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Clarence Gilyard Jr.

Clarence Gilyard Jr.

Winner of this year's NAACP Image Award for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series, Clarence Gilyard Jr. is one of the most prolific and talented actors working in Hollywood. He's been a major primetime CBS network co-star for the past ten years: seven seasons with Chuck Norris on Walker, Texas Ranger and before that, four years with Andy Griffith on Matlock. Earlier he was a series co-star with Jim Carey in the NBC/MTM Production Duck Factory. Gilyard also had prominent starring roles in three highly successful theatrical films: Die Hard with Bruce Willis, Top Gun with Tom Cruise and Earthquake with Charlton Heston.

Gilyard is now back on the big screen in the uniquely different role of Pastor Bruce Barnes in the apocalyptic thriller Left Behind: The Movie, based on The New York Times best selling novel of the same name. Barnes, a pastor, is stunned to be left behind when, according to the book of Revelations, the rapture (sudden disappearances all over the world) occurs. As a man of faith, Barnes must face the truth within himself and the loss of his family in the rapture.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

Clarence Gilyard Jr. Facts

BirthdayDecember 24, 1955 (66)
BirthplaceMoses Lake, Washington, USA

Selected Filmography

Top Gun
Die Hard
Matlock: Season 4
Walker, Texas Ranger: Season 1
Walker, Texas Ranger
The Sector
Walker, Texas Ranger: Season 3
Matlock: Season 5
Walker Texas Ranger
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