Clarence Gilyard Jr.

Clarence Gilyard Jr.


12/24/1955, Moses Lake, Washington, USA

Birth Name

Clarence Darnell Gilyard, Jr.



Also Known As

Clarence Gilyard, Jr., Clarence Gilyard
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Clarence Gilyard Jr., who played 'Conrad McMasters' in the series Matlock for five seasons, has also appeared in the series Diff'rent Strokes and CHiPs. Among the feature films in which he has co-starred are Top Gun and Die Hard. He was born on Dec. 24, 1955 in Moses…more


Trivia and Quotes

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    • 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.

    • Clarence: It took me 10 years, but I eventually graduated from college too.

    • Clarence: I grew up as an Air Force brat. My family moved around a lot. I entered the U.S. Air Force Academy after high school, but left after a year. I couldn't afford to stay at Sterling College in Kansas, where I played wide receiver for the football team, so I went to work and eventually moved back to California.