Clarence Gilyard is a famous American actor has appeared in theatres, television series, and movies. He is renowned for his role as a private investigator in ‘Matlock’ and enacting James Trivette in ‘Walker Texas Ranger.’ Clarence is also known as a professor and author. Continue reading to find the net worth of Clarence Gilyard as of 2018.
Early Life & Biography
Clarence Gilyard (Clarence Alfred Gilyard Jr.) was born on 24th December 1955 in Moses Lake, Washington in the US. His father, Clarence Gilyard Sr. was an Air Force officer based in Florida, Hawaii, and Texas.
In 1974, Clarence graduated from Eisenhower High School. He joined the Air Force Academy as a cadet for one year. Clarence was on a tennis scholarship, played football and a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity at Sterling College. Clarence quit his studies to move with a friend to Beach, California. He majored in Acting at California State University, Long Beach and financed as a waiter. Clarence graduated with Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Dominguez Hills. In 2003, Clarence earned Master of Fine Arts in Theatre performance from Southern Methodist University.
Clarence Gilyard married twice. Since 2001, Clarence and Elena have been married. Clarence has five children.
Career, Awards & Nominations
Clarence Gilyard appeared in his first play ‘Bleacher Bums’ (1979). Clarence Gilyard appeared in his first television series in ‘Diff’rent Strokes’ (1981). Other television series include ‘Facts of Life,’ and ‘Simon and Simon.’ He enacted Benjamin Webster in NBC’s television series ‘CHIPs’ (1982-83). Clarence appeared in 1984s television series ‘The Duck Factory.’ Clarence enacted Conrad McMasters, the second private investigator to Ben Matlock (enacted by Andy Griffith) in ‘Matlock’ (1989-1993). Clarence enacted James “Jimmy” Trivette along with Chuck Norris as Cordell Walker in ‘Walker, Texas Ranger’ (1993).
Clarence Gilyard enacted as Lieutenant Marcus “Sundown” Williams in his first movie ‘Top Gun’ (1986). Clarence was a military person in ‘Karate Kid Part II.’ He enacted Theo, the terrorist computer expert, in ‘Die Hard’ and Pastor Bruce Barnes in ‘Left Behind.’ In 2005, Clarence Gilyard resigned from the film industry.
Since August 2006, Clarence Gilyard served as an Associate Professor of Theatre at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Clarence Gilyard is also a consultant of the Communications Committee of the US Catholic Bishops. Clarence Gilyard appeared in a religious film, ‘A Matter Of Faith’ (2014).
Awards for ‘Walker Texas Ranger’: Clarence won ‘Lone Star Film and Television Awards’ for Best Supporting Actor (1999). He won ‘Image Awards-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama series’ (2000).
In 2018, Clarence Gilyard won Las Vegas Fame Awards for ‘LifeTime Achievement TV Fame Award’ enacting in ‘Walker Texas Ranger,’ ‘Metlock’ and movies ‘Die Hard’ and ‘Left behind 1 and 2’.
Net Worth & Earnings
The net worth of Clarence Gilyard is $6 million. Most of his wealth comes from his acting career. After resigning, Clarence earned an annual salary of $588235 as an Associate Professor of Theatre at the University of Nevada. Clarence has also served as the consultant of Communications Committee of the US Catholic Bishops. Over the years, Clarence has earned from the sale of his books too.
Currently, Clarence Gilyard is actively involved in social work. He serves as one of the board members of the Children’s Organ Transplant Association.