“Top Gun”, “Dead to Live” and “Walker” star Clarence Gilliard has passed away

The actor Clarence Gilliard Jr., best known for his participation in the series “Walker”, with Chuck Norris, in the role of James “Jimmy” Travitt, Walker’s partner, and his supporting appearance in “Dead to Live”, passed away at the age of 66 .

Gillard’s death was confirmed in a statement by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Gillard worked as a professor of film and theater at the UNLV College of the Arts. The circumstances of Gilliard’s death are still unclear.

“Professor Gilliard was a beacon of light and strength to all those around him,” said UNLV Film Chair Heather Addison. “Every time 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 very much, Professor G!”

Gillard, a film, television and theater actor, burst onto the scene in the 1980s after a series of television guest appearances. He made his film debut as Sundown in Love in the Sky and played the villain in Dead to Live. In 1989, he landed a regular role on the television series “Matlock” playing Conrad McMasters

Gillard appeared in 85 episodes of “Matlock” before leaving the show in 1993 for an even bigger role: Jimmy Tribbett, the right-hand man to Chuck Norris’ tough sergeant on the CBS western-style crime series “Walker.” After the series dropped in 2001, Gillard continued to act in various films and television shows.

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