Texas Ranger and Die Hard actor Clarence Gilyard Jr. passed away at age 66.

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Texas Ranger and Die Hard actor Clarence Gilyard Jr. passed away at age 66. Actor Clarence Gilyard Jr. from “Die Hard” and “Walker, Texas Ranger” has passed away. He was 66. The actor Gilyard passed away at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada, according to a representative for Gilyard who confirmed the news to Fox News Digital.

Although the exact cause of death is still unknown, Gilyard’s representative stated that he had not been in “good health for a few years.” In 1980, his agent began collaborating with Gilyard. He added that his most recent two endeavors were the 2020 “Die Hard” battery commercial with Bruce Willis and the “Driving Miss Daisy” tour.

I’m devastated to have lost my longtime client and friend. A rep for Gilyard made a comment. Gilyard was a former actor who is now a professor of theatre and film. He was a professor at the College of Fine Arts at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). He passed away on Monday, according to a statement from Dean Nancy J. Uscher.

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Dean Uscher said, “I share this news with profound sadness.” “All of those who knew him and his students both found great inspiration in him. He was very well known in the university for his commitment to teaching and his professional accomplishments in addition to his many extraordinary talents. Through his acclaimed work in theater, film, and television, he gained a following on both a national and international scale.”

Over the course of his 30-year acting career, Gilyard became well-known for his parts in popular series like “Matlock” and “Walker, Texas Ranger.”

Gilyard appeared alongside Andy Griffith in the mystery legal drama “Matlock.” Between 1989 and 1993, he made an appearance in 85 episodes as a private eye. After that, he co-starred with Chuck Norris in “Walker, Texas Ranger” on CBS from 1993 to 2001 as Jimmy Trivette.

Gilyard also had acting roles in movies; he played a naval flight officer in “Top Gun” in 1986 and appeared in “Die Hard” in 1989.

“His spirit of generosity knew no bounds; he was always willing to lend a hand in any way to endeavors and performances. We celebrate Clarence’s life and express our gratitude for all he did for the College of Fine Arts, the UNLV neighborhood, and the world through his remarkable individual accomplishments “Uscher declared in her conclusion.

The actor in “Top Gun” was born in Moses Lake, Washington, in 1955. Gilyard started working as an associate professor in the theatre department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in 2006.

“For everyone at UNLV, Professor Gilyard was a pillar of hope and fortitude. He cheerfully responded, “Blessed!” whenever we inquired how he was doing. But we are the ones who were truly fortunate to work with him and learn from him for such a long time. Professor G, we adore you and will miss you terribly! “Heather Addison, the UNLV film program chair, said.