Clarence Gilyard is an American actor, college professor and author who has been active in the entertainment industry since 1980. He is famous for his work on Die Hard, Walker, Texas Ranger, and Top Gun. Besides he is also the first known black person to undertake the role of a cheerleader in Bleacher Bums.
Clarence Gilyard was born Clarence Alfred Gilyard Jr on December 24, 1955, in Moses Lake, Washington, the U.S. under the zodiac sign of Capricorn. As per her nationality, he is American and belongs to Afro ethnicity.
He was born to Clarence Gilyard Sr. who was serving in the United States Air Force at the time. Clarence grew up in Washington along with his 5 siblings. Furthermore, he attended and graduated from Eisenhower High School in Rialto, California in 1974.
Later, he joined the U.S. Air Force Academy and left after one year, transferring to Sterling College in central Kansas. After completing his education from College, he attended California State University, Long Beach where he majored in theatre.
Clarence Gilyard is a married man. He tied the knot to wife Elena in 2001, their marriage ceremony was done privately. Furthermore, The couple is blessed with 3 children.
After he married Elena, he decided that Hollywood was not the best place to raise a family. So he stepped back from acting and headed to Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas where he obtained a Master of Fine Arts degree in classical theater.
Talking about his past affair, he has been married twice. His first wife is Catherine Dutko, whom he met her during his college time. However, the details about their union are still under review but they have 2 children together.
Clarence Gilyard has an estimated net worth of $5 million. His main source of income is acting from which he was able to collect a good amount of money. According to PayScale, the average salary of an actor/actress is around $50,427 with a median bonus of $1,032.
In 1979, he went to Los Angeles to begin his acting career. Later he became the first black actor to undertake the role of the cheerleader in the play Bleacher Bums. Furthermore, he had guest roles in a series of television programs, including The Facts of Life, Diff’rent Strokes, 227, and Riptide.
Later in 1986, he played his role as Wally Stokes in the TV series “Simon & Simon“. On the same year, he also made his film debut as LTJG Marcus Williams in “Top Gun“. From 1989 to 1993, he portrayed the role of Conrad McMasters in the TV series “Jimmy“.
Until now, Clarance has appeared on numerous television series and movies including, CHiPs, The Duck Factory, Die Hard, L.A. Takedown, Little Monsters, Rabbit Days, The Track and many more.
As we mentioned earlier, he later took a break from acting to focus on his family. His disappearance leads to the news of his death. Yes, you heard it right, there were several articles about his death news, which was obviously false. He later cleared all the doubts of his fans.