Clarence Gilyard Jr. Dies: ‘Walker, Texas Ranger’ Actor Dead at 66

Actor Clarence Gilyard Jr. who starred as James Trivette on CBS Walker, Texas RangerHe died at the age of 66.

The University of Nevada at Las Vegas, where Gilyard has been a film professor since 2006, announced the actor’s death in a press release on Monday. A cause of death was not given, but Gilyard had reportedly been battling a long illness.

“His students were deeply inspired by him, as was everyone who knew him,” said Nancy J. Uscher, Dean of the College of Fine Arts at UNLV. “He had many exceptional talents and was well known at the university for his commitment to teaching and his professional achievements. His generosity knew no bounds – he was always willing to contribute to projects and performances whenever possible. We remember Clarence with joy and gratitude for all he has contributed to the College of Fine Arts, to the UNLV community, and to the world through his impressive personal accomplishments.”

Gilyard was best known to TV fans as Walker, Texas Ranger‘s Jimmy, the partner and best friend of Chuck Norris’ Cordell Walker. He made his debut in the series premiere and appeared in almost all of them Walker, Texas Ranger‘s over 200 episodes plus two walker TV & Movies. Other notable TV credits included Matlock (whom he joined as private investigator Conrad McMasters in Season 4), Crisps and the short-lived NBC sitcom The Duck Factory.

On the film side, Gilyard had roles in two 1980s pop culture staples and appeared in Hans Gruber’s techie Theo Die Hard and Naval Flight Officer Marcus “Sundown” Williams in top gun. Clarence Gilyard Jr. Dies: ‘Walker, Texas Ranger’ Actor Dead at 66

Lindsay Lowe

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