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      Clarence Gilyard

      Clarence Gilyard

      Highest Rated: 45% The Karate Kid Part II (1986)

      Lowest Rated: 16% Left Behind: The Movie (2001)

      Birthday: Dec 24, 1955

      Birthplace: Moses Lake, Washington, USA

      As the son of an enlisted man, Clarence Gilyard (sometimes billed as Clarence Gilyard Jr.) might have been expected to follow in his father's stead. Originally, he attended the US Air Force Academy, but transferred after one year to Sterling College where he played football and first began acting. In 1980, the lanky actor relocated to L.A. and began to pursue an acting career in earnest, first in children's theater. Later, Gilyard became the first black actor to undertake the role of the cheerleader in "Bleacher Bums" before he segued into TV roles. In 1982, he joined the cast of the NBC police drama "CHiPs" for its final season before supporting Jim Carrey in the short-lived NBC sitcom "The Duck Factory" (1984). By the mid-80s. Gilyard was concentrating on film roles, making an auspicious debut as the radar technician who has difficulties achieving the expectations of his cohort 'Maverick' (Tom Cruise) in Tony Scott's slick "Top Gun" (1986). Gilyard went on to essay a military man in "The Karate Kid" (also 1986) and was cast as one of the terrorists in the blockbuster "Die Hard" (1988), but that one breakthrough feature role proved elusive. The actor instead returned to series TV in 1988 joining the cast of "Matlock" (NBC) and spending five years playing the legman for Andy Griffith's folksy attorney. When that series switched networks, Gilyard moved to CBS to co-star alongside Chuck Norris as the former football player-turned-lawman partner of "Walker, Texas Ranger." Clarence Gilyard died on November 28, 2022 at the age of 66.

      Highest rated movies

      The Karate Kid Part II
      Left Behind: The Movie

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Perfect Race Coach Michaels (Character) - 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Christmas on the Coast Fletcher Reese (Character) - 2017
      No Score Yet 0% The Sector Reverend Raines (Character) - 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rabbit Days Auguste Porter (Character) - 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Track Psychiatrist (Character) - 2015
      No Score Yet 30% A Matter of Faith Professor Portland (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Chasing Shakespeare Jeremiah Ward (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet 50% Little Monsters Ben Foreman (Character) - 2012
      No Score Yet 64% Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire James Trivette (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet 67% Left Behind II: Tribulation Force Pastor Bruce Barnes (Character) - 2002
      16% 56% Left Behind: The Movie Unknown (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet 75% Left Behind Bruce Barnes (Character) $4.2M 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Walker, Texas Ranger: Sons of Thunder James Trivette (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Walker, Texas Ranger: One Riot, One Ranger James Trivette (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock: The Final Affair Conrad McMasters (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock: The Assassination Conrad McMasters (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock: The Picture Conrad McMasters (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock: The Outcast Conrad McMasters (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock: The Witness Killings Conrad McMasters (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock: The Trial Conrad McMasters (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock: Nowhere to Turn Conrad McMasters (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock: The Informer Conrad McMasters (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock: The Hunting Party Conrad McMasters (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock: The Prisoner Conrad McMasters (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet 50% Off the Mark James B. White (Character) - 1987
      45% 52% The Karate Kid Part II G.I. 1 (Character) $112.1M 1986

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Walker, Texas Ranger James "Jimmy" Trivette (Character),
      Director
      1993-2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sons of Thunder Unknown (Character) 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock Conrad McMaster (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      1989-1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Facts of Life Matt (Guest Star) 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 227 Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Simon & Simon Wally Stokes (Guest Star) 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Riptide Unknown (Character) 1984
      70% No Score Yet Duck Factory Unknown (Character) 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet CHiPs Unknown (Guest Star) 1982-1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Diff'rent Strokes Unknown (Guest Star) 1981