Clarence Gilyard Jr., the actor finest recognized for enjoying laptop hacker Theo in “Die Arduous” and naval flight officer Marcus “Sunset” Williams in “Prime Gun,” has died on the age of 66.
His loss of life was introduced on Monday in a press release from the College of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), the place he had been working as an affiliate professor on the School of High quality Arts.
“It’s with profound unhappiness that I share this information,” Dean Nancy Uscher mentioned within the assertion shared on Instagram. “His college students have been deeply impressed by him, as have been all who knew him. He had many extraordinary skills and was extraordinarily well-known within the college by means of his dedication to instructing and his skilled accomplishments.”
UNLV movie chair Heather Addison remembered Gilyard as a “beacon of sunshine and power for everybody round him at UNLV.”
She added: “At any time when we requested him how he was, he would cheerfully declare that he was ‘Blessed!’ However we’re actually those who have been blessed to be his colleagues and college students for thus a few years. We love you and can miss you dearly, Professor G!”
No additional particulars surrounding his loss of life have been made public.
In response to UNLV, Gilyard ventured into performing after finding out Theatre Arts at California State College. He landed his first function on the TV present “Diff’hire Strokes” in 1981.
In 1986, Gilyard made his movie debut in “Prime Gun,” through which he performed Sunset, one of many elite fighter pilots.
Two years later, he was solid as Theo, the pc knowledgeable who helps Hans Gruber’s terrorist group, within the thriller “Die Arduous.”
He bought his huge primetime TV break in 1989, when he landed the function of Conrad McMasters on the NBC authorized drama “Matlock,” starring reverse Andy Griffith. He then portrayed Chuck Norris’ crime-fighting accomplice Jimmy Trivette on “Walker, Texas Ranger.”
Gilyard’s performing credit additionally embrace “The Karate Child Half II,” “CHiPS” and the “Left Behind” movies.
Regardless of his completed performing profession, Gilyard stepped away from performing in 2006 to start out instructing at UNLV and directing productions on the college’s Nevada Conservatory Theatre.
“I’m wired to show. And I’m knowledgeable, however the occupation has to feed the classroom. It’s what stimulates my characters as a result of I’m in contact with individuals’s lives within the twenty first century,” he instructed the Las Vegas Overview-Journal in 2017.
“I work finest as an artist once I’m in a fertile enviornment. Meaning artistic and imaginative. Being with all these millennials — I don’t perceive what they’re saying however I’m siphoning off their vitality.”
He did, nevertheless, make a short return to the display in 2021, when he reunited with Bruce Willis and De’voreaux White for a “Die Arduous” battery industrial.