Clarence Gilyard Jr., who played parts in movies and TV shows like Die Hard and Top Gun and was also a professor, has died. UNLV, where he worked as an associate professor in the College of Fine Arts, announced on Monday that he had died.
Gilyard’s career lasted more than 30 years and included parts in movies, on TV, and on the stage. His first movie role was as Sundown in the 1986 version of Top Gun. As the bad computer genius Theo in the 1989 movie Die Hard, he made a lasting impression.
In this article, we’ll talk about Clarence Gilyard Jr.’s net worth, his early life, his career, and how he died.
Clarence Gilyard Jr Net Worth
When he died, Clarence Gilyard Jr. was worth $5 million, according to celebrity net worth.
Know About Clarence Gilyard’s Biography
Gilyard was born in 1955 in Moses Lake, Washington. He went to high school in California, though. In the late 1970s, he got a BA in Theater Arts from California State University and moved to Los Angeles to start a career as an actor.
UNLV says that Gilyard got into acting after he went to California State University and studied theater. In 1981, “Different Strokes,” a TV show, gave him his first role.
“I was made to be a teacher. I’m a professional, but it’s the professionals who need to feed the classroom. In 2017, he told the Las Vegas Review-Journal, “Knowing how people live in the 21st century gives my characters life.”
“As an artist, I do my best work when I’m in a fertile place. That means coming up with new ideas. I don’t understand what those millennials are saying, but I’m getting their energy by being around them.”
In 2021, Bruce Willis and De’voreaux White brought him back for a short time for a “Die Hard” battery commercial.
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Clarence Gilyard Jr. Dies At 66
The College of Fine Arts at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where Gilyard taught film and theater, said he had died. The college did not say how he died, so more information is needed.