Clarence Gilyard is an actor, an author and a college professor. He is a person of varied interests and occupations. He has acted in many movies, TV Series and Theatre. He became famous for his role as a private investigator in ‘Matlock’ a drama series and as James Trivette in ‘Walker Texas Ranger’ a crime drama. Let us take a quick look at the net worth of Clarence Gilyard in 2018.
Clarence Gilyard early life:
Clarence Gilyard was born on December 24, 1955 in Moses Lake, Washington. His father Clarence Gilyard Sr. was an US Air Force Officer. Clarence Gilyard grew up in Hawaii, Texas and Florida the Air Force bases where his father was posted.
Clarence Gilyard went to Eisenhower High School in Rialto California. He graduated in 1974 with good grades as he was academically strong. Later he attended Sterling College but left before completing his studies.
He attended California State University, Long Beach and took Bachelor degree with acting as a major. In 2003 he did Master in Fine Arts in Theatre Performance at Southern Methodist University.
Clarence Gilyard Career, Awards & Achievement
In the year 1979 he acted in the play ‘Bleacher Bums’ as a cheerleader. He made appearances in TV shows ‘Different Strokes’, ‘Simon and Simon’ and ‘Facts of life’ as a character actor. He also appeared in NBC TV series ‘CHIPs’ as officer Benjamin Webster.
He was also cast in 1984 TV series ‘The Duck Factory’. His first movie was ‘Top Gun’ in the year 1986 wherein he was in the role of Radar Intercept Officer. His next film ‘Karate Kid Part II’ saw him in the role of a military person.
In the series ‘Matlock’ he got the role he was waiting for after years of struggling. He was cast as Ben Metlock’s private investigator Conard McMasters. The turning point in his career started here. His long association with Andy Griffith who enacted the role of Ben Metlock was very fruitful for him. Andy Griffith became his mentor. Clarence Gilyard learned the nuances of acting and comedy from this great actor.
In 1993 Clarence Gilyard was part of ‘Walker Texas Ranger’ opposite Chuck Norris. The show was a big hit with actor Nobel Willingham being a part of the show for six seasons.
In 2005 Clarence Gilyard appeared in the movie ‘Walker Texas Ranger: Trial by fire’ as a cameo appearance as he was busy elsewhere.
In the year 2005 Clarence Gilyard announced his retirement from films.
In the year 2014 he appeared in a religious film ‘A matter of faith’. Meanwhile from August 2006 onwards Clarence Gilyard pursued teaching profession and was an Associate professor of Theatre at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Awards and achievements:
Clarence Gilyard was winner of Lone Star Film and Television Awards 1999-Best Supporting actor for ‘Walker Texas Ranger’ (1993).
In the year 2000 he was the winner of Image Awards-Outstanding Supporting actor in a Drama series ‘Walker Texas Ranger’ (1993).
In the year 2018 Clarence Gilyard was awarded LifeTime Achievement TV Fame Award for his roles in ‘Walker Texas Ranger’, ‘Metlock’ and the films ‘Die Hard’ and ‘Left behind 1 and 2’ by Las Vegas Fame Awards.
Net Worth of Clarence Gilyard
Clarence Gilyard’s net worth is estimated as 6.5 million. His income comes mainly from his roles in TV series and acting in films and Theatre.
In the later years of his career he started teaching Theatre at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where his annual income is about 588235 dollars.
His self-proclamation of being an ‘Air force Brat’ in his younger days is in contrast with his steady rise in life as an actor, a professor and an author. He was not consistent in his studies but as he grew in age, he seriously pursued his interests in studies as well as in his acting career.
He did very well in his acting as well as academic pursuits and went on to become an acclaimed actor and a professor of Theatre. He is into social work and is on the board of Children’s Organ Transplant Association.