as a second private investigator and right-hand man Conrad McMasters to Ben Matlock played by Andy Griffith on the legal drama series Matlock from 1989 to 1993; Pastor Bruce Barnes in the Left Behind movie trilogy; Cordell Walker played by Chuck Norris Texas Ranger partner, James “Jimmy” Trivette, in the 1990s crime drama Walker, Texas Ranger; Theo, the terrorist computer expert in Die Hard; and Lieutenant junior grade Marcus “Sundown” Williams in Top Gun.
Gilyard was born into a military family in Moses Lake, Washington, on Christmas Eve, in 1955, the son of Barbara and Clarence Gilyard Sr., a U.S. Air Force officer. Gilyard is the second of six children.
His family was originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, but Gilyard grew up on Air Force bases in Hawaii, Texas, and Florida. Raised primarily as a Lutheran, he became Catholic in the 1990s.
Clarence Gilyard Wife: Who is Elena Gilyard?
Elena Gilyard is Clarence Gilyard Jr.’s surviving wife. They married in 2001 and had two children together.
Other details about Elena Gilyard’s personal life are not mentioned to the public.