‘That’s horrible, prayers and love to his family’: Hollywood mourns as Tom Cruise and Bruce Willis co-star Clarence Gilyard Jr pass away at 66

‘That’s horrible, prayers and love to his family’: Hollywood mourns as Tom Cruise and Bruce Willis co-star Clarence Gilyard Jr pass away at 66

Clarence Gilyard Jr, known for playing various roles in ’90s movies, recently passed away. The Internet and Hollywood mourn this loss. The actor also co-starred and shared the screen with Tom Cruise and Bruce Willis.

Clarence Gilyard Jr., in addition to being an actor, was also a college professor and 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 best known for being the right-hand man for Chuck Norris in the tv series Walker, Texas Ranger. The actor who was also a professor of fine arts at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, was adored and praised by millions. As news of his passing breaks out, 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). She first made her big screen debut in 1986 when she starred alongside tom cruise in top weapon. In a statement from the University of Las Vegas, here’s what they had to say about their beloved professor and actor Clarence Gilyard Jr.

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

UNLV Dean Nancy J. Usher also shared her personal regret for the late actor and how he was an inspiration to each and every one of her students.

“It is with deep sadness that I share this news. His students were deeply inspired by him, as was everyone who knew him. He had many extraordinary talents and was well known at the university for his dedication to teaching and his professional achievements. His generosity of spirit knew no bounds: he was always willing to contribute to projects and performances as much as possible.”

The late actor starred in 85 episodes of the series. Matlock and appeared in a whopping 196 episodes alongside Chuck Norris on Walker, Texas Ranger. The actor died due to an undeclared illness according to media reports.

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Clarence Gilyard Jr.’s legacy to 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 announced, the town came to the fore in 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 he met with fans. These are some of the tweets remembering and lamenting the loss of such a great actor.

The actor was best known for the famous line “Oh my God! The quarterback is fried!” 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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