Clarence Gilyard Jr.

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Quotes (10)

  • Clarence: (On how he sees himself as a character outside of his faith) As a Catholic Christian, people don't necessarily want to see you in that way, as a person, as a father, as someone called to marriage or as an artist.

  • Clarence: (On why he would frequently grow his beard, outside of work): If people look at you in an elevator long enough, they'll recognize you.

  • Clarence: (When "Walker, Texas Ranger" came to an end) I wanted to start over. I was going to work on my new marriage. After 15 straight years of network TV I knew that I couldn't put a young marriage through that.

  • Clarence: (On his journeyman career) I had been trying to make it in show business without any real vision. I was getting some success because I was a type - I had a quality that producers were looking for. But I wasn't controlling my destiny.

  • Clarence: (On being born Christmas Eve) We did the best we could to make it a festive occasion, but I was always awed by what the kids in school said they got from Santa Claus. I couldn't quite bring myself to tell them about the boring underwear and socks I got year after year.

  • Clarence: (On his character in "Left Behind") I am blessed to be a part of the production and get to play this character. I'm not the best actor in the world, but even better, I get to help this character evolve. I think God wants me to be playing Bruce Barnes.

  • Clarence: Why I got to do 13 straight years of network television and somebody else didn't, who knows?

  • Clarence: (On his Faith in the Hollywood industry) I can't speak for the industry, that's a dangerous question. But for this particular person, who's almost 45 years old and who's been graced with the opportunity to be Catholic, I can say it's almost an hourly struggle. I don't think my life is different from anyone else's.

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Trivia (21)

  • He graduated from Eisenhower High School in Rialto, California in 1973.

  • Clarence flew over to New York City to audition for the role of a private investigator on Matlock. He beat out 3 other finalists for the role, after Kene Holliday was fired from the show.

  • Growing up, he was a huge fan of The Andy Griffith Show.

  • Clarence was originally signed on to reprise his role as Bruce Barnes in Left Behind 3: World at War, but couldn’t due to a scheduling conflict.

  • His first television appearance was on Diff'rent Strokes.

  • He became the first Black actor to take the role of the cheerleader in Bleacher Bums.

  • He reprised his role in Matlock, for several made for television movies.

  • He moved to L.A. in 1980.

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