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“That’s awful, prayers and love to his family”: Hollywood Mourns as Tom Cruise and Bruce Willis’ Co-Star Clarence Gilyard Jr Passes Away at 66

Clarence Gilyard Jr passes away at the age of 66.

Clarence Gilyard Jr, known for portraying various roles in 90’s films recently passed away. The internet and Hollywood mourns this loss. The actor was also a co-star and shared the screen with Tom Cruise and Bruce Willis.

Clarence Gilyard Jr. along with being an actor was also a university professor and an author. He was 66 years old when he passed away.

Clarence Gilyard Jr.
Clarence Gilyard Jr.

Fans Mourn The Loss of Clarence Gilyard Jr.

Clarence Gilyard Jr. was most notably known for being the right-hand man to Chuck Norris in the T.V. series Walker, Texas Ranger. The actor who was also a professor of the fine arts at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas was adored and praised by millions. As the news of his passing surfaces, people are mourning his untimely death.

Clarence Gilyard Jr and Chuck Norris in Walker, Texas Ranger.
Clarence Gilyard Jr and Chuck Norris in Walker, Texas Ranger.

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Gilyard Jr. was also known for the tech-savvy character of Theo in Die Hard (1988). He first made his debut on the big screens in 1986 when he starred alongside Tom Cruise in Top Gun. In a statement from the University of Las Vegas, here’s what they had to say about their loving professor and actor Clarence Gilyard Jr.

“Whenever we asked him how he was, he would cheerfully declare that he was ‘Blessed!’ But we are truly the ones who were blessed to be his colleagues and students for so many years. We love you and will miss you dearly, Professor G!”

Nancy J. Usher, the dean of UNLV also shared his personal remorse for the late actor and how he was an inspiration for each and every one of his students.

“It is with profound sadness that I share this news. His students were deeply inspired by him, as were all who knew him. He had many extraordinary talents and was extremely well-known in the university through his dedication to teaching and his professional accomplishments. His generosity of spirit was boundless – he was always ready to contribute to projects and performances however possible.” 

The late actor went on to star in 85 episodes of the series Matlock and appeared for a whopping 196 episodes alongside Chuck Norris in Walker, Texas Ranger. The actor died due to an unstated illness as per reports by the media.

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Clarence Gilyard Jr.’s Legacy For The People

Clarence Gilyard Jr and Alan Rickman in Die Hard (1988).
Clarence Gilyard Jr and Alan Rickman in Die Hard (1988).

Moments after the news was declared, the people came forward mourning the loss of a great actor. People took to Twitter to share stories about Clarence Gilyard Jr. and how lovable and down-to-earth the actor was when meeting fans. Here are some of the tweets remembering and mourning the loss of such a great actor.

The actor was most notably known for the famous line “Oh my god! The quarterback is toast!” in the 1988 film Die Hard. The actor was truly one of the greatest and will surely be missed by millions of his fans.

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Source: Twitter

Written by Visarg Acharya

Visarg Acharya joined FandomWire in 2022 as a Content Writer. Along with a penchant for writing, Visarg claims that words are the only true language made for him. Currently pursuing his B.Sc in Physics, the combination of Physics and Marvel make up for an interesting talk. Visarg Acharya has authored over 500 articles and reads books in his spare time along with an occasional series to accompany him.