Clarence Gilyard Jr. Dead At Age 66

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Leena Nasir Entertainment Reporter
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Famous actor Clarence Gilyard Jr., best known for his roles in “Top Gun” and “Die Hard,” passed away following a battle with an unknown illness at the age of 66.

Dean Nancy J. Uscher of The University of Nevada – Las Vegas confirmed his death on social media Nov. 28th. Gilyard Jr. had been working as a film and theater professor at the UNLV College of Fine Arts before his passing. “As an actor, director, and producer, Clarence had a career in television, film, and theatre that spanned more than 30 years,” Uscher wrote to Instagram. “It is with profound sadness that I share this news,”she wrote.

In addition to starring in blockbuster movies from the 80s, the talented actor also co-starred in “Matlock,” and “Texas Ranger,” and had a loyal, dedicated fan base. “He had a national and international following through his celebrated work in the theatre, in film, and television. His generosity of spirit was boundless – he was always ready to contribute to projects and performances however possible,” Uscher wrote.

“His students were deeply inspired by him, as were all who knew him,” Uscher said. (RELATED: Tiantian Kullander Dead Suddenly At Age 30)

“Some may find it surprising to know that Clarence valued his appointment as a university professor as highly, maybe higher, than his illustrious career as a TV star,” fellow UNLV theatre professor Nate Bynum said. “It was a major goal for him. He loved his UNLV family and, in particular, the students he instructed in his classroom. Gone too soon.”