At 66 years old, he had played along Die Hard – Crystal Trap and in Top Gun. The University of Nevada, where he taught, announced the news and hailed a “multi-talented” man.
American actor Clarence Gilyard Jr., known for his role as Trivette alongside Chuck Norris in the TV series Walker, Texas Rangerdied at the age of 66, the College of Fine Arts at the University of Nevada, where he taught film and theater, announced this Tuesday, Nov. 29.
Discovered in Die Hard – Crystal Trapthis son of a US Air Force officer, born on December 24, 1955, had also played Lieutenant Marcus Sundown Williams in Top Gun. His development in various sports disciplines, from karate to American football, also enabled him to achieve the role of GI in the The Karate Kid 2.
An “unlimited generosity of spirit”
But he mainly achieved his fame on the small screen, playing private investigator Conrad McMasters in the series Matlockfrom 1989 to 1993, then ranger James Trivette, in the series Walker, Texas Ranger from 1993 to 2001.
Since then he has been a professor at the University of Nevada. “It is with deep sadness that we announce this news, we can read in the company’s press release. He had many talents and inspired his students (…) His generosity knew no bounds“.