Gilliard previously worked for Variety Magazine as an Advertising Account Manager.
Section 8, which he directed, won Best Feature and Director at the Arizona Black Film Showcase.
He shares his birthday with many celebrities such as Ugly Betty's America Ferrera, Melissa Joan Hart, and Conan O'Brien.
Carl's agent's names are Sid Levin, Beverly Klein, and Laura Fogelman.
He used to drive public transportation (CTA) in Chicago and Sedan limousines in Los Angeles.
Carl and Magic Johnson were college classmates.
Cark was re-introduced to theatre at the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
He has appeared as one of the 300+ voices of The Bible Experience in both the Old and New Testament versions.
Carl is represented by The Levin Agency and Independent Artists Agency.
He has been married to Wilda Gilliard since November 2, 2002. They have one child together.
He enjoys softball, baseball, football, and tennis.
He is capable of playing electric and acoustic bass.
He can speak in Jamaican, West African, and Southern accents.
In 1979, he was a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Carl's oldest daughter, Corinne attends Howard University in Washington D.C. with a film major.
His son, Colin Gilliard is an actor and musical theatre performer.
He married Rochelle Gilliard on June 1, 1985. They divorced on July 16, 1998 and had two children.
His trademark is his baritone voice.
Retiring Tatiana, which Carl and Tony Winters produced, won Audience Favorite at the Pan African Film & Arts Festival.
He has appeared in Ameritrade (2003), Nicoderm (2003), and Coca Cola (2007) commercials. They were all national commercials. He has also appeared in Whirlpool/Habitat For Humanity, Cingular, IBM, GM, Burger King, Pepto Bismol, Bank One, Habitat For Humanity, Nicoderm, Saturn, and Miller Beer commercials.
He has appeared in over two dozen plays including South Of Where We Live, Jeffrey's Plan, and The Ninth Wave.
He graduated from Michigan State University in 1980.
Carl originally worked as a radio newscaster at WGPR (107.5). Then, he accepted a sales position with the Eastman Kodak Company in Detroit. Later on, he accepted a position with the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Group as a District Manager.
Carl attended Osborn High School in Detroit.
He is 6 feet tall.
(On his openness towards certain roles)
Carl: Pretty open. I see it so much as a business. As an actor, I'm not afraid to be typecasted. And I recognize that I play certain roles better than others. Especially in film.
Carl: I love the industry. It grabbed me at a young age.
Carl: Happiness is not having what you want, it's wanting what you have.