Fans of the popular series Walker, Texas Ranger have reason to be sad. Chuck Norris’ serial partner Clarence Gilyard Jr. died on Monday. The actor’s death at the age of 66 was announced by the University of Nevada, where Gilyard taught.
The American University of Nevada announced the sad news on Monday. At the age of 66, the popular American actor Clarence Gilyard Jr., who taught film and theater acting at the university, died. The university did not disclose the cause of death, according to Variety.
Gilyard became famous primarily as a serial actor. His most famous role was James Trivette in the legendary series Walker, Texas Ranger. In the series, he appeared as the best friend of the title character Cordell Walker, with whom he became friends off the silver screen with Chuck Norris.
However, this is not the only series in which he appeared. He also starred in the award-winning 1990s US legal drama Matlock. In it, he appeared in 85 episodes as private detective Conrad McMasters.
At the same time, he also appeared in well-known films. He first appeared on the screen in the action film Top Gun. A few years later, fans could also see him in the blockbuster Deadly Trap. In total, his career spanned over 30 years.
The University of Nevada, where Gilyard taught, remembers him with respect. “He deeply inspired his students, as well as everyone who knew him. He had many extraordinary talents and was known by all for his dedication to learning and numerous professional achievements,” University Dean Nancy Uscher said of Gilyard, according to Deadline.
You can recall the career of Clarence Gilyard in the gallery: